Tuesday, 17 October 2017

e-Learning in the Forest Industry

Forestry is a key industry in Canada and involves managing and conserving forests in a sustainable manner. In Alberta alone, more than 150 companies are involved in forestry either at the primary level or the secondary (manufacture of timber products) or tertiary (cabinetry and furniture making) level. In British Columbia, the forestry industry has historically been a major employer, despite facing many environmental challenges in recent years. To reflect a rapidly changing industry, foresters must possess a wide range of skills. Online learning can facilitate education in forestry.
The workforce in the forestry industry is likely to be widely dispersed, making it difficult for personnel to access traditional training methods; e-learning is therefore the obvious solution. As performance management becomes competency based, e-learning provides workers with the opportunity to gain the competencies required by their job description. Web-based learning management systems offer flexibility and freedom of scheduling, allowing a diversified workforce to access educational materials at a time and pace that suits their work commitments. E-learning offers all members of the workforce the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to perform their specific tasks effectively.

Sharable Content Object Reference Model

Initially developed by the Office of the United States Secretary of Defense, the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is now an industry standard file format for e-learning solutions, ensuring that online course content and learning management systems can interact successfully and training materials can be shared across systems.

Competency Development and Management

Our implementation of the Competency Management and Development System (CMDS) includes features for self-assessment and third-party validation of occupational knowledge and skills. The system is used to manage a comprehensive database of task-related competencies that are used to create job positions and profiles. Employees and contractors can access predetermined competencies for their individual jobs and then evaluate their own training, prior knowledge and experience to determine whether they need further training. Competencies can be developed by workers in the oil and gas industry to reflect the work they actually do. Both technical (hard) skills and soft skills can be developed. An extensive knowledge base allows for easy access to training resources online. Approximately 5,000 employees in almost 100 energy companies across Canada now use this system for their training and professional development needs.

How Shift iQ Can Help

Learning management systems can use e-learning to fulfill training needs and assess and validate technical skills and appropriate certification. Shift iQ’s competency-based, SCORM compliant learning management system is the quickest and easiest way to develop and deliver training programs. It offers everything for your organization’s training and assessment needs including, among other features: knowledge- and skills-based assessment, certification and competency tracking, certification eligibility assessment, multilingual support and SCORM-compliant import and export. Results can be instantly analyzed through reports that provide up-to-the-minute feedback tied directly to your organization’s objectives.
For more information about Shift iQ, visit www.shiftiq.com

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