Assessing the Skills of a New Employee: What Testing and e-Learning Solution Should You Choose?
28 October, 2008
Temporary work and job placement agencies, major companies and small / medium-sized businesses all face the same challenge when they recruit new talents for their teams: that of matching up the right person with the right job.
When you evaluate office-related computer skills, you must take into account a number of factors so that you can implement an effective long-term skills assessment strategy. E-learning is a solution that is particularly well adapted to developing an assessment strategy of this kind. However, in order to make an informed decision concerning the choice an e-learning service provider, you must start by asking yourself several questions.
Will the staff testing and training programmes take place in a given geographical location or will they be deployed on numerous sites?
In the latter case, an e-learning programme support system is requisite for success: the training of relay tutors, the creation of e-learning courses to facilitate the adoption of the tool. In addition, the IT department must be an active partner in the project.
About the support itself: should it be in the form of a CD-Rom or a full web solution?
A training programme deployed via an online platform offers many advantages: it is easier to up-date, and allows you to avoid problems of incompatibility between heterogeneous technology platforms. The catalogue includes modular programmes that can be adapted to the level of the audience to be tested. Furthermore, the results are objective and are immediately available.
What is the best solution for e-learning programmes involving office-related computer skills: testing in a real environment or in a simulated environment?
Testing in a real environment means that it can be performed on office software, under real working conditions, even if the software is not installed on the computer itself. The tests to be carried out can be deployed on all the workstations, even those that do have maximal office configuration. The real environment method allows you to avoid the frustrations inherent to software in a simulated environment, which does not offer the full set of options. With e-learning in a real environment, users can choose how they reply – nothing is imposed on them. In addition, all of the software features are taken into consideration.