Park, public land, and recreation organizations’ most significant investment is in their workforce. It’s clear that the services and programs offered by these organizations are dependent upon motivated and competent staff. As organizational needs change to match the public’s expectations, or experienced employees leave, organizations often find themselves on the short end of the talent stick, and in need of ways to develop their employees.
But, how can they ensure that the learning and development of employees is moving in the right direction for agency goals, or being completed on time? The approach most organizations use who are focused on talent management is a Learning Management System (LMS).
What does an LMS do?
Learning Management Systems (LMSs) come in many different shapes and sizes. For employees, an LMS performs two primary functions, 1) it provides a catalog of learning opportunities (courses), and 2) a transcript of completed courses. In some cases, highly motivated employees can become much more skilled by finding skill gaps and enrolling in professional development learning opportunities. While most systems do much more than this, these are their primary functions.
For managers and supervisors, LMSs can serve to create, assign, and monitor learning and development. In conjunction with job skills and competencies loaded into the LMS, the online LMS helps managers to do the following:
- assess the skill level of agency staff,
- identify training that fills skill gaps that may exist,
- ensure that employees get the training required, and eventually
- create a more skilled and effective organization.
Does your agency need an LMS?
Until recently, learning management systems were expensive and usually reserved for universities, federal agencies, and large corporations. With the proliferation of cloud-based software, LMSs have become accessible on a much broader scale.
Now you can unlock the power of an LMS to provide your agency with the following benefits:
- Organize your agency’s knowledge resources and make them available to all employees
- Track employee course enrollment and completion
- Standardize onboarding (AKA orientation) processes
- Improve the efficiency and consistency of volunteer training
- Track employee growth and advancement
- Improve and track mandatory compliance
- Evaluate employee training needs and gaps
- Measure the results of your training
The Eppley Institute has the experience and expertise in LMSs that you need. At Eppley, we have interfaced for a dozen years with Indiana University’s learning management systems and with two federal learning management systems, and we operate two LMSs of our own. The IU systems are designed for formal 8-and-16-week courses offered to enrolled, mostly full time, students. The federal systems are designed to provide online access to web-based training and registration for regional training events for federal employees.
Our Eppley-based LMS, ProValens Learning, is designed to provide free and for-fee access to online courses and webinars. Eppley is currently developing a new platform, proV LEAP, that will allow agencies to have their own agency-specific space within the platform, effectively giving each agency their own LMS. This LMS will be capable of handling online as well as classroom-based courses, including the existing catalog of courses at provalenslearning.com.
As the Eppley Institute develops proV LEAP, our services will continue to assist agencies in developing more capable and highly performing employees in an affordable way. Stay tuned as we roll out this product offering in Fall 2019.