If you are in a leadership position and determine that training is required, then you have a need for content. But your version of content comes in the form of courses. Your conversations will often include questions like, “can we buy the content we need for training?” But that’s not the same content that your designers need. In your case, content means courses.
Today, you can buy most of the courses you need. In fact, a one-person training team can easily launch an LMS loaded with content faster than ever before. You, as the training manager, have a significant number of options for loading your new cloud-based LMS with content. And now we’re talking about course content, not media content.
Bundled Course Content Packages
Generic off-the-shelf courses will often be looked down upon by your training team. However, you’re in the business world and you need solutions that get the job done fast. The reality is that you can very quickly have dozens, or even hundreds, of courses loaded and ready to deploy faster than any designer can create just ONE course…and at a fraction of the cost. I wouldn’t have made this recommendation 10 years ago. But today, always buy before you build. If you’ve got time to kill and nothing better to do, then go ahead and create your own custom courses. But I have yet to meet the training manager with spare time on their hands.
Using Content to Build Content
If you insist on building your own content, then why not be efficient in your efforts. Find off-the-shelf content that can be modified, like lego blocks. If you have a modern cloud-based LMS like Litmos, then you have the ability to create modular training solutions. This sets you up for the perfect eLearning content mix. You buy a course to get the training process started quickly and add business value. Then after getting some feedback you realize that there are some nuances to your business that are, obviously, not covered in the purchased course. So you engage your team and have them build ONLY the content specific to your line of business. That custom content is then put into a module and positioned within the course you purchased. It give you ultimate flexibility and support for iteratively updating and improving your content over time without the need to completely redo an entire course.
All The Content Options You Need in One Platform
Content within courses should be well designed. And the content/courses within your learning management system should provide business value. Many LMSs cannot handle the flexibility required by today’s business, but with Litmos LMS you can buy and build, and even combine what was bought with what you built. Not to mention the other amazing functions like Learning Paths, eCommerce, user management, reporting, and everything else you need to run a 21st century training department. Stop struggling with your training, and enjoy the process of developing your employees for success again.