HR Staffs, Budgets Saw Modest Rebound in 2012

CLO Magazine

Following two straight years in which HR department staff cuts were more common than increases, the pattern reversed in 2012, according to a new survey. 20 Human resource department staffs and budgets showed some signs of recovery in 2012, although those gains probably did not compensate for cuts and freezes experienced during the recession. HR department staff levels have seen some reversal of fortune in 2012.

The Unexamined Leadership Program is Not Worth Doing

The Performance Improvement Blog

If you’re not going to evaluate a leadership development program, don’t do the program! End-of-program reactionnaires (aka smile sheets) don’t count as evaluation. Advice about how to get the most from your L&D budget by considering the workplace learning environment.

Training Mojo: Stretching Your Training Dollar by Mixing Internal and External Tools and Programs

Your Training Edge

Summary: You can stretch your training dollar by carefully analyzing and choosing both internal and external tools and programs. Training departments should always maintain a certain budget-consciousness – in both good and not-so-good financial circumstances. You can stretch your budget by examining needs and being aware that a mix of external and internal resources are available. What about your current programs?

RECP and Digitec Partner to Offer Online Certification Program

Association eLearning

The Real Estate Certification Program (RECP), Indiana’s oldest and largest real estate school, has partnered with Digitec to create and offer a new online course. 5 Creative Ways to Market Your eLearning on a Budget - June 20, 2013.

12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

The Guardian (2012), ‘Talking feedback’ 2 User-Generated Videos: Tapping into Social Sharing @gomolearning User-generated content has been on many organizations’ authoring. large budgets. reason why 80 percent of all IT budgets. 12 Ways to Get the Most.

Big Cuts Proposed for PA Education Budget

Kapp Notes

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.

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My 2012 Enterprise mLearning Predictions Recap

mLearning Trends

As 2012 draws to a close, its time to evaluate how in focus my lens on the future of enterprise mobile learning proved to be this past year and how many of my year ago predictions hit their targets. There will be more types of devices and ways to connect with our mobile learning world in 2012.

Top 10 Training Metrics

Your Training Edge

Is it time for you to measure the effectiveness of your training programs? If you are a training manager or company stakeholder looking for ways to measure the effectiveness of your programs, these ten metrics are a great place to start. When you measure training success this way, higher retention points to a successful training program. If training is heavily geared toward a sales or customer service force, an effective program will eventually increase sales numbers.

A Paycheck Away, Our Learning Game For Change, Was a Game Changer

Bottom-Line Performance

They actually have to budget more carefully than those in the middle class. Suggested Solutions to Homelessness: Create a program where the elderly watch young children during the day. Emphasize basic financial education and personal budgeting more in public schools.

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Obama Budget to Include $8 Billion Training Fund


While the Labor Department’s budget is taking a hit, worker protection agencies are getting a bump in funding, along with essential training programs. ET, Carmel Martin of the Education Department will be participating in a Twitter Q-and-A session on the 2013 budget.

Top 10 Training Myths

Your Training Edge

The answer should be “yes” Develop programs that motivate and inspire the new hire as well as the balance of your staff and you’ll be able to retain those employees who’ve stayed with it. With well-designed and well placed elearning programs, you will. Featured Posts Learning & Development Training eLearning Employee retention new hire training training beliefs training budgets training development training management training myths training processes

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Government Initiative To Endorse eLearning In Saudi Arabia

Upside Learning

The Saudi Government remains the major contributor to the development of the country’s higher education infrastructure and is continuously raising the budget to be spent on the education sector.

Training Mojo: Developing a Culture of Training by Getting Buy-In From Stakeholders and Staff

Your Training Edge

Far too often, training programs are developed and delivered without any input from this important group. Gain approval from the executives with a simple but clear explanation of what is going to be covered in a training course and program. Involve them in the evaluation of your training programs. Many people in these roles have great ideas for training programs and development, but do not want to make a career move because they like being in the field.

Training Mojo: How to Measure Your Training Department

Your Training Edge

Create a few questions that explore how the population feels about the training department, its programs, its image, and even its instructors. Finally, you can measure your department based on budget. To do this, you should take your annual budget and break it down to controllable items, such as materials costs and cost per student. If you’re spending too much training new hires, examine the program for possible flaws.

Doing Good Effectively

The Performance Improvement Blog

One commonly used indicator of effective management in organizations that do-good is the percentage of their budgets that goes to administrative costs. I would also ask these questions: Is the program and the organization sustainable? It’s that giving time of year again.

Emerging technologies & challenges in e-Learning content creation: Global resourcing to rescue


Delivery platforms are seeing a paradigm shift from desktops to mobiles & tablet computers, operating systems are transiting from Windows to Android and iOS, programming tools maturing from Adobe Flash to HTML 5, Rapid Authoring tools are also going through a metamorphosis and so on so forth.

A Conversation with Michael Allen–ADDIE, SAM & the Future of ID

Kapp Notes

Michael Allen and I sit down and discuss the Zebra program at ASTD conference way back in 2011. Our first thought was to build a better programming language than the one PLATO had. For those of you who may not know, Michael W.


Benefits of e-Learning Debate (Part 1) – Reduce Training Time by Half


While there is no denial that class room based trainings have several advantages and may continue to have an edge over e-Learning (if the infrastructure and budget permits); however, these trainings requires more learning hours as: Class Room Based Traning.

Want to go mobile for learning and support?

Allison Rossett

Portions of the app are written with code for a native app and other parts rely on familiar web programming languages. What is my budget? John Park is my guest blogger.

Using Video in eLearning

Integrated Learnings

Here are some ways that video can play a role in your courses: Introduction or closing thoughts from leadership – For a course introducing a new product or program that you need to get your learners excited about, an introductory (or closing) video from your company’s senior leadership is a great way to get them motivated about what they are about to learn. by Dean Hawkinson One of the growing trends in eLearning and mLearning these days is the use of video.

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Educational Game Design Q&A

Clark Quinn

Started with my first job out of college, designing and programming educational computer games. Also, I strongly believe you should source the full suite of talent a game design needs: writing, audio, graphic, programming, UI, learning design, etc.

E-Learning Options for a Leadership Program

e-Learning Academy

Question from a client: We are developing a leadership program and need to sustain it beyond 2012. With tightening budgets, strains on resources and incoming carbon tax, [.]. 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. Client question Design Performance support tools Video Virtual classroom

Changing the Focus of Training

Your Training Edge

Did the training integrate efficiencies such as e-learning and on-the-job programs? If not, take the time to revamp these programs to make them as efficient in delivery and subject matter as possible. On top of this, remember to evaluate the new program in order to clean it up and keep it as cost-effective as possible.<!–more–> Focus any formal programs on these aspects of leadership and you’ll be able to show efficiency.

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AAP Deploys Digitec-Developed CME LMS MOC Part IV Tool

Association eLearning

The MOC Part IV program is part of the American Medical Association (AMA) Physician Recognition program, which ensures physicians meet their continuing medical education (CME) requirements. 5 Creative Ways to Market Your eLearning on a Budget - June 20, 2013.

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How We Helped Faculty Move Their Courses Online

Allison Rossett

During much of that time, I led a well-funded program in which we incentivized faculty to experiment with technologies to improve teaching and learning. The program had impact. The program has been around for five years and many lessons have been learned.

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How We Helped Faculty Move Courses Online

Allison Rossett

During much of that time, I led a well-funded program in which we incentivized faculty to experiment with technologies to improve teaching and learning. The program had impact. The program has been around for five years and many lessons have been learned.

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Blended Learning is Better Learning


Course content, geographic location, budget, facilities, all can influence the method that learning is distributed. For instance, if you are training on a new software system, create exercises in a training version of the program so participants can practice navigating the system.

Lectora User Conference Showcase: Jeremy Boles


Big Results for Small Budgets. -->. Big Results for Small Budgets. -->. Big Results for Small Budgets. -->. Big Results for Small Budgets. -->. April 20, 2012. He has created learning opportunities for programs that have served 20 to 40,000 users. Forum.

Three Ways to Build an Employee Development Culture


First is that there must be good and extensive training programs. Personal Book and Seminar Budget Tuition assistance programs are fine, but they are too limited for most employees. For example, why not give each employee an annual budget of $75 to buy any books they want?

Digitec Welcomes Knowledge Direct LMS Partner Indiana Association of REALTORS®

Association eLearning

Knowledge Direct will also support a new certification program offered by the association through their online university, Real Estate Certification Programs, Inc. Programs offered through RECP include Salesperson and Broker Prelicensing courses along with basic and advanced level continuing education courses on timely topics. RECP also prepares students to enter the real estate industry with programs focused on appraisals and property inspection, among others.

Changing How Your Sales Force Learns

dVinci Interactive

While you may not have the budget for an advertising campaign, you can choreograph a creative communications program. Rolling out the Program. The creative communications program should start prior to the “launch” of the new learning environment. We have found that organizations that use creative communications programs to introduce and promote the adoption of new learning environments achieve much better results.

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Changing Landscape in E-Learning

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

During the Thought Leadership Webinar on “ Interactive Courses on a ShoeString Budget ” in November, 2011, I had a good discussion with Jim Hanlin, President and Founder of Best Training Resources. Vikas: What are clients looking for in eLearning programs? They face a lot of cost pressure on eLearning programs. Suppliers of eLearning courses are looking for tools for better high quality program creation, produce them faster and create them for low cost.

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Three Things Trainers Need to Know About Project Management


Launching a training program can be a daunting task, one that take months or even years to shepherd from its inception ( identifying the need for an intervention ) to its closure ( evaluation ). Was the project delivered on budget?

Digitec Welcomes New Knowledge Direct LMS Partners

Association eLearning

The Irrigation Association (IA), the leading membership organization for irrigation companies and professionals, has selected the Digitec Knowledge Direct learning management system for its online certification, continuing education and recertification programs. The Knowledge Direct platform will support ISA’s blended learning programs with the ability to facilitate self-service enrollment and track attendance of live events, as well as deliver and manage eLearning content.

How Trainers are Holding Themselves Back


In many organizations, the value of effective training and performance support programs is not well understood. People brought up several challenges, including not having enough budget, time, or bandwidth, and not having the authority or power to do what they needed to do.

Three Essential Tips for New Online Training Designers


These are decisions of budget, not of learning and performance. When you open a new file, the program immediately brings up a template for you (it even includes the words Insert Text right on the screen).

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Required Learning for Training Managers: Business 101


If you want to improve how you serve the organization, you need to “hang out” with the people you’re designing learning programs for. If you can help it improve profit margins, you’ll never have to worry about justifying your department’s existence or your budget.