E-learning is emerging as one of the fastest growing segments of the corporate sector, where constant upgradation of skills is vital for success. Therefore, many business houses are deploying e-learning solutions to train in-house as well as remotely located employees using digital tools. However, many companies cannot justify the costs associated with these solutions in comparison to their benefits. Such organizations can opt for offshore e-learning development, wherein their requirements are outsourced to specialists who are adept at providing the requisite course material and content delivery infrastructure at cost effective rates.

Companies that outsource their e-learning development needs can reduce the associated costs by 20 to 40 per cent by opting for service providers based in emerging countries. They can choose to outsource the whole project or a part thereof in order to reduce the burden of e-learning projects from themselves. The service providers that set up offshore development offices hire Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), content developers, instructional designers, administrators and instructors in order to deliver quality content at low prices to their clients. The team can successfully save considerable resources for the clients and still provide best-in-class training material to them without any compromise in quality or delivery time.

Scalability is a huge issue with in-house e-learning infrastructure, since an elaborate set up can be justified for regular meetings but would unnecessarily consume resources in case of infrequent meetings or small teams. By choosing a company with a dedicated offshore development center, organizations that aim to outsource e-learning projects can easily cater to the corporate education requirements of the personnel without any concerns regarding issues like recruitment, retention, firing and attrition rate. Moreover, scalability is one of the key factors that small organizations keep in mind while outsourcing e-learning requirements since they think about current staff size as well as future growth and associated learning requirements in the long run.

Quality of Service (QoS) is an important aspect of the outsourcing service. The vendors selected by any company must have a sound delivery plan, quality content and extensive experience so that they can provide quality services. Service providers who have vast experience in e-learning development can effectively cater to the learning requirements of all departments of an organization, which can prove to be affordable and streamline the whole operations and maintain consistency of quality.

While outsourcing their e-learning requirements, companies can insulate themselves from risks by clearly defining the requisite standards. Moreover, proper documentation on the vendors' as well as clients' end can make sure that there is no disparity or discrepancies on either side. Companies can maintain specification sheets, test plans, project plans, IDD, storyboards with proper versions, sign off processes (including prototypes as well as Alpha and Beta deliveries) in order to keep track of the e-learning process in case they have assigned work to more than one offshore development center. By outsourcing volume work, from various projects to various departments, to a single vendor, organizations can outsource their e-learning requirements at lower rates and increase the bottom line.

Author's Bio: 

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