Throughout the years, governments have always been accepted as the country’s foundation that enforces regulations and policies that uphold the common good. This is a critical role in any local or federal sector. In general, governments are expected to be well versed and competent in their work. More so, because they are elected public officials especially those who are tasked with decision making that can make or break a regime.
Due to this, government institutions hire the most qualified people for the job role and ensure they stay up to date with the latest government regulations and procedures. However, changes in the current processes happen frequently in the blink of an eye such as new local or federal laws or bills being passed, game-changing processes, and other major amendments to the current system in place. Innovations in IT has always been the go to solution for government organizations for various challenges faced.
This challenge provides an opportunity to provide reinvented training platforms to easily educate employees who work in these government sectors. An example of learning innovation is the Learning Management System (LMS) with some being specially created for government training purpose.
Advantages of using the Learning Management System (LMS)
The list of advantages that can be gained from using LMS for government is numerous and provides an avenue for continuous learning especially those in key positions in government institutions. Some of the other benefits include:
- Developing employee specific learning and development paths
- Meeting regulatory and compliance training requirements
- Managing and tracking all employee training records
- Deploying training initiatives to remote workers
- Reducing risk and variations due to standardized training content
- Equipping government personnel with the key skills to provide quality service to the public
Government Entities using the Learning Management System (LMS)
There are a lot of government institutions that use a Learning Management System (LMS) and we have listed here some examples of government entities using LMS for their training requirements:
- United States (US) Department of Commerce
Being an important US department that details with the business and commerce landscape of the US, the Department of Commerce (DOC) is expected to have employees that are well educated of the on the company system, new platforms and other critical business details. The LMS called Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) Next Generation Learning Management System (NGLMS) is the chosen learning management system for DOC and its bureaus. They concluded that the Department of Commerce employees are more productive, and effectively trained with the aid of the Learning Management System (LMS).
- New Zealand Ministry of Justice
New Zealand, the Ministry of Justice employs around 3500 staff and using the traditional learning system costs the company millions that could have been properly allocated to more priority milestones.
needed an LMS which would support learners across the country in a wide range of roles, and to support a blended programmed for new recruits. They chose to work with Totara Partner Kino Pacific to implement a new LMS. This LMS, called ‘Thrive’, is now used as a central learning platform for all Ministry of Justice employees. Since its implementation, use of the organization’s LMS has increased by over 100%, and almost 80% of employees have accessed the platform since its launch. 64% of employees come back to do more than one course, demonstrating that Thrive has been a resounding success with learners.
- Somerset County Council
Somerset County Council has over 5,000 employees, and managers needed a smarter way to conduct staff appraisals for this many people.
They needed a way to improve the team and individual performance through continuous discussion and feedback to enable employees to meet organizational and personal objectives and chose to facilitate this with Totara LMS, with the help of Learning Pool.
Learning Pool helped Somerset County Council enhance their existing Totara LMS, ‘The Learning Centre’, by building an adapted appraisals process directly into the LMS. This has enabled Somerset County Council to collect better data about its employees and conduct more
valuable appraisals for more efficient performance management.
- Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA)
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is a government statutory authority seeking to protect Australia’s sporting integrity and health of athletes through the elimination of doping. Following a series of high-profile doping cases, ASADA needed a new LMS to enable them to educate and engage learners about anti-doping.
ASADA partnered with Kino Pacific, who helped them implement Totara LMS as a key platform for stakeholder engagement. The award-winning platform is used to award Open Badges to the 38,000 learners using it to access learning, with over 50,000 badges awarded since the platform launched. The platform saves ASADA $26,000 on training a year and has led to a 40% increase in user satisfaction with the LMS.
- Northumberland County Council
Another successful implementation of managed IT services for government is the deployment of Totara LMS for Northumberland County Council.
The council had struggled to deliver learning to 6,000 employees spread across a large geographical area. They needed a cost-effective, flexible solution to replace their multiple legacy databases and platforms and chose to work with Totara Partner Learning Pool to introduce Totara LMS to the council. Totara LMS is now used to actively manage team development, with quick, easy and consistent access to all learning content. This platform also enables partners outside the council’s corporate network to access the resources they need, reducing learning administration. This platform has revolutionized Northumberland County Council’s approach to L&D and reduced the cost of training delivery by a staggering 80%. It also saves over 10,000 hours of classroom delivery a year, as well as 1,200 hours of administration time, enabling the council to focus on providing more training to its staff.
Learning Management System (LMS) is truly an amazing innovation in today’s generation since it can further improve the training process especially in the local and federal government sector. This is a much-needed revolution that can only improve the system in place.
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