When it comes to organizing and streamlining learning, few tools can beat Learning Management Systems (LMS). An LMS in the pharma industry serves very important purposes in assuring and demonstrating that employees in the pharmaceutical organization schedule and undertake their training for any discipline as and when required in the light of the issuance of new guidelines, or development of new technologies, and keep their GMP compliance up to date.
An LMS is normally customized for the industry for which it is built, and for the organization which takes up the training. With the varied mix of functionalities that present-day LMS come with, the task of organizing trainings is made simpler and cheaper. But like all tools built on technologies; LMS too come with their own set of limitations. The pharma company that imparts training through an LMS has to be aware of these.
Want to understand how to choose and set up an LMS that is appropriate to the pharma industry and tailored specifically to your organization’s training needs in a way that the training becomes effective and the drawbacks neutralized to the extent possible?
Laying high emphasis on framing the curricula
Identifying and overcoming the limitations of an LMS that is built for the pharma industry, as on how to adapt and implement one that is suited for the industry and the respective organization. He will also devote considerable attention to a critical, yet often overlooked and less understood area of a pharma LMS: the development of training curricula in these systems.
Much like SOPs, curricula for LMS are controlled documents that require stringent overseeing, review and signature. The curricula should continually document the review of the company’s SOPs, and so, change every time an SOP is created or revised. Another characteristic of an LMS curriculum is that the curriculum owner may need training to become authorized to approve a curriculum.
Most pharma companies often consider the curricular aspects of an LMS as a given, seldom realizing that the curriculum is an area that comes with its own unique challenges and usually takes a lot more time to implement than one would like to think. It is critical for organizations to designate a qualified and preferably, experienced individual for creating and designing the curricula for the LMS and delegate ownership of this core function to this individual.
Designating the right person
This calls for the selection of the right person, who has to have a thorough understanding of the training needs, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the staff members that partake training through the LMS. In the context of the pharma industry; the inclusion of assessments (knowledge or skill) is a must for curricula needed for GMP-regulated tasks that the user performs directly.
Ideally, the pharma curriculum should aggregate all the courses that an employee in a specific position requires, and should consist of smaller groups of courses called modules. The curriculum typically should have the following:
- What may be called a “core curriculum” -usually an assortment of several modules-with all the required courses for all employees involved in GMP functions
- A “job-specific” group of courses for the position
- Modules reflecting further subdivision of responsibilities within individual positions
- Roles in validated computer systems such as investigations
- Roles in applicable hard-copy review processes.
A factor that normally inhibits the development of an appropriate curriculum is that those in charge of framing it are not professionals who specialize in this domain, but are employees of the organization who have other responsibilities, for whom chalking up the curriculum for the LMS is only an additional responsibility.
This seminar will describe the development of job position curricula in the pharmaceutical industry using a Learning Management System (LMS) and provide you with the tools needed to create effective curricula.
Aspects of an effective LMS those we need to know:
- What a true Pharma curriculum is
- Requirements for Pharma curricula
- What a true Pharma curriculum is not
- Why is setting up curricula so complicated?
- Obtain details of employee job functions that are necessary for setting up curricula
- Demos and hands-on activities for employees
- Knowledge assessment and review.