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Learning Management System – The New Way for On-the-Job Training

23 June 2015

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On-the-job training (OJT) is a training approach where employees get a chance to see how their training lessons work in practice. Simply put, it is more like field testing of techniques and ideas. It not only leads to a better understanding but also a better grasp of the concepts and processes. Both small and large organizations are now adopting on-the-job training approach. In fact, it has become quite common across industries.

On-the-job Training Limitations

Though OJT is a brilliant way of teaching and developing employee skills, it does have certain limitations. For example, you may be unable to train your employees and pass down relevant skills within the designated time period if the trainer is out of town or not well. Scheduling training and then cancelling them sends a message to the employees that the organization is least concerned about employee development and training, which de-motivates them and impacts their performance negatively.

Time is also a big issue when it comes to on-the-job training. It is important to understand that not all employees have the same learning abilities. Some may grasp concepts and learn skills fast while others may take some time. Therefore, trainers must give employees enough time to learn and practice, rushing does not help.

Learning Management System for OJT

Learning management system is perhaps the best way to overcome on-the-job training limitations successfully. Depending on your organizational training needs, you can easily use the LMS to provide employees best and consistent training without cancelling or rescheduling the training session even if the trainer is away. Trainers can upload courses and materials from anywhere and ensure training sessions are carried as scheduled.

Some LMS platforms also provide options like in-class training (instructor led training) and virtual classroom options. This allows the trainer to connect with trainees and conduct face-to-face video conferences surpassing geographical limitations.

The learning management system gives trainers the opportunity to add training courses, reference materials, on-the-job training tasks and exams to evaluate trainees after the session. It also allows you to assign on-the-job training tasks to employees at their work station.

This gives the trainees ample time to understand tasks, and learn and develop new skills at their own pace, without any stress or pressure. It leads to better understanding and better concept and skill retention.

LMS has truly modified the on-the-job training approach by making it more flexible and simple for both trainers and trainees.

A learning management system also enables trainers to assess and test job competencies by uploading tests and exams that employees can take after the session. This provides trainers quantitative results of the training session, helps them track training success rates, and enables them to modify courses depending on the training results obtained.

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