ASSE Launches LearnEx Courses

ASSE has unveiled its latest innovation in online learning: LearnEx courses. This program opens a new avenue for OSH professionals to take part in the Society’s formal courses by offering a completely online experience with the same educational benefits as ASSE’s in-person courses. Attendees receive the same level of course content and educational engagement, but can learn at their own pace anywhere an Internet connection is available.

While the Society has offered webinars and virtual symposia for many years, what sets ASSE LearnEx apart is the depth of learning and interactive elements it offers. Each course features a video lecture component, interactive games, discussion forum where students respond to questions and complete assignments, and a scenario-based assessment using a real-world problem.

“Our members have been asking for online educational opportunities, and LearnEx delivers,” says Keisha Raines, ASSE’s manager, online education. “Many employers want to support the educational needs of their OSH professionals, but want to avoid the added cost of travel and related expenses, which can be a particular concern for our international customers. LearnEx offers a way to mitigate those concerns while still providing the same caliber of educational content that customers expect from ASSE.”

The first course offered on the new platform is Prevention Through Design (PTD), which is traditionally offered at SeminarFest, and as pre- and post-conference seminars at ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conference. The 3-week LearnEx PTD course begins Oct. 15.

Designed around the Z590.3 standard, a copy of which is included with the course, the LearnEx PTD course is taught by Georgi Popov, Ph.D., QEP, SMS, CMC, a professor in the School of Environmental Physical and Applied Sciences at University of Central Missouri and ASSE’s 2017 Outstanding Safety Educator of the Year. Popov has been involved with the Society’s PTD initiative since 2007.

As with all of ASSE’s online courses, LearnEx courses carry CEUs, and all attendees receive a certificate of completion. As with the in-person PTD course, the LearnEx PTD course can be applied as an elective toward ASSE’s certificate programs. The course includes three modules and a final project:

•Module 1 provides a fundamental understanding of the Z590.3 Prevention Through Design standard, and hazard identification methods.

•Module 2 provides an overview of different risk assessment methods used in the standard.

•Module 3 will provide practical applications and case studies.

•The course will finish with a practical project in which the participants will provide an example from their workplace.

“Through each module, students engage with the instructor, other students and the coursework through interactive tools and assignments,” Raines says. “Then they can immediately apply what they learned back on the job.”

ASSE plans to expand its virtual portfolio with additional LearnEx topics, including ISO 45001 and risk-based process safety management.

Learn more about LearnEx and how it came into fruition here.