Organizations could save 20% to 40% by engaging an eLearning offshore service provider for their training initiatives. This is as per a report by Bersin a few years back. Things are not very different today. However, what is more significant is that there are other strategic benefits from partnering with an eLearning offshore company besides the reduction in costs.
Enables organizations to focus on their core competencies
Developing eLearning courses needs the expertise of instructional designers, visual designers, production team and authoring tool experts. If your L & D team has to perform these tasks alongside their regular responsibilities, it dilutes their focus on essential tasks. Sometimes, you might have an internal team of instructional designers who can develop storyboards for courses based on your organizational requirement. However, the execution of the work, that is, the production work can be outsourced to a willing partner freeing up your team to handle higher responsibilities.
Frees up stakeholders and business heads to make strategic plans
L & D managers and stakeholders need to focus on strategic tasks such as aligning training needs with business goals, evaluating training programs and exploring new training opportunities and methods. Periodic decisions and planning the way forward is crucial for organizations to keep pace with changing times. If organizations are bogged down with developing training programs on a day-to-day basis, they may not have the focus or time to make such crucial strategic decisions that could take organizations to the next level. Outsourcing could help organizations re-orient their focus on strategic decisions.
Capitalize on new skills, tools and approaches provided by an offshore service provider
Technology is changing and new authoring tools, which provide more powerful and engaging features, have come into the market. These new features could enhance the look and feel of a course. However, as an organization, you might hold license for a limited set of authoring tools. It may not be cost effective and feasible to experiment with a multitude of authoring tools. Moreover, you may not have in-house capability for handling various authoring tools. This greatly limits your option of creating state-of-the-art courses. However, if you hire an external service provider, they have access to better and newer technologies that you can implement in a course. If it works you can replicate with other courses and if it doesn’t you can always move to another strategy or option without any liability of your part. This could be instrumental in improving your training effectiveness.
Partnering with an offshore eLearning service provider allows you to better utilize the competencies and skills of your team members. It also provides you with access to new and improved resources that can greatly enhance the quality of your eLearning courses. Have you worked with an offshore eLearning service provider? How has been your experience?