September 16, 2019
Cloud-based technology is becoming increasingly popular in corporate organizations and for good reason. In addition to providing a secure space that does not need physical servers, cloud-based technology saves organizations a lot of money and time.
Our case in point is that cloud-based authoring tools assist organizations in creating amazing eLearning and mLearning courses for the learning and development needs of their employees. Organizations are becoming serious about employee development, as they have a clear understanding of how learning and development (L&D) is going to be a deciding factor in an organization’s success in the coming years. However, the catalyst in the hesitation of organizations is the investment in eLearning technology, due to high costs and time consumption. This article will help organizations shed their inhibitions and highlight points explaining how cloud-based authoring can help organizations cut costs while also saving time spent on their L&D programs.
Most organizations are all for offering their employees/learners the flexibility to access eLearning courses from anywhere and anytime using mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops. What about the designers? When using software-based authoring tools, designers may as well be chained to their desks while designing courses, however, with cloud-based authoring, they can design, develop and update digital learning courses wherever and whenever they want. All they need is an internet connection. This allows them to work outside the confines of their office hours, which saves time, and thus money. It also helps a lot when designers are time-crunched to deliver eLearning courses.
When using a software-based authoring tool, eLearning design and development teams work in a step-by-step hierarchy, with the work-in-progress passing linearly from one eLearning professional to the next until its completion. This takes a lot of unnecessary time which could be used in further endeavors. But, with cloud-based authoring tools, all eLearning professionals in a team are able to work simultaneously on the eLearning project, which eliminates the need for unnecessary meetings and revision cycles. This speeds up the eLearning project process, again, saving valuable time and money.
Many organizations these days are multinational, with employees spread across vast geographical locations. This can challenge efficiency and collaboration if the eLearning team becomes too spread out around the world. However, as mentioned above, because cloud-based authoring ensures that all the members of the eLearning team are connected and can work simultaneously, it eliminates any geographical barrier, thus simplifying collaboration. The unnecessary preparation of programs for each location saves a significant amount of money.
The software and hardware used in authoring tools are usually complex. It requires long installations, several IT permissions, as well as large downloads. All of these aspects require maintenance and expenditure of time. Cloud-based authoring tools are on-demand due to the absence of expensive hardware or software involved. A built-in authoring tool does all the work for organizations, meaning that their time and money are greatly saved, as well as the development of the most successful training strategy possible.
The best thing about cloud-based authoring tools is that they allow an organization’s eLearning teams to deploy and deliver eLearning courses to the learners at a commendable speed. Thanks to cloud-based authoring tools, eLearning teams can design and deliver eLearning courses to an organization’s learner within mere hours! eLearning that is created on desktop-based authoring tools requires at least a day to be designed and developed. The amount of time saved is outstanding, and so is the money saved through fast, efficient design and delivery.
Cloud-based learning is an eLearning technology that has already been hailed by L&D experts to be a game-changer and is a technology that is here to stay. Organizations looking to implement fast and effective eLearning at lower costs would be wise to look into this option and implement it with proper planning and thought. A little investment of time and money into implementation could result in your organization saving a lot of both!
If you’d like to know more about how EdApp’s mobile learning platform can help your internal training practices, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also try EdApp’s Mobile LMS and authoring tool for free by signing up here.
Daniel Brown is a senior technical editor and writer that has worked in the education and technology sectors for two decades. Their background experience includes curriculum development and course book creation.