Workplace leaders are looking for solutions to tackle systemic racism. Training via eLearning is not a “cure-all”, but it is a critical plank in your anti-racism strategy.

Waves of highly publicized reports of current and historical racism continue, and your employees, shareholders, and customers expected action yesterday.

But don’t let this urgency cloud your thinking about the best training solutions. Below are three reasons why a Do it yourself “DIY” approach to anti-racism eLearning design may not be your best bet.


Reason #1: Who’s Got the Time?

Building quality eLearning content takes months of collaborative work. This is particularly true where the topic is workplace anti-racism – a very complex and sensitive problem. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the pace of collaborative work even further, and leaders are busy with return-to-work planning. In the meantime, discrimination and harassment are a direct and immediate threat to your peoples’ safety and wellbeing: there is no time to waste.

Your organization likely has excellent internal resources: HR, Learning & Development, Legal, and Diversity & Inclusion teams. But do they have the time – or the expertise – to design an impactful anti-racism curriculum?

Rather than starting from scratch on your own eLearning build, your teams’ energy would be better spent harnessing the learning you rollout from a quality third-party vendor.


Reason #2: Who Are Your Content Experts?  

Building eLearning content on politically and emotionally charged issues requires input from diverse stakeholders with expertise.

Do you have in-house expertise from those with professional and/or lived experience with racism? And if so, do they have the time and willingness to be involved? Our subject matter experts have told us that many Black, Indigenous and People of Colour are tired of being asked to work on Diversity & Inclusion projects and cannot be expected to do so on top of their regular jobs.

A diverse army of educators, lawyers, writers, and designers were involved in the production of Ryley Learning’s new “Anti-Racism for Workplaces” course. Every learning objective, animation, script, and quiz was carefully researched, reviewed, and – at times – debated.

The result is a high-quality, impactful animated course, curated by experts.

You may find that new perspectives (from outside your organization) may be more successful in challenging your workplace culture’s status quo.


Reason #3: Style is Substance

The visual and design quality of training materials sends a message about how much your organization cares about the topic.

Vague webinars on “respect” and “diversity” no longer cut it. Those recycled baseball field diagrams (apparently) illustrating the difference between equity and equality? Been there.

PowerPoint slides loaded with text and definitions? Employees expect creative, focused, solutions that directly discuss racism.

We all consume high-quality, expertly curated content on websites, Netflix, and social media – there’s no reason eLearning should be so far out of touch.

Chances are, your company’s media designer and creatives are reserved for selling your products and services. Unfortunately, they will not be recruited to put their talent toward eLearning.


Need customization?

That is still possible in tandem with a third-party vendor’s course. Many of Ryley Learning’s customers add their own: messages from leaders, logos, and workplace policies for review. You can also tack on industry-specific content, such as media articles, videos and podcasts.

Don’t reinvent the wheel and spend months creating a product may be substandard to what is already in the market and ready to launch. Get going on these important conversations now!


Stay tuned for the next blog post on “How We Built This” where talk about our expert panel, All-Star Cast of Voice Actors, and our intentional choices on animated design.