Studies on implementation of newly acquired skills show that without support mechanisms, learning itself does not result in knowledge and new skills being used in the workplace. A research conducted by the Partners of “Extended Learning Support System (ELSS)” Project confirms employers and HR departments’ desire for a tool that would support implementation of training effects into the workplace. The respondents of the research agreed that such tool, available online, would help to grow their organizations.
The aim of the “ELSS” Project was to create and test an online service supporting learning implementation that can be used for any classroom training, e-learning module or any other form of learning. Such tool would be of interest to Partner’s organisations (their trainers, trainees) and their target groups: employees in private & public sector, SME owners, HR departments, employers, employers’ associations but also for institutional stakeholders such as VET education institutions’ officials.
2 outputs were created to reach Project’s aim.
First one, the Extended Learning Support System (ELSS), is an online platform allowing stakeholders, e.g. trainers or HR specialists, to create pre- and post learning tasks to be implemented by trainees. These tasks involve also trainers, other trainees and supervisors, because without their contribution it would be impossible to implement new knowledge and skills inside an organization. Tasks have different methods of completion. For example, a task can be completed by reading an article and sharing knowledge with other learners as a comment in the system or by planning how to use new learnt skills at work, using them and then reporting results to a supervisor who approves the task in ELSS.
The second output, ELSS with imbedded e-learning on communication skills, is a free online service with tasks supporting implementation of skills and knowledge apprehended during the e-learning: influencing, asking questions, listening, giving and receiving feedback. Pre- and postlearning tasks have deadlines for completion and completion type and use additional resources: podcasts, articles, videos, quizzes. Emphasis was put on on-the-job tasks.
ELSS (with e-learning and tasks) is available at https://elssystem.paiz.com.pl/ in English, Polish, Greek and Italian. To gain access, the interested individual or organization should contact the Project Partner responsible for his language version to have an adequate account created in ELSS (Designer, Trainer, Participant, Coach) and receive credentials to log in. Contact details are provided on the login page of ELSS. The e-learning itself is available at https://elsscourse.paiz.com.pl/ and does not require a password.
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Results of ELSS evaluation confirmed that the system encourages trainees to implement learning into the workplace and increases knowledge retention and skill implementation.
Producing and disseminating 2 high quality outputs was possible by forming a Strategic Partnership of 5 experienced partners from 3 European countries: PAIZ Konsulting (Project Leader, PL), Effebi Association (IT), Hellenic Society for the Promotion of Research & Development Methodologies (PROMEA, GR), Italian Confederation of small and medium private industry (CONFAPI, IT) and the Italian Association for People Management (AIDP, IT).
More information about the Project is available at http://www.elss-project.eu/en/