There are options in the marketplace for off-the-shelf elearning solutions, but to take full advantage of elearning’s capabilities, custom is the way to go. You will never get the same attention to detail and tailored feel that a vendor who produces custom solutions will give you as a canned course. The decisions that are made in regards to storyboards and what learning technologies to use are all made for a specific reason – to have the learner fully engaged and take as much away from the module as possible.
When you go out into the marketplace looking for a vendor, of course you will have a budget. That doesn’t mean you are stuck with the stale, same old stuff that’s collecting dust on the shelf! Finding a vendor that can work with you and your budget, provide interactive and innovative solutions will give you the best bang for your buck and save you money in the long run. I’ve seen companies pay for access to a bunch of canned courses and use maybe 1 or 2 of them……what a waste. Find a vendor that can customize your module to give you the piece of mind that you’ve spent your money on something that is truly worthwhile and will excite your learners.