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5 important SMS+LMS features for training in mining

September 7, 2021

From conducting training underground, to risk management, operating machinery, first aid and more, training for mining requires technology that seamlessly fits with the learning and doesn't slow things down when in a work environment. Learners, trainers, assessors and supervisors all want something that is easy to use and complements the training process.

Your Student Management System (SMS) and Learning Management System (LMS) should be able to be used alongside in-person training with ease, in the classroom and on the job. We’ve broken down 5 of the most important features you should have in your SMS and LMS to achieve this (even better if your SMS/LMS is one system).

1. Work-based learning mobile app

When training and working in a mining environment, the last thing you’ll want to be carrying with you is a laptop. But, you may have your mobile phone in your pocket. A comprehensive and intuitive work-based learning (WBL) mobile app can be a great tool to capture evidence of workplace training, including videos, images and audio. For example, the RIICCM205F (carry out manual excavation) Unit requires learners to demonstrate that they can identify, address and report environmental issues, potential hazards and risks under its Performance Criteria. With a mobile WBL app, learners can easily capture evidence of the potential hazards and add written information alongside photos, for example.

2. Offline capabilities

Naturally, some mining training needs to be held underground. With offline capabilities in the WBL app, learners should be able to capture evidence and create log entries no matter where they are – on a boat in the ocean, in a traditional classroom, or in this case, underground in a mine.

3. Digital signatures for easier compliance

All uploaded evidence and completed assessments can be verified with digital signatures by the workplace supervisor and trainer/assessor. Supervisors can also mark student attendance, mark online assessments and provide feedback all within the app. Aside from making compliance more streamlined with easier approval processes, a good WBL app can also be used as a communication tool. All parties involved can quickly and easily communicate through the app, ensuring the work-based learning is going smoothly.

4. Client portal

If your RTO provides training to third parties (clients), a Client Portal is a great tool that allows clients to enrol students into pre-arranged training. For example, if you are providing training to an organisation via in-house workshops, this organisation may wish to manage its own enrolments, book students into classes and so on. In this case, the client portal allows your clients to manage their enrolments without having access to a full aXcelerate account. In the Portal, clients can view student progress and download issued certificates, and it can be configured to include your client’s logo.

5. Course refresher training reminders

Refresher training is highly important in the mining sector. For example, in Queensland refresher training is required at least once every 5 years under The Queensland Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulation 2017 (s84). Your SMS should allow you to send reminders to learners when refresher training is due with automation.

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There are so many more amazing features that a good SMS/LMS can provide.

If your training organisation is looking for a system that has everything you need to manage your business all in one, find out more about how aXcelerate can help here.

Alternatively, request a demo with one of our friendly sales executives here.

Learn more about Work-Based Learning (coming soon) in aXcelerate here.

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