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E-learning Services and its Tools

by GireeshSharma

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The emergence of e-learning software has replaced traditional training method from effective tools like rapid authoring, translation and localisation, skill gap analysis and custom e-learning. Moreover, learning has become collaborative, as the trainees can now exchange views and ideas with their fellow mates. Organisational learning benefits a lot from the information exchange between the trainees with add ons like discussion boards, discussion boards, survey boards, wikis, polls and blogs. Collaborative learning encourage the trainees to have a general discussion with their colleagues and learn things in a more interactive manner.

The collaborative learning includes new age tools like social learning and mobile learning.  In social learning, training module is interwoven with popular social networking sites like facebook. The trainees can access the training module from the given set of catalogue. Moreover, user acceptance is more in social learning as the trainee is familiar with the learning platform. Similarly,  mobile learning has also taken a leap forward with the  emergence of smart phones. Inclusion of learning videos, mobile games and m-books have made mobile learning quite popular among the trainees.

One of the major advantages of e-learning is that the content can be customised as per industry's needs. The custom e-learning tool helps indeveloping right kind of content for different industries such as IT & software, banking & finance, life science and many others. The reach of the software is enhanced with translation and localisation tool, which helps in developing the content in different languages and in multiple formats. Moreover, with the help of rapid authoring tools, the immediate training needs of the organisations is catered to. In addition to this, Organisations can also go for virtual classroom sessions by opting for instructor led training. 

Some of the companies, which are engaged in providing e-learning services have a dedicated off shoring centre. The off shoring centres, with the help of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), instructional designers and content developers, develop industry specific content for the organisations. However, there are a few points one must consider before outsourcing the project to an off shoring company such as  quality, security and functionality of the software. Outsourcing also helps in solving the issue of scalability as the e-learning software can be easily modified and updated. In addition to this, organisations can also opt for Software as a Service, wherein, the maintenance and modification of the training module lies with the service provider. By
opting for this service organisations can save a lot of cost associated with the training process.

Gireesh Sharma is an author writing on Human Resource Management. His expertise includes collaborative learning ,e-learning software and other Learning & Development matters.

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