The word is beginning to spread! eLearning is quickly becoming an integral part of a successful training program in organizations of all types and sizes. Organizations around the world are starting to realize that eLearning is a cost effective and efficient way to invest and foster the talent within an organization. At iPal, we continue to meet companies who are under pressure to move to a more flexible training program that will reduce long term costs, increase overall productivity and meet the needs of their global learners. So what do we tell them?
The trick to effective eLearning implementation is to ensure that the eLearning program is developed correctly the first time and that the process and end result exceeds your expectations. Learning companies can offer attractive “solutions” all backed with an impressive customer base, glowing testimonials and even successful case studies, but there is so much more to look for before committing to any eLearning provider. Here are a few more tips to keep in mind when making the decision to implement an eLearning program into your organization and choosing an eLearning provider:
- Ensure you understand the level of experience the provider has with eLearning. Most learning companies’ core business is grounded in instructor-based learning and their experiences in the eLearning environment is limited. Does the eLearning provider understand the process of creating effective eLearning? It is easy to put training content online, but there is a process to putting content online in an effective manner.
- Ensure you understand the level of commitment you will have to an eLearning
provider. Ideally, your eLearning solution should provide you with the flexibility to move your end product to a Learning Management System (LMS), a DVD, a website or to another provider. Being locked in with one specific learning company may mean additional service and opportunity costs that can hurt the organization in the long run.
- Ensure the eLearning provider you choose is ready and able to adapt to the changing times. There are ‘legacy’ learning companies that have been around for decades and they have the impressive client base to prove their success. In my experience however, these companies are often reluctant to change their learning solutions and attempt to convince their clients that there is nothing better out there. Setting the ‘status quo’ on a baseline from years ago will not be accepted by the ever evolving learner and should not be accepted by the organization.
- Embrace the change we are seeing in technology and learning solutions and challenge your conventional ways of training. Every learner who walks through your door has an expectation for current and cutting edge technology. Many of today’s younger learners don’t know any differently. As a leader of their education, organizations need to make sure they not only meet the expectations of the learner, but exceed them as well. Engaging and interactive eLearning sticks in the mind of the learner. The eLearning program organizations should be investing in has been designed not only with rapidly changing technology in mind, but with knowledge retention as well.
So my advice to you is this; before choosing an eLearning provider for your next training
program, do your research, ask questions and challenge the vendor to ‘Wow’ you with their cutting edge and adaptive eLearning solutions. Spending a little time in the beginning will save you and your learners time and money in the long run.
If you have any questions about choosing an eLearning provider, or eLearning in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Keep moving forward!