Before you even begin the selection and implementation process for your LMS, you should first turn your attention to the analysis and assessment of various aspects of your organization, its structure, and its learning needs. We will treat this analysis and assessment as steps one through four of the ten-step LMS implementation process. Plus, you’ll also need to assess your own learning and development organization’s needs in regard to the system, but we will discuss that as a separate step in your process.
To start with, you’ll want to analyze and assess the audience in general. This may seem easy, but some organizations have a diverse population in terms of technical experience, corporate or organizational learning experience, and even willingness to use online or hosted systems in regard to their personal development. In order to assess your audience, you may want to consider a survey that asks the organization’s members about their technical experience, their willingness to register for courses online, their ability to take courses online, and also their perceptions of learning management system tasks, activities, and functions.
By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On July 19, 2010 NO COMMENTS
We’ve discussed eLearning in terms of internal development versus external licensing as two separate approaches. For many organizations, a separate approach using one or the other method may work. But what about an organization that has some leeway in regard to its eLearning programs? A combined approach using both internal and external eLearning content might be the way to go.
First of all, what is a combined approach? There is no number, such as 50% of content, or “demarcation line”, such as all regulatory training should be outsourced to a vendor. A combined approach will work with the organization’s budget, infrastructure, staff, and audience to come up with the right combination of internal and external content.
By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On July 12, 2010 NO COMMENTS
Licensing external eLearning content can provide you and your organization with definite benefits, along with some potential drawbacks. Again, as we discussed on the benefits and obstacles to developing internally, your role is to determine where the greatest benefit lies. But as we are discussing external licensing, remember that it can be a temporary approach. As we will see, the infrastructure requirements are much less than developing your own eLearning. First, let’s examine the benefits of the external licensing approach.
In terms of cost, we will examine both time and money. In relation to time, externally licensing your eLearning content can be quick and efficient. Once you decide on the vendor and sign the contract, delivery may be relatively quick. And there is no run-up to full staffing, like you would need to do with internal development. Cost is another potential benefit. Remember that the cost of both approaches will depend on your infrastructure, the number of users, and the current technological condition of the organization. But suppose that most of these factors are in place: a per-head eLearning course may not be a major cost at all, especially up front.
By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On July 5, 2010 NO COMMENTS
When your organization needs eLearning programs but doesn’t have an internal program in place, external licensing of eLearning may be a good choice. Many eLearning and LMS providers offer external training that you can use as part of your organization’s learning and development program. Let’s take a basic look at external licensing, as well as discuss what you’ll need to create your eLearning program using this approach.
First, what is external licensing of eLearning? In the simplest terms, external licensing means that you choose and “purchase” courses and programs “off the shelf” from vendors. These vendors, in turn, host the learning, deliver it to your organization, and manage the content for you. We will examine benefits and potential obstacles of external licensing in our next discussion, but you may already see yours developing here.
So what does the external licensing “recipe” require? First, in terms of personnel, you’ll need your staff to choose and review courses and programs. This means that your staff should have, at the very least, assessed the audience for learning needs and outcomes. With this knowledge, your learning and development staff will be able to narrow down their choices of online courses and programs. Along with staff, you may need SME’s or stakeholders to review the courses, as well. After all, you probably do not want to roll out an eLearning program that does not meet the approval of SME’s or stakeholders.