Project Management on a Shoestring Budget
MARCH 11, 2014
What do you need to know in order to ensure the best possible outcome for your course, and perhaps even more importantly, which tools can help you get the job done – on time and in budget? Budget. The project budget defines the project scope and is one of the three elements that constrain an eLearning project, along with time and quality. Organization and Workflow. Tweet This!
eLearning too Expensive? A Solution for Every Budget
AUGUST 24, 2013
interviewed VP of Client Relations Leanne Batchelder to learn more about how eLearning projects can be carefully planned to work with a variety of budgets. We frequently use this course as a sample of great graphic design, multimedia on a budget, and innovative course design. Low Budget Means Less Reviewers and Smes. Low Budget Means Straightforward Content. The truth?
e-Learning budgets: Doing more with less
JUNE 19, 2013
Therefore, despite fluctuations of the economy and limited training budgets, companies are always on the lookout for sustainable learning solutions that can be created and delivered within limited means – of time as well as money. Contrary to popular belief, audio and video can be introduced in an e-course without creating a hole in training budgets. Use free resources. Learning
Simulation Tools for Every Budget
ATD Learning Technologies
MAY 6, 2014
But there are a surprisingly large number of tools for actually delivering your simulation, with an option for every budget, timeline, and skill level. Branched simulations are often written off as too expensive, time-intensive, or complicated to produce. Click here to read full version
High Impact Blended Learning on a Tight Budget: How We Did It
DECEMBER 9, 2013
Our goal was to design a solution that the firm could reasonably implement given its size – and to do the analysis and design for a price that fit a small budget. Getting new employees ramped up quickly is the challenge and goal of every company. The hiring and on-boarding process is a particular strain on smaller companies. Aligning the Internal Team. Good design starts with good analysis.
Social media budget line item?
FEBRUARY 13, 2012
Where does social media fit in the organization? In talking with a social media entrepreneur over beers the other day, he mentioned that one of his barriers in dealing with organizations was that they didn’t have a budget line for social media software. That may sound trivial, but it’s actually a real issue in terms of freeing up the organization. In one instance, it had been the R&D organization that undertook the cost. In another case, the cost was attributed to the overhead incurred in dealing with a merger. These are expedient, but wrong. But who funds it?
Think of a Cost-Effective ERP end-user training method Before Cutting off the Training Budget
JUNE 23, 2016
So before cutting off your training budget, you might like to think of a few cost-effective ERP end-user training methods. In case you have a low training budget and the training material is not so confidential, you can opt for Skype or Google Hangouts which are free. What would be the first thing to get axed in the cost cutting initiatives of an ERP project? Wondering what they are?
A 5-Step Plan to Creating eLearning Courses on ShoeString Budgets
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
A sudden cut on eLearning budget can generate a panic storm for the project lead. If you are in such a pinch, then know this: IT IS POSSIBLE to create quality eLearning courses on a shoe-string budget. Here is a five-step process for delivering quality eLearning courses on a shoe-string budget. eLearning budgetAnd hence, the actual time available for completing it.
Oil and Gas downsizing: Training on a budget
DECEMBER 2, 2015
New post Oil and Gas downsizing: Training on a budget on Obsidian Learning. Training on a budget: ILT vs. WBT. The ROI for eLearning always adds up, and since budgets are low, many turn to self-paced learning as a lower cost solution. And we can develop engaging learning for almost any budget — from rapid development tools and methods to the latest, most complex technologies.
How to Add Video to eLearning on a Budget
DECEMBER 15, 2014
Either way, your training budget might not accommodate these costs. There’s no doubt video is an essential component in your eLearning tool box. Video can enhance learning retention by accommodating multiple learning styles, including aural, visual, verbal, and even kinesthetic learning styles. So, more people can be positively impacted by your online training programs. Just Start Creating.
How to Convince Your Boss to Give You a Bigger L&D Budget
AUGUST 22, 2016
Asking your boss for a bigger L&D budget is probably about as enjoyable as a root canal, especially if they don’t really see the value in improving learning and education. But if you’re passionate about L&D and know that your organization could do way better, asking for a bump in the budget might be necessary. After all, they have a stake in getting more budget allocated, too. By explaining exactly how your organization can benefit from a bigger L&D budget, you remind your boss that better-trained employees are safer, more effective, and more productive.
Video-Based Learning Within Available Budget: 5 Tips For Creating Effective Videos
MAY 29, 2016
Good actors are expensive and employing such expensive strategies is often out of budget. For effective video-based learning, developers should continually strive to understand what learners most prefer and find employ budget-friendly ways of developing them. Source: 5 Tips To Create Effective Video-Based Learning For Corporate Training Within Available Budgets.
Learning on a tighter budget – The mindset for the future ? Theme for June
MAY 29, 2012
Learning on a tighter budget – The mindset for the future ? - Topical theme as we discuss how learning can deliver more in less (budget) including cutting costs, being smarter or changing priorities. Title: Learning on a tighter budget – The mindset for the future ? Learning Cafe Webinar Budget costs learning strategy webinar discussionThe need for learning and training (quantity and quality) is being impacted by such factors as casualisation of workforce, outsourcing and economic woes for the foreseeable future. Does learning need a new mindset ?
How to Determine Your Online Training Budget
MAY 28, 2014
Obviously, there is no one answer to the question about how much to invest, but with the benchmark of $1,000 per employee per year, you can at least build a model for budgeting what you could spend and know whether it might be enough or too much. As companies build a training department, there are many questions that come up. What training role should we hire first? Start with a Benchmark.
5 Creative Ways to Market Your eLearning on a Budget
JUNE 20, 2013
Here are 5 creative ways to market your eLearning on a budget: 1. Tips for using gamification to market your eLearning – Create a contest of sorts; it doesn’t have to be anything elaborate and if you don’t have the budget, actual “prizes” are not even necessary. Social media is your best bud when you have a limited marketing budget. If you have a few dollars in your marketing budget, you should also consider promoting your post using Facebook Ads. Creative Ways to Market Your eLearning on a Budget - June 20, 2013. Congratulations! Make a game of it!
Four Steps to Successful Global eLearning: On Time, Under Budget, Above Expectations by Wendy Farrell
Learning Solutions Magazine
APRIL 8, 2014
world, roll out multiple programs quickly—and stay on track with your budget. Global expansion presents an exciting new challenge for professionals with a role in developing training. and eLearning materials for an increasingly multicultural workforce. But just how do you plan for. globalization? Here’s a four-step process to help you make a great first impression with users around the.
Action Mapping With a Twist: A Tool for Budgeting E-Learning Development
JULY 2, 2014
For our purposes, this goal is to complete an e-learning project (on budget). In our modified budget mapping process, we’ll use this last step to identify the factors that can influence the amount of time necessary to complete each task. If you were hoping for a simple formula that would spit out a number you could use for your e-learning project budgets, I apologize.
7 Things About eLearning Your CEO/Executive Director Wants to Know
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
You’ve decided that it’s time to move your courses online. Membership numbers seem stagnant and renewals are decreasing. As an Education Director, you see the writing on the wall, and have decided that eLearning is the answer your association’s needs. But wait…How will you explain eLearning to your Executive Director? Don’t show up unprepared. Cheaper isn’t always better.
How Much Should eLearning Cost?
JULY 27, 2013
Budgeting course development is a tricky tightrope to walk. It takes some precise planning to meet learners’ needs while staying within budget. Chances are your budget for an eLearning course developed by an outside vendor is somewhere between $12,000 and $55,000. Hopefully Ian and Susan’s scenarios will help you budget wisely. What gives? 2,000. 2,500.
The Top 4 Constraints of Corporate Learning and Ways to overcome them
MAY 25, 2014
Budget: Budgetary concerns and constraints also stand in the way of a corporate training program – especially in the times of market upheavals and financial uncertainty. Creating e-content on a budget is not as difficult as it sounds. Using these, it is possible to create training pieces that can be utilized for just-in-time training delivery within a budget.
Where is L&D heading?
OCTOBER 6, 2015
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Big Cuts Proposed for PA Education Budget
FEBRUARY 8, 2012
PA Governor (R) Tom Corbett revealed his FY 2012-13 state budget proposal, which cuts funding for Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities by 20 percent, or $82.5 While I understand the need to balance a budget, my sadness is that education fuels economic growth and innovation and while short-term cuts will balance today’s budget. And while it is possible to argue that cutting budgets forces innovation, I haven’t seen evidence of this relationship. million. The Governor is risking future innovation within PA. Out and About
Four Tips for High-quality, Not High-budget Videos: Make the Most of the Resources at Hand by Shane Lovellette
Learning Solutions Magazine
APRIL 10, 2016
Many instructional content creators believe that in order to create professional-quality videos, they need a large budget or movie-style production. This is not always the case. It’s easy to create engaging, quality videos quickly and at low cost. By cutting out effects and fancy transitions, you can rely on a few key tricks to produce informational and compelling videos. Here are some basics! Design & Development Tools Development Strategies Learning Media Training Strategies
Do you have Champange Taste, but a Beer Budget?
Spark Your Interest
JUNE 7, 2011
When it comes to e-learning, sometimes the desire is high to build something really slick or extensive or just darned big, but the budget is tiny. That’s champagne taste vs. beer budget. Some thoughts… Maybe this is the situation where you really do want to “blow the budget , since it is critical to your organization’s strategy execution. You could do a fixed fee project and timebox your development, effectively putting a cap on time/money spent. I’m curious to know: How do you deal with champage tastes vs. beer budgets?
Eight Ways to Best Spend Your Online Learning Budget by Lisa Minogue-White
Learning Solutions Magazine
AUGUST 30, 2015
With all of the choices available today to support learning, collaboration, and sharing and building knowledge, confusion about the best path for the learning journey can ensue. Here is a guide to making the most effective investments in learning by blending free, user-generated, and paid-for content. Blended Learning Design Strategies Emerging Topics Management Training Strategies
How To: Low Budget Scenario Based Learning That Excites Sticks!
OCTOBER 16, 2015
It’s hard to teach behavioral topics such as conflict management, negotiation, or leadership. It is also expensive to create (or re-create) a setup to enable people to practice these important managerial skills. Most companies let the natural course of time and experience hone these skills. little intro theory mixed with some time hopefully creates the right outcomes. Voila! Very very easy!
Swiping or Matching?
MARCH 2, 2016
Association Management Budgets and ROI Featured Post Featured Posts Project Management Strategic Planning Tips and Tricks Uncategorized association association education Continuing Education learning management systems member engagement online training project managementHow do you meet your next employee… swipe or match? You absolutely have to get that new hire onboard, right away. Matching.
Top Five Budget Breakers in eLearning Course Development
Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning
JANUARY 25, 2012
I recentntly spoke at a webinar on “ Interactive Courses on a Shoestring Budget ”. One topic discussed during the webinar was the top five e-learning budget breakers. Just like a balanced diet is crucial to our well-being, likewise a good budget plan is pivotal to any eLearning course. One usually selects a combination of free and paid tools to create courses within budgets. But, even after selecting the combination of free and paid tools the course could go over budgets. Sample Creation This is one is another potential budget breaker.
MOOCs for Corporate E-learning
APRIL 10, 2015
Reduced executive education budget – Companies spend a LOT on employee training and certifications. Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs are relatively new yet already a rage, so much so that the New York Times named 2012 as the ‘Year of the MOOC’. MOOCs are massive, open and online – i.e. they are freely delivered over the internet to anyone who wants to enroll. Similarly, Yahoo!
The “Game” of Balancing the Budget
JULY 14, 2011
With all the politician in DC trying to balance the budget, I bet I can do a better job, and I get the chance with this neat little game that lets me get a taste of balancing the United States Budget. Play it and you can enjoy creating your own plan for the federal budget. See if you can create a budget based on your values, without busting the federal bank. Games
The Future Role of Learning & Development
APRIL 22, 2016
believe that the L&D function plays a critical role within an organization, however, it hasn’t been setup for success as most L&D teams and budgets have not kept pace with the increased demand for training within an organization. I’ve just returned from the ASU GSV Summit this week in San Diego, CA. The summit is THE event for Education Technology companies, practitioners, and investors. This year 3500 people from all over the world converged in lovely San Diego to discuss (and envision) the next major transformational innovations in EdTech.
The Importance of Implementing a Marcom Strategy for Continuing Education
OCTOBER 22, 2015
Step 4: Decide your budget and implementation strategies. No one likes the dreaded “B” word, but we all have to stick within our marketing budgets. Marcom or marketing communications, is the branch of marketing that decides what messaging you’ll use, directed at whom, and on what channels you’ll place those messages. Step 1: Define the message. What are their pain points? Tweet This!
E-Learning: 7 Simple Tips to Do More with a Limited Budget
JUNE 22, 2016
You can do much, even when your e-learning budget is tight. They help develop effective online learning courses within the budget. Covering too much content in an online module will increase your budget. Recording at a studio will increase the e-learning budget. Developing separate e-learning courses for various digital devices will increase your budget.
How would you design learning with an unlimited budget?
From the Coleface
MARCH 3, 2014
Recently I was given what many instructional designers would consider the best brief ever: there’s unlimited budget, there’s no major urgency, just come up with something innovative and interesting. There had to be a catch, and there was - it’s one of the dullest compliance topics imaginable for people in the insurance industry. And from this a treatment was born.