Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Desperately Seeking the Community College Advantage

Re-evaluating Your Learning Management Systems

Most Learning Management Systems (LMS) are out of date. The consequences may not seem dire at the surface, but this is a critical time for a new paradigm of learning to emerge. Many LMS products evolved at a time when learning institutions did not face the crisis of today. Colleges and universities are going broke at a time when industry is screaming for skilled labour. Governments are struggling to correct the massive mismatch between people, funding, and jobs.

What's changed?

  1. Older LMS products were based on the idea that learning is a set of courses to manage. No longer: employers want verifiable and relevant skills, not just courses.
  2. There is a massive disruption happening right now. Learning organizations of every stripe are desperately seeking another model.
The request is clear: The old LMS system that evolved from university-style courses cannot keep up with the current global disruption to learning and demand for skills.

So what's the burning question?

How do we create a new learning product that will scale and empower Skills Development?

And what's the answer?

The answer is startlingly simple: we need Skills Development (SD) that is tightly connected to the workforce. Without this match between learning and the "right" learning (skills), we will get what we're getting today: an educational crisis.
Two big problems created the mismatch:
  1. A well documented skills shortage: many sectors are unable to find properly trained labour
  2. The labour coming out schools is without the "right" skills
This mismatch has huge negative implications. Who is best to deliver a scaled solution? Again, the answer is clear: community colleges.
Today, community colleges aren't just delivering warmed-over university classes. They are responsible for a new intersection between INDUSTRY, APPLIED RESEARCH, and SKILLS DEVELOPMENT (more on research at a later date).

How are forward-thinking colleges connecting people with jobs at scale?

  1. New SD (Skills Development) products have evolved a much more responsive set of tools designed to connect industry with the right skills and with the right analytical tools.
  2. A "paradigm shift" is happening around "industry-defined skills development" as one of the best ways to create system/sector level productivity and employment.

What's the paradigm shift?

How does your old LMS product manage Skills Development? The paradigm shift requires that we let go of the LMS as a repository of courses, but ask for a superior Skills Development solution, a comprehensive system of managing and connecting Skills Development at three intersecting levels:
  1. User
  2. Organization
  3. Sector and industry

What's the bottom line?

The LMS is dead. Learning is no longer about courses. Learning is about skills, abilities, and knowledge that can be demonstrated, measured, and tracked.
Best in class organizations tightly connect Skills Development with industry needs using SD products such as Shift iQ.

What's in it for the learner?

New SD products take old LMS thinking to next level. They offer users a model best described as mastery-based learning. These "learning experiences" are highly experiential. They often using QR codes, for example, to create just in time on-the-job training that can be tracked and credentialed.
In a nutshell, it's all about relevant skills learning.
The skills learning model creates highly engaging and perhaps most importantly, HIGHLY RELEVANT, learning experiences that integrate hands-on training to every learning task. This paradigm of learning often uses "competency-based learning outcomes" and delivers modular components that allow learners to work within their target zone of skills development: learners are able to reinforce and build upon their prior knowledge. Learners practice at the "edge of learning": mastering new skills in a way that is highly engaged and career relevant.

What's in it for the learning organization?

Many leading learning organizations are now partnering with industry using Skills Development systems that:
  1. Match industry competencies with learning outcomes
  2. Develop responsive ways of keeping the learner up-to-date
  3. Education and industry can now utilize the learning data to create system-wide employment competencies sets that are current, well-understood, and allow guaranteed levels of learner success
21st Century Skills Development tools such as Shift iQ allow organizations to finally invest their resources in the right skills with the right people at the right time.

What's in it for the sector or industry?

Leading edge thinkers know that Skills Development products such as Shift iQ allow the rational, organized development of an entire sector or industry in two core ways:
  1. This level of skilled workforce development allows for game-changing levels of productivity as well as rapid deployment of a skilled workforce.
  2. Community colleges who partner with industry and government with products like Shift iQ enable an unprecedented level of strategic thinking in the development of laddered and interconnected workforces.

Need More Information?

Need a video demo? Need info? Please contact Alan Roberts or Stan Chung at Shift iQ to discuss ways we can help you and your organization. Send us an email or give us a call us toll-free +1 (888) 435-0981.

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