Maritime eLearning- The What, Why, And How!
What is eLearning?
eLearning aims at delivering learning and training through the use of digital resources. eLearning is based on formalized teaching and is provided through electronic devices such as PCs, tablets, or even cellular phones that are connected to the internet. It allows users to learn whenever and wherever they want at their convenience. eLearning is simply training, learning, or education delivered online via a computer or digital device.
Marine professionals get regularly trained to avoid becoming out-thought and out-of-date by the rapidly evolving maritime regulatory system. New worldwide regulatory frameworks present increasingly complicated difficulties for personnel, necessitating better maritime education and training levels, computer literacy, critical thinking, information analysis, and synthesis abilities.
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How eLearning aids Maritime Job Training and Familiarization
The shipping business is one of the most severely regulated industries. It involves complex rules, guidelines, and regulations that must be followed at the regional and worldwide levels. This includes construction requirements and crew competence standards, encompassing all International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules and export, environmental, and labor norms that apply to seafarers.
Shipping firms can use eLearning solutions to train their personnel to navigate this complicated regulatory landscape efficiently and cost-effectively. Specifically, marine organizations gain a plethora of benefits from implementing maritime eLearning for employee training.
- Training Adaptability – Employees can learn at their own pace via eLearning, eliminating the requirement for time away from work to attend actual classes. This flexibility is a game-changer in a sector with tight timetables, where there are often unanticipated delays or rushed shipments, and maintains offices and staff worldwide.
- Savings on expenses – Online learning is comparatively cheaper than traditional classroom-based learning, and the savings compound as the number of learners increases.
- Central deployment and control – With eLearning and a little help from the IT team, one can easily handle, oversee, and secure learning content across all locations while offering centralized management of the entire process. Maritime companies can also keep their employees updated on the latest rules and regulations as soon as it gets delivered by the IMO.
- Insights – Managers may keep track of courses, groups of learners, or even single employees across all of their global branches and offices using eLearning platforms. The extensive reporting capabilities keep them abreast of everything related to training, attendance, test scores, skill gaps, etc.
- Onboarding process standardization – Employee orientation (or “onboarding”) is nothing more than the rapid teaching of new employees about their tasks and responsibilities, and eLearning is also applicable here. A learning management system (LMS) could be used with a customized onboarding course to educate new hires on the company’s operational processes, rules, IMO, agency regulations, sexual harassment legislation, and other maritime-related regulations.
Common elements of eLearning systems to look out for!
A good eLearning environment is aided by a software system known as a “Learning Management System,” or LMS. LMS is primarily a web-based eLearning platform that provides access to learning content, delivers exams, tracks learner progress, and provides metrics and analytics to gauge the efficacy of the training organization. It is widely used across different industries to manage and oversee employee training programs. For example, an LMS is an effective tool for the maritime industry to facilitate necessary training for maritime professionals. The following features support a modern, high-quality LMS.
1. Customizable Dashboard: A customizable dashboard that provides a complete view of the courses, activities, learner’s progress, and notifications.
2. Course Creation and Management: The ability to create and manage training courses, along with creating content, uploading files, setting deadlines, and assigning grades.
3. Learning Pathways: The ability to create custom learning pathways for employees based on their needs and goals.
4. eLearning Tools: The ability to add multimedia content, including videos, slideshows, graphical materials, etc.
5. Learners’ Progress Tracking: The ability to track employees’ learning graphs and view their performance grades.
6. Assessment Tools: Tools to assess employee comprehension and mastery of the material.
7. Communication Tools: Tools for communication between employees and instructors, such as forums, chats, and announcements.
8. Integration with social media platforms: The ability to integrate with social media platforms to foster better collaboration and networking.
9. Ease of Use: The LMS should be easy to use, with a user-friendly interface.
10. Support for mobile devices: The LMS should be accessible on mobile devices for any time and anywhere learning.
11. Multi-language support: The LMS should offer multi-language support to facilitate international learning.
12. Learning Record Store (LRS): The ability to store and track data about employee learning history, such as which courses they have taken, what activities they participated in, and how they have performed.
13. Gamification: The use of gaming elements and game-based tutorials to engage users and motivate them to achieve their goals.
14. White-labelling: The ability to white-label the LMS for branding purposes.
15. 24X7 Support: The LMS should offer 24X7 support to ensure that users can get help whenever they need it.
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Why Skill Lake is a good choice for Maritime eLearning
Skill Lake LMS reveals numerous exclusive capabilities for maritime organizations and their people. Skill Lake presents:
- Accountability through self-paced learning.
- Synchronous, asynchronous, and hybrid learning
- Ability to recognize skill gaps and assign instructions.
- Deployability on local servers as well as on the cloud.
- Personalized learning journeys with coaching and mentoring.
- Gamification to promote more engaging and progressive learning.
- Hybrid learning approach with online & offline modes.
- Promotes learning from anywhere and anytime.
- Supports micro-learning and flipped learning.
- Centralized access to training and course materials.
Skill Lake helps scale training projects in response to your organization’s expanding skill development requirements. Our LMS ties learning to both individual goals and organizational needs. Skill Lake encourages learning accountability and assists in tracking competency development targets, activities, and deadlines across the organization, improving the entire learning experience. The LMS enables you to foster a culture of continuous learning and growth.
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