Finalizing the eLearning vendor is a big thing for a training manager. A lot of parameters are considered before arriving at a conclusion. Here is the link, in case you want to quickly have a look at the parameters which would help you in selecting the right eLearning vendor.
Don’t think that your job ends once the eLearning vendor is selected. Here comes the actual challenge. Your vendor may not understand what you want and it is important to remember that miscommunication may lead to cost and time overruns. Here are 3 tips to overcome this challenge.
1. Share detailed and complete inputs at the start:
It is very important that the vendor receives all necesssary inputs at the start of the project. Most importantly, you have to make sure that these inputs are signed-off by all your stakeholders and assure the development team at the vendor side that they can start working with these inputs.
Time and cost overruns usually occur when the needed inputs are not provided at the start and are provided at later stages. This ultimately leads to rework for the development team. Hence, this should be avoided.
2. Make your eLearning vendor’s project team aware of all the stakeholders:
It helps a lot if the project team knows who the stakeholders from the client’s end are. They will start understanding the stakeholders and their interests, before they actually proceed with the development. By doing so, the end product would definitely please all the stakeholders.
If the information about the stakeholders is not provided at the initial stage, and after the product is developed and then the stakeholder shares his expectations on it, then it calls for a rework resulting in cost and time overruns.
3. Know the tool and its limitations before finalizing it:
The selection of the tool, used to developed the online course, is usually made by the development team. But this is no longer applicable. It is the responsibility of the training manager to update his knowledge about eLearning development tools and choose the right software.
If the development tool is selected without proper analysis and in the middle of the development if the tool has to be changed, then it would again lead to time and Cost implications.
Hope you find this blog helpful. Do you have any other tips to share? I would love to hear from you.