Hurdles to e-Learning

Why many organizations have not made the change to e-learning – yet

Make the switch: Convert from static documentation to e-learning content

It would seem obvious that documents whose contents need to be understood by staff, for legal compliance or efficient operation, should already be converted to trackable e-learning courses. Why, then, do so many organizations persist in using Word, PPT, and PDF formats to present their valuable content?

Pitfalls to embracing e-learning

Cast your mind to your company’s document repository. Likely you have hundreds, if not thousands, of documents – from SOPs to compliance and regulatory documents, employee agreements, and company policies, not to mention existing training and development material – that have accumulated over the years and that you know would be more practical in the form of e-learning courses that are accessible, engaging, and trackable. At the same time, you shudder at the thought of navigating the e-learning process. After all, the normal custom development cycle for developing e-learning courses can take many months and cost quite a lot. And then there’s the concern that in development, information would not be translated as you wish. These are some of the key reasons e-learning has been largely reserved for a small percentage of the market – mainly, those organizations interested in high-end training in business skills and legal compliance. Until now.

Convert tiresome documents into engaging online content

A new conversion service

Recently, companies such as Laragh have reimagined the e-learning process and derived handy, cost-effective, and time-efficient ways of converting existing company documents (whether in DOCX, PPT, or PDF files) into e-learning. Through services such as e-Learning Convert, it is now possible to create engaging and interactive e-learning courses that are based purely on your existing source material, provided it’s in Word, PowerPoint, or PDF format. The quick and efficient conversion process ensures that you are spared the frustration that is often associated with developing e-learning content from scratch. What’s more, e-Learning Convert offers complete data integrity, which ensures that your carefully crafted documents are not altered during the process. It’s peace of mind at its best.

The conversion process is simple: send us your source material – in DOCX, PPT, or PDF format – and we’ll send you an e-learning course. It is quick, cost-effective – and works.

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If It’s Not Broken, Don’t Fix it

One of the main obstacles to e-learning is the hefty time and cost implications of creating and developing courseware from scratch – from concept development to course design and finally implementation and use, even a beginner course requires great effort and expertise.

Certainly, for many organizations, the idea of a lengthy e-learning development process – no matter the benefits – can be daunting. The outlook changes, however, if you have existing Word, PowerPoint, and PDF documents that have already been crafted, curated, and ready to go. If this is the case, it naturally won’t be feasible to expend a large amount of time and money re-writing content that already suits your needs. After all, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it!

Enter document conversion

Fortunately, there are e-learning companies such as Laragh that recognize the need for organizations to be able to quickly convert existing source material (gather your DOCX, PPT, and PDF files!) into engaging, interactive e-learning courses that can be tracked and routinely updated with ease. Offering services like e-Learning Convert that are readily available, it’s possible to transform your trusty (and likely dusty!) Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and PDF files into intuitive, accessible e-learning courses that will be professionally designed by a team of skilled and experienced learning designers.

Your ready-made content is bursting for a new lease on life – e-Learning Convert promises to deliver.

Converting SOPs to e-Learning

Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are essential to the functioning of many enterprises. Some organizations – for example, in the pharma sector – have thousands of them floating around with employees receiving constant reminders of an ever-updating list of documents and PDFs that they must make themselves familiar with.

SOPs are written and promulgated to regulate and control processes. Yet, even in the largest enterprises, they represent a vulnerability – they come in so many shapes and sizes, via multiple media, that the control of their uptake is patchy at best. Some high-visibility SOPs already get converted to conventional full-blown e-learning.

But more than 80% remain in static or semi-static documents, PDFs, and PowerPoints. Yet, by definition, this is mission-critical information. It is essential that the relevant staff come to know the information that is in an SOP – otherwise it would not be in an SOP.

Everyone who creates an SOP would like better ways of transmitting the vital information it contains. Everyone would like to know that learners have engaged with the content and taken it on board. Everyone would like better ways of verifying this. Most organizations know that even when a PDF is uploaded into a learning management system (LMS) and laid out in attractively designed pages, learners struggle to get through the information, and only minimal shell-level tracking occurs. Timed PowerPoints are only marginally better. You cannot see which sections learners are struggling with or encourage them to interact with the material in a tangible way. Most organizations know that converting their SOP to an e-learning module would help resolve these problems. But until now, there has been no easy way to do this.

Addressing the obstacles to converting SOPs into e-learning

The main reasons more SOPs are not converted into e-learning courses that would assure engagement and knowledge transfer are:

  • Cost: It is traditionally quite expensive to commission an e-learning company to custom-build your content.
  • Time: Generally, when the need for a new SOP becomes apparent, you want it done in days, not in months.
  • Revisions: Some SOPs need to be revised every few months. It is not practicable to do this with a traditional custom-built e-learning module.
  • Organizational obstacles: There will be no enterprise-wide program of conversion because SOPs are found in multiple formats on multiple platforms, and are owned by people from a wide array of job functions. So, the individual SOP creator cannot wait for a company-wide initiative to roll out new information.

Using e-Learning Convert makes the conversion of SOPs into e-learning that much easier

Recognizing the real need for organizations to make their SOPs more accessible to employees, Laragh set up e-Learning Convert, a service offering designed to address this problem. e-Learning Convert is not aimed at getting enterprises signed up for a multiyear custom e-learning contract. It is aimed at helping learning managers and process owners within large or small organizations address a local conversion need quickly and cost-effectively.

We save on cost by streamlining the process and restricting the course layout to one of three formats that have been designed to address almost any need. Each conversion is supervised by experienced instructional designers, which ensures that the product’s cost-effectiveness does not sacrifice quality.

We save on time by streamlining the process. For this service, our assumption is that the creator of the SOP knows exactly what the course needs to communicate. We do not enter into a recursive series of development steps with you as we would when building e-learning from scratch. We simply convert what you have created into e-learning. We provide a clear and quick mechanism for revisions. Where the SOP we have converted to e-learning is subject to amendments, we offer a quick and reasonably priced revision service.

Because the e-Learning Convert service is modular, it means you do not have to wait for organization-wide changes in how SOPs and other information transfer is handled. You can do the best for the learners local to you. With a range of course file formats available, you can load the course on whatever platform is currently available to you. And because the cost is low, you can give the conversion service a test-drive without waiting for strategic direction changes.

Convert from Flat Documents to Interactive Online Courses

Laragh’s e-Learning Convert Service Can Make Standardized Corporate Documentation Come to Life

Convert from static documentation to engaging online content

Across the corporate industry, organizations are becoming increasingly aware of the power of e-learning in terms of upskilling and training employees. In fact, e-learning is a great way to streamline, standardize, and track the delivery of corporate material that is often used across various departments and offices.

But have you ever considered converting your procedural company documents – like SOPs, Health and Safety protocols, company guidelines, or onboarding material – from ordinary PowerPoint or PDF files into interactive online learning experiences?

This is the aim of Laragh’s cost-effective e-Learning Convert service, which takes your existing source material – whether in PPT, PDF, or DOCX format – and converts it into an engaging e-learning course. With decades of experience in developing online learning material, we’re well-equipped to provide you with a high-quality conversion product with a fast turnaround – saving you time, money, and effort.

How it works

At Laragh, we understand the time and effort that CEOs, L&D managers, and HR executives put into constructing PowerPoint presentations or PDF and Word manuals, and respect the integrity of the documentation we are entrusted with. That is why you do not need to be concerned that your carefully written content will be modified without your consent. e-Learning Convert – as the name implies – simply converts all content that you approve into an e-learning course that your employees will relish.

e-Learning Convert’s basic service offering includes a free initial proofread from one of our experienced editors to catch those pesky spelling or grammatical errors. Then our team of experienced editors and learning designers work to transform your source material into an engaging and visually stimulating course – easy to navigate and chockful of imagery and interactive features that are designed to actively engage all learners.

Assessment questions for engagement and trackability

Should you desire, e-Learning Convert is also able to incorporate an assessment feature into your courseware – not only to assess your employees’ understanding of the material, but also to engage them in a more active form of learning. This handy feature is optional but highly recommended to monitor employee progress and identify gaps in knowledge that can then be addressed through further training.

Because the nature of the documents’ content may require different forms of treatment, e-Learning Convert offers a range of package options – for instance, you can decide whether you want a full editorial review of your content or added assessments to your converted course. View the full range of options here.

The Benefits of e-Learning in Onboarding Employees

How e-learning makes onboarding easy

The increased trend towards online and hybrid work environments has introduced many companies to the amazing benefits that e-learning onboarding programs can unlock, in terms of engagement, learning, and tracking progress. In fact, according to research, 72% of organizations believe that e-learning puts them at a competitive advantage.

Yet when it comes to onboarding, most companies still use passive procedures. New hires are either subjected to a long PowerPoint presentation in a boardroom, or provided with a manual that you hope they’ll read. Certainly, this age-old method of onboarding new hires can be time and cost-consuming, without offering any way of knowing whether your recruits have understood the information provided.

But how exactly does the use of e-learning for onboarding benefit organizations? Let’s have a look.

An exciting start

When orienting employees, you want to create excitement about embarking on a new career. But, as Forbes notes, new recruits entering the workforce are from a generation that is accustomed to the interactive and immersive qualities of online spaces. This makes short e-learning courses – in lieu of a PowerPoint presentation or a stack of documents – a much more welcoming and stimulating experience.

Increased engagement

It’s easy for new hires to become overwhelmed by the amount of information they receive during the onboarding process – SOPs, guidelines, awareness training, best practices, privacy considerations…the list goes on. An e-learning onboarding course offers the opportunity to break down that stack of information, and convert it in a way that is not only logical but easier to digest and engage with in a meaningful way — a process called microlearning. Additionally, the interactive nature of e-learning has great benefits. According to the Cone of Learning model developed by the National Training Laboratory, retention of information is increased through interacting with the material. No wonder studies by Brandon Hall found that e-learning may boost knowledge retention by an impressive 25-60%.

Trackable progress

In order to know whether employees are actually given the necessary training and information, onboarding needs to be trackable. And while leaders want to assume the best of their staff, there’s no guarantee your employees are actually reading the material they’re provided in document form. Once documents are converted into an e-learning course, however, it allows for an employee’s progress to be easily tracked through an organization’s Learning Management System (LMS). Tracking is also a great way to highlight which areas are of interest to employees, as well as where information is insufficient.

Testable outcomes

While there is no way of knowing how much information was retained after a PowerPoint presentation, conversion of the PPTs into an e-learning course will offer the benefit of interactive quizzes and knowledge checks throughout. This allows companies to gauge whether the employees understood the information provided and is a great way to identify gaps in knowledge.

Reduced cost and time

A lot of time and money is spent on training and onboarding new employees during their first few weeks on the job, such as the high cost of printing onboarding material – for instance, PDFs or Word documents. In fact, Training magazine estimates that 80% of print costs go toward the in-house distribution of information. Converting your PDF documents into e-learning courses offers the opportunity to streamline and optimize this process. The fact that online content is accessible via a range of digital devices can also potentially be a great time-saver, since employees can opt to go through onboarding materials outside work hours. Additionally, the same onboarding courses can be re-used across multiple departments, eliminating the need for duplication of effort.

With so many benefits to implementing a digital onboarding program, it seems the main reason for organizational hesitance is a lack of knowledge about operating e-learning platform software. Luckily, there are some e-learning companies that offer cost-effective services to do that job for you. At Laragh, we can easily take your existing onboarding documents (whether in PPT, PDF, or document format) and convert them into an impactful e-learning experience via our e-Learning Convert service. With decades of experience in the field of organizational e-learning development, we can easily convert your existing onboarding material into interactive and easy-to-use e-learning courses. The only question left to ask, then, is what are you waiting for?