Between off-the-shelf e-learning and made-to-order e-learning,there are clearly two types of training solutions. Each has its advantages and drawbacks, so let us to clarify them.

Made-to-order e-learning, off-the-shelf e-learning: what are the differences?

Off-the-shelf contents are “turnkey” e-learning modules that can be used immediately. They are supplied ready to use, so no production deadlines are required.

It is also a limitation of these pre-designed modules that cannot meet the specific needs of each company. Off-the-shelf e-learning content is on set topics.

Unlike off-the-shelf content, the production of modules on demand will result in the supply of training that exactly matches the company’s expectations and requirements.

Ultimately, the production of made-to-order online training becomes essential as soon as the said entity wishes to give training to its human resources on topics that are specific to the activity and the business environment.

>> Off-the-shelf learning content <<

>> Tailored learning content <<

Gives training on general topics (computing, foreign languages, etc.)

Gives training on topics specific to the company (work environment, business line, company policy, etc.)

Targets a broad audience

Content tailored to specific groups

Available and usable immediately

Production time from a few hours for rapid learning, to a few months for serious game-type productions

No involvement of internal teams in producing the e-learning content

Contribution by internal teams

The company adapts to the e-learning content sold on the market

The e-learning content exactly matches the company’s requirements and training needs.

Limitation in the choice of topics addressed

All subjects can be treated provided they can be adapted to the e-learning system

Made-to-order or off-the-shelf e-learning: where to start?

For businesses, choosing off-the-shelf e-learning content is often a way of taking a first step towards distance training. However, it is a very bad idea! Indeed, in many cases, starting with off-the-shelf e-learning is the best way to fail since to validate the effectiveness of e-learning in the company, it must be made strategic. To do so, it must tackle the operational problems of the organisation (and not address general, non personalised issues).

Where off-the-shelf e-learning proposes to rent or sell standard training on generic topics (office automation, foreign languages, management, etc.), the production of made-to-order e-learning content provides training modules tailored to the customer’s specific needs.

In all cases, effective distance tutoring must be implemented by the training department, and this is especially true for off-the-shelf e-learning content within the context of the company.

To design your own remote training courses, or to sub-contract their creation, go to the e-doceo website.


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