8 key considerations for selecting ready-to-use content in 2021

Pranjalee Lahri
Pranjalee Lahri March 24, 2021

Agile. It’s no longer a tech approach. It’s a work philosophy that will help you thrive, or fail.

In 2021 and beyond, the stage set up by the global pandemic will be tested as organizations demonstrate change in ways more than one. And to bring about this change, they will need to constantly and continuously upskill themselves for tomorrow’s world of work, today.

With reduced manpower, constrained cash flows and decreased time to productivity, digital learning will not just be the need of the hour, it will be the panacea for business success. And hence, cost- and time-effective ‘agile’ learning solutions, like off-the-shelf eLearning content will be table stakes in organizations of all types and sizes.

Below are 8 key considerations for selecting off-the-shelf content in 2021:

  • Content Curation

It is one thing to have a wide library of off-the-shelf content to choose from and whole another to get the right, curated content through a consultative approach. The delta between these two is so grave that it could make or break your training program. So look for a content provider that can provide competency-based course mapping. This serves as an effective model for aligning learning outcomes to your competency requirements while reducing inefficiency.

  • Customized Learning Paths

A step further to curated content are learning paths orchestrated to a focused outcome like filling skills gaps, upskilling high-performing individuals, achieving competence in IDPs, PIPs & Capability Development. These can be built to cater to various levels of expertise, learning appetites and learner profiles and are not just a good-to-have feature, but a must-have especially as the half-life of skills dwindles day by day.

  • LMS Agnostic Content

What good is ready-to-use content if it doesn’t render correctly on your existing learning platform, or doesn’t track course analytics to aid your decision-making?! With a plethora of LMSs and LXPs, it’s only right to choose eLearning content that runs seamlessly on any learning platform, giving you the ability to complement your existing online learning (custom content/ MOOC) with OTS content as well as the flexibility to switch your delivery platform, if needed.

  • Mobile-friendly Delivery

According to comScore, Mobile now accounts for 69% of digital media time. This is true not only for personal use but for professional to-dos too. So ensuring that the procured content works well on mobile devices is as important as selecting the right content itself. Today, almost all OTS courses are accessible on all devices, platforms and operating systems, but it helps to get an explicit understanding of the same from the get go. This will give your learners the flexibility to learn anywhere, anytime and to you, the confidence of learner adoption and engagement.

  • Contextualization of Learning to Company Goals

Holistic learning journeys contextualized by aligning courses to organization goals, values and business needs serve as the most effective methodology as learners see value in these courses that are tied up as a solution to an immediate pressing need. It also satisfies the need of fit-to-context training rather than the conventional give-it-all approach.

  • Wide Library & Range of Competencies

A wide range of courses (and videos) across a diverse range of competencies ensures a holistic training programs that caters to all functions, levels and roles. This reduces the hassle of content co-existence as you no longer have to procure niche courses from different providers, but get a streamlined service from a single point of contact.

  • Star Power

Renowned authors do more than embellish a course. They boost the course adoption and engagement as their brand equity instantly establishes credibility and people can relate with them and their experiences.

  • Development of Leadership Pipeline

For enterprises that are at a nascent learning stage and do not have a robust framework or a learning roll out strategy, carefully handpicked plug-n-play courses aligned to popular leadership pipelines and competency matrix are a great go-to strategy.

Not all companies have similar learning requirements, and often a one-size-fits-all approach results in undesirable outcomes. Course curation, competency mapping and a highly consultative approach to deploying the most relevant learning is of prime importance going into 2021.

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