A recent post on the Engage in Learning Blog offers advice â€“ in the shape of ten criteria â€“ on what buyers should be looking for in an e-learning supplier.
Written by the internationally-known online learning technologies writer and commentator, Bob Little, this new blog post published by the UK-based e-learning producer and supplier says that any e-learning supplier should offer:
- Up-to-date, relevant, â€˜expertâ€™ learning content that meets your organisationâ€™s â€“ and learnersâ€™ – needs.
- E-learning materials that are editable (by you and/ or the supplier)
- The same content in various languages, to cater, in these multi-cultural times, for organisations that employ culturally diverse workforces.
- Materials that cater for a variety of delivery mechanisms â€“ including the use of â€˜older technologyâ€™ to deliver the learning.
- Usability – that is, ready-to-use materials, requiring no â€˜specialâ€™ set-up time or enabling software.
- Materials that are accessible by all (catering for people of all physical and mental abilities), via a variety of delivery mechanisms.
- Materials that are interactive and engaging and can also adapt to learnersâ€™ different learning preferences.
- A learning management system (LMS) and/or learning content management system (LCMS) to manage the learning content â€“ not least making the learning content available on a â€˜24/7â€™ basis to all learners – as well as monitor and measure its access by learners.
- Appropriate, relevant materials that are of sufficient quality for your purposes.
- Regular contact and after-sales care and support â€“ to ensure that the supplied e-learning materials continue to meet your organisationâ€™s and its learnersâ€™ needs; to sort out any technical issues, and to develop/ refine the e-learning materials as required.
Bob comments in the blog post – available at https://blog.engageinlearning.com/blog/ten-criteria-for-choosing-the-right-e-learning-supplier – that, â€œWhile there are other valid criteria on which to base your decision over e-learning supplier, one criterion that isnâ€™t on this list is price.
â€œLearning should be about the most effective and efficient way to give people new knowledge and skills. Itâ€™s far more important to ensure that the e-learning materials you buy are of appropriate quality and are fit-for-purpose rather than to find the cheapest ones on the market so theyâ€™ll have a smaller impact on your budget.â€
Kate Carter, Engage in Learningâ€™s Operations and Marketing Manager, said, â€œBobâ€™s ten criteria make interesting reading â€“ and offer valuable advice to e-learning buyers. Naturally, Iâ€™m delighted that Engage in Learning meet all ten of Bobâ€™s criteria.â€
For further details about Engage in Learningâ€™s growing portfolio of e-learning materials, visit: https://www.engageinlearning.com/
â€œSince Bobâ€™s articles have been published on our blog, weâ€™ve noticed that readership figures have risen sharply,â€ Kate added.
â€œHis work â€“ on the benefits of e-learning, quality and suitability issues in e-learning and, now, the criteria for finding a suitable e-learning supplier â€“ is proving popular with visitors to our website. We look forward to publishing further articles by Bob over the coming months.â€
About Engage in Learning
A UK-based supplier of eLearning courses and solutions focusing on helping organisations improve their safety, compliance and performance, Engage in Learning provides engaging and affordable learning thatâ€™s practical and effective in an organisational setting.
Further information from:
Chris Horseman, Engage in Learning, +44 (0)20 3758 9530, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Little, Bob Little Press & PR, +44 (0)1727 860405, email@example.com