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10 Things To Consider When Developing Cloud-Based Learning Programs

10 Things To Consider When Developing Cloud-Based Learning Programs

Learning environments today are more complex than ever, presenting organizations with challenges across all aspects learning program implementation and management. With this increase in global LMS deployments, more and more learning professionals are adopting cloud technology.

In response to the increased demand for and deployment of cloud-based business systems, we are excited to share our latest whitepaper highlighting the benefits of cloud-based learning solutions and the critical questions learning professionals should ask potential providers when considering a cloud implementation. The whitepaper, titled “Learning in the Cloud: 10 Factors to Consider,” addresses advantages of the cloud from cost savings, to decreased delivery time, to global reach, and outlines the top areas for discussion regarding the architecture and management of a cloud service.

Implementing cloud-based learning solutions eases these geographic challenges and offers numerous benefits related to cost savings, implementation, management and more. Here at Skillsoft, our objective is to drive this trend by providing all learning professionals with information and advice on the cloud so they are knowledgeable about selecting a learning implementation that best fits their organization’s needs. We encourage you to utilize our whitepaper as a tool for guidance through this process.

Select factors cited in the whitepaper regarding cloud-based learning include:

Cost Savings. Cloud-based learning architectures allow organizations to avoid upfront investments such as building out and supporting a technical infrastructure as well as the human capital costs of installation, configuration and ongoing maintenance. This becomes even more critical given that learning departments are under pressure to keep costs under control and do more with less.

Global Reach. Cloud computing companies invest heavily in architecting solutions that can connect with most users all over the world – a burden that used to be placed on an organization’s IT department. With cloud-based learning, employees simply need a computer or mobile device, a browser and an Internet connection to have consistent access to valuable content.

Rapid Deployment. Cloud learning solutions can be up and running almost immediately without involving an organization’s IT department. Self-service features allow learning and development professionals to deliver learning directly to hundreds of employees within minutes. In today’s business climate, new skills often need to be taught on the fly at the speed of business with no time for lengthy deployments.

Support When You Need It. Support services can extend beyond just technical and customer support to include providing expertise to assist learning professionals with delivering the skills development and behavior changes the organization needs. Common support services for cloud-based LMS include content installation, learning consultants, examples of best practices, program management, curriculum design and training needs analysis.

Download your complimentary copy to view the full list of considerations for the cloud.

How do you leverage cloud-based technology as a learning professional?

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