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  • Let's Talk LMS: Learning Management System

    According to the definition found on “Wikipedia” A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of electronic educational technology (also called e-learning) education courses or training programs. Lately there has been a lot of conversation regarding” on line” training versus classroom training. For the most part we are all familiar with classroom or instructor lead training. We know the attributes of such training, and its traditional place in the workforce. If you’re the student then you are also aware of the downside of classroom training, including boredom. I’ve been told that “The Mind can absorb what the seat can endure” As an employer you are also aware of the downsides. This would include the cost of bringing your employees in from a production line or job site, where no time is convenient, and not everyone can attend, now what? Finding an outside presenter if you don’t have a competent or qualified person can also be a challenge and expensive. The upside is you can get everyone together and with a good instructor you can get the training you need including the “hands on” portion of the training, not found in “on line” training. The emphasis here is on “Good Instructor” Like any training it needs to be engaging, interactive, and to the point. On Line training offers a broad range of topics which can be taken anytime the employee has internet access, so it becomes more cost and time effective. Like classroom training, it also needs to engage, and challenge the learner with interactive questions and scenarios enabling the learner to retain more of the material offered. Additionally the topic should be given in bite sized chunks with questions to follow, versus one large test at the end which can be very intimidating for some. Of course you would want a contact person to be available for any questions the learner might have. Once the learner has successfully passed the course a certificate should be awarded and a permanent record of his successful course enrollment created. No need for costly record keeping. You will still need a written safety plan or overall company safety policy, made available to your employees for viewing. What better way than to post it as a resource to your LMS LMS systems buck the traditional way of teaching and not all “Learning Management Systems” are the same. Some are really well put together, some not so much, including poor content. What if you could get all of the above in an LMS. An “on line” experience with engaging content, one that encompasses even classroom, and hands on training, record keeping, and a system that could remind employees of their training obligations? Make a check list of those properties you would want in any type of system be it traditional or “On Line” and Shop carefully. Of course measuring its success is still the most important part of any safety program. So, in saying this I would highly recommend starting out with “behavioral” based safety training. This will help to establish that safety culture that is so important in today’s industry. That’s what I call the “Buy in Factor”. Without the employee “buy in factor” not just employees but also management as well, nothing will work. This type of training can be done on line or in a classroom, but is a great place to start the conversation. So again choose wisely, ask questions, take the program for a test drive, understand the needs of the employees and management. From everyone at SafetyInstruction, make it a Safer 2015! Interested in an LMS? Click here for more information on SafetyInstruction's Learning Management System.

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