Creating great eLearning that delivers more for less

Alex Stevenson

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The dilemma – reduced budgets need to deliver increased L&D impact. 

Government departments, local authorities and Public Sector bodies have never been under more pressure to deliver more for less.

In my seven years of advising Public Sector customers on their L&D needs, I’ve not seen such pressure on budgets and resources.

L&D leaders are facing some of the biggest challenges of recent times, whilst competing for resources and budgets with many other functions within Public Sector organisations.

All this when there’s never been a more important time to invest in learning and development programmes to upskill workforces, retain talent and support employees with the impact of digital transformation.

These two positions feel diametrically opposed. Reduced budgets need to deliver increased L&D impact. But there is a way to make this happen.


How can Public Sector L&D leaders deliver more for less?

The answer. Bring as much of your L&D functionality and management in-house with the right partner.

This has a positive impact, not only in terms of reducing costs but helping to demonstrate the value of L&D in driving improved performance across a range of critical factors:

  1. Reducing the costs of creating course programmes and content
    Agile, fast in-house content creation can save management time as well as reduce costs. And as circumstances change, priorities can be rejigged to adapt to a changing scenario.
  2. Providing immediate access to performance data
    “At your fingertips” data and measurement of L&D impact and effectiveness. Share the evidence and show how eLearning can help create a culture of learning across the organisation.
  3. Exercising control over all aspects of the management of your L&D so that it delivers a return on investment
    Demonstrating accountability to the organisation will instill confidence and understanding in the role of eLearning in improving personal and organisational performance.
  4. Make the most of your investments
    Many organisations I work with realise that learners struggle to use new software and adapt to new workplace processes as part of digital transformation rollouts. It’s estimated that 70% of learning is lost following one-off training sessions. The answer is to complement traditional training with a Digital Adoption Solution (DAS).

The task at hand

At first sight, bringing everything in-house could sound daunting.

  • Converting large volumes of classroom-based content to an online digital learning environment is complex and time-consuming.
  • Skill levels to create and manage content in PS L&D teams may be lacking
  • Interactivity and learning engagement can be a challenge with digital learning
  • Can eLearning really replace the face-to-face classroom experience?
  • Can it work across all the various remote platforms effectively?

The good news is that there are now eLearning solutions that make creating and managing course content easy. And working with a good partner, it’s all possible in-house, with a range of proven digital learning services:

  • No development skills are required – anyone in the L&D team can easily create content
  • Content can be created to work across all remote eLearning platforms such as webinars, virtual classrooms, one to one and across all devices
  • More interactivity via gamification will generate an exciting, memorable learning experience
  • Complete control of what is produced and when
  • Central management of the L&D program with reporting and performance monitoring available in real-time

What options are available?

With my Public Sector Specialist hat on, here are three tools I recommend that you may find of interest:

Simplifying course creation

Articulate 360 is an award-winning eLearning authoring tool with everything you need to create engaging, interactive content and enhance course development.

You’ll have access to over 7 million assets, including images, icons and templates, providing complete flexibility and the ability to generate exciting eLearning programmes.

In-house video production

We recommend Vyond’s award-winning video animation software. It’s straightforward to use, and anyone can create dynamic, entertaining videos in minutes—no need to bring in expensive pre and post-production houses when you can do all this yourself.

Increasing interactivity using gamification

It’s easy to bring the eLearning experience to life using Docebo’s Learning Management suite, where you’ll have access to various gamification tools that fully engage learners.

These include interactive quizzes, leaderboards, and competitions that reward learners with points, prizes and badges of honour.

Accelerating digital adoption

This provides real-time in-app prompts, nudges and support in the flow of work using a Digital Adoption solution such as Omniplex Guide. It’s increasingly being used by our clients to improve adoption rates and increase employee confidence and performance.