slowly come closer to the end of 2019, it’s that time of the year again to look
at what ‘was’ and what ‘will be’ in the year to come. Every year brings with it
a flurry of new trends, mostly driven by emerging technologies and innovations,
which transform employee training just a little bit every time.
With the global eLearning market on a growth trajectory and poised to touch $15.72 billion by the year 2021, it is up to organizations and L&D leaders to get ahead of the curve and start planning and strategizing to leverage the newer learning and learning technology trends for the coming year/s.
next few weeks, we will take a detailed and comprehensive look at what L&D
leaders must embrace and what they need to let go of in 2020 and beyond- be it
in terms of eLearning, learning delivery, employee engagement, new and emerging
technologies and more.
In Part 3
of this series we explored the emergence of Learning Experience Platforms. Today, we explore the importance of Online Content
Libraries and how L&D leaders can leverage
them to reskill/ upskill the workforce.
Importance of Online Content Libraries
urgency for employee upskilling/ reskilling has peaked in organizations across a
multitude of industries all over the world. Learning technology solutions like
the LMS and LXP are driving the effectiveness and ease of access of eLearning
content, whereas the necessity to skill the workforce for the future is increasingly becoming business critical.
more focus on the employees’ learning experiences and their professional
development, L&D professionals have more to gain from leveraging solutions
that ensure the success of their eLearning project, and one of the few solutions
to have proven highly effective in this case are Online
professionals yet find themselves struggling to choose between custom-developed
eLearning courses and online content libraries. Although both options have
benefits and advantages of their own, organizations stand to gain more value
from leveraging an online content library to effectively skill their employees.
say that ‘a good start is halfway to success’, however one of the many reasons
why many L&D programs end up unsuccessful is because they never take off in
the first place, let alone other factors like user adoption, reception,
engaging learning technology solutions; and often times a project never kicks
off due to the unavailability of training courses.
creating custom courses demands a hefty investment of cost and time for
selecting vendors, planning and developing courses and testing them on your
learning platform, an online
content library is an online
repository of eLearning courses that have been pre-created, and are
available online for ready usage. Such extensive libraries of eLearning courses
and videos offer a vast spectrum of training content and are designed in close
consultation with domain specific Subject Matter Experts.
these content libraries are available in several formats, including text, HTML
and videos, micro-learning snippets and more. In addition, these courses are mobile
optimized and cover a multitude of topics, from hard skill, soft skills,
technical knowledge to trending digital technologies.
then, online content libraries are quite effective to kick start newer eLearning
Role of Online Content Libraries in 2020 & Beyond
to the popular news platform, The Independent, “Next global financial crisis will
strike in 2020, warns investment bank JPMorgan – sparked by automated trading
systems.” Meanwhile, Forbes suggests, “2020s might
be the worst decade in US history, triggered by contagion from a global credit
crisis.” Such reports clearly point towards ongoing concerns
regarding an impending global economic crisis and its inevitable fallout. Moreover,
it appears that 2020 is the year that crash 2.0 finally makes landfall. So,
what does this mean for L&D?
face it- while improving employee engagement and productivity is still a major focus for organizations, when facing
an economic crisis, the percentage of budget allotted to L&D inadvertently disappears. However, slackened budget doesn’t have
to affect your employee L&D. To a larger extent, L&D can subdue
the panic by reassuring the workforce through reskilling/ upskilling initiatives.
But, to function effectively under a stringent budget, L&D professionals need
adopt an agile approach along with effective learning tools.
often turn to L&D in the face of critical business challenges, ones that
require urgent employee skilling. In such cases, organizations need a quick
fix, with hardly any time for developing custom content. As a result, an
organization’s go-to-market will happen quickly with the help of an online
libraries don’t require extravagant budgets to buy. And, learning technology
solutions or an LMS with a built in
content library are highly effective in delivering training,
where organizations can plan training initiatives
whenever they want, as the courses are readily available on several online
marketplaces, like Cegos, Biz Library, Udemy, LinkedIn Learning among others.
One of the greatest advantages of content libraries is the limitless availability of diverse courses, including Business Skills, Information Technology, Marketing & Innovation, Finance & Management and many more. There is something for everyone to aim for individual as well as collective development goals, along with the ability to choose diverse topics, help build the necessary skills needed for the future of work.
importantly, content libraries are a great resource not only for small and
medium businesses but also for anyone who is in need of training. Enterprises especially leverage content libraries to complement their custom eLearning programs to
achieve a greater learning impact. And, equipped with an LMS with a built-in content
library, organizations don’t have to worry about
wasting time and/ or money anymore.
year, organizations invest millions into the L&D of employees, as it has
now become a key business strategy to produce a future-ready workforce.
ELearning has already taken over our workplaces and global organizations need
to focus on offering content libraries to boost their eLearning programs.
the help of online content libraries, organizations can provide widespread
training options for anybody and everybody in the organization by giving them
the opportunity to learn and enhance their skill sets. To get the best out of a
content library, choose the right LMS that suits your requirements and one that will enable you to achieve your learning
we will explore the rise and rise of Mobile Learning and how L&D leaders
can leverage mobile devices to maximize training impact.
more about UpsideLMS’ built-in Content Library please visit https://www.upsidelms.com/online-content-library
Amit has played a key role in bringing an innovative approach to the traditional Learning Management System (LMS) and has been instrumental in putting UpsideLMS on the global map.With over two decades of work
experience across IT and eLearning, Amit has a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience in start-up management, project management, technology solutions consulting, and technology solutions architecting and development. At UpsideLMS too, Amit continues to wear multiple hats as the key idea generator for UpsideLMS' tech-ops team, a Sales and Marketing orchestrator, a learning technology solutions consultant for his clients and prospects, a sounding board of ideas for his team of experts and a mentor for all the function heads. All product offerings birthed and led by Amit, be it the Learning Management System or the Mobile Learning Apps, have been disruptors in the eLearning industry and ahead of their times.
Amit is an active contributor to the company's blog and many eLearning forums. He has been profiled by Learning Solutions, a leading industry publication and the official online publication of the eLearning Guild, for its 'Leaders in the Limelight' series. He distils his expertise and experience into articles, which are regularly published in leading L&D and HR publications across the world.
Amit has spoken at various L&D events in the US, has co-hosted webinars alongside leading industry experts and has authored eBooks on Learning Management Systems. He has served as a judge for the Brandon Hall awards in 2002 and 2004. Amit holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science (NIT–Kurukshetra) and a Masters in Business Administration (IIM – Lucknow).
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