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into the arena is return on investment (ROI). Our current Learning Management System may not be the highest-price product on the market and may not tout the latest bells and whistles, but innovative practices within Sikich University have transformed our educational venue to be highly effective in meeting training requirements of a large, widespread workforce. Our transformative measures have allowed Sikich University to succeed with constant delivery, content design, and operational efficiencies. This has resulted in reduced administrative costs, and centralization efforts aligned with organizational employee development goals. Branding also builds program value and is based on a strong idea that creates recognition and interaction. Sikich University is structured like a true educational institution, wrapped with custom Sikich University branding. The custom branding package incorporates brand-compliant color palettes and fonts. Custom graphics include Sikich University logos on the welcome and home pages and custom icons signifying course type: ILT, VILT, recorded webinars, microlearning, and custom eLearning courses. Branding has allowed our learners to experience Sikich University in all content that they see and hear, building its brand recognition. Constant Delivery Sikich University is dedicated to improving the knowledge and skills of all our professionals. Sikich recognizes that program availability is vital to success of a learning program. Through our Learning Management System, Sikich University presents a 24/7 learning approach to our organization. Learners have access to a LMS-native subscription based content catalog, internally-developed micro learning “Learning Quickies” assets, recorded webinars offering Continuing Professional Education credits, full access to the Sikich University Knowledge Repository, and internally-developed custom eLearning courses. Content Design Sikich University eLearning content design is performed in-house to create course uniformity, foster Sikich University branding efforts, and offer an engaging digital learning experience. Our eLearning content is published in SCORM format via the LMS-native publishing tool after storyboarding and authoring processes are complete, which provides improved content management. Custom-designed SCORM content improves versatility and reach; it is not platform, browser, or device-specific and increases content accessibility. LMS Efficiencies Sikich University has streamlined learning operations by utilizing every aspect of a limited-service Learning Management System. Within our primary operational efficiencies, we focus on two specific areas in which we best utilize our Learning Management System: End User and Administrative Operational Efficiencies. End-User Efficiencies Sikich University provides learners with one portal to satisfy learning needs. Upon login to the Sikich University, learners view customized learning plans based on seniority, development needs, compliance training needs, and career path modeling within Sikich. Learners can self-register for Live Instructor Led Training (ILT), Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT), and launch customized eLearning courses. After learners have completed learning assets, they are able to view scores and transcripts, submit course evaluations, download materials from training sessions, and print certificates of completed courses. Operational Efficiencies Operational excellence incorporates flexibility and responsiveness to align with organizational goals. A Sikich University cornerstone, operational efficiencies of our LMS round out the success of our program. Feedback from our LMS provider confirms that Sikich University is one of their “star” examples with best use of product. A sampling of items we utilize within Sikich University are: • Keyword tagging use in order to increase searchable results of custom courses. • Integration of External Learning Objects. • Workflow processes in place for authoring/review/approval of new content, implementation, and administrative completion behind-the-scenes. • Augmentation with other tools and functionalities create a robust learning platform at overall lower cost. • Centralized storage of completion data housed within the LMS provides on-demand reporting. • Evaluation data is stored and linked to each course for more real-time learner feedback. What lies ahead for the program and how it will continue to succeed? Sikich University advances innovation, determining more efficient and effective ways to incorporate new technologies and increase offerings to its learners. Within the next twelve months, Sikich University will transition all courseware to be mobile-accessible, escalate social learning within its LMS to further engage conversation targeted for just-in-time learning, and incorporate the SU Library with checkout process. In addition to future LMS innovation, Sikich University will continue to adapt existing best practices, to maximize internal team efficiencies while continually increasing the value of learning at Sikich, and build on the latest learning and development trends. The decision for nominal investment in our Learning Management system, and supplement with innovation from the Sikich University team led to a significant financial win for our firm. 2016 Would like to Comment? Please Click Here. #AWorldInspired LEAD2016 40


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