Outsourcing of eLearning content development has been there for a few decades. What has helped it grow is certainly its most significant gain, that is, cost savings. The bigger gains are in terms of other strategic benefits that it offers. It enables the Learning and Development teams to focus on the next level of tasks including strategic planning, determining ways to measure the effectiveness of learning, analyzing program usage, and exploration on what more is possible. However, there are several challenges that are inherent to outsourcing eLearning content development. I believe the answer lies in an effective evaluation strategy that can help you address these challenges plus help you create a sound and long term partnership that can deliver the required value. Here is how to evaluate the right partner to outsource your eLearning content development.
In this article, I will share my “cheat sheet” that you can use to evaluate and select the right partner to outsource your eLearning content development.
You can refer to my article Is Outsourcing eLearning Content Development Right For You to review the triggers that typically initiate the outsourcing process. The article also outlines the advantages of outsourcing your eLearning content development.
I quote from this article the challenges in outsourcing your eLearning content development that you should be mindful of as you structure your evaluation and selection process:
The success of your outsourcing strategy for eLearning development can go belly up on account of:
Here is my “cheat sheet” that you can use during your evaluation process. As the list is fairly long, I have tagged this into 3 categories:
Capability and expertise in custom eLearning.
This is the certainly the start point to look at your potential partnerÔÇÖs services and product portfolio and how closely this maps to your current and future needs.
I hope these pointers would be useful in evaluating partners to outsource your eLearning content development. If you have any other pointers, do share them with me. I would like this list to be dynamic and will be updating this every 6 months to keep it current.
You can also refer to my previous articles:
Creative Instructional Design Featuring 7 Learning Strategies That’ll Work For You
How To Evaluate The Right Partner To Outsource Your eLearning Content Development