3 Types of Custom eLearning Courses

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3 Types of Custom eLearning Courses

Many organizations prefer custom elearning courses over pre-built content. Both kinds of elearning have their pros and cons, but custom courses have been gaining recent popularity. Several reasons for this growth in custom learning are listed below:

  • Custom elearning courses cater to specific learning needs and objectives of the organization.
  • They provide practical solutions that are aligned to the business goals of the employees.
  • Since it is customized, all aspects of budget, content, audience, and so on are taken into consideration.
  • It is a cost effective and personalized way of learning. Resources are not wasted on generic learning.
  • Since it is customized for the organization, changes and updates are easily completed.
  • The organization does not have to spend recurring fees for registration of different employees. It owns the license for the custom elearning courses.


Type1: Learning on the go

The mobile learning market is expected to reach $205.4 million by 2017, based on a research by Ambient Insight. It is essential to reach out to global learners, who prefer to access learning and other information via their mobile devices. Mobile learning or M-learning continues to gain popularity among the mobile workforce. Learning designers cannot copy and paste traditional elearning courses and present it as m-learning. Development requires  the need to chunk content and modify the layout and navigation, in order to provide a satisfying user experience. Customizing each page needs to be done, so that the learner remains hooked to the learning.

Type 2: Scenario-based learning

Learners may not find simple page-turner courses very engaging. They prefer interaction. The new trend is to focus on less content and more contexts. Creating scenario-based course custom elearning courses engages and are bound to get the learners hooks the learner. Learning designers create real-life scenarios that align with the learning outcome to improve retention. The scenarios emulate the relevant workspace and problem area. Learners are provided choices to resolve the problem. Every choice has its pros and cons and feedback is provided. The learner is  either successful in resolving the issue, or fails at it. Either way, the learner builds skills necessary to enhance productivity.

Type 3: Job aids

Job aids are tools that are used by the learners just-in-time of need. It makes their work easier. Job aids can be customized ebooks or downloadable pdfs, or checklists. The job aids help learners complete a task easily and retain information. It becomes a reference tool that helps employees perform the task better. Learning designers customize the aids based on the audience profile and the type of training.

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