The make-or-buy decision, as defined in the Encyclopedia of Management, is the act of making a strategic choice between producing an item internally (in-house) or buying it externally (from an outside supplier). The buy side of the decision is also referred to as outsourcing.
Let us begin by looking at the various areas of outsourcing in the eLearning context. Most outsourcing of an eLearning solution falls into one of the three areas: Content, Technology, and Services.
Content here not only includes broad business and technology content such as online courses in Leadership, HR or soft skills and courses on application training, but also includes deeper vertical content solutions in competency areas such as product, process, and sales training in specialized industries.
However, I’d like to share a caveat here for the technology related area: When trying to get technology requirements in place, do not settle for solutions that have an LMS component attached to a regular ERP application. Such solutions, though seemingly attractive, can quickly become an administration and maintenance nightmare.
When it comes to content, most organizations make the mistake of purchasing a huge library of catalogue courses and deploying these across the organization en masse. This scenario is equivalent to giving employees the keys to a library and asking them to go and pick whatever books work for them. Most learners find it overwhelming to be offered so many options. And besides, each business is unique, so the off the shelf solutions sometimes may not fit your business context perfectly.
While it is true that there are some good off-the-shelf solutions for a few areas of your need, most training requirements need tailor-made solutions. This is where custom courseware can come to your rescue. Next, it is a matter of deciding whether to develop this custom courseware in-house or outsource this requirement to eLearning companies whose core competence is the design and development of courseware.
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Jim is the training manager of a large washing machine manufacturer. He needs to impart product training to sales personnel, service technicians and customers. Jim wanted to build a course on his company’s latest washing machine and use the same to train all his learners.
In my previous blog, we discussed the importance of closed captions in eLearning and how to add the Notes Pane to the player that is used as the closed caption.
If there is a need to develop an eLearning course in quick time and a cost-effective manner, Articulate Storyline is the first choice of the eLearning developer. A survey by the E-learning Guild, in 2013, revealed that Articulate Storyline is the most preferred rapid authoring tool. It has many built-in features such as templates, characters and so on. They are ‘ready to use’ and help developers save time. If required, customization can also be done.
You must have noticed movies in which closed captions (sub titles) of the dialogues are shown of the same language as the movie. The idea of closed captions was mainly introduced for the deaf or people with hearing deficiency, but it has been very useful even for the non-native speakers of the language.Movies now-a-days show closed captions, so that people all over the world can watch it even if they do not know the language.
Want to develop an eLearning course but confused which tool to select? Here are a few tips for using a particular tool, based on your needs.
As you know, there are many types of eLearning development tools available. Among these, the most popular and extensively used ones are:
Watch-try-do simulations are ideal for software training. They enable learners to first watch, and then, try it themselves, and finally, work on the software. Recently, we satisfieda unique requirement. The training manager wanted to have a login screen in some screens of software. Learners have to type their usernames and passwords in the text entry fields. The learner should automatically jump to the next slide, whenever he types correct answer. The most important thing here is that the learner should neither click anywhere else in the slide nor press any key after typing the response.
Recently, I missed attending a webinar. I was forwarded the PowerPoint slides in the PDF format, subsequently. When I looked at the slides, I couldn’t understand the content and context properly. Luckily, I was also given an audio file that I was supposed to play while viewing the slides. Not the most convenient way to get knowledge but it was a good punishment for missing the webinar!
Is your screen filled with content and has no space for more? Are you looking for an easy way to display this additional content? Articulate Storyline gives you the solution for this problem.
Avatars are the favorites of instructional designers to create classroom training experiences in online training courses. Often, we decide which type of avatar would be suitable to the course. But, can you make learners to choose the avatar they wish to guide them through the course?