Remember, back in school, when your teacher came up with all your classes’ class material herself? Me neither. Most of us don’t; textbook companies have been developing curricula for decades, rounding up subject matter experts to write textbooks, creating engaging lessons, and putting together graphics that your classroom teacher — or even your school district — would not have the time or resources to put together. It was your teacher’s job to integrate the textbook into her existing lesson plan, using a pre-made resource to back up the other materials she was using in class.
Today’s organizations’ L&D departments are increasingly playing the role of the teacher, figuring out how to fit good off-the-shelf e-learning into long-standing training programs.