If the task of choosing the eLearning courses for your organization has fallen in your lap, it may have landed with a thud. After all, with so many courses to track down and evaluate, it can be overwhelming. Who has time to assess all of the offerings out there?
Or perhaps you want to create your own eLearning content. While this sounds like an intriguing option, the required effort can be considerable.
So what is the right approach for you and your people? Do you choose an off-the-shelf eLearning course or create your own? It can be tough to know which way to go.
eLearning content: To build or to buy?
"I just don't have time to curate content!" is a common lament coming from busy learning and development (L&D) professionals.
In my previous post, I discussed pointers for curating content in your eLearning content playlists. I'm writing now to offer you five (sorely needed) time-saving tips. Let's recover some valuable time in your day!
Tip 1: Focus on your priorities
Is there value in creating your own workplace safety or customer service training content, for example, when there are many off-the-shelf courses available at a low cost? Probably not. Save yourself some time and energy in situations like these.
For "basic" but important content, consider whether creating something from scratch is truly worth the time and resource investment. Don't forget about the time and resources needed to keep the courses you build updated and current. We find that maintenance is one of the biggest challenges for L&D departments that build their own content!
Remember: The goal of any learning activity is to move the needle on performance. The resources you devote to creating and curating content should link directly to your organization's desired performance outcomes and talent development initiatives. Keep that connection top of mind! It can help you make the decision of whether to create, curate or do a combination of the two (think: branding third-party content) to support your learners' needs.
Tip 2: Choose partners who can keep up
Make sure you work with training organizations that are pumping out relevant content. Working with the right partners is key to ensuring your eLearning content is impactful and enjoyable for your learners.
You also want training partners that connect to your learning management system (LMS) and other eLearning vendors so that they will be able to seamlessly deliver your eLearning courses to learners when and where they need it. Ask your training partners to show you their roadmaps so you can see what courses are in development. This way, you can quickly make time-sensitive decisions.
Tip 3: Make it your own
It's actually fairly inexpensive and straightforward to customize an off-the-shelf course. So get creative and give it a shot! It's a great way to take an off-the-shelf course and make it your own.
Add your company logo, colors and language, or add/subtract a page to refresh and personalize a purchased course that would otherwise take days or weeks to create on your own. Or, ask your eLearning vendor if they offer customization services.
Tip 4: Make reviewing content a daily task
It's too easy to let reviewing eLearning courses slip to the bottom of your never-ending to-do list. Set aside a small block of time every day to review just two courses.
Make this a fun, "treasure hunt"-style task. After just one month, you will have reviewed more than 40 courses!
Tip 5: Ask for course selection input
Keep in mind that you should not be the only person reviewing courses. Involve your learners and L&D colleagues in your
Use hallway conversation to brainstorm ideas and discuss suggestions with your colleagues. Choosing eLearning courses is definitely one area where the "feedback is a gift" sentiment is useful to keep in mind.
Get started: Spend your time (wisely) curating eLearning content
Okay folks, time is ticking! I know you have learning content to curate, so get started now. Download our new eBook, Choosing the Right eLearning Courses for Your L&D Program, to learn how to make smart decisions so that you can create the best learning experience for your people.
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