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Throw back Thursday: Content alignment tools and resources

We receive so much valuable content from our
customers, partners and internal subject-matter experts. On Thursdays, we
thought it would be fun to do a “throw back” and bring back an older post that
was valuable to our audience. Today’s throw back is about content alignment.

go it alone… Skillsoft provides content alignment tools and resources

By Molly Scholes

An important challenge many
organizations face is how to create a meaningful learning strategy that is
aligned to strategic business initiatives and impacts performance.
Business impact should be the most important goal for any type of learning
intervention offered to employees.  In order to impact the business,
learning must be targeted, relevant and often – quickly!  Skillsoft can
help your organization design this type of learning program with various tools
and services.

Content mapping
As a Skillsoft customer, your organization likely has access to thousands of
learning assets including courses, books, videos, job aids, simulations,
leadership tracks and more!

It’s an overwhelming task to think
about reviewing all of these resources to find the specific content that is
most applicable for your program objective.  Let Skillsoft identify the
most applicable resources for your organization based on a competency or
business initiative.  Skillsoft will map the most relevant learning
resources to up to 60 business skills
competencies or initiatives once annually at no charge.

Here’s a common example where Skillsoft
can make a difference in how your organization promotes impactful
learning.  Many organizations have a set of organization-wide competencies
or behaviors they expect from their employees and often measure them against
these competencies using a performance process.  Common organization-wide
competencies include:  teamwork, communication, trust, business execution,
etc.  If you provide this list of competencies and the related
descriptions, Skillsoft will map learning resources to those topics.  Once
you receive the mapping from Skillsoft, a best practice is to review the list
and verify the learning resources are appropriate for your organization and
culture.  After that quick review, you’ll have a list of resources to
promote within your organization.  Your Skillsoft Learning Consultant can
provide additional recommendations regarding marketing materials and promotion
strategies so you can make learners aware of the targeted learning.

Universal competency tool
Another fantastic resource Skillsoft makes available at no charge on the Client
Community is the Universal
Competency Tool (UCT), which identifies learning assets for specific
competencies in a number of job families.  The UCT presents fifty-eight
business competencies commonly recognized in the models adopted by today’s high
performance organizations.  Your organization may name or define your
competencies in slightly different terms; it is likely, however, that you will
find many behavior statements that closely approximate your own
definitions.  When you identify the competencies and behaviors that align
with your own organizational model, you will immediately have relevant content
recommendations from Skillsoft.  Subject matter experts, business
stakeholders or training managers can make final selections by reviewing
hyperlinked course descriptions to find the most appropriate learning assets.


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