From the Coleface

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. After the shock had worn off, I felt a mix of elation and fear.

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Learning objectives are like metadata – useful but best left unseen

From the Coleface

An update on a post about learning objectives which attracted a healthy amount of support and debate: refinements to that position and what it means in practice for learning designers. One of the richest compilations of high quality thinking is Will Thalheimer’s.

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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. In 1990 Peter Senge published “ The Fifth Discipline ” , giving a compelling vision of how companies could transform into learning organisations. The ideas chime with many L&D professionals, but adoption by business has been patchy.

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.

Build or Buy an LMS? How to Pick the Right Solution for Your Budget

BUDGET. When it comes to picking your next LMS that six-letter word is probably the most important part of the decision-making process. So, what are your options to get the best possible eLearning solution without breaking the bank? Build it or buy it. This guide from Lambda’s eLearning experts details absolutely everything you need to consider so you can pick the perfect eLearning solution for your organization and budget.

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. If e-learning has a creation myth, it is that the e-learning industry was born out of the dotcom crash at the turn of the century – swarms of freshly unemployed web designers and developers started applying their skills to changing learner behaviour rather than consumer behaviour.

Chain of fools

From the Coleface

So they give a budget to L&D. So they think “let’s make this into e-learning” They give the budget to an e-learning company. I chose the title for this blogpost because I like the tune , not because I wanted to offend… Anyway, here’s a chain of events that’s been played out in hundreds of organisations.

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.

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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. I have no problem with a Government overspending in some years if this is balanced over the economic cycle, however it seems bizarre that we have ended up in a place where debt interest of £53b eclipses the defence budget of £38b.

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?

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

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.

CFO’s Guide to Building an HR Team with Limited Time, Budget and Resources

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when CFOs have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

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.

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Just launched! 2020 Customer Education Benchmarks and Trends Report

Based on a survey of more than 250+ external education teams, Skilljar has compiled this report on current trends including budgets, integrations, team structure, and more. In this report, see how companies across a variety of industries are building, optimizing, and measuring their training programs.

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.

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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.

GLD 5: Budgets and Workforces

Your Training Edge

One of the biggest challenges to any training program is budget. In today’s environment, training budgets have been slashed and it may be difficult to obtain further funding. And in those budget cuts, sometimes only the most essential of training programs can continue to be offered. So the challenge for a global leadership program may be obtaining a budget, much less obtaining more money to complete the program.

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View from the C-Suite: ROI and the Triple Bottom Line of Learning

Speaker: Jerry Zandstra, Co-Founder, Inno-Versity, and Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist, Inno-Versity

One of the secrets of the C-suite is that they are always dealing with scarcity. Money spent in one place cannot be spent in another. One hundred thousand dollars spent on learning will not be available to spend on marketing or hiring, or any one of several dozen other budget items. Join Miriam Taylor and Dr. Jerry Zandstra as they take a look at learning, training, and development from the C-suite perspective!

Memorable eLearning on Budget

Upside Learning

Going through my feeds yesterday, I came across this great post by Cathy Moore titled – “ How to design eLearning thats memorable and budget friendly ”. The essence of what she says in these videos about doing eLearning on budget is: 1. I believe this approach could be really useful to design eLearning courses on budget.

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eLearning on a Budget

Learning Solutions Magazine

eLearning on a Budget. jane-bozarth. Thu, 03/26/2020 - 01:00

Fighting for Your HR Budget

ej4 eLearning

How to Budget for Training and Development—And Get Others to Help. Creating a budget for training and development is easier said than done. Most CHROs and HR directors focus on how to budget for training and development, but the real obstacle is how can you convince the organization to pay for it? Human Resources

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Top 9 Factors to Consider When Calculating Your LMS Budget

Lambda Solutions

LMS eLearning online learning LMS Costs learning budget

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Legendary Presentations: eLearning, Sales Collateral, and Defeating Death-by-PowerPoint

Speaker: Richard Goring, Director, BrightCarbon

eLearning has the potential to fall into the same trap, as L&D professionals are tasked with creating content to hit tight deadlines and with limited budgets. Presentations have a well-earned reputation for being terrible snooze-fests full of boring bullets and Death by PowerPoint.

How To Leverage Rapid eLearning Development To Maximize Training Budget

Dan Keckan

In this article, I show you how you can leverage rapid eLearning development to maximize your training budget. Rapid eLearning eLearning Budget eLearning Development Best Practices Learning And Development Strategies Rapid eLearning Development

7 Secrets To Set A Realistic Virtual Classroom LMS Budget

Dan Keckan

In this article, I share 7 tips to set an accurate virtual classroom LMS budget and improve online training ROI. Virtual Training eLearning Budget eLearning eBooks Virtual Classroom Virtual Learning Environment

How To Create An Accurate Employee Time Tracking Tool Budget

Dan Keckan

Here’s how to create an accurate time tracking tool budget. Human Resources Management eLearning Budget eLearning eBooks Time Management Time Management Tips Time Tracking SoftwareEvery cent must be accounted for when implementing hour keeping apps for your remote workforce.

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Designing Quality eLearning on a Shoe-String Budget

Origin Learning

eLearning learning design Quality eLearning Shoe-String BudgetLet’s assume that you represent an organization that’s looking for an eLearning solution. It could be an internal employee training.

12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

large budgets. reason why 80 percent of all IT budgets. world • Huge savings on IT resources (freeing up budget. 12 Ways to Get the Most. Out of Your Authoring Tool gomolearning.com @gomolearning eBook 1 11Index: Table of contents What should you look for and expect.

7 Leadership Development Program Budget Tips And Tricks

Dan Keckan

In this article, I share 7 top tips to create an accurate budget and stick to it. Corporate eLearning eLearning Budget eLearning eBooks Leadership Development Leadership Training Professional DevelopmentHow much can you realistically spend on your new leadership training venture?

Plan Your eLearning Budgets for 2020

AbaraLMS

This article tries to outline a basic budgeting plan for the year 2020, while also defining the budget distribution towards a variety of available eLearning solutions, and finally help you plan the [ ] The post Plan Your eLearning Budgets for 2020 appeared first on Abara LMS. Our previous blogs spoke about the training initiatives to carry over from 2019, new initiatives for 2020, and how to plan them.

How To Secure Your Corporate Training Budget

Dan Keckan

Unfortunately, our budgets never seem quite big enough. Corporate eLearning budget Corporate Training eLearning Budget eLearning eBooks Employee Engagement Employee OnboardingIn a perfect world, we would have all of the time and resources available to design top tier employee onboarding. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

How to Implement Online Learning on a Budget

TOPYX LMS

With a few tips, these companies can deliver eLearning to their employees while staying within their L&D budget. For companies wanting to deliver the highest quality employee training possible, eLearning can be a game-changer. Online learning is accessible, engaging, and effective, and it can also significantly drive employee retention. 1 However, the initial cost of implementing online learning is a deterrent to some organizations.

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