Both the current and future of learning and development in the workplace, many enterprises today, including worldwide corporations and small startups, and even universities and nonprofits, have discovered the benefits of eLearning and are replacing outdated onsite, instruction-led tutorials with modern eLearning platforms
. Although the initial investment can seem prohibitive to some, the outlay for an eLearning platform will more than pay for itself, saving on training costs while increasing productivity, thereby boosting revenues. Transforming the way companies train their workers and the way teachers educate their students, eLearning tools should be engaging, contextual and seamless for the learner while cost-effective, scalable, flexible and measurable for the developer.
“The LMS market is highly saturated—there are literally over a thousand LMSs available on the market today,” Clarkson
said. “Knowing where to go,what to look at, what’s important to you as an organization and your specific situation can be pretty complicated.”
Thus, with different feature sets and value propositions, it’s never been more important for businesses to do their homework before making their selection, especially as it relates to the authoring tools that enable these businesses to create and arrange content into a standardized course structure that works best for their unique situation.
“You want something that has a robust authoring canvassso that you can create a breadth of courses on a variety of different subjects, but you also need to understand that often, authoring tools can provide, maybe sometimes too many features,” Litwin
explained. “There are some extra functions that you’re paying for but might never use and I think it’s good to be conscientious of really getting to the core of what you need out of your authoring tool.”
Watch the videostream podcast as Clarkson
delve further into LMSs and authoring tools and why digging deeper into the research—not just focusing on superficial features, but really doing the homework—before making a final decision can be an organization’s smartest learning and development move.
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