Learning happens everywhere, continuously – it’s not just about work or school. At its best, learning means inspiring insights, the accumulation of new knowledge and skills. Our goal in Priima LMS is to build the best possible framework for developing competencies and supporting diverse learning processes.
At the center of competence development
Continuous learning and competence development are important themes in both corporate and educational fields. The most important asset and competitive factor of a company is usually the competence of its personnel. Also in educational institutions, the development of staff competence is at the center, as the contents, habits and methods of learning and studying are undergoing changes and the importance of working life cooperation is increasingly emphasized at different school levels. At its best, the learning process is part of work and everyday life – learning the skills and competences that are needed in our own work, team and work community now and in the future. Of course, significant responsibility lies with the company management in enabling continuous learning in terms of strategic planning and practical implementation of competence development.
Different implementations of training
When planning different training implementatios for an LMS, it is important to first consider the key starting points:
• operating model; what to do and how to do it
• goals for learning and competences
• essential content
• target group(s)
Based on these, it will be easier to start designing and building course content on a learning platform. It is especially important to think about how to activate and engage the learner in the learning process: commitment and motivation are the cornerstones of learning.
Constructing course content in Priima is quick and easy, when the operating model, goals and content have been outlined. When engaged learning is the goal, it is good to take that into consideration throughout the whole process of producing the multidisciplinary module; from design to implementation. Genuine engagement means reflecting the interaction of the whole learning process so that the learner is an active participant throughout the path.
Means of activation and engagement
So how can one activate and engage in Priima LMS? In many ways! It is good to break the content into small parts, for example according to the subgoals. This makes it easier to understand large entities of content and they can be digested one step at a time. At the same time, it is a good idea to activate the learner’s previous knowledge and skills; to help and support the integration of the new with the already existing. When designing assignments, it should be considered whether they are independent tasks or tasks that will be corrected and commented on. Peer review is also a viable option for processing together the reflections. The goal and the desired implementation determine the content sections as well as the settings for assignments and results that are appropriate for each situation.
The variety and the accessibility of learning material are important, because they help to reach the target group. Sometimes it may be wise to provide the same content in a multimedia format as different options, if the target group is wide and varying. A certain familiarity is always good, but on the other hand, the material may become dull if it always stays similar. The learning material can also be interactive and thus support motivation and engagement.
Priima is going to be updated to version 1.7 in early September: existing features have been improved and some new features are also on the way. There’s a lot more new and interesting things coming in the autumn as well – stay tuned and follow us elsewhere on social media too!
Henna-Riikka & Priima team