Capacity building has always been the bane of public service in Nigeria. With the dearth of modern tools and learning skills, this has put the country’s public sector productivity at a low end. With a view to change the narrative, the Public Service Institute of Nigeria in partnership with NigComSat and Sawtel Technologies, an indigenous IT firm to present the Public Service Learning Management System (PSLMS), a platform designed to build the capacity of public sector workers in Nigeria using the modern electronic learning tools and software.
The Public Service Learning Management System (PSLMS) is designed to re-position the learning, grading and promoting system of the public service ecosystem. The PSLMS, which is an e-learning platform for capacity building, examination, data management etc. is the first of its kind in the history of the Nigeria public service.
Speaking to the media, Mike Amanyi, the Chief Executive Officer of Sawtel Technologies opined that “The innovation is in line with the 2017 to 2020 Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the Federal Government and the 2017 to 2020 Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan capacity building and personal development of public servants.”
A clear departure from what used to be applicable where civil servants would apply for study leave and taking permission for lectures has been removed. The new model is information communication technology (ICT) compliant, away from brick and mortar setup. Public servants can access lectures and lecturers from anywhere and anytime using the modern ICT tools and still be productive in their workplaces.
“The PSLMS is a world class Learning Management System that is designed to, among other features, enable the Public Service Institute of Nigeria deliver learning and capacity building content to all public officers / civil servants online at any point in time and anywhere in the world. The PSLMS gives public officers the flexibility they need to transform the way they learn by addressing the individual learner’s needs. With the PSLMS, officers enjoy the privilege of learning anytime, anywhere; using their laptops, tablets or even smart phones.” added Mike Amanyi.
In line with what is applicable in other developed climes, the Administrator, Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN) Dr Abdul-Ganiyu Obatoyinbo said, “The PSLMS has been designed to address modern day learning issues by combining traditional classroom-based e-learning methods with cutting edge techniques such as gamification, social learning, and blended learning among others. The PSLMS also enables instructors or training providers conduct and manage both online and offline (classroom based) training sessions.”
The platform has so many features that would make learning engaging and seamless. The embedded features such as Web/Video Conferencing is a unique feature that supports traditional learning methods by enabling live training sessions to a group of officers in separate locations at the same time. The Learning Paths feature supports the creation of learning paths for officers to follow. Instructors can create course workflows with dependencies and criteria. The Blended Learning is one of the distinctive features that basically combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods and gives some elements of control to officers over the time, path and pace of the learning process. Course creation, auto generation and issuance of course completion certificates, powerful assessments, task Management system and collaboration are also standard features in the platform.
The e-Learning passport has being introduced; this is a seal for public servants to show that they have completed courses instead of carrying certificated around. “The passport was introduced as an initiative to drive adoption and usage of the platform by officers. In addition to the certificates that will be issued automatically to officers as they complete courses, the passport will also provide a quick overview of the performance of officers on the PSLMS platform”, Mike Amanyi concluded.
TONY EMEKA NWOSU