As eLearning solutions experience growth, more efficient online course development practices are necessary. Online learning is dynamic, so new courses and changes to existing ones are frequent. One surefire way to speed things up is to centralize program management. This allows course changes as needed and quicker deployment to students. There are some definitive benefits gained from centralized program management. Let’s take a look at some:

1. Speed

Centralized management can allow administrators and faculty to develop new courses fast. It also assists with the modification of existing courses when needed. Centralizing the program management office allows better oversight for complex online course development. This ensures better productivity, higher quality and quicker speed to market.

2. Communication

Communication with all stakeholders involved is important in online course development. Of course, a centralized location makes communications easier. Tracking sources will keep everyone abreast of course material status. By centralizing, developers can use shared technology resources to save significantly on costs.

3. Improved standard procedures

Centralizing management encourages improved work procedures by setting up standards for execution. Simpler oversight helps as everyone understands project intake, change management, and reporting. Standards are set up as needed, with projects scheduled for development and completion. Prioritizing urgent needs helps to release them more quickly. Consistency and centralization are keys to easier maintenance of practices and procedures.

4. Change management

Making changes to existing courses can be a challenge. It’s important that instructors of each topic are teaching the same material. Here, too, a better structured centralized program management can help. Centralizing improves intake procedures and defines the change process using tracking and workflow.

5. Managing issues

Consistent practices help determine areas that need improvement. Assessment of processes while identifying any significant gaps in reporting are vital. This can reduce or eliminate problems with online course development. And, solutions created to address issues are then shared throughout the organization.

6. Robust Reporting

Robust reporting in a centralized operation tracks complex projects, changes and scheduling. Powerful, transparent automated status reporting will lead to efficient project execution.

Centralized management makes the job of online course development faster and more efficient. Faculty members and students get what they need and with a bare minimum of defects.

Sources:

http://www.celerity.com/work/spotlight/centralized-pmo/

http://blog.projectconnections.com/project_practitioners/2017/05/project-management-centralized-vs-decentralized-delivery.html

https://www.mindflash.com/blog/can-centralized-and-decentralized-online-training-co-exist/