While outsourcing eLearning development, choosing the right eLearning vendor could be a task. eLearning outsourcing is not a one-time activity, You and the vendor will be investing their time and effort in building trust and long-term relationships. Hence you need someone reliable, who provides the quality you are looking for and also adheres to the timeline.
Outsourcing eLearning Development?
Let us Help You Choose the Right Vendor. Here Are a Few Things to Consider:
- Experience And Expertise
- Client Testimonials
- Transparent Pricing
- Samples of Similar Projects
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Considerations to Choose the Right Vendor
1. Experience And Expertise
One of the most important things to consider while selecting your eLearning vendor is their experience and expertise in the field. Experience is not only the number of years but also the quality of work. The quality of work can be judged by their samples, evaluating their website or scrolling through their posts on social media will also give you a better idea of their expertise.
2. Size And Scalability
Is the vendor going to be your long-term eLearning partner? As your business will grow you might expect the vendor to scale up according to your needs, hence setting such expectations from the start is a wise idea. Depending on your training needs you can communicate with your vendor, if you are looking for a quick rollout of courses then you can check if the vendor can create rapid eLearning courses, or based on your training needs you can choose any eLearning format. It is important for you to figure out that they keep up with the latest trends in eLearning and technology, also if they have the right tools and skillset according to your needs.
3. Client Testimonials
Would you buy something online without going through the customer reviews? I know I won’t. Then how can we select a vendor without client testimonials? The vendor may provide you with a long list of clients, however, that list cannot talk much about the quality of work. You can call the references or clients and get a much better idea about the vendor’s quality of work.
4. Transparent Pricing
Nobody likes hidden costs. You set a budget by putting in a lot of effort and time. A good vendor will guide you well and provide you with fair and transparent pricing helping you stick to your budget. It is not about the amount you spend; it is about the honesty and transparency provided by the vendor. A good vendor will ensure that you don’t have any surprises later.
5. Samples of Similar Projects
Vendors may not share their clients’ work with you due to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). But a good vendor usually has a generic portfolio to give their clients an overview of the quality of their work and their capabilities. Also, based on your requirements, domain, or industry you can ask the vendor to create a prototype for you, a fully functional prototype will give you a fair idea of their abilities.
Long-term relations are created over time when both parties trust each other. It is another significant consideration when selecting an eLearning vendor. An eLearning vendor will be like an extension of your organization, they might be a part of your day-to-day tasks, and for that, you need someone trustworthy. Checking if they are trustworthy will take quite some time after you work with them. However, there are a few things you can check to start with. You can review the resumes of the team members, review their process of development and their ability to work with different time zones and cultures and you can gauge how honest and transparent they are with costs and time investment.
7. Project Management Process
If your vendor follows a well-organized and disciplined approach, it will show in their work. A project’s success will depend on how it is managed. You can speak at length with your eLearning vendor and understand how they handle different stages of a project, their communication channels, and their ability to handle exceptions.
8. Quality Practices
It is always quality over quantity, and for learning and development, it becomes all the more important. Take time out to access the quality checks that are done by the vendor throughout the process. Also, make sure to check if they have a robust checklist to maintain quality.
Summing it up
Follow these few things before you select the vendor for eLearning Outsourcing. Built a long-term reliable relationship with your eLearning vendor and benefit in long term. Grab our eBook and get started on a smooth eLearning outsourcing journey.