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eLearning, online education, and computer-based learning are all terms that describe the current trend in a technologically-advanced global culture. Each one of us can learn whatever we want, whenever we want, and from whatever device we have at hand. As a spin-off, more and more organizations are discovering the vast benefits that come from educating their workforce. Hence, eLearning development is fast becoming a prerequisite in a fast-changing work demographic.
Perhaps your company is already well on its way toward promoting a Learning and Development (L&D) culture at work. As with most entrepreneurs, in the beginning, you're likely wearing many hats and may be responsible for developing interesting and potentially helpful training programs for your employees. But, the question will arise: when should you outsource eLearning development?
As exciting as creating in-house training development sounds, you might not dispose of all the resources that would enable you to make this happen. Let's explore what elements are needed for building an efficient employee training course and some reasons to outsource eLearning development.
Before deciding to outsource content development, consider surveying your employees first. In doing so, you'll find some tell-tale signs that can indicate whether your workforce is up for the challenge or it might be better to externalize your training development project. It is also a good idea to do a bit of research into a possible collaborative effort with an employee training developer. Thus, in taking an employee-centered as well as a development-centered approach, you'll be covering the two main conditions for making an informed decision.
Employees are your greatest resource for the growth of your business and also for understanding what you can and cannot do within your L&D department. Their feedback is invaluable, so surveying them can yield some constructive pointers when looking to implement an eLearning strategy for your company. Here are some clear, employee-driven reasons to outsource eLearning development:
1. Employees Feel Overworked
If your employees feel overworked, the challenge of getting them on board with yet another project can seem insurmountable. Sure, the idea of creating an eLearning course from scratch can stir excitement amongst your workforce. But, in the long-run, too much work, extra pressure, and yet another looming deadline might sabotage your efforts. All these elements can add up to employees feeling exhausted. For this reason alone you should consider outsourcing employee training.
2. Employees Already Have a lot on Their Plates
Working on plenty of projects is always a good sign. It means that your business is flourishing and clients are happy with your work. But, this can also mean that employees are less likely to be able to fit a training development course project in their already busy schedule.
The case may be that your business is going through a low ROI period and you might have a few people to spare. They can definitely work on training development. Still, outsourcing part of the work can help develop the training faster. You could outsource content development, for example. This will leave a buffer in case a new client comes on board. You'll have the human resources to do both and succeed.
3. Employees Deliver Low-Quality Output
A sure sign that your employees are not up for the task is low-quality work. If your workforce is not outputting at the levels expected, then finding an eLearning vendor is your best option. You'll get your training course delivered much faster, which in turn will help your employees develop their skills and knowledge. This will increase employee work quality.
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Think about the human resources already available in your organization. Do you have a content creator, instructional designer, or graphic designer on board? A training development team is made up of quite a few people and each is in charge of one clear portion of the design and creation process.
1. SME and Training Content Developer
An SME is a subject matter expert. This person will help the content developer research, choose, and refine the key content that will go into your employee training course. In-house training development needs one to work closely with the content developer, instructional designer, and graphic designer. Many eLearning vendors bring in their own expert that will analyze your employee needs and delineate the desired learning outcomes.
2. Instructional Designer and Graphic Designer
The instructional designer will work closely with your SME to identify the proper content and key concepts for your training program. They will also need to work closely with the graphic designer to make sure that the images reinforce the content in an efficient manner. While most organizations will have a graphic designer on their payroll, few actually employ an instructional designer. This is true simply because businesses do not need the services of an ID until they start thinking of growing an L&D department.
3. Project Manager and Learning Management System Expert
You most definitely have a competent project manager on your team. As long as they are not overworked and exhausted, you can probably count on them to manage a training development project. Still, an LMS expert is someone that you absolutely need and most likely do not have. The LMS expert is your tech master. They'll handle any LMS bugs, integrate third-party apps, and offer tech support to learners. An eLearning company can help ensure the LMS selected best fits your company and employee development needs.
The idea of creating custom training courses for your employees will result in long-term benefits if implemented correctly. Considering both employee opinions as well as the internal manpower available will determine when you should outsource eLearning development. If you need extra advice, you can contact us for a free consultation. Ready to set your eLearning project in motion? Get a free quote! You can also peruse our blog for more information about creating custom training courses before getting the ball rolling.