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Learning Management Systems -- A Natural Evolution

Aug 22, 2008
A LMS can no longer rely on it's effectiveness as a learning medium to deliver, track and monitor training. It now needs to fend for itself and clearly demonstrate how it adds value to a business's bottom line.

Previously, a traditional LMS has been able to provide sufficient value and worth to an organisation, by delivering and tracking training in a more cost effective and flexible method. However, as technology improves, and new technologies emerge, the humble LMS doesn't quite cut it any longer.

The new breed of Learning Management Systems, provide organisations with the ability to target the delivery of training to those who require it, driving better business performance through better employee performance.

It is a worn out cliche that people are an organisations best asset. However, they are also an organisation's greatest expense. That's why it's so important to ensure employees are kept up to a level where they're able to perform to the best of their ability and provide the organisation with the best possible rate of return.

To measure this performance and to ensure skills and knowledge are attained, a level, or standard, must be set on an individual basis, with each employee given a specific set of goals.

This level, or standard, is directly proportion to the specific role or function that the employee has been hired to perform. However to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to fulfil this role, every employee needs to undergo training and further development. It makes sense then, to ensure that there is a specific process surrounding the training and development of the employee. Thus ensuring the employee not only learns the basics and fundamentals of their role, to perform it at an optimal level, but also continues to increase their skills, knowledge and abilities, which ultimately brings further benefit to the organisation.

So how do we do this without hiring a team of HR consultants who will want to change your entire organisational culture and put more fish tanks around the office?

Say hello to the new breed of Learning Management Systems -- all inclusive solutions that provide the identification, mapping, training and tracking of employee skills and knowledge.

Such solutions (like Aframe's Skills Optimiser) allow for the creation of role profiles that are matched against each individual employee. These role profiles consist of individual skills, skill sets and knowledge components that are specific to the role and then customised for the individual employee. Once an employee begins their training, a training needs analysis is conducted. This matches the employee's current skills and knowledge against the created role profile, identifying training gaps, thus producing the employee's development plan.

These Learning Management Systems are then able to schedule the appropriate training to the employee, whether it be online training through the LMS, instructor led training which is planned, scheduled and managed by the LMS or a combination of both.

The end result is a system that helps businesses ensure their staff are provided with training that is specific, relevant and timely.

On top of this, is the reporting and analytical benefits provided by such a system. With uniform role profiles, skills and skill sets already defined and mapped to training, Learning and Development Managers now have the ability to dive deeper into the skill and knowledge attributes of those employees who outperform their peers. It also allows HR to search for employees who may fit certain skill and knowledge criteria for job roles, allowing more comprehensive internal recruitment and screening capability.

Effectively trained and better skilled staff will benefit any organisation in striving to become a better performing business, however the method, efficiency and speed at which it can be done, has been changed forever.
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Aframe provides comprehensive eLearning, learning content development, compliance training, and learning management system solutions across Asia Pacific.
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