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Using Organizational Learning Technology

With the rapid evolution of technology, increased job requirements, and a diversified workforce, managers must efficiently and successfully deliver and manage learning experiences for their employees. These experiences must be easily accessible and easily tracked.

Guest post by Jason Silberman

Believe me when I tell you that using organizational learning technology is going to make your life easier if you have a leadership role. You know of course that as a leader, your employees must be in a state of organized, constant learning in order for your guidance, no matter how minute per increment, to work at all.

As a leader, when you make corrections or change how something works, your workers must learn to think differently, and to do their jobs differently. Without a good plan for how learning will work, then any change bigger than minor tweaks is going to fall flat and quickly.

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With that said, I shall spend a little time here explaining the benefits of using organizational learning technology, and give you a few closing tips on how to get started. I also want to touch on (LMS) learning management systems for a minute before we’re done too.

So, the biggest and most important benefit of this technology I’d like to see everyone take away from this is that it handles an issue about adult learning that is often not addressed. Sole reliance on traditional classroom environments, text books and scholastic exercises really don’t work that well for non-abstract knowledge, and frankly, they seldom work that well for them either. This becomes a bigger issue in adult learning where individuals are accustomed to hands on understanding of any given thing pertinent to them.

Interactive Guidance Software

This barrier is hard to overcome, but technology exists that actually will help. Interactive guidance software, embedded within websites and online service software, can facilitate a hands-on learning experience, replacing the tedium of classrooms and textbook learning. These tools will guide pupils through new learning via controlled practical application, which ensures that it is practically relatable, and is delivered in the method most people naturally learn through.

Now, I said I wanted to talk about learning management systems before I closed this up, and so let’s do so.

With the rapid evolution of technology, increased job requirements, and a diversified workforce, managers must efficiently and successfully deliver and manage learning experiences for their employees. These experiences must be easily accessible and easily tracked.

Learning Management System

A Learning Management System (LMS) is an incredibly valuable tool for training, and evaluating results. Basically, with a management system in place, you can track who is learning what, and how far they have progressed. They allow the outlining of goals and metrics in a way that it can be handled just like any other project, something you’re used to by now. While LMS’s was at one time only used by large companies, with both the budget available and the large workforce that required a tool to help manage their learning process, nowadays learning management systems are used by companies of all sizes, as a way to monitor the success and impact of workforce training.

Combined, self-guidance technology could be made to work for LMS’s as well. This solution is good for this because while it tracks and trains workers on new technology or information, it can internally grade their progress and proficiency, and present this information in any way you really want. From this, you can build your metrics and track the progress of students very effectively. With these metrics, you can spot problems and balance pace without the annoyances you otherwise would contend with.


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Jason Silberman is marketing director at WalkMe, the world’s first interactive online guidance system, which helps training professions to accelerate training times, reduce training costs and maximize performance efficiency. He is also the lead author and editor of Training Station, a blog devoted to news and ideas on training, learning and organizational development. Follow him at @tstationblog.

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