The use of eLearning technologies has emerged as the preferred approach to corporate training and employee development for organizations of all sizes and from most every industry. The continued evolution of SaaS-based technologies, combined with increasingly remote workforces have made the Learning Management System (LMS) the backbone of a state-of-the-art training program.
But the challenge for many Learning and Development (L&D) teams is in developing the variety of content required to ensure your training program Is comprehensive enough to satisfy the variety of job roles and responsibilities across the organization. In fact, recent studies indicate that the development of a single one-hour course can take 300 hours and cost upwards of $15,000, making in-house course development cost-prohibitive for all but the largest, resource-rich organizations.
The Benefits of Off-the-Shelf Corporate eLearning Content
Off-the-shelf eLearning content refers to pre-built online training courses that are available for your corporate eLearning program, typically under a licensing arrangement. You can choose to run your entire program using courses from these pre-built libraries or utilize this read-made content as a way to supplement the courses you build in-house.
If your company is considering the use of off-the-shelf courses to help drive your corporate eLearning initiative, here are some of the benefits you can expect.
As we’ve mentioned, custom built courses can be expensive to create. This is especially true as you expand and scale your program to cover an increasing number of topics and job roles.
You can access high quality off-the-shelf courses for a fraction of the cost required for custom development.
While custom built courses can take weeks, or even months, to develop, off-the-shelf courses are readily available for your program today.
Working with ready-made content ensures that your employees have access to the critical training content they need when they need it. This is especially beneficial for compliance and other time-sensitive training topics.
Wide Array of Topics
Different groups of employees have different training needs, making it difficult to develop the wide variety of courses required for comprehensive training using in-house resources alone.
With off-the-shelf courses, your company has access to a full library of corporate eLearning content, readily available for delivery to your employees.
Another significant challenge associated with custom built courses is in finding an author for each course topic. Even very large organizations can struggle to find Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for all of the topics of interest.
Off-the-shelf training libraries typically utilize a course authors that have specialized knowledge regarding the topic at hand.
Corporate Branding and Customization Opportunities with Off-the-Shelf Courses
Some providers of off-the-shelf courses for corporate eLearning have white label offerings, under which your company can add its own branding to the training content. In addition, some course providers also allow your organization to customize the materials to meet your company’s specific training needs.
LMS Portals: Off-the-Shelf Courses for Corporate eLearning
At LMS Portals, we provide our clients and partners with a SaaS-based, multi-tenant LMS that allows an administrator to launch and manage a dedicated corporate eLearning environment (portal) for each of your unique audiences. Each portal includes a powerful course development engine, along with robust supporting tools for user onboarding, learning path creation, group management, live remote training sessions, certificate awarding, analytics, and more.
We also offer an off-the-shelf corporate eLearning library of 140+ courses, covering most every area of employee training an development.