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Implementing Elearning - Is Your Company Ready?

 

Posted on Thu, 06/21/2018 - 08:26

You may wonder if the effort and cost involved to implement online training in your organization is worth the effort. Well, it surely is. The corporate eLearning market is predicted to go beyond $31 billion by 2020! If you do not harness the advantage of this trend, you may be lagging behind.

eLearning is considered a competitive advantage for corporations and large businesses, more so if they are geographically dispersed organizations. Online learning strategies help your employees access skills and knowledge immediately, reduce delays, and enhance productivity. There are numerous ways in which eLearning courses can benefit your employees. But that does not mean that your organization is ready to embrace the change. Is your organization ready to take the leap? Let’s find out.

Here are some questions that will help you gauge your readiness for eLearning implementation.

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#1: Do you completely understand the changes eLearning will bring about?

eLearning implementation has its pros and cons. You need to be clear about what online training can do and what it cannot. eLearning can bring you huge cost savings. You don’t have to invest in travel and accommodations for the learners and facilitators. You don’t need to book a venue or rent presentation  equipment. There’s no printing of training manuals or participant guides. Learning is available at the click of a mouse. eLearning provides flexibility to the learners. They do not have to set aside a fixed time and physically attend the training. Learners can access it online anytime and from anywhere. They do not need to adhere to any time zone. This flexibility goes a long way in keeping the learner engaged. Engaged learners learn faster and remember information better, and that leads to enhancing productivity.

eLearning has its cons too. Web-based training may address some training needs of your employees. But you cannot discard face-to-face classes altogether. There are still certain skills that need to be taught and practiced hands on. So, a blended approach is the most practical option. Not all employees may have the same connectivity and bandwidth. If you expect them to learn at home or outside their workplace, you need to be sure that they have the required connectivity. Unless the technological barriers are eliminated, eLearning will face some amount of resistance.

#2: Do you have the budget required to support design and delivery of eLearning?

Implementing eLearning may help you save a lot of money in the long run. But it does have some initial costs involved. So, you need to chalk out your budget plan. Here are some pointers for you.

  • Do you have an in-house learning designer and developer? If not, do you plan to outsource it? Or do you want to try out off-the-shelf courses?
  • Do you have the technological platform required – hardware, software, browsers and so on?
  • Are you planning to provide mobile devices to your learners? Or would you rather they use their own? If you intend to allow personal devices, do you have a robust security system?
  • Do you plan to invest in a learning management system (LMS) to track results? If not, where will your modules be hosted?

#3: Are your learners ready for eLearning?

eLearning is a huge leap from traditional learning. Unless your learners are comfortable with web technology, you may find resistance to the new approach to learning. If your learners are not comfortable with the mode of delivery, they will not be able to concentrate on the content. A majority of the workforce consists of millennial workers. But there is still some portion of the population who are not tech-savvy. You cannot ignore them totally. You may want to train the workforce to bring them up to speed.

#4: Do you have management buy-in?

You may have a robust plan for eLearning implementation, but have you convinced your leadership yet? Unless you have management buy-in, you will not be able to see your implementation plan in action. So, prepare a strategy to convince your leadership to approve. Show them the benefits and the return-on-investment. Show them how eLearning is important for gaining a competitive advantage.

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By Designing Digitally, Inc.