Skill development in the past decade has taken a scrupulous yet stagnant course. With its move towards digitization, the platform for e-learning has shifted gears forward. What started as posting instructional videos on YouTube expanded to offering executive-level management courses to what the industry now caters to a $107 billion market.
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The progress of E-learning was made possible through implementing the program under a documented, trackable and report system known as a Learning Management System software. It has been designed to administer access to educational courses, training programs and simulation exercises globally as well as integrate the learning needs of its users under a centralized server.
With pandemic-fled present times, the transition towards work from home, also abbreviated as WFH, caused a disruption to the arrangement of the day to day activities for corporate firms and institutions. The applications of LMS and its development over the past years have itself proven to be a safe haven for both parties.
Benefits of LMS for Corporations
Financial institutions such as insurance companies and banks are often subjected to compliance laws that are mandated on the council level. These regulations require teaching the staff the necessary training modules which demand extensive resources from the employer. This can be simplified by deploying a personalized E-learning portal that tracks, records and delivers the necessary learning material to its users.
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Ongoing Knowledge and Skill Development
Firms strive to undergo through improving their talent pool by creating more flexibility towards their acumen. The on-going experience for the subordinate or manager is better refined and organized. By purchasing an LMS software module from a vendor, the management can arrange and designate courses. The users are profiled with their career endorsements and therefore every employee on each hierarchy is to register to a recommended course by the Human Resource Department in coalition with the relevant cross-functional head.
The induction of new employees can be a tenuous task for the employer. The candidate may have cleared the assessment tests and aced the interviews. However, the management has to ensure that the employee is properly oriented with the functions of the workplace. This can be a stressful task for both the office personnel and the new recruit as the time and manpower invested in it will have to be compensated later through long overtimes and productivity losses.
Managers will find uploading a visual setting of the orientation process propitious as it will be easier for them to articulate the key points of the agenda to be later shared with multiple successful candidates. Hence, it fast tracks the employee’s induction training and allows the new recruit to review back any points they might have missed out, through the content placed on the LMS portal.
Making Jobs Easier for HR Managers
The activities above take a considerable amount of the time and resources of HR managers. By streamlining these activities, they are able to integrate all workers’ learning needs while keeping track of their present qualifications and experience. Moreover, recruiters are able to cut more time out for searching the right candidates.
With the introduction of skill-based courses offered by job sites such as LinkedIn, headhunters are able to access a global user base of candidates. It also allows them to cross-search easily by placing filters for candidates who have completed certain LinkedIn courses to match the applicant with the relevant job description. The recruitment process is further streamlined after the shortlisted candidates will be examined under the assessment centers designed by the LMS portal of the employer.
Benefits of LMS for Institutions
E-learning as a service, predicts the relevant skillsets through a search engine optimization network. This is in result, is used to find key searches on talent recruitment and training workshops. All educational institutions, including universities in Pakistan, are making use of online learning to cope up with the loss of curriculum caused by COVID in the academic year.
The universities make extended use of the platform by using LMS to provide user-end access to the faculty to create, record, upload class schedules & lectures for all students to access them remotely. In midst of the COVID 19 pandemic, the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC)has mandated the deployment of an LMS vertical for all of its affiliated universities. An LMS allows the universities to conduct classes live along with managing lesson plans without depending upon the use of public tools such as Zoom. Along with following HEC regulations, the LMS portal enables it to integrate itself with the talent management suite to extend the number of use cases for the employer.
With the help of LMS, remote learning is made possible in an organized fashion while saving time for faculty members through real-time tracking of the individual student grade book. Furthermore, it also allows the students to cross-check their course progress and refer back to course lectures to prepare for quizzes, exams or submit the term projects. Junior faculty members find it easier to follow standards of the respective course outline laid out by the senior faculty. All course material is readily available for the authorized users regarding updating the lesson plan to keep the course outline relevant for the upcoming candidates enrolled in the respective course.
Shaping Blended Learning
Learning strategies over its course have seen innovation. The mode of learning for students taught today is very different than the generation before. E-learning technology has not only replaced classroom-based learning but also covers those situations where traditional schooling is not feasible. This allows the educator to augment its capabilities in a cost-effective manner.
This is done by presenting a model entailing the mixture of the two exercised under an “instructor-led training” (ILT) model. Online instructors such as Khan Academy and Coursera were designed under this business model. However, over the course of time, the experience has been further refined through Talent LMS Implementation which allows flexibility by incorporating real-time lectures in an e-learning setting. Further, it allows prioritizing between online and physical content according to the needs of the faculty and course outline.
The instructor uses the lesson plans by uploading them as units on the LMS platform. The units are covered through one or more sessions choosing from either webinar (online or classroom-based through face-to-face learning. Thus, allowing instructors to save valuable in-campus time as a certain percentage of the course is covered online while the remaining content can be covered through live classes with ease.
Executive Education Refined
Educational establishments are gradually working towards blended learning model systems. Multichannel teaching platform allows tutors to address its student’s different strengths and impart the necessary information to suit their varying learning styles.
The major benefactor of the Learning Model System will be students who pursue professional education where learning modules are more dynamic. Course outlines are developed with coherence to organizational needs through the use of digital tools such as learning content management systems. This allows institutions to offer a holistic and relevant learning experience to its students and the corporates to receive applicants qualified under the skill sets necessary to the job description.
Students enrolled in postgraduate and executive education programs can have user access to a curated library that includes videos, eBooks and online courses that they can use for self-guided learning. Students enrolled in professional education are often working for an employer or are self-employed for which LMS provides them to have a flexible task schedule without having to compromise their professional duties over their academic responsibilities.