E-learning has gained widespread recognition within a range of sectors. Its benefits have been harnessed by educational establishments, public service institutions, and businesses. It is common for modern organizations to rely on e-learning as a tool for providing their staff with relevant vocational training.
Selecting appropriate courses for this purpose, however, could, at times, prove to be challenging, especially for small and middle-sized enterprises (SMEs), whose choices are bound to be affected by financial constraints. This article will detail the author’s ideas on the factors that SME-category business owners might need to consider when selecting e-courses for their personnel.
Relevance of the Course to the Specific Line of Business
It is crucial for small and medium business owners to consider whether the courses they intend to include in their staff’s training are aimed at teaching skills and competencies that would be genuinely useful within the sector the said business operates in. It would not be advisable for entrepreneurs in general and to SME managers, in particular, to waste resources on learning materials that would only equip their personnel with abstract knowledge that is of limited (or no) application in their company’s everyday dealings.
Current Level of Staff Knowledge and Competence
Another course selection method that would also result in cost-effectiveness is examining and taking into account personnel skills and abilities, or lack thereof, when deciding on a course. Determining what employees are already capable of and identifying weak areas in employee performance will allow the relevant employer to select courses aimed at addressing weaknesses and avoid subjecting their staff to unnecessary (and potentially costly) training. SME owners, in particular, are in an excellent position to achieve this, since they are likely to be closely acquainted with their staff members.
Future Business Needs
While considerations on the current utility of the Course to be selected should take priority, it is, nevertheless, prudent to strike a fair balance between those and staff skills, which might become relevant to the business’ future development. Under certain circumstances, it might be beneficial for the enterprise to invest in training and to prepare their personnel for assignments that they will be tasked with later.