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What is your experience using a LMS system? Should it replace or integrate with hands on training?


Title: CFO
Company: C-Suite Services
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(CFO, C-Suite Services) |

There is such a field (position) as Knowledge Strategist or Architect which deals with how information/data/knowledge is acquired or disseminated or passed down (knowledge transfer) to enhance employee performance. It deals with how the knowledge culture is cultivated and maintained. Admittedly, this position is more prevalent with big corporations. LMS should be a part of the overall strategy and as well as training.

I would be more than happy to refer you to a good contact of mine if it interests you.

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Len Green
Title: Performance Improvement Consultant and E..
Company: Haygarth Consulting LLC
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(Performance Improvement Consultant and ERP Strategist, Haygarth Consulting LLC) |

What is behind your question?
Are you
-an educational organization that needs to manage and deliver training?
-a large corporation that wants to educate/train its own workforce?
What pains do you encounter today that make you ask about LMS?

(VP Rev Rec) |

LMS is the 'delivery' tool to provide hands on training. Therefore LMS should be integrated with training. Having said that; the end result is only as good as the 'content' you deliver. A good LMS will help you do the following:
1. Create and Develop content;
2. Deliver it seamlessly to the target audience in all of the different ways that learning takes place- Visual, Auditory, etc.
3. Monitors usage and progress.
hope this helps.

(CFO) |

Len, just looking for thoughts. Training is the key component to ensure new hires are ready to step into the field and be productive. Many say hands on training is the best, many say learning environments where they can be free from distractions are the best, I am thinking a mixture of both is ideal. Curious what others think.

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Len Green
Title: Performance Improvement Consultant and E..
Company: Haygarth Consulting LLC
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(Performance Improvement Consultant and ERP Strategist, Haygarth Consulting LLC) |

That's good to know, thanx!

We use the following:
-an internal Wiki on HR, general info etc
-HR orientation sessions for new hires
-department/division hands on sessions: shadow a colleague/team on a client call/meeting
-discipline specific training-e.g. finance, tax, technology, delivered via internal SME's, professional societies and industry conferences
-encourage self directed research and networking (Proformative, LinkedIn, etc)
-post project reviews (what did we learn from this engagement?)
-and, dare I add, mentoring????? :)

So, LMS is a tool within this, I think.
Hope that helps

Susan Scott
Title: HR Manager
Company: Private
(HR Manager, Private) |

A good learning management system (LMS), whether eLearning or in-person seminar, makes the boring stuff interesting, is easy to use, keeps participants engaged and delivers rewards to the learner seeking professional development and the employer.

One of the big trends the eLearning industry is gamification re-shaping learning to keep eLearners engaged. Gamification is designed into an LMS to reshape learning and meet the needs of working professionals and their employers with features like skills gap analysis, comparative scoring, goals with rewards (such as certification, employee reviews, compensation, promotion, etc).

A properly implemented learning management system creates the benefits of improved employee health (mental & physical), engagement, retention, productivity and more. These rewards can provide extrinsic motivation (i.e., better performance review, etc) and intrinsic motivation (more interested in the work, etc).

It would be great to see more granular skills gap analysis that really pinpoints what a learner needs to know for a given professional function and then points to a specific professional development asset. I think Proformative’s online community of professionals has great potential as an LMS for the office of the CFO. Some learning management systems to look into include ‎Blackboard, Cornerstone, iLMS, Absorb, Litmos, and Oracle's Taleo (also a big recruitment function).

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