A Learning Management System (LMS) is one of the best tools to have in the employee training and e-learning environment. With the introduction of cloud-computing, the LMS opened up enormous possibilities for the seamless management of e-courses and assessment data across any device.

While most Learning Management Systems have incredible tools for the administration of courses, and many have impressive course authoring capabilities as well, the one area where LMSs are often lacking is in the collection and reporting of detailed data. While an LMS may be able to tell you when a user last logged in, or what course they last used, almost all of them are useless when it comes to in-course action reporting.

For example, if you want to find out how much time a learner spent in each question, how much detail on each page they clicked on, how many times they tried and re-tried to arrive at the correct answer, or any other fine detailed reporting like that, it’s unlikely an LMS would be able to give you that detailed data on it’s own.

That’s why at Simutech, in addition to our LMS, we also use what’s known as a Learning Record Store (LRS).

An LRS receives and records click-by-click user experiences and stores them in an accessible database. An LRS complements an LMS so that you can both administer and track the detailed data from your learner’s engagement and interaction with their e-learning and training courses.

We’ve put together this list of how an LRS can help you train your maintenance technicians in a way that’s beneficial to their learning, and your company’s bottom line:

  1. Get detailed data: As we’ve stated, the sheer amount of data an LRS can collect and store in it’s servers is almost infinite. In our Simutech Training System, our LRS track each click a user makes in the courses, allowing us to compile an incredible amount of data on the path it took a user to arrive at the solution to the problems posed in our courses. It’s core to our methodology that it isn’t just about whether you troubleshooted a broken component or machine, it’s also about the process. The detailed reporting capabilities of our LRS allow us to easily and efficiently track whether users are following the 5-Step Simutech Troubleshooting Process, and quickly course-correct if necessary. This is part of the unique experience that sets Simutech apart from other e-learning companies
  2. Customize your training plan: With the detailed user data collected in the LRS, you are better equipped to understand how well each of your technicians are doing solving specific kinds of faults, and where they might be struggling. Knowledge is power when it comes to training your employees, and knowing where their strengths lay and where they still need to improve will better equip you to customize a training plan for them, as well as place them in key areas of the factory where you can be sure they will excel. Only with an LRS can you dig deep into the detailed data necessary to create customized training.
  3. Assess learning and candidates: Many customers use LMS training courses to assess prospective candidates for maintenance and technician positions at their plants. It’s a great way to be able to capture a person’s knowledge base and skill level before hiring them. An LMS only takes you so far in understanding a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses though. Combined with detailed LRS data, you can be sure you’re making the right hiring decision for your company. At Simutech we specialize in testing and assessment, and the LRS data we offer as part of our training software complements the assessments administered through our LMS.

If you’re interested in learning more about how Simutech’s LMS and LRS combined learning approach can benefit your company, reach out to us today at [email protected]

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