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NTS Prepares its Learning Management System as a Powerful Training Tool

Posted By Michelle Yungblut, Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Do you suffer from acronym overload? I know I do! I have a cheat sheet of all the industry acronyms so that I can quickly look up the letters that someone blurts out. I call it my alphabet soup dictionary.

The life safety industry is not unlike other industries in its love for acronyms; the fields of technology, medicine, and engineering are all well recognized for their long lists of acronyms. Education and training has its alphabet soup as well, and one of the most powerful is the acronym LMS: Learning Management System. Get ready, because you are going to hear a lot from ESA about our LMS in the coming months.

So what exactly is an LMS, and why should you care? Properly defined, a Learning Management System is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of e-education courses or e-training programs. In the last couple of years, these applications have evolved to be even more powerful than the formal description. Many of them are cloud-based or internet-hosted, and they track and support live learning events as well as e-learning. Five years ago, the main users of an LMS were administrators and instructors. But today, students rely on the LMS as much as the training staff. 

At ESA’s National Training School (NTS) we have big plans for the LMS we recently acquired. Our goal is to have the LMS – or as we are calling it, the ESA Learning Portal – become an easily accessible and easy-to-use tool for our customers to access their past training records and to track their progress in completing ESA/NTS certifications.

We aren’t stopping there, however. The learning portal will also allow students who register for one of our many live training courses to access supplemental course information in advance or after the class. Remember those difficult electricity math calculations you learned in Level I? Tutorials will be available on the learning portal for students to access whenever they need it.

My favorite resource on the portal is the Security Industry Dictionary, because it contains a comprehensive list of industry acronyms and definitions of common industry terms. We include this dictionary in most of our course manuals, but having it on the portal site will allow learners to access it when and where they need it – even from their smartphone.

Another key service we are going to provide through the learning portal is computer-based testing, which will allow students to take one of our human-proctored exams on their tablet or laptop and immediately receive their pass/fail status. 

Our mission at ESA/NTS over the next year is to use the LMS to provide better, faster and more efficient services and tools for our core customer, the learners. We are extremely excited about the transition we are undergoing and we know you will be excited as well.

Please watch your inbox for announcements regarding the roll-out of this new tool.  In the meantime, you can start to memorize the latest industry acronyms: WORP, MSSP, VMS, and any other new entries in the alphabet soup dictionary.

Tags:  learning  LMS  national training school  NTS  Training 

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