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Are confidentiality concerns holding back the e-learning industry?

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There’s the money argument: marketing generally gets more budget than learning and for businesses like Amazon the website is central to the business strategy. The exchange of ideas between e-learning and web design diminished as the e-learning industry sought to distance its public perception from the failed dotcoms. Rating systems (e.g. stars from Amazon, likes from Facebook). Proof.

How would you design learning with an unlimited budget?

From the Coleface

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.

Let’s focus on the learning (with a little help from Cynefin)

From the Coleface

The way that the budget and approvals process works in most organisations is that a learning designer is typically presented with a fait accompli e.g. “We’ve got 45 minutes of learner time to get our learners from A to B.” I enjoyed a day out at the Learning Technologies Summer Forum yesterday. Like many conferences, there was no shortage of vendors trying to broadcast how their offering is the panacea to organisations’ performance problems. How clear are we about what we want people to learn? This arena is well documented, especially by Cathy Moore e.g. [link].

Beautiful data, frightening conclusions

From the Coleface

In the UK Budget 2014/15 central government spending was forecast to be £648b. In the Budget, the Government’s required addition to borrowing was £84b, funding an overspend of 13% for the year. The way that data has been put together and presented is genuinely inspiring. There are so many ways to present data in a better way than most habitually do. people who are aged 16-64.

Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose

or budget they could spare, buying a. within timescale and budget, the. Learning Insights 2017 1 Learning Insights 2017 Progress with purpose Learning Insights 2017 2 “WE’RE LOOKING TO CLOSE THE. GAP BETWEEN LEARNING AND. PERFORMANCE – BETWEEN. KNOWING AND DOING. IT’S ABOUT. THE TOOLS THAT’LL HELP PEOPLE. DO REAL WORK REALLY WELL” I like my. learning to. be thought. and not. about.

Don’t waste your budget on a magic bullet

From the Coleface

In a time of rapid change and economic uncertainty it can be more difficult to make the holistic/ process approach work, but the rewards for doing so are that L&D budgets can potentially go much further. In October’s TJ, Tim Drewitt wrote an interesting article about the transfer of learning in the workplace. He suggests that a typical ratio of organisational effort around a training course 10% pre-work, 85% learning event and 5% follow up would have greater impact if the allocation was 26% pre-work, 24% learning event and 50% follow up. accountancy legal training

21st century Learning Management Systems

From the Coleface

an internet paradigm), or do the budget holders have the real power? (an An interesting day at the eLearning Network on 25 Sept where the focus was Learning Management Systems. One of the themes was the way that websites that we consume in our leisure e.g. BBC, Amazon set expectations of functionality and look & feel for other web-based systems that we use. So what’s next in the LMS world? Well presumably, more of the same i.e. user interfaces inspired by iGoogle, iPhone apps, Facebook, Twitter…and whatever other websites enter the mainstream. e-learning training

e-learning on the up in professional services

From the Coleface

Budget cuts have moved the goalposts; it used to be a choice of “face to face training or e-learning”, increasingly it’s a choice between “work it out yourself or e-learning” This has driven up e-learning usage and consequently driven down scepticism. The trends towards firms becoming more global, security worries and travel budgets being slashed mean that more client and team meetings are being conducted by conference call/ video conference. Does your firm have a culture that supports e-learning? on the same scale. It’s the recession, stupid.

Content? or malcontent?

From the Coleface

”, let’s enter the kind of world where the starting point is “I have x budget to spend on engaging my audience with this subject, what’s the most effective way to communicate my message in an engaging & interesting way, that delivers change & performance linked to business results?” ” Spending your budget on 20 minutes of focused, engaging e-learning will ALWAYS be better than spending it on 60 minutes of e-learning waffle. The cost of a kitchen is driven by 1) what purpose it needs to fulfil and 2) what it contains. Why is this?

Formalising the informal?

From the Coleface

The more critical question is, do you feel politically brave enough to make the case for increasing the use of informal learning when the budget that your salary comes out of might be put under yet more threat? There’s a popular myth in the learning industry that 80% of the learning that happens in organisations is informal whilst 20% is derived from formal learning interventions e.g. face to face courses and e-learning. Think about it. How could you actually measure how much informal learning is actually happening with any degree of scientific robustness? and social learning.

Calling all you customer service trainers?

From the Coleface

At a time of training budgets being cut further, good customer service seems like a way for companies to differentiate and therefore grab a larger slice of a shrinking pie. It’s funny how trends at the macroeconomic level sometimes fail to translate into microeconomic reality. Bearing in mind there’s a recession happening, you’d expect that companies would in general be far keener for business and therefore customer service would improve. So what’s actually going on? Possibly. training

Mind the gap: culture vs. good practice

From the Coleface

However, you may want to spend some time exploring different approaches on a small scale as they may offer you creative ways of stretching budgets further and place you well to take advantage of the up-turn when it comes. In “Inside Learning Technologies”, Vaughan Waller writes an interesting article article about the gap between what he regarded as e-learning good practice and how accountants said that they wanted to learn. He cites the example of his firm providing International Financial Reporting Standards e-learning and how he’d like to approach it. “I

Wii Fit and compliance e-learning

From the Coleface

Oh, and don’t forget (as Nintendo did n’t) a hefty marketing budget often helps… accountancy e-learning legalThis weekend we visited friends for Sunday lunch who had just got a Wii Fit. What impressed me most (apart from the chance to practice downhill skiing) is how Nintendo have taken the mundane and much avoided task of exercise and turned it into something fun, whilst making a good few quid along the way. So how can this inform compliance e-learning? Are there any improvements that you can design into the content and the process surrounding it?

Advanced personal learning? Can we get solar power instead?

From the Coleface

Power and budgets are centralized. The National Academy of Engineering of the USA’s National Science Foundation, has released 14 “Great Challenges” , which includes a focus on “Advancing Personalized Learning” and others such as making solar power economical. I remember being 12 and trying to work out how you could generate electricity using the chemical reactions in photosynthesis. The main challenges that need to be overcome: 1. Learner maturity. There are relatively few occupations where people learn for the love of it e.g. computer programmers.

More e-learning benchmarking, vicar?

From the Coleface

Many thanks to those who made time to answer the questionnaires, and for feeeling confident to share some pretty sensitive data; I have even been able to calculate average e-learning budget per head as a result. I have recently completed the e-learning census of e-learning usage amongst the top 15 UK law firms. To find out more about the results, see the e-learning census. Hence it was reassuring to find that L&D managers in law firms still have a similar appetite for benchmarking. accountancy e-learning legal

Why buying e-learning is like buying a fitted kitchen

From the Coleface

Although in real life I do dabble in the kitchen, for the sake of keeping the analogy afloat, lets assume that I am the budget holder and my wife is the user. My priorities as a budget holder are to control costs which conflicts with the user’s desire to have a highly personalised product which will enable her to learn/cook in a fun and easy manner. Firstly it all feels like quite a lot of money, so my fear of making a wrong decision is heightened. Then there are all sorts of options for different finishes, accessories and gadgetry. accountancy e-learning legal

Did the e-learning revolution flounder because the trainers carved it up?

From the Coleface

Is there a reasonable budget? I attended a Clive Shepherd webinar today and found that one of his early slides encapsulated what I’d been reflecting upon for a while. If a training identifies that learners need some learning content, it typically goes through the following process. Of course none of the enlightened L&D professionals reading this would think so simply. It’s a pretty flow diagram that I’ll reproduce slightly more prosaically here: Q1. Is the content really interesting? Yes: Face to face course. No: Go to Q2. Yes: Comission e-learning.

Balancing the tangible with the intangible in e-learning

From the Coleface

games attract far larger budgets than e-learning ever has/will and hence look better). Still musing on the ELN Showcase back on 6 July about what clients are prepared to pay for when it comes to commissioning e-learning. Information Transfer won “E-learning Project of the Year” from the Institute of IT Training in 2007 “Best e-learning project securing widespread adoption” at the national E-learning Awards in 2006 for e-learning that they did for the Priory Group. accountancy e-learning legal

Invest in Your People Even with a Small Learning Budget

CLO Magazine

But budget can be an issue. In a March Forbes article , leadership development professional Rebecca Zucker offered 10 ways companies can develop people with little to no learning and development budget. Homepage Commentary & Opinion Learning Delivery brown bags budget learning and development learning circles mentoring stretch assignmentsCreate learning circles.

Four Beginner’s Tips for Managing Project Budgets

Allen Interactions

It’s a shame that we, as learning professionals, can’t use this argument when discussing the all-too-sensitive topic of budgets. Imagine the reactions of your key stakeholders when you walk into your project kick off meeting and say, “Don’t be stingy—can I have an unlimited budget on this project?”. Project Success Project Budget Management

Project Management on a Shoestring Budget

Association eLearning

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!

How to create effective online training courses on a budget

Your Training Edge

Featured Featured Posts Learning & Development LMS Talent Management Training budget images job aids repurpose trainingDemand for online training or eLearning courses is growing at a faster pace than ever. The technologies are changing quickly, and the courses need to be updated continuously to keep it relevant with changing times. Repurpose Old Content. Develop a Theme. Conclusion.

eLearning too Expensive? A Solution for Every Budget

Bottom-Line Performance

I 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

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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. e-Learning

Simulation Tools for Every Budget

ATD Learning Technologies

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

Invest ‘use it or lose it’ budget into an opportunity to innovate

Sponge UK

Holding a proportion of budget to cover unexpected or fluctuating costs is prudent, but it often leads to unspent budget in the final weeks of the year. This will ensure the next budget achieves even more for your learners and your business performance. Investing end of year budget to explore in this way could be one of the most effective ways to set you up for the coming year.

Online Course Creation on a Budget

LearnDash

Needless to say, not all elearning projects have this kind of budget. When first starting out with creating an online course, you will quickly find out that there are a great many tools available. Without having to look very hard, you will quickly be introduced to some of the big players in the industry. Due to these higher price tags people generally start to look at the alternatives.

Raptivity’s takes care of your budget blues with Annual Licensing!

Raptivity

In this budget crunched world, every organization is struggling to find a balance between obtaining technology solutions to remain productive and keeping expenses in control. eLearning Software raptivity Support Uncategorized Annual License budget License Raptivity RVP At times, investing in software is also affected by the same perplexity and falls prey [.].

Creating Engaging Courses on a Low Budget Using PowerPoint

Raptivity

Engagement can increase retention in courses With the explosion of online learning comes the issue of student attrition. It is well known that there is about a 10 -20% higher attrition rate for online students. One factor found in many

Social media budget line item?

Clark Quinn

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. Where does social media fit in the organization? 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?

High Impact Blended Learning on a Tight Budget: How We Did It

Bottom-Line Performance

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.

Video-Based Learning Within Available Budget: 5 Tips For Creating Effective Videos

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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.

Tips for Recording Audio in Learning Content on a Budget

Thought Industries

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A 5-Step Plan to Creating eLearning Courses on ShoeString Budgets

SHIFT eLearning

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.

How to Add Video to eLearning on a Budget

Mindflash

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.

Oil and Gas downsizing: Training on a budget

Obsidian Learning

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.