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Advice | February 10, 2021

What are the benefits of off-the-shelf eLearning courses?

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Off-the-shelf eLearning courses are ready for immediate use and come with lower costs. Discover more on the benefits of this solution for L&D teams

Across all organisations, L&D teams work to ensure that employees are trained on as many courses as possible. From mental health and wellbeing to cybersecurity and compliance, employees are encouraged to complete a variety of courses. With Digits’ off-the-shelf digital learning content, organisations can quickly deliver this learning and help upskill employees.

Off-the-shelf eLearning courses are courses that have been pre-designed on a particular subject and are available for organisations to purchase. Once purchased, L&D teams can upload the courses to their online course catalogue or learning management system (LMS) for employees to complete.

For organisations with a small training budget – who are unable to create custom eLearning courses – off-the-shelf eLearning can be a big help in educating teams on a wide range of common topics but for L&D teams, what are the main benefits of off-the-shelf eLearning courses?


Three major benefits of off-the-shelf eLearning courses


1. Off-the-shelf training courses come at a lower cost

Off-the-shelf eLearning courses are set to go and ready to use as soon as you want – L&D teams don’t have to wait on design, course development, or beta testing.

As a result, this means reduced costs for an organisation. You can save the expense of hiring graphic designers or a dedicated eLearning team, and instead just purchase the online learning materials and add them to your LMS for employees to complete.

L&D teams can use this saved money to book paid-for training courses which are essential for further upskilling employees.


2. Buying eLearning content means it is ready to use

Off-the-shelf eLearning courses are ready to use immediately once purchased.

While customised eLearning courses require time for teams to gather the required content, code the technical functionality, and build the course, off-the-shelf eLearning courses come with this work already done. L&D teams don’t have to test the finished product, meaning employees can start completing the online courses right away.

With the time that L&D teams can save, more time and focus can be spent on identifying other ways to improve the employee learning experience.


3. Off-the-shelf courses contain content backed by experts

Off-the-shelf eLearning content is backed by industry experts who have great understanding on common topics (eg mental health).

Employees, as a result, are likely to better understand what it is that they are reading as part of the course, they are more likely to trust the expert and gain more knowledge as a result. For L&D teams, this can result in a knowledgeable, engaged and confident workforce.


Bespoke vs off-the-shelf eLearning

While off-the-shelf eLearning solutions can help L&D teams save time and resources, they also come with a lack of personalisation.

If you’ve identified an off-the-shelf course on a relevant topic that covers all the points you need to cover, then that eLearning solution could be the best fit. Digits’ off-the-shelf digital learning content, for example, includes a course on Microsoft Office skills, which is crucial for any organisation and its employees.

If you want content on a unique or niche topic, custom-made courses may be the better fit. L&D teams, however, need to be able to identify cases where off-the-shelf eLearning is better than a custom course, or the other way around, before choosing one or the other.

Digits provide a range of off-the-shelf content to kickstart your learning, covering a range of essential learning topics. Request a demo to find out more.



Maryam Munir

Maryam Munir

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