Three Key Considerations for Organizations that Leverage Outside Learning Content
May 5, 2022

Businesses, Universities, Museums, and Government agencies alike need learning content provided by third parties. Large course catalogs aren’t enough, especially in a world where the experts are often found in specific niches rather than creating and selling their knowledge into clearinghouses of learning products. Here are three key considerations to effectively integrate outside content into your learning programs.  

1. Make Sure You Create Standards

We all want to create high-quality content, which can only be done when there are high standards in place. Creating high standards requires you to create minimum requirements when it comes to engaging with video or messaging instructors or peers. This also means that you have standards when it comes to the quality of lectures and instruction. While it may not be an obvious standard, you also will want technical standards that you can easily and clearly communicate with your vendors. You may have standards already in place for engagement and the kind of quality instruction you desire, but creating a tech standard may be way out of your understanding. For example, SCORM is the industry standard when it comes to eLearning interoperability. This “industry workhorse” is the standard because it performs [1]. It also gives content authors the option to “break down content into smaller chunks,” thereby enabling more reuse out of a course [1]. This industry-standard will enable your eLearning to stay useable in the world of tech.

2. Choose a Platform that Can Deliver Multiple Types of Learning

You know what learning programs are needed for your organization. This often translates to trying to create the programs, finding the courses, or, even better, working hand in hand with third parties to create the programs to help promote growth and effective knowledge retention for a variety of learners. While a one-and-done program would be ideal, the digital transformation that you need may include finding the correct collection of apps—a collection that supports the changing processes of your organization without continually running into errors. “83% of businesses expect to be able to regenerate apps to meet specific demand at least weekly and, for many, daily” [2]. This regular regeneration is not a possibility when it comes to traditional software. The old software suites of yesteryear no longer fit the needs of remote workers and the digital infrastructure organizations require to be successful. As a learning professional, you need the tools to do your job. The platform you choose also must move at the speed of your learners—no matter what type of learner they may be.

3. Engage a Strategic Platform Partner

Your organization has plenty of vendors. When it comes to creating an individualized learning program, you need a partner. “77% of partners say they have more choices when it comes to providers than they had three years ago” [3]. With more choices, you can expect a partner with more tailored solutions to fit your specific learning needs. High-quality interactions with in-person and online options make contact points convenient for you while enabling your partner to do what they do best. Partners are saying they are being asked to do more.  46% say they are being asked to support customers’ digital transformations, and 48% are being asked to develop more solutions on top of their provider’s platforms or products [3].  You need a partner who will strategize and implement multi-threaded learning programs for you while keeping your goals and values at the helm. You aren’t looking for just another commercial site, but one that showcases your organization with programs specifically branded to YOU.

When it came to upskilling and training employees, Michigan Works! Southeast partnered with Amesite to create eLearning Connector, the scalable, turnkey learning platform. Amesite provided “the best available experience and technology in the industry to our people so that we can make an impact for job seekers and businesses” [4]. Job seekers from the 18,000-member community were able to receive one-on-one career guidance, upskill for current labor trends, and much more. 

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