Learning Items in SkillBuilder® LMS

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Have you ever wanted to design a training program, but were limited to the capabilities of your LMS? Or has your LMS had the functionality, but you’ve been in a bit of a design rut, not sure how to branch away from typical online delivery of training? Well, SkillBuilder® LMS may be the answer you’re looking for.

This article will discuss the many ways SkillBuilder® LMS can accommodate an instructional designer’s dream scenarios. It will identify what we refer to as Learning Items and describe how you can incorporate them into various Learning Paths for your learners to complete.

Learning Items in SkillBuilder® LMS: An Instructional Designer’s Dream

What is a Learning Item?

In order to provide multiple ways for learners to acquire knowledge and skills, we’ve identified and developed a collection of learning, evaluation and recognition items, called Learning Items. Each Learning Item represents a piece of knowledge, a skill, a course, a test, or a training requirement that learners must complete. What’s great about Learning Items is they allow instructional designers to incorporate all types of learning activities into a training program and deliver (and manage) learning in a single LMS. For example, you could include documentation that learners must download and read, a SCORM- or Tin Can-compliant online course, a video, a resource on the web, and an exam all in a single learning path. It’s not just online learning!

Let’s take a closer look at the different Learning Items available to you:

Why are multiple Learning Items important?

At the core of adult learning theory is the notion of self-concept: “as a person matures, their self-concept moves from one of being a dependent personality toward one of being a self-directed human being”. This allows adult learners to take part in directing their own learning, requiring instructional designers to provide options and flexibility in how learning is completed. It’s equally important to remember that people’s learning preferences vary, and learning can happen in many ways. The Learning Items identified above address this challenge and equip you with ways to create training and offer flexibility.

Additionally, mixing and matching these items helps keep a training program fresh. Nothing demotivates a learner more than the same old training, presented in the same old way. Challenge your learners, think outside the box, and see the benefits.


The next time you are creating a training program, use these Learning Item types as a blueprint for your design. Learning doesn’t just need to be packaged in an online course or in a classroom, and true blended learning uses a variety of approaches. However, you also need to ensure that your LMS can support your design and it can be frustrating when it doesn’t; It takes all the creativity out of your design when your only option is an online course. Ready to take your training to the next level? SkillBuilder® LMS can help.

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Sarah Flesher

Sarah is an Instructional Designer at BaseCorp Learning Systems and is currently completing a PhD in Educational Technology. Her research focuses on implementing competency-based learning systems in all types of organizations. When she doesn't have her nose in a book you can find her at the gym, on the ice, on the ski hill, drinking wine or in a coffee shop … with her nose in a book.

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