Columbia Shipmanagement uses a mix of classroom-based learning, eLearning, and blended learning education covering regulations, best-practices, technology training, and soft skills such as communication and leadership. With help from Adobe Learning Manager, the company now delivers about 50% of its courses through eLearning.
Seafaring crew must take multiple prerequisite training courses before they join the ship to make sure that they’re maintaining the high level of expertise that customers expect from Columbia Shipmanagement. Seafarers now complete much of this basic training from their homes rather than traveling long distances to training centers. More importantly, using the offline learning capabilities in Learning Manager, they can continue to work on needed courses and earn certifications when at sea, even when Internet access is limited. Additionally, delivering theoretical lessons prior to the actual simulation trainings in expensive simulation centers better prepares the crew.
“Our learners enjoy that they can complete many of their basic requirements online or prepare themselves for training courses at their convenience,” says Norman Schmiedl, Group Director Crewing at Columbia Shipmanagement. “By delivering learning with Adobe Learning Manager, they spend more time with family at home and less time traveling to training centers or attending class room trainings.”
Working with Adobe Captivate, the training team creates engaging courses with interactive elements and quizzes. Learners absorb the information more easily, allowing them to keep on top of changes in a dynamic industry. In the first six months, learners have completed more than 5,000 courses through Adobe Learning Manager.
“The Fluidic Player in Adobe Learning Manager is one of the most important components to helping us create a good learning experience,” says Ilias Christoforou, Training Officer at Columbia Shipmanagement. “With the Fluidic Player, we can design courses that play any type of content, including embedded video, and work smoothly even on mobile devices.”