Organizations spend millions of dollars for training their employees. They are likely to have huge resources and infrastructure in place that take care of their existing training needs. Is it then easy for such organizations to adopt eLearning? It may not be as simple as it sounds.
There are a few challenges, which organizations face, when it comes to using existing resources for eLearning.
Inadequate Content: Sometimes the content, which we get as a part of the ILT material, is inadequate. Instructors might have used PowerPoint presentations and would have spoken in detail about the on screen bulleted points, based on their prior experience or knowledge. They may not have preserved any notes that would have been used along with the presentation. In such cases, clients may provide manuals, PDF resources or study guides and it is difficult for the instructional designers to pick out relevant and appropriate content that goes with the on screen text of PPT presentations.
Involvement of Trainers/SMEs/HR team: Getting traditional trainers, SMEs and HR team members, to accept eLearning mode of training may be another challenge. They may consider this as an extra burden added, when in reality, it might make their jobs easier. It is a challenge, to get the present training team to accept and get involved, in the eLearning initiative.
Changing Technological Requirements: Organizations need to invest in rapid authoring tools such as Adobe Captivate, Articulate or Lectora, in order to convert their existing courses into rapid eLearning courseware. In addition, they will need to train their staff in using these software tools, which may be time consuming and expensive. It would be challenging for organizations to take such decisions, especially if they are unsure about its viability in the long-run, particularly with updated versions being released every year.
Absence of a Dedicated Team: All said and done, eLearning implementation, requires a dedicated team, to ensure its adaptation and acceptance, within an organization. The existing resources in terms of manpower, may be already overburdened. Also, eLearning involves both technical and content experts to work simultaneously; and in most organizations, technical team and content experts have other responsibilities as well, and may not be in a position to devote time exclusively to eLearning. In such cases, the implementation of eLearning enterprise-wide, may not have the intended results.
In case your organization does a lot of training, on an ongoing basis and merits a dedicated team and investments in the form of software and LMS, then the best option would be to go full-fledged in house. However, if your training requirements are ad-hoc and you do not have an existing team that can devote considerable amount of time into eLearning, you may want to consider outsourcing such requirements to an eLearning service provider, who can do that job for you; while you focus on your core competencies.