Getting started with e-learning will have many benefits like providing a cost-effective employee training, but if it is not implemented properly, you might lose valuable time and money. So before investing in an e-learning project put some questions, to make sure if a supplier has the best approach for your organization. This will also help you to provide the best learning method to your workforce.
Here are a few questions that you need to ask yourself, before investing in an e-learning project.
- What is your budget?
Before you opt for any e-learning project, you first need to think of your budget. You need to be practical and plan accordingly. See that you have enough funds and then think of what you want to achieve within that budget. It would be helpful, if you mention your budget range, so that the suppliers can provide you with a realistic solution.
- Does the training need reporting and tracking?
Taking up an e-learning project doesn’t simply mean providing learners the course; you also you need to maintain a record of the learning activities. This helps you to know who is getting through the tests and to overall monitor the progress of the learner. You could use LMS to maintain the record of the users. This will benefit you in organizing the registration process effectively and monitoring the traffic, for any given course.
- Who is the audience?
This is an important question that you need to ask yourself. Spend some time to know about your learners, which ensures you know for whom the e-learning project is being designed.
- Outsource with care and caution
You need to be very cautious while outsourcing the e-learning course or project. It is not just investing in the project, it is much more than that. As the product you outsource is directly linked to your internal reputation, have a clear idea about the company you are outsourcing the product to. Some of the information you need to know may include how long the company hass been in this business? Are they capable of providing final course samples?
- Do you have the course material ready with you?
Check whether you already have the course material or you need to create the course from the beginning. If that existing material suits your proposed solution, then you can work with the vendor to see if it is relevant.
- How do you measure success?
This question ensures you whether the e-learning course will be deployed world-wide or not. Measuring success against your corporate objectives might be difficult. Make sure that you get more (ROI) than what you invest.
The above stated factors might guide you towards the steps to be followed before you invest in an e-learning project.