Barriers to Implementing eLearning Systems in Organisations
In the current world of globalization and technology, knowledge plays a vital role and can provide a significant advantage to any company. The popularity of eLearning is constantly growing, and, according to Statista, by the end of 2022 its market will have reached 243 billion U.S. dollars. That is why more and more companies opt for eLearning solutions to improve their knowledge bases and recruit qualified staff.
Technological development has transformed not only our working methods but also our education channels. Internet technologies and learning methods create an effective combination for education. As a result, an increasing number of companies, government organizations and other businesses actively implement eLearning solutions that involve a mixture of video, photo, text, and audio materials aimed at spreading information and making learning simpler, easier and more effective. Moreover, it is extremely suitable for those who cannot be physically present during the classes.
Globalized society opens up ample opportunities for companies to create a network of offices throughout the world. That is why eLearning solutions are critically important for modern businesses. However, they are complicated in implementation and have many barriers such as selection problems, cost of implementation, technical problems, “mindshift” issues and institutional issues. Sounds interesting, right? Let’s take a closer look at them below!
The biggest barriers to organisational eLearning
Above we highlighted the most common barriers to eLearning implementation that companies face today. Let’s dive into the details below!
First of all, this is a selection problem. It is hard to choose the right variant from the majority of available eLearning systems. Only by mapping out your company’s training and learning needs can you decide which eLearning system is right for you. In addition to that, you need to consider how many people you plan to train - a team or the entire company, what format they need - mobile app or desktop, what key features and functionality, pricing plans, etc. Once you have a clear understanding of your requirements, you can make a final decision and select the right solution. Moreover, you can find a tech partner who can create and deliver a robust eLearning solution based on your unique business needs and requirements.
Another issue is the cost of implementation. An LMS can be proprietary software like Blackboard where you receive a bunch of functions that you may not use. Also, it can be Canvas, where you need to customize and set up the software according to your needs. Prices for that software can be high, especially for companies that only set up business processes and have a changeable structure. Even if you choose open-source free software, you would have to adjust it to your business needs. Thus, in particular cases, it is easier to create custom software than make customization to ready-to-use products.
eLearning systems are complex solutions that require expertise, appropriate infrastructure and technical equipment during installation. Also, they should work appropriately on employees’ various devices. That is why a lot of technical problems may appear. To avoid this type of problem, it is crucial to develop a step-by-step implementation strategy. Not only does it help you track any issues that arise, but you can also assign the right people to fix them. However, if your company needs an eLearning system, choose the variant that will be more suitable for you.
This is one of the most commonly spread issues. Online learning is still not fully understood by corporate culture. The modern generation was born into the age of technology and it is much easier for them to accept the online learning aspect. For the older generation, it is more complicated to accept technological advancements in learning and training. The generation gap can be a barrier if the benefits of adopting new eLearning solutions are not immediately obvious. With that in mind, you need to keep employees informed and engaged at every stage of implementation. Not only should you inform all employees of news and milestones as the eLearning system progresses, but you need to explain to them all the ample opportunities that they receive when using the eLearning platform.
Every company has to develop a fully functional and detailed plan of successful implementation before the process of eLearning system adoption. Moreover, if a company has regional offices, it is important to consider cultural aspects when implementing an eLearning system. In addition to that, the eLearning system has to be adopted according to the institution's strategic plan and its goals. Generally, its implementation requires complex shifts in the modernization of business processes and approaches within the entire company. Besides, all these processes have to be aligned before the start of full-scale implementation. This will help you avoid misunderstandings and prevent institutional issues.
To sum up, the eLearning system is a complicated, but necessary and useful tool for modern companies or organizations. However, it has a lot of pitfalls that may lead to the failure of this process. With that in mind, it is important not only to come up with the idea of an eLearning system but also with a clear understanding of its goals. Such barriers as “mindshift” issues, technological adoption and many others can be significant obstacles to implementing eLearning systems in organizations. Only by considering the cultural background of your business and making a thorough plan of action can you manage to implement this system in your company successfully.
Alexey Kutsenko is the Head of Digital Marketing of DDI Development company. He is experienced in the development of the marketing strategy for companies in different industries. He knows how to do the right marketing and watches all current marketing and industry trends.