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May 18, 2021

5 excuses for postponing your online training project

"I need an online training platform."

Almost everyone who contacts us opens the conversation with this statement. Our answer?

“Certainly! What is your project about?”

Surprisingly, this question causes the most problems while the answer should be obvious. If you need a platform, it's because you have a project: one does not go without the other!

Many people see the technological solution as the first issue, even before deciding the direction of their project. However, an LMS like Didacte is only a tool that allows this project to come to life.

In my interactions with potential clients, I hear all kinds of reasons for procrastinating and postponing a training project. 

“It's too expensive, too complicated, too ambitious.”

What if I proved you wrong?

Let's demystify the 5 most popular excuses for postponing an online training project!

1. “The hardest part will be to set up the platform.”

People tend to reverse the workload of an online training project’s various stages. Setting up a platform should represent the finish line at the end of the project!

75% of the job is to create the course’s content, way before it gets integrated into the platform. Unfortunately, the effort involved in creating content is often underestimated, while the effort of creating a platform is overestimated.

The projects that never succeed are those where the implementation of the platform is done way too early. 

These people then find themselves with an empty platform, for which they pay without making any profit. The project quickly becomes too high a mountain to climb, because there is too much work to be done. 

No content, therefore no students. No students, therefore no activity. No activity, therefore a stagnant project. 

It's a vicious circle. 

Have no fear; it’s a common reflex to try finding a platform before creating content. To create viable and relevant content, you need to know where it will end up being published!

Before starting shopping for a platform, a good strategy is to have at least some content for a first course.
You should also have a game plan for the rest of the content production depending on the scope of your project. 

Thus, you can better test the platform during your free trial period since you have a real use case!

On our side, it's also easier to guide you on the right strategy to adopt when your vision is clear. Once the platform has been chosen and the content created, consider that you are entering the final stages of the project!

2. "I need advanced computer skills to use an LMS."

Absolutely not!

Our platform focuses on ease of use, for both administrators and students.

If you can send an email or post a photo of your dog on Instagram, you have many of the skills required to manage an LMS!

Didacte is often established in organizations where human resources are held at arm's length by only a few employees. We need to be able to provide them with a simple and effective tool, and that is exactly what we are working on every day.

You don't have to be a techno-pedagogue to work with a platform like ours! We try to keep things simple to be accessible to as many people as possible.

3. "It's going to be expensive."

If in your company training is seen as an expense and not as an investment, your project will be challenged.

Fortunately, using an LMS helps
reduce the costs associated with this budget item - and not the other way around!

It’s true that in the short term, creating content and setting up a platform will require certain resources. However, you will quickly get a return on your investment if you have structured the project well.

Let us not forget that in the “classic” model of on-site training, it is already necessary to pay the: 

  • Salary of all employees who follow the courses;
  • Salary of the people responsible for organizing and monitoring training;
  • Fees for invited experts and trainers;
  • Cost of meals, travel and accommodation as needed;
  • Rental of premises and equipment for each course;
  • Printing of documents.

Ultimately, the traditional methods are the expensive ones! 

Working with Didacte means giving greater value to the content created by using it repeatedly and for a long time. It's about enabling employees to progress at their speed and at the most appropriate time. It means investing every dollar to train employees on an up-to-date tool compatible with the latest technologies.

Not to mention all the optimized work for your human resources team!

4. "We will have to implement the LMS everywhere in the company, right from the start."

A big mistake is to try to go from 0 to 100 km/h in a too-short time. 

If you want to automate in-house training, you don't need to do it all at once in all departments! This kind of project can very easily be deployed in several phases. 

Launch a pilot project in a department to:

  • Obtain feedback from the first employees who use the platform. You can then make the necessary adjustments before expanding the scope of the project.
  • Have more time to create content and training paths.
  • Train the managers who will be responsible for supporting their teams.
  • Save on the price of the first months of your license by paying for a smaller number of users.

In any organizational change, wanting to go too fast often ends up costing more in time, money and overall satisfaction.

On Didacte, the groups’ feature allows you precisely to segment employees to create custom channels on the platform. Used wisely, this tool will allow you to start working on the project with only a part of the business. 

With a well-established group structure upstream, expanding the project to a larger number of employees will be a piece of cake!

5. "I will be on the platform full-time. I don't have time to take care of this!"

The use of an online training platform directly addresses the need to save time. Once the installation is complete, the tool is designed to require as little intervention as possible. 

No time to waste!

In the majority of SMBs, the HR department (if there is one) is generally made up of few employees.

This is why Didacte offers you all the tools to

On your platform, you need few people to accomplish a lot. This is the very essence of our goal: to stick to your reality.

Keep overall control of the platform, but get rid of the follow-up work! Involves managers, supervisors and support staff. 

Each person can take part in the workload to lighten your responsibilities and become accountable to their team. In our LMS, all the tools are there to work this way and promote this kind of dynamic.

No more bad excuses!

If you have a training project, content that could be digitized, and the desire to do things better, you can now shop for your LMS. 

If Didacte is an option that could meet your needs, write to us so that we can analyze this opportunity together.

With your game plan and our best advice, you can quickly launch your online training project!

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Martin Busuttil

Martin Busuttil is responsible for the customer experience and is on the front line in welcoming and supporting our clients. He is also responsible for providing and updating the Help Center to simplify the user experience on Didacte.