Book Review: A  Compendium of Learning Management Systems and Facilitation, by Johnson Oluwasuji and Olasunkade Azeez

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  • A  Compendium of Learning Management Systems and Facilitation, by Johnson Oluwasuji and Olasunkade Azeez (A cookbook for the 21st Century Trainer)

Published 2022, by Marketplace Strategists Ltd.

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Price: Hard cover: #8,000 and Soft Cover: #6,000

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There is no doubt that the post-Covid 19 world is a different place from what we were used to in the past. The pandemic has wrought a lot of forced changes in the way we work and live due to the prevalence of vulnerability, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity and disruption  (VUCAD) for new normal era. Crucially, it has also reshaped the mode we learn and the kinds of things we learn, as new skills and competencies are now required across several professions to be best-fit.

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Good enough, social thinkers and writers are also concerned to fill the gaps of knowledge to prepare us for the new workplace challenges. The result of these efforts is the publication of ‘A compendium of Learning Management Systems and Facilitation,’ by Johnson Oluwasuji and Olasunkade Azeez – two high net worth professionals with decades of experience in Human Resources management, learning training, development and leadership.

The 10-chapter book, described as a complete compilation of outstanding knowledge in the field, is a timely intervention in the area of Learning and Development – even as the world seeks new understanding in the field of human development community of practice.

Across its pages, the authors proffer ideas to address operations of human capital development – covering both the theory and practice of training. It comprehensively treats training and learning process, training needs analysis, training design, training implementation and delivery, training evaluation, e-learning and distance learning and the whole of the training gamut. It is thus an invaluable resource for HR departments, consultants, learning academies, and students. However, the book is also accessible to other categories of knowledge seekers considering that the usage of words and terminologies are simple, easy to decipher and understand.

The book is peppered with graphics and illustrations, models, self -discovery tools and concepts all beautifully combined in theoretical and practical frameworks to make it easily impactful. This easy-to-understand design forte significantly distinguishes this book from others in its category.

‘A compendium of Learning Management Systems and Facilitation’ is presented as the go-to- resources for all those required to prepare employees for higher level tasks in the workplace. A read through proves that the book met this goal. It is thus a worthy handbook for employers and employees alike.  It offers practical guide to help companies and individuals navigate the pitfalls of the evolving workplace and business landscape for human capital development practitioners and all those interested in harnessing their full potentials.

The ten chapters in the book include sections on Training and the Learning Process; Training needs analysis, Training design considerations, and Training policy and administration. Others are: Training implementation and delivery, transfer of training/learning and Issue of re-entry, and Professional Ethical Standards and Training regulators.

Others chapters are: Distance Learning and electronic learning, Mentoring and coaching, and Training evaluation.

A compendium of Learning Management Systems and Facilitation comes highly recommended, with robust endorsements from eminent industry heavyweights. Sir Joseph Ari, Director General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) described it ‘a must read’ for policy makers, while Professor Olusola Fajana, the Vice Chancellor of the National University of Lesotho, admonished to ‘make the book your companion and your net worth cannot be the same.’ Major General A.I. Muraina (rtd), President of the Nigerian Institute of Management, said the book contains tools ‘that will eventually make readers master the game to become capable leaders.’ Mr. Wale Adediran, Group HR Director of Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC and its Subsidiaries recommended the book as ‘a vital learning tool for multinational learning academies, training centres, professional institutes and process improvement regulators among others’.

Dr. Bayo Olugbemi, President and Chairman of Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) aptly described  the book as ‘a delightful and timely practical guide amidst the evolving workplace and business landscape for human capital development practitioners and everyone who wants to harness their full potentials’

Mrs Janet Jolaoso, immediate past  president of the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD), praised the ‘exceeding depth of knowledge displayed in the simplest forms’ in the book, while Dr. S.O Ajose-Harrison, Director General of the Lagos Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC)  described the book as ‘a real pick for leaders whose journey into the 21st century and beyond is not blurred.’

In his endorsement, President, One Africa Initiatives & CEO, New Horizons Nigeria stated that CEOs and entrepreneurs interested in the right approach to effective training will find this beautifully written book highly useful. It could not be timelier; it is a must for post-COVID-19 business Managers.

The foreword of the book was eloquently written by the President and Chairman of Council, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) and Executive Consultant/Chief Ideas Officer at BEZALEEL Consulting Group, Mr. Olusegun Mojeed.

The authors, Oluwasuji and Azeez are experienced industry players with certifications and members of several local and global learning and management development institutions. They have headed HR and learning departments at several local and multinational organisations and serve as resource persons and faculty of many professional institutes to which they belong in the grade of Fellow.

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