Content can include graphics, videos, interactive features, narration audio, narration text, and questions. These items are combined to create modules to be viewed by the end users. A module can be thought of as a chapter or sub-chapter; an online aviation course can contain a single or many modules. Avsoft’s aircraft system courses typically contain more than twenty modules, with each module representing a specific aircraft system, such as Electrical, whereas, Avsoft’s general subject courses typically contain one to five modules. A module contains multiple scenes, and each scene contains its associated content.
In order for an end user to view course content, a player or interface is required. A typical course player includes a window for viewing graphics associated with each scene, along with course title, module title, scene number indicators, and various controls, including navigation, audio settings, and the ability to return to the main menu. Proper online course player design requires self-evident navigation and controls, as well as a responsive layout that adjusts to different screens in order to provide effective user experience (UX).
In order to access a course, you need a central location to store the course- this is where a learning management system, or LMS, comes into play. The LMS is the brains behind the whole operation. An LMS performs many functions, including the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting, and delivery of the courses. How an LMS looks and behaves depends on the user type- a pilot may only see available courses assigned to them, assigned training dates, and user settings, whereas a training manager can see various user management, course management, training assignment, and user tracking and reporting functions, in addition to all courses mounted on the LMS. An airline can assign training personnel different LMS roles such as instructor, administrator, or super-administrator, each of which has its own level of access. Avsoft’s LMS, is designed specifically for airline and ATO pilot training departments and incorporates features and functions requested by our clients to meet their specific aviation training needs.
Avsoft offers a fourth component- the Portable Classroom app. With a steady internet connection, courses can be accessed on an LMS using a web browser, but what if you are located in an area with limited or poor internet coverage? The Portable Classroom app allows iPad and Android tablet users to download course content when their internet connectivity is good, and then view the course content later in an offline mode when the connectivity is poor. When they return to an area of good internet connectivity, users can switch back to the online mode, and the progress they made while in the offline mode will be uploaded to the LMS.
There are additional elements that can be included in an online pilot training solution, such as a Learning Record Store, or LRS, that tracks xAPI statements- this dramatically expands the types and amount of user activity information that can tracked (think big data); an LRS can be integrated with an LMS. A Training Management System, or TMS, is another element that can be added; a TMS handles multiple functions including training development and optimization, planning and scheduling, resource management, and evaluation and qualification; a TMS can also be integrated with an LMS.
Essentially though, there are three main elements- online aviation courses that cover required training information, a course player to view the courses, and an LMS to deliver the courses and track user progress.