Nowadays, training companies and corporate organizations have abundant off-the-shelf training courses options available to train their employees and learners. Not only are these courses readily accessible, but they are also economically available. However, as we all know, not everything that’s cheap and easy to access gives the best returns on investments. In this case, the issue is the efficiency of these courses. Although these options spoil you for choice, it is important to know if these are pre-developed or can be customized as per the learners’ requirements. In this blog, we give you five concrete reasons to invest in custom eLearning course development. Check them out below!
You know your needs better
There may be hundreds of authors who may have created training courses covering topics related to your domain of work, basically the topics that you may want to cover while training your employees. However, their understanding of your organization’s goals and objectives for providing employee training is lesser in comparison. In fact, these goals and objectives are unique to every other organization and hence, this demands eLearning courses that are customized to the requirements of the learners/employees. This ensures that they are more relatable and relevant to their work. On the other hand, readily available courses will not do justice to the learners for the time they would spend on these courses. These may help them develop their skills and knowledge to an extent, just like these would help the employees of your competitors. In this case, there is a negligible chance of getting an upper hand for your employees in dealing with market competition. Hence, custom eLearning course development becomes a reliable solution to train your employees for the competitive market outside.
Custom eLearning eliminates the thought of ‘one-size-fits-all’
This is an inference that is evident from the first point above. An external author of an eLearning course would never know about your organization as much as you. The first-hand knowledge and information about the organizational structure, needs, target audience, etc., can be utilized to build courses that are directly related to an organization’s business needs, thereby eliminating irrelevant material that may divert the attention of your learners. For example, a training course on HR policies for induction of new employees will be of good use only when it speaks about policies related to your organization instead of general policies that are addressed in readily available training courses. Also, your organization may have a certain set of policies that may not be a part of the general training course. Hence, custom eLearning courses makes it easy for the organization to maintain clear communication with their employees.
Also, custom course development can save the time of your employees by avoiding the need to go through topics that are irrelevant to their work. Moreover, if anytime the training requirements increase, training material can be improved as per the requirements.
Custom course development gives you better control of what information needs to be shared with your employees and what shouldn’t. This also enables you to monitor and evaluate their performance during training.
Not everything is covered under the generic tag
There can be some requirements of your organization that will not be a part of the ‘generic training course’ regardless of how relevant the course is for your employees. This is because no commercial course can know the exact business needs of your organization. Also, there are certain elements that no commercial courses can cater to. Hence, custom training content cannot be avoided for such requirements. Even in the case of compliance training, some customization in training content is necessary as different businesses might have varied needs even though they belong to the same industry.
Knowledge retention is an added advantage of custom training course development
Custom training course development requires you to gather operational knowledge from inside the company to present it in the form of a training course that enables you to understand your business processes and day-to-day operations in depth. Besides, by adding this process-related information as content for your LMS courses, you’re improving knowledge retention by capturing and storing useful knowledge and techniques used by current employees for later use by your future hires. This becomes an added advantage for the long-term success of your organization and that too at zilch additional cost for creating your own customized training courses.
It’s not an option to be picked.
You need not choose between custom eLearning course development and pre-built commercial courses. In other words, a combination of the two works the best. The commercial pre-built courses will get the general training topics covered and custom courses will capture your unique organization requirements and competitive advantages. In fact, a Learning Management System like Abara LMS will help you provide bespoke courses to your learners with its intuitive web-based user-friendly interface.
Hence, looking at these advantages, custom eLearning course development is worth the effort and investment, as it not only resolves and caters to the current business, training, and learning needs of the organizations’ employees, but also offers long-term benefits for the organization.