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Choosing between Off-the-Shelf and Custom Content

Written By Pratibha Siddhanti

Choosing between Off-the-Shelf and Custom Content

If you are planning to develop an eLearning solution, based on the kind of courses you need, you will have to evaluate whether your training need can be best met by ready-to-use or off-the-shelf content – or whether you need customized content. Let’s define these terms.

Ready-to-Use Courses: is off the shelf courseware that can help meet some part of your organization’s learning needs. These courses are deployed from the LMS.

Custom Courseware: is organization-specific content. You can use authoring tools to build internal capability of designing and developing your own custom courseware or outsource it to eLearning specialists.

Based on the deployment option you choose, you can decide if you want to develop this content in-house or whether to outsource it to content development vendors. Alternatively, while examining your existing ILT materials, you might want to see which of the courses are best suited for a blended learning approach and proceed accordingly.

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