How Much Does Informal Learning Actually Cost?

Dashe & Thomson

According to Dan Clark in Big Dog, Little Dog: The True Cost of Informal Learning , the trouble with this research is that although the comparative percentages for formal and informal learning are correct, information on what is actually spent on each is based on weak research.

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Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

This month's LCBQ is What are your Predictions and Plans for 2011? Tony Bates - eLearning Outlook for 2011 1. Of course, you can’t look at learning in 2011 without mentioning mobile learning. Some Mobile Learning Predictions for 2011 Mobile learning will get its own identity.

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Upside Learning

Online learning, cheap access devices, open content, and broadband will soon provide low cost universal access to quality high school learning and building a bridge to post secondary and job opportunities for the next billion youth. E-Learning Trends 2011. Learning Tools Directory 2011.

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E-learning That Makes You Make Tough Choices

Experiencing eLearning

Accept the challenge to see if you can make it through the month on your last $1,000, learning quickly how changes in employment, housing, medical costs and other expenses can create an unexpected shortfall.

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Learning & Skills Survey: 87% More eLearning & Mobile Learning; 73% Less 2-3 Day Classroom Training

Upside Learning

The Centre for Performance Development has released the results of their Learning & Skills 2011 survey – which was held both at the event and online. Over a period of time it works out to be more cost effective but won’t always be saving you dollars in the first year.

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What I Learnt About Mobile Learning Design

Upside Learning

I recently came across a report on the Deloitte website , which estimates that global Smartphone market sales will touch 375 million by the end of 2011. Easy with multimedia: There is a cost associated with the development and access of such content. ?

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Upside Learning

What are the hidden challenges that can create a roadblock to success before we even roll out the program? If you’re looking for ways to cut costs as either a student or teacher, why not consider digital textbooks? 10 Must Have iPad Apps for 2011.

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eLearning Development: Haste Makes Waste

Upside Learning

Eventually a rushed project leads to additional costs, lower quality, missed deadlines, and lots of heartburn. Here ‘haste’ is not to be confused with ‘Rapid eLearning’ which has its own place in custom elearning development and it works very well in certain situation, for certain programs.

E-learning In Automobile Industry – New Report

Upside Learning

Interestingly just last month we were discussing a potential blended solution around our mobile learning platform Upside2Go for delivering a focused year long program for the heads of extended enterprise of a large European automaker.

More on Re-evaluating Evaluation – Jack Phillips and ROI

Dashe & Thomson

First of all, it builds on Level 4: Results, which are the business results linked to the training program. According to Phillips, ROI compares these business results to the costs of the training program. Collect Pre-Program Data. Collect Post-Program Data.

Addressing On-Demand Learning and Performance Needs #LCBQ | Social.

Dashe & Thomson

That said, I’d like to share some of my ideas about how we need to change what we do to address on-demand learning and performance needs during design, development, and deployment of a training program. Most recently, Ive been working on training programs for the propane industry.

Instructional Design Lessons from the World of Theatre

Dashe & Thomson

When you have been designing instructional programs for awhile, it is easy to start making assumptions about your client’s needs. It is about making it look realistic in the context of the set and safe for the actors, without costing too much.

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The Renewed Importance of EHR Training – Meaningful Use Incentives.

Dashe & Thomson

And yet, by the estimate of the Department of Health and Human Services itself, somewhere between 30% and 50% of all clinical practices that attempt to implement an EHR have given up before the process was completed – often at the cost of thousands of dollars and countless hours wasted.

Surprising & Strange: State-Sponsored Online Training Programs You Never Thought Existed


Online training courses have surged in popularity over the last few years due to their accessibility, efficiency, and low cost. So much so that even the government has turned to the Internet to offoer training programs to the masses.

Weekly Bookmarks (5/9/2011)

Experiencing eLearning

Online Education for Instructional Designers: Picking the Right Program by Lorna Collier : Learning Solutions Magazine. Learning Solutions Magazine article on online education programs for instructional designers. Includes ideas on how to pick a program that is the right fit for you. The table at the end with a list of schools, programs, and costs is very helpful. Accessibility Resources.

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You want to teach leaders about Strategy: Have them Play Civilization V

Kapp Notes

Players allocate limited resources, plan movements in advance, improve land, maintain roads, develop culture, determine what technologies to research, engage in diplomatic exchanges, and determine the cost and trade offs with waging war.

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How to Keep Employee Training Programs From Backfiring


Training programs are usually associated with better retention, but not always. High costs, limited ROI. Make this mistake and see your investment walk out the door.

ProtoMedia/Kaplan EduNeering Big Virtual World Announcement

Kapp Notes

“ProtoSphere is powerful online business software that improves learning and retention of business-critical information, all at a lower cost,&# said Jason Palmer, Senior Vice President of Kaplan Ventures. ProtonMedia will use the additional capital to expand its marketing and sales programs and launch ProtoSphere Lync Edition 2.0, ProtonMedia Raises $4.5 Million in Series B Financing Led by Kaplan Ventures.

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Social Learning doesn’t mean what you think it does!

Jane Hart

But social learning is not a bolted-on component of our formal educational and training programs. Yes, we have always learned and worked socially, but we have never had the power of ridiculously easy group-forming or almost zero-cost duplication of our words and images.”. A few days ago my Internet Time Alliance colleague, Harold Jarche, shared this article, written by Deb Lavoy, with me: Social Business Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does, Neither Does Enterprise 2.0.

Key social learning resources: Part 1

Jane Hart

This article first appeared in TrainingZone on 7 September 2011, but is reproduced here for those who don’t have a TZ account. But social learning is not a bolted-on component of our formal educational and training programs. Yes, we have always learned and worked socially, but we have never had the power of ridiculously easy group-forming or almost zero-cost duplication of our words and images.&#.

Barriers to Learning in Organizations

The Performance Improvement Blog

Focus on short-term, simple solutions – managers taking the most expedient course of action without solving the long term problems within their organizations, e.g., doing multi-person layoffs to reduce costs when the real problem is not offering products and services that customers want.

Key social learning resources: part 3

Jane Hart

And this type of ‘informal’ or workplace learning has been shown to be generally better received, more effective and less costly than its formal counterpart. The LOFT (Learning Organization for Tomorrow) program is a collection of initiatives and tools designed to promote locally-grown insights and practices and to turn shop floor workers into peer coaches (some 810 volunteers at 102 sites in 40 countries). This article first appeared on Training Zone on 19 September.

Using Social Media for Learning: Tools & Practices #BHsocialmedia

Learning Visions

These are my live blogged notes from a webinar presented by Brandon Hall on Wednesday, April 26 2011. (I Reduced cost of new-vehicle launch kits from $100,000 to about $15,000. Video, podcasts, discussion forums, games, mentoring programs (Partner new learners with those already certified). Costs – both of tool and the opportunity cost Look at terms of use and legal implications (who owns the content created in a site) Does the site let you export your content?

March’s #LCBQ- Assessing Informal Learning – Are you an accountant or financial adviser?

Spark Your Interest

Is it a performance level, program level or systemic level? . Kind of a cost-avoidance situation, in financial parlance.

Live Training vs. eLearning: Which is Better? The Results Part II

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

followed by a live webinar on Facebook -- [which] answers questions, many [viewers send in] as they are watching her TV program. The cost of classroom training may not always be able to compete with the economies of scale achieved by e-Learning: "For many companies, classroom training is becoming a luxury, one that not everyone can afford. There are also constraints: it's not cost effective to do classes with just a few people. by Jennie Ruby.

The 5 key steps to building an eLearning program: Step 5 – Technology

B Online Learning

The main downside lies in its potentially high cost – making your decision around which technology to use – an important one. Share. Tweet. Pin It. Our final post rounding out this series our deals with the tricky topic of technology. It’s not hard to imagine the advantages technology brings to learning development, evaluation, management, communication and administration.

My Favorite Things: Tools and Tips to Facilitate Content.

Dashe & Thomson

Gliffy is an online flow charting tool that provides a cost effective way to create and publish high-quality flow charts and diagrams. Gliffy offers a free basic account and premium services are available at additional, but minimal cost.

Low-end tools: QR codes and SMS text messaging

Bottom-Line Performance

Imagine that you have a Wellness Program and you are encouraging people to eat better, get fit, and stay well. Text messaging is another simple, low-cost solution that has possibilities. Two of these include: • (not free; costs on a per-text basis).

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My Favorite Things: Tools and Tips to Facilitate Content Development

Dashe & Thomson

Gliffy is an online flow charting tool that provides a cost effective way to create and publish high-quality flow charts and diagrams. Gliffy offers a free basic account and premium services are available at additional, but minimal cost.

Tony Bingham #ASTDL20 keynote

Learning Visions

Jay Cross “connections are everything” – if you’re not designing connections into your learning program… Social Media at Deloitte and Telus Dan Pontefract at Telus – social learning is the parallel to social media – to create a culture of collaboration How do you get started? Start slow and gain understanding Find an executive sponsor Identify a department that’s interested in it Partner with IT and compliance Use low cost software tools available today IMPACT vs. ROI Govern lightly.

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Interesting Virtual World News: 3D training for Clinical Trials

Kapp Notes

March 30, 2011— ProtonMedia and PPD, Inc. Nasdaq: PPDI) today announced they have entered into an agreement to jointly develop a new virtual clinical trial training solution that will improve the cost effectiveness, speed and quality of clinical trial training for life sciences organizations. The combination will be a virtual collaborative environment built around PPD’s customizable, flexible and integrated technology solutions to advance clinical research programs.

The Course Catalog Is (Should Be) Dead

The Performance Improvement Blog

Like HRD departments in many large organizations, each year they offer a long list of courses and programs that have all of the current buzz words in their titles. I have no doubt that her department delivers excellent, world-class courses and programs.

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Moodle training news

Moodle Journal

The thrust behind the proposal is that for some students, finding themselves timetabled into rooms with no computing facilities, wouldn’t it be a good idea to provide some low cost, low spec netbooks and make use of the college WiFi provide access to web resources including Cloud apps.

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Wanted–A Learning Strategy

Kapp Notes

One way to accomplish this is to conduct an analysis or audit of the existing training programs, courses and initiatives to highlight possible mis-alignments and identify opportunities for improvement. If done properly, audit and recommendation process provides a methodology for identifying the right types of training with the right delivery method in terms of cost, efficiency and level of recall and retention required.

Beyond Cost-Savings: Advantages of MOOCs for Corporate Training

Your Training Edge

Although the mere idea of using MOOCs requires a shift in how organizations think about their training programs, much of the infrastructure already exists: more than 70% of companies have a learning management system (LMS) in place, and as of 2011 77% of corporations were already using online learning in their training programs. In the same vein, companies can easily collect data about their training programs and employees.

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