The thought of taking your training online is exciting. You think about how much easier it will be to manage, how convenient it will be for your learners, and how you will be able to reach all corners of the world with your snazzy new e-courses. You do your research and find a great company, like Bridgewater Learning, who can help you with each and every one of your e-learning requirements. It’s so easy!
And then the issue of cost barges elephant-like into the room, knocking over that picture of your adorable cat and stripping your beautifully nurtured peace lily down to a twig. The fear that the costs will be extravagant makes you want to quietly slide towards the door and abandon your e-learning dream to that trunk waving nuisance.
That fear is not unfounded. e-Learning can be costly, but it doesn’t have to be.
If you’re in the position of already having a sizeable budget allocated to your online training endeavours, then you’re one of the lucky few, but often the available funds can resemble the awkward bit of juice at the end of a carton. You can’t waste it, but you also worry that it won’t be enough to satiate your newfound thirst for e-learning. It’s a dilemma.
The good news is that an e-learning development can be tailored to suit the budget, even if it’s the last sip. Better yet, the end product doesn’t need to be cheap and nasty either. This means that you don’t have to wait or compromise too much to take your training online.
We offer our clients four levels of development ranging from affordable to big budget. The differences between them are determined by the design of the course, the features that are included and the level of your involvement in the development process.
If you’d like to find out more about each level and arrange a demo let us know, but the basic gist is as follows:
Of course, the question of which level is best for your project should not only be a cost consideration. First and foremost, the decision should be based on which approach will best meet the objectives of the training. After all, there is no point in allocating budget to something that is not going to be effective.
Lastly, while we refer to four levels here, it’s really more of a sliding scale where the levels and features may be mixed and matched to suit the requirements. If you like the affordability and flexibility of level 2, but want a little more flare, no problem. Let’s produce and embed a little bit of custom video content as well, or introduce some storytelling in the form of audio clips. Or, how about a modular programme made up of little bits of the various levels?
Whatever your need and regardless of whether your budget is a sip or a surplus, a smidgeon or a smorgasbord, you can relax in the knowledge that your e-learning aspirations can still be met in a number of different ways. And, of course, we’re here to help. It’s time to chase that flappy eared beast out of the room.
By Paul Smit, Development Manager at Bridgewater Learning