What would be the best area/scope to focus on when launching e-learning and trying to get quick wins?

October 21, 2009 at 8:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I recently received an email from an old work mate who is moving into an e-learning role for the first time. He asked some good questions and I thought I’d share one of them here:

What would be the best area/scope to focus on when launching e-learning and trying to get quick wins?

I guess you could say this is the biggest slice of the pie! Everyone wants the quick wins up front – it paves the way for a smoother ride and opens a lot of doors. But it’s a lot easier said than done and if you get it wrong it can be costly (both in terms of actual budget and reputation).

The key thing here is alignment with the business. One of the things I learnt from my last manager was making sure at all times that the line of sight was clear – that is the alignment between what we were doing in L&D with what the business needed and was going. This needs to be aligned. It was imperative that we could clearly see how we were contributing.  It sounds so obvious but it’s not always what happens down on the shop floor !

So how do you get alignment and then score those quick wins?  You need to know what is going on in the business. You need to talk to the right people and  have a look at what the business priorities are and (if) and how online learning can help meet them. Your e-learning needs to support the business not the other way round.  If your e-learning is in line with a business initiative or project (pref a high profile one) then I would say that is a quick win.

I can’t say it enough, it’s important that your learning initiatives align with what the business needs..and if that is the case then you have a win !

So my advice is to have a look at what projects are on the go within the organization, talk to people about what’s coming up, what’s the strategy, where is the business headed? Where does the business want to be? And then figure out how you can help. Partner with the business – bring your expertise and tools in to support what’s happening. It may not necessarily be a quick win..but it will be a worthwhile one.

Then again you could always fall into the easy lane and say that compliance is a quick win..there’s always someone in compliance that needs an elearning course but we have to look beyond these obvious areas that have used and abused e-leaning for too long.


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  1. Just want to tell you thank you! for all the great info found on your site, even helped me with my work recently 🙂 keep it up!

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