Can you build a house by watching YouTube instructional videos? I am not talking of a tree house or a dog house. A large, independent house like this one?
We are often asked “How much does an e-learning course cost?”. It is not easy to answer the question. The most likely answer to this question would be, “it depends”. It is the most frustrating answer for clients. Yet, it is a fact that the cost of e-learning course development depends on many factors.
“See any detour as an opportunity to experience new things.”
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
You have been delivering training in the traditional, face-to-face classroom environment. All your trainings – be it compliance, onboarding or safety training – this is the route you have always taken. Now, you have a problem. Over the years, your company expanded, welcoming an increasing number of employees. Budgets are not always generous. You also are experiencing more turnover than before. It means, you spend a lot of time, money, and energy in training an employee and when that person chooses to leave you in a couple of months, your investment is wasted.
Classroom trainings do have their charm. You get to meet peers, interact with them about challenges faced on the job, discuss politics and economy… There is a certain bonding that happens during in-person training sessions that online training or e-learning cannot match. Yet, companies are moving towards e-learning steadily. The entire training program is seldom moved online but the number of online training hours has been steadily increasing in organizations. According to ATD’s State of Industry 2015 report, about 41% of learning was delivered using technology; it was 38% in 2014 (a steady increase over the years). There are good reasons for this. Let’s see what they are.
According to a joint survey by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) and the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), human error is the main cause of data breaches. While the threat from hackers is ever present, the survey highlights the need for organizations to train their employees on compliance risks and set up adequate controls (Source: SCCE Press Release). So, what are the typical compliance gaps in the healthcare industry that are prone to human error?
Let’s say you have been training your employees the traditional way – with face-to-face interactions in classrooms. With growing workforce and increased frequency of training programs, instructor-led training is no longer viable. Hence, you search for alternatives. You have heard about e-learning and are looking to contact vendors for a quote. But before doing that, it is a good idea to understand the typical services e-learning vendors provide and how they price those services.
Each organization has its own unique training challenges. Some are saddled with an outdated LMS while others have to come up with highly customized courses that may not fit in standardized templates offered by some authoring tools. Yet others might need to incorporate course inputs from multiple stakeholders across diverse teams. Lectora Inspire is an ideal authoring tool for overcoming such challenges. In this blog, I explore some of them.
Today, after many months, I happened to visit our company’s YouTube channel and came across this video. Check it out.
Consider this training situation. Company X has noticed that their pharma sales representatives are facing tough competition from a drug newly introduced in the market. They need to be trained quickly on how to convince physicians to continue prescribing their drug. Let’s see what happens if the learning objectives, course content, and assessments are not aligned with each other.
X is the training manager for ABC Inc. He was assigned the task of getting an e-learning course developed for field sales executives. All that X got as a brief from the Director – Sales was this:
“I want to train my sales executives on the new product we are going to launch. We don’t have time to get them all here for classroom training, so online training seems a good option. Here is a bunch of product manuals and guides the product team has come up with. Oh, I think I also have some PPTs that the product team used when making presentations to me. I can send them over to you. Use these and get the e-learning course developed.“