Whether you’re a training manager, an individual learner, or an instructional designer, you’ll want to visit click2learn.com . Owned by Asymetrix Learning Systems, Inc., this site is unusual in that it allows individuals or companies to put their own creations on the site for sale. The result is a wide assortment of learningware on topics ranging from basic computing skills to business methodology.
Types of courseware offered
The site offers courses in two major areas: Business Skills and Computing Skills. There’s also a Miscellaneous section, but I was disappointed to find nothing there. I found this odd, particularly because the other two sections have so much available. Courses in either section are easy to find, with multiple views on available resources.
Too many online learning sites focus exclusively on the technical area. One of the things I like about click2learn is the variety of courses available in the softer skills. Areas here include Project Management, Strategic Management, Team Building, Customer Service, Finance, and Human Resources—a broad range! Courses in these areas vary in length from one to four hours and cost an average of $100.
Online training in these areas seems to be much easier to find on the Web, but this site has a nice collection, including Certification, Internet, Enterprise Computing, and Operating Systems. The average course runs from three to eight hours, depending on content. The prices in the computer skills section range from $75 to $150.
Next week, I’ll discuss click2learn’s tool to design training that you can then sell through the site.
Each course description offers a Reviews and a Recommendations area, although I didn’t find a lot of content in either one. Still, they’re great components for this type of site. The site is well laid out, which made it easy for me to find what I needed. The click2learn site also offers some very good 10-minute demos of how the longer sessions will look. The demos contain real content, so while sampling, you might learn something valuable!
If you’re managing training at a fast growing company, a small company, or in an organization where you’re looking to outside development to meet your needs, you want to visit this site. I can’t think of a business I’ve worked with that couldn’t benefit from at least a few of the many training opportunities available here. If you’re a free agent, independent consultant, or just a lifelong learner, click2learn’s good content at reasonable prices is a find for you, as well.
Kevin Eikenberry is president of the Discian Group , a learning consulting company in Indianapolis. If you would like to comment on this article or have any questions or suggestions of other Web sites to review, please follow this link to write to Kevin .