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Custom eLearning tips for when you need it fast…and at scale


Just like with anything, eLearning for corporate training has its ebbs and flows. But, during a big ‘flow,’ can your business stay afloat or drown in content demands?

A need for a large amount of content is common in business, but with highly regulated industries it’s amplified. And, not just the need for content, but the speed at which it’s required.

Did your company expand drastically and you’re faced with onboarding a major influx of employees?

This is yet another example of when a large amount of content is needed quickly.

And, the consequences of not meeting these demands are dire.

No content means no training, which can result in a slowdown of onboarding and production. Or, even worse, facing fines for non-compliance.

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just buying content off-the-shelf. These circumstances require custom eLearning specific to your business or industry.

Do you have ample time to create this content yourself? Most administrators simply don’t have the bandwidth.

There are other issues with custom content as well. Here are just a few, among many, that could be challenging,

  • Not being able to upload custom content easily into an LMS
  • Version control issues
  • Learning paths not coinciding with updated content

Have no fear, there are things you can do during the LMS selection process to avoid these issues.

So, How Can an LMS Help Get a Lot of Custom eLearning Quickly into Training Programs?

1. Centralized document management. When dealing with a mass amount of data it’s important to house it all under one, centralized storage umbrella. A centralized document management system is essential, and should ‘play nice’ with an LMS

2. Receptive to multiple types of content/courses. Whether it’s something you’ve created from a third party vendor, the LMS must be conducive to all types of content

3. Integration. When time is of the essence, an LMS shouldn’t be what prevents content from being imported into the LMS

4. Smart Automation. Automation is just as important as integration when dealing with lots of changing content. In fact, a valuable LMS will sync training activities with the content lifecycle
 
5. Analytics. Getting a lot of custom content into the LMS quickly also correlates to a need for analytics – knowledge assessments, registrations, compliance etc.


The Selection Process

ELearning content goes hand in hand with an LMS so it’s reasonable to assume that this must be a consideration when buying a learning management system.

Before making any big decisions it’s important to map out all possible scenarios, now and in the future, that content will play a critical role.

• Are you in a highly regulated industry where regulations are changing every day?
• Do you plan on expanding your business and growth will change training needs?
• Are there new products launching that employees will need to be trained on?

Sometimes it also makes sense to choose an LMS vendor that provides not just training but an all-encompassing solution that includes content services.

Full-service LMS vendors offer consulting, analysis/strategy, designing and implementation, among other things.

In the case of custom content, it should be engaging and interactive for the best learning outcomes. This means utilizing the latest in instructional design such as virtual reality and gamification.

In order for custom content to be quick, the vendor should also provide the capacity for rapid course development and creative asset production.

But, what really will help immensely is integrating and automating processes with the LMS.

When there is a large amount of custom content that is changing all the time, it’s absolutely critical to automat e workflows . For instance, if a piece of eLearning content is updated, it should automatically change within all learning paths of the LMS.

But, if a learner is right in the middle of a course, the LMS should be able to record which version they took and provide a complete log. So, it can be validated which version was reviewed, e.g., was a new regulation even being taught (or passed) when they started a course, which was incorporated for others who took the same course later.

For compliance heavy businesses, this is a big selling point. But, also for any organization that relies on custom content in their training programs.

So, when evaluating an LMS to purchase, take into consideration these points with regards to custom eLearning content. When you choose a system designed for these exact scenarios, there isn’t worry about not keeping up. In fact, your business will stay on target with whatever challenge comes your way.

ShareKnowledge LMS is designed to be conducive to all types of content, including custom eLearning. In addition, automation and integration help get high amounts of data into our system with ease. This is one of the reason why highly regulated industries choose ShareKnowledge for their corporate training needs.

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