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Project Management of Large-Scale Learning Projects

 

SMT Learning has significant experience managing large multi-million dollar learning projects. We can assist your organization with structuring a project, planning timelines for tasks and milestones and managing resources. When you choose SMT to manage your project, you ensure the timely and accurate completion of your learning project with a quality that will exceed your expectations.

 

Workforce Competency Development & Assurance

 

SMT Learning is available to consult on workforce competency development and assurance. We will work with you to identify the specific competency goals of your organization and develop strategies to improve and optimize workforce performance.

 

Implementation of Learning Management Systems & Learning Content Management Systems

 

SMT Learning uses a powerful, enterprise-level LCMS (Learning Content Management System) to power the development and deployment of our learning solutions. Additionally, our familiarity with this and several other LCMS and LMS platforms has made our development personnel experts in their implementation of these systems. We are available to consult with and assist organizations in the process of implementing, launching and maintaining these systems.

 

Analysis of Existing Knowledge-Based Platforms & Infrastructures

Whether your knowledge platforms need a slight adjustment or a complete overhaul, SMT Learning can consult with you to develop a high-level understanding of the current state of your training infrastructures.

We offer a full range of media and production services that stem from our broad set of development skills. For example, our graphic artists can help you liven up existing online or print-based training materials by:

  • Incorporating computer-generated static images
  • Developing 2D and 3D animations
  • Enhancing existing digitized photographs, images, and technical drawings
  • Producing and editing video

Our developers can work with you to ensure that your new or existing online instruction functions exactly as it should  by:

  • Developing online learning strategies, activities, and assessments
  • Integrating digital media for instructional purposes
  • Ensuring that your courses are complaint with interoperability standards such as AICC and SCORM
  • Converting your existing content from one platform to another
  • Solving courseware deployment problems on an existing LMS or LCMS
When there is an increase in knowledge and skills or a positive change in attitude, there is a direct correlation with improvement in performance.
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What is Instructional Design? Well, when we use the term Instructional Design, we’re referring to the process that we use to design instructional strategies and activities that ensure learners will acquire new knowledge, skills and attitudes. There are a number of different stages in the instructional design process. We begin by analyzing learning needs and goals. Once we’ve determined what an individual or organization’s learning needs and goals are, then we can start to design the activities and develop the instructional materials that will effectively meet those goals.

SMT Learning can assist you at any stage of the instructional design process. We can help you conduct an analysis of your current situation, in order to determine where the gaps are in your existing training program. As part of this analysis, we can also help you identify the learning needs and goals that are specific to your organization, and help you put together a plan to address these needs. The solutions that we can provide include custom eLearning, student workbooks, instructor manuals, and operating manuals.

SMT Learning offers a range of courseware conversion services. We’ll take your existing content, update it, and transform it into an online course. When we talk about course conversions, we could be talking about taking a powerpoint presentation and converting it into an online course or we could be talking about taking an existing online course and improving it from both a functionality perspective and a design perspective. Regardless of the format that your existing material is in, we can transform it into a fully functional online course.So what are the advantages of converting your existing training materials?

Once you convert your content into an online course you can track enrollments and student progress through your learning management system (LMS) or learning content management system (LCMS). Online courses can be taken anytime-anywhere, which means that they offer a flexible and affordable alternative to in-class training sessions. Converting paper-based training material into eLearning is also the best way to standardize your information and capture it for new hires and subsequent generations of employees.

High-quality, dynamic custom courseware – that’s our speciality.We employ a multi-step process, during which we work closely with you and your subject matter experts to ensure that the final product addresses all of your requirements.

During the initial phase of development, our Instructional Designers will work with your subject matter experts to identify the information or knowledge that your employees need to acquire.

Once they’ve identified the course content, our Instructional Designers build the storyboard that our graphic artists and developers will use to create the final course. The storyboard is the blueprint for the course and you’re subject matter experts play an active role in reviewing and approving this blueprint. During every phase of the development process, we give your subject matter experts the opportunity to provide feedback, and request changes. We’ll only proceed to the next stage of development once we’ve gotten their stamp of approval.

Made to Order

Accelerated Process

Real-time Communication

Technical Sophistication

Our innovative development approach allows us to address your organization’s unique needs, and ensure a positive impact on your bottom line. At SMT Learning, we believe you shouldn’t have to choose between quality and cost. And you shouldn’t take a back seat to anyone.
SMT Learning’s accelerated approach streamlines the process and ensures the fast and efficient development of your learning solution. Contact us to learn more about our accelerated approach.
Each member of the our team is available for discussions with your designated point-of-contact and project team members. Our direct communication strategy ensures you can always speak to the person responsible for a particular aspect of a learning solution, rather than having their questions and concerns filtered through a middleman or limited to email correspondence. We think of ourselves as the medium in which competency development is assured through the transformation of a collection of knowledge and ideas to a set of learner-centric strategies and activities.
Our workforce performance improvement solutions use various visual media such as 3D models, animations, video, photographs and 2D/3D static imagery. Learner engagement includes various discovery through exploration activities, critical thinking activities and occasionally short games as a method of transferring knowledge, skills and attitudes to your workforce.

What can we help you with?

A high performing workforce is agile, flexible, and competent. A high performing workforce is collegial with comradery as the cohesive fabric that binds it. A high performing workforce never accepts mediocrity but instead strives for exceptionalism, always looking for ways to do the things they do today, better and faster tomorrow.

  • eLearning
  • Skill Checks
  • Classroom Training
  • Workplace Safety
  • Training Manuals
  • Workplace Signage
  • Reference Manuals
  • User Manuals
  • Capture of Knowledge from experts
Performance

Ensuring employees are competent performing tasks starts with separating the knowledge and skills of a job. Knowledge consists of concepts, principles, procedures, and factual information that is committed to memory.

  • eLearning
  • Skill Checks
  • Classroom Training
  • Workplace Safety
  • Training Manuals
  • Workplace Signage
  • Reference Manuals
  • User Manuals
  • Capture of Knowledge from experts
Improving Capability

Competencies are the capabilities an individual needs to have to complete the tasks associated with his/her role in an organization.
Job Competency Profiles (JCPs) identify the set of competencies an individual needs to be able to perform all of the tasks associated with a specific role.

  • eLearning
  • Skill Checks
  • Classroom Training
  • Workplace Safety
  • Training Manuals
  • Workplace Signage
  • Reference Manuals
  • User Manuals
  • Capture of Knowledge from experts
Competencies

Best practices are a way of doing things that are accepted as being the best methods and/or techniques. Organizations can significantly improve their performance when they are constantly identifying best practices. This requires everyone in an organization to accept the fact that what is current today, could be obsolete or out-dated tomorrow! This is a result of being in a constant mode of finding ways to do those things an organization does today, better and faster tomorrow.

  • eLearning
  • Skill Checks
  • Classroom Training
  • Workplace Safety
  • Training Manuals
  • Workplace Signage
  • Reference Manuals
  • User Manuals
  • Capture of Knowledge from experts
Best Practices

Ensuring employees are competent performing tasks starts with separating the knowledge and skills of a job. Knowledge consists of concepts, principles, procedures, and factual information that is committed to memory.

  • eLearning
  • Skill Checks
  • Classroom Training
  • Workplace Safety
  • Training Manuals
  • Workplace Signage
  • Reference Manuals
  • User Manuals
  • Capture of Knowledge from experts
Knowledge

Ensuring employees are competent performing tasks starts with separating the knowledge and skills of a job. Skills are being able to do things, that is being able to apply knowledge to perform specific tasks.

  • eLearning
  • Skill Checks
  • Classroom Training
  • Workplace Safety
  • Training Manuals
  • Workplace Signage
  • Reference Manuals
  • User Manuals
  • Capture of Knowledge from experts
Skills

Attitude is very important. It is generally indicated by how an individual takes care his/her health, how one dresses, the pride they have in the quality of work they do, the respect they show for others, acceptance of other people’s opinions, and overall level of caring for their fellow man.

  • eLearning
  • Skill Checks
  • Classroom Training
  • Workplace Safety
  • Training Manuals
  • Workplace Signage
  • Reference Manuals
  • User Manuals
  • Capture of Knowledge from experts
Attitudes

Critical thinking in the workplace requires individuals to be competent at considering sources of information, synthesizing information, performing evaluations and making quick decisions. In today’s rapidly changing markets, good critical thinking skills are extremely important.

  • eLearning
  • Skill Checks
  • Classroom Training
  • Workplace Safety
  • Training Manuals
  • Workplace Signage
  • Reference Manuals
  • User Manuals
  • Capture of Knowledge from experts
Critical Thinking

One of the biggest challenges for most organizations is ensuring compliance with Government Legislated requirements. Compliance can apply to handling, transportation of dangerous goods, ensuring adequate training, ensuring compliance with finance and accuracy of finance statements, compliance with reporting unusual transactions to designated authorities overseeing anti-money laundering and anti terrorist funding, and ensuring necessary licensing and certifications are in place

Often industry will implement self-regulation through self-regulatory organizations that establish rules and requirements with less government involvement. An example is the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) which is a non-governmental organization that helps businesses increase productivity while minimizing waste.

Mitigating risk of is a major objective for businesses that can lose their license to operate for non-compliance with government and industry regulations. Constantly changing rules and regulations requires businesses to perform risk assessments a regular basis, establish processes, and train personnel.

Every business’s compliance functions have to be constantly adapting to change. This means continuously making more effective use of technology to ensure compliance that meet government and industry requirements, improves productivity, safety, and ability to identify and pre-empt non-compliance issues that may arise.

Learning Infrastructures generally encompasses Learning Management Systems (LMS), Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS), Talent Management Systems (TMS), Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP), and any one or more of a number of interoperability specifications that allow the above mentioned systems to communicate with each other. A Learning Infrastructure manages how learning needs are identified, information captured, solutions designed, developed, and deployed, and how learners are tracked in terms of the learning they participate in and their completion status.

Learning Technologies encompass numerous types of technologies that can be used to develop and deliver learning. For example there are many options available for rapidly authoring eLearning. There are also numerous deployment options, i.e. self-paced online, immersive learning using Virtual Reality headsets, augmented reality using Google Glass or other similar products from a myriad of vendors.

Other technologies are video, audio, haptic gloves for interacting with virtual objects, and simulators.

There a limited number of learning mediums. These are:
Classroom face-to-face
Self-paced online (eLearning)
Self-paced offline (Training Guide)
Simulated environments (Virtual Reality)
Field face-to-face

Although there are a limited number of learning mediums, there are however, an unlimited number of learning activities. Learning activities are determined during the design and scripting of instructional strategies. The types of activities learners participate in will vary depending on the medium of instruction. For example, in a classroom, learners may be instructed to breakout into small groups and work on a specific problem. In a field setting, learners may be shown how perform a specific task, and then given the opportunity to perform the task. In a virtual medium, learners may be required to identify certain objects and/or respond to certain prompts presented to them in the virtual medium.

Organization Development is a set of strategies generally designed by change management experts and executed to help an organization gain and / or sustain a competitive advantage.

When change management experts are designing organizational development strategies, it is important they have a clear understanding of the goals of the organization. It is also equally important for change management experts to understand the culture, i.e. beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and values. Additionally, an organization’s core competencies, products and services, and target customers, is valuable information to have.

Effective organizations demonstrate strength in the following key areas:

  • Level 5 Leadership – effective organizations have level five leaders as defined by Jim Collins in his book Good to Great. According to Collins there are five attributes that characterize Level 5 Leaders:
    1. They are self-confident enough to set up their successors for success.
    2. They are humble and modest.
    3. They have “unwavering resolve.”
    4. They display a “workmanlike diligence – more plow horse than show horse.”
    5. They give credit to others for their success and take full responsibility for poor results. They “attribute much of their success to ‘good luck’ rather than personal greatness.“

Level 5 leaders have a unique combination of humility and fierce resolve

  • Culture – it will always be about the beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and values of the people that comprise an organization. The people that comprise effective organizations know why the organization is in business, what it is the organization does, and how the organization does it. Effective organizations have a culture of unwavering commitment to best practices, being accountable and working to live versus being on the  hamster wheel of living to work.  Effective organizations get this, and they hire and cultivate a work a environment that is fun, serious about excellence, and dedicated to providing the best service and / or product to their marketplace.
  • Work Processes and Systems – an unwavering commitment to continuously improving processes and discovering best work practices, i.e. always trying to find ways to do the things an organization does today, better and faster tomorrow. By doing so, an organization is  in a continuous mode of effectively and efficiently competing in the marketplace.

  

Planning for organizational effectiveness requires the input of all stakeholders. This is the crux of what constitutes an organization, i.e. a collective of persons working together to achieve a specific set of goals. This in turn requires senior leadership to guide and shepherd the development of a strategic plan that will operationalize the organization’s goals, tactics, and progress. There are numerous models and approaches used in strategic planning, and senior leadership is responsible for choosing the model they believe will work best for their organization.

Key to planning organizational effectiveness is inclusiveness!

There is a continuously expanding repository of invaluisdom can be considered an organization’s “memory” . How an organization manages its memory is paramount to it’s success.
RJ Ferguson, 2017able nuggets of wisdom in the collective populace of every organization. This collection of invaluable nuggets of w

About SMTLearning

SMT Learning is the training and competency assurance division of SMT Plus Canada Ltd, a privately-held company that has been in the training industry since 2007. The team at SMT Learning is a talented group of engineers, technologists, instructional designers, graphic artists, and developers who are committed to providing state-of-the-art training solutions. SMT Learning designs and delivers custom training and learning materials, along with a variety of associated learning solutions and services. The company’s reputation is founded on a commitment to address every client’s training needs with timeliness, accuracy, and quality that exceeds their expectations. There are a couple of beliefs that we subscribe to at SMT Learning:
Belief #1: You shouldn’t have to spend a fortune to have a custom training solution created.
Belief #2: You shouldn’t have to settle for a generic, off-the-shelf training solution, just because it’s affordable.
At SMT Learning, we believe that the words “custom-made” and “affordable” can be used in the same sentence. We custom design and develop affordable learning solutions that allow organizations to address their specific training requirements.
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How May We Help You?

 

SMT is a Tier 1 provider of workforce competency development and assurance solutions. Our team of engineers, instructional designers, graphic artists, programmers, narrators, and videographers have worked on projects across a plethora of industry and government sectors.

Whether it is developing Training Guides, Reference Manuals, eLearning, or providing learning advisory services, we’re here to help you with your organization’s learning needs.

How may we assist your organization? Contact us below for a no-cost consultation!

 





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