LMS or its absence: what’s in it for the student?

2015-02-25

We have written various articles and done a number of videos about the training centre and the qualities that every student should be attuned to before joining one or another aviation training centre. By examining all our articles, we realized that we haven’t spent enough time talking about the technological part of the training centre and the systems it uses to organize and smoothly process the training and how students can benefit from it.  

Organizing aviation training, be it Ab Initio, type rating or ground handling training, is a complex and tedious process and doing it without computerized help is nearly crazy. That is the reason why along with the whole technological advancement, aviation industry clung to it and made huge strides in order to advance to the level that became personally comfortable for each training provider. Some used universal data management programs, others created their own systems, but never managed to combine all the aspects of the aviation training management into one solid system. However, how is this related to pilots who just care about the smooth aviation training?

Professional aviation training management software or Learning Management Systems (LMS) are the beautiful tools that brought training to the next level and made learning process so much easier.

  • Centralized material and resources. Having an access to all the electronic studying material, starting from various books, manuals, charts, layouts, checklists, going all the way to SOPs and anything else that is needed to make the most out of the studying time.
  • Anywhere, anytime learning. All the material is available online, so student can pop open that tablet anytime while waiting for the lunch to be served at the sandwich bar, or finish reading the manual on the phone during the commute home or hotel. The information that is uploaded to the system is available anytime and anyplace that is convenient for the student! The only thing that is needed is an Internet connection.
  • Online testing. Whenever student feels like he has thoroughly learned the material…system allows double checking himself by taking a sample exam and getting a score that corresponds to his knowledge.
  • Instant access to new material. The second the instructor uploads new material to study or preparatory test questions – student gets it and can take advantage of it to get ahead in the training process.

So now imagine all these functions that can be at students’ finger tips at the modern academy, and add the beautiful features of the training management software that LMS is usually integrated with. This means seamless information flow starting from the registration for the course up until the receipt of the certificate….and the best part is that students can get a reminder about the upcoming license expiration if they desire such service. Now think! Is every training centre able to offer such conveniences, high tech solutions and aid to student’s modern lifestyle? How these changes can influence the performance and training experience of every student compared to those who studied before these technological advancements entered the market?

When choosing the training centre, always make sure to check the most important aspects, like instructors, infrastructure, material, but don’t leave behind the centre’s effort to stay ahead of the game and keep up with the technology and organizational excellence.