• Mark Gash

Building accredited online courses

What’s the purpose of online training? COVID19 lockdown aside, very few people access e-learning purely in the pursuit of knowledge or to kill some time. Most commercial online courses are targeted towards a specific end goal, which can be shoehorned into 2 categories;

  • compliance training to ensure staff are properly trained to safely carry out their duties.

  • level-up training to make staff more valuable in terms of workplace skills which contribute to the success of their employer.

The difference between these is often evident on an individual’s CV - very few people will boast about the fact they completed manual handling training in a role but most people would mention that they have a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) or Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification.

Of course, the real difference is the amount of information, studying and learning involved between the 2 types of training. An individual could breeze through a fire safety course in an hour but a high-level course could take days, weeks or even months to complete.

An accredited qualification is usually developed in association with a professional body, to ensure that it’s up-to-date and relevant within a specific sector. Courses are often written and developed by professionals who are currently practising in the industry. That’s what makes the certificate at the end such a reward - it carries weight which is beneficial to both employers in terms of having a skilled workforce and employees looking to progress in their careers.

Just a few years ago, it would be unfathomable to think that a person could attain an accredited qualification through online study. If you wanted those magical letters after your name, you had to travel to a college, university or training centre, where you would attend lectures, take notes and sit exams. E-learning has long been associated with simple compliance courses and has only recently begun to be taken seriously as a way of delivering large-scale multi-module training - but times are changing.

Blending live-streamed talks with video resources, alongside tried-and-tested e-learning interactivity, online accredited courses match real-world courses like-for-like in terms of information delivery. Yet e-learning offers even more, with the ability to tailor learning pathways to individuals, playing to their strengths whilst ensuring any gaps in their knowledge are addressed. Training platforms allow students and teachers to monitor progress and access resources 24/7.

In reality, creating and delivering an accredited course is no different from building any other e-learning resource - it’s just bigger. It involves a lot of planning and the involvement of a large group of specialists to ensure its effectiveness but this is simply a case of matching up the subject matter experts with the right team of online training developers.

“Where can I find such a team?” you may ask. Right here at adaptiVLE. We’ve recently created accredited online courses and platforms for organisations specialising in leadership management, colour theory and money management.

To discuss how we can transform your accredited course into an online experience, get in touch.

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