From the Coleface

Are confidentiality concerns holding back the e-learning industry?

From the Coleface

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.

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.

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Why the time is right for self-managed learning

From the Coleface

As the pressure for L&D to do more with less budget continues, improving learners’ capacity to self-manage learning will result in more workplace transfer of learning and hence return on L&D investment.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Top 9 Factors to Consider When Calculating Your LMS Budget

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Top 9 Factors to Consider When Calculating Your LMS Budget

Lambda Solutions

Calculating Your LMS Budget: 9 Factors To Consider. Here are the 9 important factors to keep in mind when calculating your LMS budget. LMS eLearning online learning LMS Costs learning budgetLearning Management Systems give you the ability to deploy online training on a massive scale. Every member of your organization can access the LMS platform to receive personalized online training resources, regardless of their goals or job responsibilities.

Designing a Learning Budget You Can Defend

CLO Magazine

And learning leaders must design budgets that deliver performance gains while being defensible and justifiable from a business standpoint. Don’t just cross your fingers and hope the dollars come through — take a more strategic approach to budgeting.

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. Project Success Project Budget ManagementBy Cartsen Bosselman, Associate Producer. They say the love of money is the root of evil.

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.

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. So, your association has decided to create a new online course.

How to Create an ELearning Course on a Tight Budget? 14 Lessons from Top Learning Designers

JoomlaLMS

and the second one is how to do so on a tight budget. When it comes to eLearning, there are two hot topics that never go out of style in the eLearning circles. The first one is “How to create a qualitative and engaging eLearning course?” Because the two of them determine the success of your eLearning business in the long run: whether you will have a steady stream of customers waiting to get enrolled in your courses and whether the funding is used wisely. Blog articles

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.

Maintaining the Cool Factor in E-Learning—Without Blowing Your Budget

ATD Learning Technologies

Of course, going the budget route means there are going to be some tradeoffs. But sometimes you will pay more in internal effort to save money on the budget. The company wants you to keep costs down. You want to keep the e-learning course interesting.

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.

e-Learning budgets: Doing more with less

G-Cube

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. This will help you develop e-Learning on a shoestring budget.

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.

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.

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 [.].

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.

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