SkillBuilder LMS: Facilitating Your Practical Skill Training and Evaluation

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What does a Learning Management System (LMS) have to offer for practical skill training and evaluation? LMSs are known for their value in managing, organizing and delivering online learning, but, as we’ve been discussing this month, purely online learning isn’t the right choice for some skills. Physical or practical skills must be practiced and demonstrated physically. Today, we’ll look at what an LMS like SkillBuilder® LMS can contribute to the practical skill training and evaluation process.

SkillBuilder® LMS: Facilitating Your Practical Skill Training and Evaluation

SkillBuilder® LMS will help you present cognitive training, track and manage practical skills training and organize the whole process. It continues to deliver after your training’s done by documenting compliance and providing the data and analytics you need to review and improve your training program.

1. Cognitive elements of practical skills

Practical skills usually involve cognitive elements. Common prerequisites for practical skill training include:

  • Health and safety information and policies
  • Emergency procedures
  • Background information
  • An introduction to the practical skill procedure
  • Review of necessary equipment and controls

SkillBuilder® LMS can play an integral role in delivering, organizing and tracking cognitive learning. It offers may options to help your learners learn what they need to know and to ensure they’ve met the requirements to progress to skill demonstration and practice.

2. Physical or psychomotor skills

Once learners have completed the cognitive elements of their training, they’re ready to start work on the skill itself. Don’t make the mistake of skipping this step; knowing a procedure is not the same thing as being able to perform it. The best technique for skill training in most cases is to follow a three-step process:

1. Demonstrate the skill: A supervisor or other skilled demonstrator performs the skill while explaining what they are doing.

2. Allow for skill practice with supervision and coaching: Learners have the opportunity to practice performing the skill with the assistance of an experienced coach. The coach’s involvement should gradually decrease as the learner develops competency.

3. Evaluate the skill: Assess the learner’s ability to perform the skill to established standards. This should be a task-based test, where “employees actually perform a real job task in a real work environment or a realistic simulation of it.”

Most skill training occurs on-the-job, not online, but that doesn’t mean a good LMS doesn’t play a key role. The chart below lists some of the ways your LMS should contribute to practical skill training and evaluation.

3. Tie it all together in a learning path

Training for a given skill can involve a range of activities. Don’t present your learner with a learning item salad; SkillBuilder® LMS lets you bring your activities together in a learning path, an individualized sequence of learning activities that allow the learner to master skills and critical tasks and functions in small steps.

Learning and evaluation items are presented to the learner in a recommended or required order. Paths can include optional items for those who need more background or want more detail, allowing learners to take control of their learning.

4. Reporting and analysis

According to eLearning Industry, inadequate tracking is a common error when creating skill-based certifications. Integrating your training in an LMS like SkillBuilder® will help you avoid this and many other problems. SkillBuilder® LMS’s analytic and reporting capabilities will help you:

  • Keep track of learner progress – who’s completed what and who’s still working on it
  • Track down issues with your training program – are there points where you’re losing learners? Evaluations that a significant proportion of learners are struggling with?
  • Verify and document regulatory compliance – generate lists of employees who have completed required training and their completion dates, of employees who still need to be certified, or of employees whose certification is nearing expiry

Conclusion

SkillBuilder® LMS will help you organize, present and manage practical skills training through the learning process and beyond. Cognitive and practical elements of training are combined into learning paths as learner progress is tracked and recorded.

Find out what else an LMS can do for you at SkillBuilder® LMS’s customer success stories.

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Jill W.

Jill is an Instructional Designer at BaseCorp Learning Systems with more than 10 years of experience researching, writing and designing effective learning materials. She is fascinated by the English language and enjoys the challenge of adapting her work for different audiences. After work, Jill continues to leverage her professional experience as she works toward the development of a training program for her cats. So far, success has not been apparent.

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