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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E-learning is a highly effective training methodology. According to a report released by IBM, companies who utilize eLearning tools and strategies have the potential to boost productivity up to 50%. For every $1 that company spends, it is estimated that they can receive $30 worth of productivity. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise when Docebo reported that the worldwide market for eLearning will grow to a staggering $51.5 billion by 2016.
Create Flash-like Interactivities Using Storyline
Effective interactivities are the heart of a good e-learning course. They can be used not only to assess the learner efficiently, but also to reinforce the learning. They may be in the form of click-on-tab/images/numbers, slide shows, FAQs, etc. When these questions are gamified, they can be more effective in engaging the learner.
Do you know that you can reduce the time taken to develop online traning courses, considerably, using the Slide Master? Once you create a layout, you can use it as many times as you want for multiple eLearning courses.
Many a time, kickoff meetings of eLearning projects begin with great fanfare. People are excited about working on a new project and enter the room with great enthusiasm. The meeting ends, and everyone feels satisfied that a good plan has been created for the successful implementation of the project. But, after a few weeks, the participants of the kickoff meeting find that nothing is going as planned and are very disappointed.
Welcome to today’s blog post. There are several strategies and principles defined to help the development of successful learning programs. Shortening these, we prepare checklists or even mini checklists to avoid any obvious hazards during development.
Imagine you have a client who wants a highly interactive and a good looking course within a tight timeframe and an even tighter budget! You know you have minimal resources and a lot of work to be done in a short time. This is where templates can come to your rescue!
How can you develop a top-notch eLearning course that meets your learning needs very effectively and delights your learners? Well, you need to follow a set process to create wonderful online courses.
Do you wish to develop first-rate eLearning courses to deliver excellent training to your staff members, in quick time? Are you looking for powerful software to develop top-notch online training materials to equip your people with the needed knowledge and skills? Then, you need to use Adobe Presenter.
Resources in an eLearning course enable learners to view/ save the external data provided by training managers. This helps the learners gain more knowledge about the topic on which they are trained.
“Bravo! We’ve received a new project from that client we’ve been looking forward to work for. Let’s arrange for a quick project kickoff meeting and begin demonstrating our excellence to them”, says the manager. Every single staff member associated with the project will enter the room with great enthusiasm, as the “I like new beginnings” human tendency pops out. Hours passed by and the team walks out with a sense of achievement as they feel they have figured out the most efficient way to deal with the project. Let’s fast forward this scenario to a few months from now.