Not every training need has or warrants a budget for the development of custom eLearning. It can therefore make economic sense to use off-the-shelf training for basic needs, reserving training budgets for topics that are more complex, proprietary or mission critical.
There is a middle ground that helps to stretch your training budget further: Customization of off-the-shelf training can meet the needs of eLearning on a budget. This approach results in training that is more tailored to your needs than an out-of-the-box course, and it is faster and costs less than custom development. Not all eLearning vendors will accommodate this niche, but some will.
Customization of a course makes it more relevant, increasing its effectiveness. Here are some ways courses can be tailored to your company’s needs.
- Add Company Specific Examples
- Link Company Policies and Procedures
- Add Company Specific Exercises
- Add Relevant Visuals
- Add Your Branding
Look for courses that are well structured with clearly defined objectives. This will aid you and the vendor company in identifying where tailoring is appropriate. The course outline that the vendor has already prepared will be a useful tool. Then, ask the vendor if they are willing to customize. One vendor that offers this option is CDT Micrographics. Check out off-the-shelf courses at CDTLearning.
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CDT MicroGraphics, Inc.