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Ask the expert: Shameema Parveen

How can eLearning and Learning Management Systems (LMS) benefit shipping organisations in terms of human resources development?

How can eLearning and Learning Management Systems (LMS) benefit shipping organisations in terms of human resources development?

The changing face of the middle east's sea freight industry

In today's ever-changing business landscape, the sea freight industry is experiencing a period of continuous evolution in all aspects of its operations, from port technology through to supply chain processes.

During such periods of development, it becomes essential for organisations to keep abreast with innovative business and industry accepted practices in order to maximise their market opportunities and gain a distinctive edge over competition.

Amidst the increasing challenges of operating in a regulated and compliance oriented environment, implementing a Learning Management System
(LMS) has the potential to help businesses to automate their learning delivery to employees, and ensure and track its completion.

Recognising the need to acquire, distribute and manage knowledge in the sea freight industry, companies such as Edutech are offering a range of solutions to facilitate productivity and enhance performance with a real understanding of the knowledge value chain.

Making a Smart choice for your investment budgets

Highly competitive industries, such as the shipping sector in the Middle East, require organisations to prune their operating costs to increase profitability and productivity.

In order to achieve this, more and more sea freight companies are investing in their workforce to encourage continuous learning and development, in an effort to boost their productivity and acquire a better position to succeed in a competitive environment, whatever the cost.

Adopting a modern learning technique in your operations

Learning takes on various forms, which include methods such as instructor-led training, on the job training, online synchronous learning, coaching and mentoring, simulator sessions, lab sessions, exercises, blended learning and eLearning.

With increasing focus on continuous learning and development, organisations are beginning to rely on eLearning to achieve efficiency in terms of manageability and cost. eLearning has also proven to be effective in delivering consistent benefits across organisations, addressing sophisticated locations and time requirements, and serves as an effective method of learning reinforcement.

The backbone of most eLearning programmes is a Learning Management System (LMS) - a system that manages student registration, course management, eLearning delivery and learner tracking."

"For instance, an employee can log into the learning system and see a complete course catalogue, courses assigned to develop skills in a current job, and a list of training due for completion.

Additionally, gathered information can be compiled, which will provide a reliable basis for the improvement of future training activities.

The benefits of implementing e-Learning systems

Some of the key benefits for implementing an eLearning system include increased productivity through a centralised learning system that offers systematised tracking and measuring structure for learning courses and effectiveness.

It is imperative for employees to be well-trained on standard operating procedures, including customs, health and safety, and supply chain service processes.

Learning Management Systems have evolved to become a part of a Human Capital and Talent Management System that encompasses learning management, performance management, career and succession planning, compensation and benefits, and workforce planning.

With innovative applications, which has made it more than a system to track training events, LMS has since been a core business application within organisations much like an ERP, SCM or CRM as the business benefits derived are directly related to profitability and productivity of the organisation.

This has led to an increased recognition of the system across important sectors, including the shipping industry, but also banking, finance, hospitality, government, manufacturing, technology and research organisations.

Another benefit of Edutech's LMS-based solutions is that they will enable shipping managers and administrators to reduce the time spent on training compared to using conventional classroom methods.

In essence, the efficient solutions offered by Edutech will aid organisations as they are designed to mobilise the right people, content, tools and technologies to fully leverage the existing and emerging growth prospects in the region.

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Toni Joseph 12 years ago

Can you Please advise me on the institutes available in Dubai that offers courses on Shipping/Sea Freight Management