Whether you are partnering with an elearning company for the first time, or have experience working with elearning vendors for years, there are a few questions you can ask to ensure you select the right elearning company for your needs.
A good elearning content vendor should feel like a natural extension of your team. When you outsource your elearning development, the effort should be collaborative, economical and provide you with specialized expertise that will increase quality and decrease development time. One of the key benefits of working with an elearning content partner is that it affords you the opportunity to stay focused on your key strengths and leave the learning to the digital education experts.
Asking these 4 questions will help you navigate the waters of selecting the right elearning company for your goals.
1. Are you looking for custom elearning development or off-the-shelf products?
As a custom elearning development provider, we are a little biased towards the advantages of custom elearning content. However, it is really important to identify your needs and evaluating whether you need a solution for content that is already readily available, or if you will maximize your investment by aligning learning outcomes to your business need. For example, if you need a basic WHMIS certification, off the shelf content would be an ideal fit. But, if you’re looking to educate employees on which hazardous materials are specific to your organization, where the may encounter them and what steps they should take when they’re faced with them then supplementing the off the shelf content with custom content will provide a much richer and more relevant learning experience that will enable to learners to better understand how to effectively execute their roles and responsibilities in the safest way possible.
2. Is the elearning company a brand and value fit?
Finding an elearning company that can help you map out your learning strategy to effectively meet your organizational goals is important. Make sure you have an idea of how your elearning investment will benefit your business overall, not just within your learning department.
Additionally, aligning your business values with any learning partner is important. Furthermore, an outsource vendor that can cater training directly to your business situations and needs will increase the effectiveness of the learning by helping employees connect the dots to real-life work situations. Which means direct benefits to your business’s bottom line.
3. Will you benefit more from an asynchronous program or do you need to create a blended learning solution?
Finding an elearning partner that can first help you identify the advantages of each is very important. Depending on your organizational goals, your elearning partner should be able to work with you to design a program that will reap the greatest benefit for your employees. Some programs may only need online components while other learning goals may be best met through a flipped or blended model that combines online with in-person training.
4. What technologies do the elearning companies support and work with?
Make sure that your elearning partner will fit seamlessly into your current workplace practices. Some elearning content providers are not able to cater to all technology platforms, and this can cause major time and budget hiccups that can slow down project timelines and drive up costs. At Learnkit, we’re Learning Technology experts and we can build to your preferred LMS tool, help you select your own or provide you with a hosted solution.
If you are curious to learn more about Learnkit’s elearning development process, schedule a time to talk to us. We’d love the opportunity to learn more about you and help you identify the best course of action for building elearning for your organization.
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