How much does it cost to have e-learning developed by an external provider?
APRIL 19, 2014
As an independent e-learning consultant, I am often asked how much will it cost to engage an external e-learning vendor to develop, say, 20 minutes of e-learning. This is a difficult question to answer, as there are lots of variables including: the state of the existing content that will be used to. The post How much does it cost to have e-learning developed by an external provider?
A Free Checklist to Assess the Quality of an E-Learning Course
MAY 6, 2013
It’s 2013 and I am still seeing poor quality e-learning courses being built by so-called ‘professional’ e-learning developers who then sell these to uninformed organisations. Design Development
Tips for E-Learning Project Management and Pedagogy Fit
JUNE 8, 2013
The following is a summary of my presentation at the ElNet E-Learning Project Management Adventures Congress being held in North Sydney on June 14, 2013. Have you ever been caught in the middle between what a project sponsor or subject matter expert (SME) wants to deliver and what you know to be good learning design? Has [.]. Changing practice Design Development Project Management
How I Make My Videos Using PowerPoint and Camtasia
MARCH 1, 2013
Vidoe is a very powerful medium for learning, as described in our E-Learning Academy YouTube Channel playlist: Video for Organisational Learning. A well scripted and camera shot video is very powerful for distributing corporate messages and training staff on concepts and processes. However, training budgets don’t always have the budget for high-end production videos. There are [.].
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Storyboarding for E-Learning: Challenges and Tips
JULY 20, 2012
The storyboard is a representation of content, visual design, interactivity, navigation, narration etc in soft copy form. For examples of storyboards, check out Connie Malamed’s blog. Storyboards are used by the instructional designer (ID) to: Gain agreement with the subject matter expert (SME) on the design approach of the e-learning course Provide instruction to the e-learning developer on [.]. Design Development
E-Learning: “How do I start?”
MARCH 8, 2013
When I’m asked “How do I start e-learning?”(courses, ”(courses, webinar, video or other), my immediate reaction in my head is “What can I say that will help this person be considered?” ” What I mean is that I want to ensure a person who is new to e-learning: a) knows what they are getting into from an effort [.]. Changing practice Design Development E-Learning strategy
Free E-Learning Video 33: An Organisational Perspective to Managing Change in Learning
MARCH 22, 2013
Video podcast 33 is the second in a series of five videos exploring the role of change management when implementing a learning technology strategy; such as e-learning courseware, a Learning Management System, webinar, social media or a video platform for performance support. This video examines an organisational perspective to managing change, including corporate, not-for-profit and [.].
Fail to Follow Up E-learning Non-completions at your Peril
APRIL 5, 2013
One of the main reasons for having a Learning Management System (LMS) is the reporting function. Reports are used to assess e-learning uptake, Return on investment (ROI) and to justify an LMS upgrade. They are also utilised to provide evidence that a user has completed the training that has been assigned to them. Compulsory doesn’t mean [.].
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How I make my video podcasts
AUGUST 17, 2012
I’ve been making video podcasts for YouTube and iTunes for a couple of years now, and I am often asked how I make these. Here’s how I do it. Choose a format The first thing I did was settle on a format which I could use consistently as part of the brand. This included: Creating [.]. Development Polls Video
How to facilitate a webinar or virtual classroom
JUNE 15, 2012
How do I facilitate a webinar (also known as virtual classroom) is a question I’m often asked. To help answer this question, here are the links to all of our free videos and articles on designing and facilitating virtual classrooms. The videos are also available on our YouTube and iTunes channels. Free videos and articles: [.]. E-Learning tutorial Video Virtual classroom
Seven Tips on Compliance E-Learning Design
AUGUST 24, 2012
Last week on the Connect Thinking blog I wrote an article Compliance E-Learning Alone Will Not Make an Ethical Culture. I discussed the over-reliance of compliance e-learning as the solution to addressing organisational ethics. I also brought into question the authoritarian nature of the instructional design approach of many of the compliance e-learning I see. [.]. Compliance Design Organisational culture
Free E-Learning Video 32: Managing Change in Organisational Learning
FEBRUARY 22, 2013
Video podcast 32 is the first of a series of five videos exploring the role of change management when implementing a learning technology strategy; such as e-learning courseware, a Learning Management System, webinar, social media or a video platform for performance support. Why not doenload this free training resource from iTunes. Or read the transcript [.].
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Why E-Learning Alone Just Isn’t Enough
FEBRUARY 20, 2013
E-Learning courseware is not the panacea of staff training. It can play a very important role in supporting staff to acquire foundation (black and white) content. But it cannot guarantee staff will perform the intended course outcomes. Building and implementing e-learning courseware does not guarantee learners will apply content into the workplace. There are several reasons for this: Unclear instructional [.]. Evaluation Workplace learning
Newsflash! Paper Must Remain a Viable Alternative to E-Learning
JANUARY 11, 2013
Newsflash to e-learning poviders out there. E-Learning courseware is not accessible or re-usable to subgroups of staff in many organisations. Sometimes a paper-based manual of instruction, guide for coaches or paper-based job aid is the best solution. When offering a holistic solution to organisations, can you please include paper-based instructional design alternatives as well?
Six factors to quality e-learning design
JANUARY 20, 2012
Question from a client: I am working with Subject Matter Experts to manage the development of an e-learning course. What can I do to help the SMEs understand what is required for a quality e-learning outcome? There are a couple of overarching things we need to achieve when working with SMEs: Help SMEs become discerning [.]. Changing practice Design Project Management
Tracking E-Learning in a LMS: The role of SCORM
DECEMBER 1, 2012
Question from a client: How are e-learning courses tracked in a LMS? Simply put, for e-learning courses to track in a LMS both the LMS and the e-learning course must be compliant to a standard. In Australia, the most common standard is SCORM 1.2. The value of using a standard is that e-learning courses can [.]. Learning Management Systems
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.
Milestones of a Typical E-Learning Project
APRIL 13, 2012
Last week I blogged about what to include in an e-learning request for quotation (RFQ). A RFQ helps make clear the requirements of an e-learning course for development. Meeting requirements and expectations during an e-learning courseware development project is a 2-way street. The role of the client is to keep objectives clear, manage the internal stakeholders and project [.]. Development Project Management
Differences in instructional design: Mandatory versus non-mandatory e-learning
AUGUST 4, 2012
Last week I write about factors affecting the adoption of non-mandatory e-learning, and made a comment that whether or not your e-learning will be mandatory (i.e. compulsory for staff to complete) will affect your instructional design approach. Today I’ll address this comment. First of all, let me explain this post is only addressing differences in [.]. Compliance Design
Free E-Learning Video 34: A Functional Perspective to Managing Change in Learning
APRIL 19, 2013
Video podcast 34 is the third in a series of five videos exploring the role of change management when implementing a learning technology strategy; such as e-learning courseware, a Learning Management System, webinar, social media or a video platform for performance support. This video examines an learning and development or training department functional perspective to [.].
The Role of Content Curator in Workplace Learning
SEPTEMBER 29, 2012
Last week I wrote about content management and content access for on-demand learning, as described by Mark Vickers of Bersin and Associated. As a subset of this, I’d like to raise the role of content curator in workplace learning. Who is a content curator? A good content curator is someone who: Is keeny interested in a [.]. Performance support tools Workplace learning
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Factors affecting the adoption of non-mandatory e-learning on the LMS
JULY 28, 2012
Question from a client: We want to create 2 non-mandatory e-learning courses to train staff in a new HR procedure. The e-learning will be tracked on the LMS, because one day we may want to reference the historical completion data. What do you think about this approach? Mandatory e-learning implies staff must complete it or there will [.]. Client question Design Learning Management Systems Workplace learning
E-Learning Options for a Leadership Program
MAY 27, 2012
Question from a client: We are developing a leadership program and need to sustain it beyond 2012. We want to look at learning technology options to help us do this. What do you suggest? This is a great question because the client is thinking ahead. With tightening budgets, strains on resources and incoming carbon tax, [.]. Client question Design Performance support tools Video Virtual classroom
E-Learning Approaches to Developing Systems Training
MARCH 7, 2012
Question from a client: What’s an effective and efficient way to developing training of a new system that won’t break the bank? If this was a question for broad use systems training, such as Microsoft Office 2010, then the answer may have been to: use the performance support tools that the systems provider offers (Microsoft [.]. Client question Systems training
Free E-Learning Podcast 29: Video for Organisational Learning
NOVEMBER 27, 2012
Podcast 29 is the first of a series of three videos exploring the role of video in organisational learning. In this video we explore five different kinds of video, in particular video for evaluation or assessment activities. Why not down this free training resource from iTunes. Or read the transcript. Or watch the entire free [.].
What is E-Learning?
FEBRUARY 9, 2013
Recently one of my colleagues, and a new LMS end user, had a confusing exchange. The end user was looking for an e-learning course on a topic that my colleague didn’t have available online. The user was adamant that it was online. After some clever questioning, everyone began to realise the user’s perception of the LMS [.]. Implementation
Free E-Learning Podcast 28: Blended Learning Trends, Benefits and Challenges
OCTOBER 5, 2012
Podcast 28 is the third of a series of three tutorials exploring blended learning in organisations. In this video we explore tips for implementing blended learning, and include an example. Why not download this free training resource from iTunes Or read the transcript Or watch the entire free e-learning tutorial series on our YouTube channel (Podcast [.]. Design E-Learning strategy E-Learning tutorial Podcast
Free E-Learning Video 35: A Manager’s Perspective to Managing Change in Learning
MAY 17, 2013
Video podcast 35 is the fourth in a series of five videos exploring the role of change management when implementing a learning technology strategy; such as e-learning courseware, a Learning Management System, webinar, social media or a video platform for performance support. This video examines a manager’s perspective to: Introducing technology Roles and responsibilities Refining [.]. Announcement Change management E-Learning strategy E-Learning tutorial Implementation Learning Management Systems Podcast Video
Resources: How to Design and Facilitate a Virtual Classroom (webinar)
MARCH 30, 2012
Looking for cost effective and agile ways to train staff? Then virtual classroom (VC) may be the answer you are looking for (other terms for VC include webinar and web conferencing). At first, virtual classroom can seem a little daunting to design and facilitate. A virtual classroom train-the-trainer workshop is a great way to build [.]. Design E-Learning tutorial Video Virtual classroom
The complete eLearning journey
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Should I accept free e-learning for my organisation?
OCTOBER 19, 2012
Question from a client: We work closely with an affiliate organisation who has offered us their compliance e-learning for free. Should I accept? What are the risks? This is a great question. On the face of it, an organisation offering a copy of their e-learning for your use is a generous gesture. However, like all e-learning, [.]. Client question E-Learning strategy Implementation