The success of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has heralded the dawn of a new era in the Indian space program. The hearts of millions were filled with joy and pride as the news that the space probe entered the atmosphere of the red planet flashed across their television screens.
As an eLearning professional, I found that there were many similarities between the mission and online training. Let me now share 5 things that the two have in common.
1. Solutions at low cost
It was widely reported that the Indian mission to Mars was far cheaper than similar missions launched by other countries. The project was developed keeping in view the policy of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to deliver high quality solutions at affordable cost, making the best use of the money spent.
Similarly, eLearning is highly cost-effective and can be used to provide first-rate training solutions at a low cost. Various factors such as the elimination of the need for the repeated presence of the instructor, absence of travel and boarding, no disruption to work of the learners and most importantly, the facility to use the courses as many times as required make it a very affordable proposition. No doubt, this medium of training provides the maximum ROI on your training expenditure.
2. Clarity of objectives paves the way to success
The people at ISRO had a clear idea of what they wanted to achieve from the mission to Mars. There was little room for ambiguity and as a result, the scientists could channel their efforts towards reaching the ‘destination”.
Likewise, clarity in what you wish to achieve through eLearning would go a long way in developing online courses that meet your needs effectively. You have to ask questions such as the following to get a clear idea.
- Who is the target audience of my online course? What is its profile?
- What are the objectives of the digital course? Is it intended to merely transfer information or bring about a change in the attitudes of people?
- How can I deliver the course efficiently? What does it take to make my workforce use eLearning in a highly effective manner?
Proper answers to these questions help you create the right course that meets your needs effectively.
3. Planning is vital
ISRO planned meticulously for the mission to Mars. Effective planning helped it identify the risks involved in the project and allowed it to chart a course of action to successfully complete the project within the stipulated budget and time-frame.
E-learning projects too need to be planned thoroughly and efficiently. The project manager has to take into consideration various risks that could result in time and cost overruns and come up with a comprehensive plan to complete the project successfully.
4. Key to unlock immense potential
It is widely believed that Mars has various natural resources in abundant quantities. It is also said that human colonies can be developed on the red planet. There is immense potential that needs to be leveraged effectively and MOM is a major step in that direction.
The online training medium too has immense potential – potential to train workforces across the world in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Several companies have realized the benefits of eLearning and many others are following suit.
5. Quality is the crux
The mission to the red planet involved huge stakes. Failure of the Mars program could result in a severe blow to India’s prestige as an emerging space power. Therefore, ISRO conducted extensive tests to ensure that all systems were working fine.
Likewise, it is very essential to test the eLearning course effectively to ensure that it meets all quality parameters. A “faulty” online course not only hits the training in your organization, but also leads to wastage of precious resources. So, you need to make sure that the digital course is of the highest quality and meets your requirements well.
Thus, we see that India’s mission to Mars and eLearning have things in common. What do you think? We’d love to hear your views.