For most of us, it is all we have ever done professionally. OBL is a co-operative of video training producers who have, on average, been in this business for 20 to 30 years. We have seen all of the trends come and go and can tell you that OBL is a true game changer.
The short answer. OBL has thousands of premium training programs. Our LMS was designed and tested by real world trainers. It is intuitive and simple enough to use without a full time LMS Administrator. Our price is a no-brainer.
The longer answer. Online training is not new. You can find all you can bear to watch for free on YouTube. For years now, producers have been throwing their worn out training left-overs onto various third party sites to see if anything sticks, while keeping their premium content for sale only on DVDs for hundreds or thousands of dollars in licensing fees. The market has changed all that and there is no going back.
OBL is not a third party site. We are a co-operative of actual training video producers. We will never have as many videos as the training dumping ground sites, but we are proud of what we do have.
We write, direct, shoot and edit the videos and curriculum ourselves. We own the content. We set the amazing low price.
We feel your pain. To help, we have organized the library into 23 topical categories. Within those categories, you can sort by sub-topic, audience, training style or length. You could also start with the most popular. Every night OBL algorithms review the day's usage and re-sort each category by most currently popular.
Monthly. OBL does require an annual subscription, but you will be billed monthly, based upon the number of learners. For example: You may sign up to train 100 learners, but need to add another 50 learners in the months to come. It is easy to instantly add learners to your base subscription. We review your number of learners each month and adjust your billing. The good news is, adding learners can result in a decrease of the monthly cost per learner.
No. If your concern is that you may not like OBL, we suggest trying a 30 day FREE trial first. If that is not long enough, give us a call about extending your trial for another week. If your concern is price, you may want to purchase annually for the minimum number of learners (20), and then add learners when you train and remove them once you are finished. Other than that, OBL may not be for everyone, it is designed for organizations that are serious about training and willing to try us for at least 12 months. That is how we can offer it so cheaply.
Sorry, but no. Our servers and systems have to stay ready 24/7 whether you use them or not. You may not have officially assigned any training that month, but did you know that your learners (managers and employees) can access the entire OBL catalogue 24/7? They can choose their own elective training in addition to the training you assign, all at no additional cost. OBL is a one price all-you-can-eat training buffet.
Well…Yes, kind of, technically. You do need to maintain an annual subscription for at least a minimum number of learners (20) and we will review your number of learners each month and charge you for that month's exact number. We don't recommend using OBL this way for several reasons. Loading and then deleting large groups of employees each month may become confusing and counter-productive to both you and your learners. We have designed OBL to assign, track and document the progress and history of each learner. We believe OBL will not only become an integral part of your training calendar, but will become a valuable 24/7 month-in and month-out resource for your employees.
Click HERE to watch a video on loading Learners.
In the OBL admin program, click "Add a Learner," in the People Section. If you are just starting, we recommend first defining your "Groups" in that same Section. (For example: Managers, Office, Retail, Warehouse, etc.) Then, as you add Learners they will automatically be placed in the right Group.
There are three ways to add employee info.
Manually, per individual learner.
Importing a CSV list. (Make certain the "groups on your CSV list match the ones you created in OBL)
Self-registration via email. You send an email to all learners with a URL unique to their training group. As they respond they enter their own info into that group’s list. (This is the most popular way to get started)
OBL allows you to easily assign programs to individuals or entire groups.
On your OBL admin page, in the People Section, below the word "Group" you will find a list of all the groups you have created. Click on the name of the group you wish to assign a course to. This opens that Group’s page, and lists all group members. You can assign a course to all members of that group by clicking on "Assign a Course" in the top right corner.
You can customize your own management reports. The pre-built reports in OBL are: Overdue Assigned Courses, Learner Activity, Viewings of Non-Assigned Courses (these are elective courses, each learner can select). Reports can be exported into Excel, PDF, CVS or copied to your clipboard.
Yes. OBL can be added as a single-sign-on, so employees simply sign on to your existing LMS. Setting that up means a few hours of our I.T. folks working with your I.T. folks, and does come with an hourly fee. Call us for more details.