Buy or Build: Making the Right LMS Decision

by | Feb 16, 2021 | eLearning, Platform Tech | 0 comments

 

There is no question that there are multiple benefits to offering online training programs. Those benefits include brand recognition and increased awareness, learner engagement, and member recruitment. As tempting as it may be to throw together a proprietary Learning Management System (LMS) solution, that’s not an endeavor that we should take lightly.

Here are seven very important reasons why your organization should trust the Global Childhood Academy LMS platform instead of building a solution from scratch:

#1 Building in-house software costs more in the long run.

Maintaining a software program as unique and nuanced as a digital learning management system platform isn’t cheap. You have to have in-depth technical and educational knowledge to lead programmers and create a digital environment for students. Here are just some of the costs associated with building your own in-house software: 

  • Planning the infrastructure 
  • Hiring Programmers (salaries and benefits) 
  • Software for developers 
  • Administrative and project management team
  • Equipment for team 
  • Cost of staff turnover, testing, fails, fixes, accessibility compliance, etc. 
  • Legal and accounting fees. 
  • Security accreditation fees. 

As a minimum, you will need a budget of 100,000 USD ++ for the first six months. 

Following that, you will have to work with a team of educators and training delivery experts to ensure that your platform appropriately offers the features and rich learning experience that they will need for learners. The process of testing and redevelopment will take another 6 to 18 months.  The most important question to ask is not the initial investments of time of money, but can your organization afford long-term developer salaries and ongoing maintenance? 

#2 Focus on your strengths

Risk-comes-from-not-knowingI have learned from doing business successfully over the last 20 years that you should focus on what you are good at and partner with other people who specialize in other areas. Sometimes it’s better to do things yourself, but other times it is better to let the experts do it. You might initially share a piece of the pie by partnering with another entity. Still, when you have the freedom to focus on what you do best, which is serving your community and letting others focus on what they do best, you will see exponential growth in no time. We know partnerships are not easy. Because it means that you share some level of trust, and you open up to some potential vulnerabilities. But if you vet your partners well and manage the risk, then you are good to go. 

#3 The opportunity cost is higher than you think.

By building in-house instead of choosing the Global Childhood Academy LMS platform, your organization will be isolated and disconnected from the network of verified credentials that makes the Global Childhood Academy LMS ecosystem so powerful. Once your organization decides to host its courses on the Global Childhood Academy platform, you join a network of innovative organizations equally dedicated to the global childhood community’s care and education. The cost of that collective knowledge and expertise cannot be quantified. Plus, it’s faster, safer, and more valuable to use the GCA Platform. 

#4 Time is our most valuable asset.

During and post-COVID, we thought we would have more time to do the things that we love. But it quickly became clear to us that we are busier than ever before. We are making decisions about where to invest our time differently. In the past 11 months, I have noticed myself making decisions about the kinds of projects I want to be involved in. If there is a way that I can get my courses launched fast and easily, then I am all for it. 

Developing your own in-house software will take at least 12 to 18 months. That does not include the time you will have to invest in constant upgrades and additional features that your users will demand.  When you partner with Global Childhood Academy, your time-to-value will be days and weeks as opposed to months or even years. 

#5 Global Childhood Academy is an education innovator.

Our years of combined experience mean that your courses are safe, secure, and positioned to meet the online education community’s demands. Our customer success team is ready and able to help you at every step in the creation and launch process. Depending on the tier you are most comfortable with, you’ll have the support of experts who know how to launch, manage, and grow your program with VIP support that cannot be found anywhere. 

#6 We know how learning design is done.

With all the rush to online teaching and training, many organizations forgot a critical element to online learning success: design. How your online course is created and presented will affect your learners’ learning outcomes, and if they are happy, they will not only finish your courses but continue with others and even promote you with online reviews. We have teams and consultants responsible for how online learning is designed and executed for the highest learning outcomes and performance.

#7 Our onboarding and course vetting process is unmatched.

Because we are a learning platform devoted to children’s education and care, we understand and invest in knowing all best practices and compliance necessary to ensure the highest quality. All of our partners are vetted and monitored. We select partners that create value and bring innovative solutions to adults’ challenges who serve, protect, and care for children. 

Build your own

Partner with Global Childhood Academy

  • Start-up investment of up to 100,000 USD for the first 6 months. 
  • Get started immediately with a small budget. 
  • 12 to 18 months to get launch the first prototype. 
  • Have your course content ready, launch your course in a few days. 
  • Spend time and money getting learners to sign up for your courses.
  • Get instant access to Global Childhood Academy’s global network of professionals.  
  • Run the risk of not creating a rich learning experience for your students.
  • The guaranteed best learning experience for your learners.
  • Need to translate to another language, this can take another 12 months for
    every language. 
  • Want to offer your course in another language, our platform is available
    in 40+ languages.
  • Want to incorporate Artificial Intelligence bots?
    You will spend tens of thousands of dollars to start a beta version AI bot. 
  • Our platform comes with Emily, the artificial intelligence bot that offers
    virtual coaching to all learners on our platform. 

 

If you’re interested in learning more about why Global Childhood Academy’s Learning platform is the very best place for your organization to offer its online teaching courses, we’d love to show you how our platform works. To schedule a demo email gca@globalchildhoodacademy.org.