The obvious success of e-learning in the area of corporate training is clearly seen in the ever increasing number of modern organizations adopting technology-aided learning solutions. Some organizations opt to create custom learning solutions to cater to their training needs while some prefer to re-work on existing training programs and convert them into technology-enabled learning solutions. Whatever the route they choose, there are necessary resources, skills and time required to create effective e-learning solutions. While bigger organizations may have in-house resources, small and medium enterprises often lack the necessary resources or budgets to create technology-aided learning programs on their own. For larger organizations too, creating e-learning solutions in-house is often a challenge as they have to focus more on their core areas of performance – and training is often sidelined. This is a dangerous situation as lack of training reflects directly on the performance of employees in the long run.
The solution to this dilemma is to outsource e-learning solutions – from training platform to training content. There are many to choose from but the choice has to be made wisely.
- Be mindful of budgets: E-learning does not always mean that you get your existing training material in Word documents or PPT into technology-enabled formats. Most LMS nowadays have rapid content development tools which make content creation so easy and effortless. Most of the existing training material can be that imported into the LMS and accessed by the learners. While this saves time as well as moneys, this route is not always best suited, especially if you want your e-courses to have effective content as well as be visually appealing. In-house experts might have the last word in content accuracy, they might be very adept in presenting in the best possible manner. So therefore, if you have the budgets to spare, outsourcing e-learning content development will get professional results, within agreed timelines. E-learning budgets too can be tweaked as per the needs of the organization as well as the learner needs.
- Make the right choice: Choosing the right e-learning development company is a crucial step and most organizations are often spoiled for choices. When choosing the e-learning development partner, many organizations follow the traditional way of asking around. Recommendations and testimonials go a long way, but be sure to check the source. Not restricting yourself to just the company website, it would be wise to look into reviews of the company on e-learning news sites or industry blogs to get a more un-biased view. If you are working with an external LMS vendor, you can choose an e-learning development company that has a partnership with them. This will make sure that the content will be aligned to the platform and implementation glitches will also be handled smoothly. Also, while making the choice, it is wise to ascertain the capabilities of the development company before investing huge budgets. So, start with a short e-course development and if you like what you see, go ahead!
- Work together: While outsourcing is time and cost saving option, it does not mean that the e-learning development company can work alone. Working together to create the appropriate learning content is always the best way to go. Most e-learning development company have collaboration tools where you can share documents or drafts, live chat or share comments or even discuss creation process in real time.