The choice of e-learning platforms is now huge (and growing). With such a choice, the decision to select the right one is crucial, making the difference between a mediocre or excellent investment for a company.
Here are five things we focus our e-learning on to make our solutions stand out...
1 | User needs
Who will be using the platform? What will it be used for? If it’s for training sales staff in a shop (for example), it’s likely that there will be a need for a function for the team to learn about new product releases and specifications quickly and easily. If you also need it for management training, an e-learning module on employment law, for instance, could be helpful. Options such as to upload assignments, share comments and take quizzes are also considerations to ensure that you get more value for money from your e-learning platform.
2 | Sophisticated functionality
On the flip side, what do your users not want? What features would make the new platform unnecessarily complicated? Too complicated will mean your users disengage and you’ll need more ongoing maintenance of the system, increasing costs. The goal should be to optimise the new e-learning platform features, to fulfil your company’s learning goals. There are of course, features which add value and the right e-learning provider should be able to advise you on what will work. Also, sometimes a feature that works well for one company might not work for another, so it’s also worth thinking about company culture and user evidence.
3 | Analysis and reporting
Essential for any e-learning platform, analytics and reports should be tailored to your company and user needs. This helps guide your L&D team, track progress and improve efficiency. For example, progress reports can be set up to be sent to your L&D staff weekly automatically from the e-learning platform, saving time. Reports and analytics also allow for progress and performance monitoring and comparison to help for keeping track of employee performance and gaps in knowledge.
4 | Cost
There are different pricing strategies used by different providers: lifetime license; annual or monthly subscription and price per person are three different ways. Taking a close look at the terms and conditions and small print: things like add-ons and cancellation policies can increase the overall costs, so it’s worth taking a good look at this.
5 | Connecting to other platforms
It’s important that the e-learning platform can fulfil your goals without relying on integrations, but also allocate time to think about the value and need to integrate with popular platforms that your company staff use for training, learning and development easily.
These five points make our e-learning stand out in the 21st century.
To find out more about our e-learning solutions and how we can help you and your business. Email firstname.lastname@example.org