From the Coleface

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.

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.

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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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.

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State of the Front-Line Manager

State of the. Front-Line Manager Management and Supervisory Skills Development Contents 2 Contents. 6 The Next Step: Bridging the. Learning- Doing Gap Page 18 5 The Root of the. Issue Page 14 4 The unrealized.

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.

Is Enterprise search the answer to L&D’s interruption problem?

From the Coleface

Get on board: somewhere in your organisation someone is already considering Enterprise search and committing budget to it. How easy is it to find the information that you need for your job within your organisation? Probably a lot more difficult and frustrating than using a search engine to find public information…. My prediction for 2014 is that this is the year that smart organisations will take significant steps to narrow this gap in user experience.

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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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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.

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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. Sometimes you may be able to be creative when working with a budget and training methodologies.

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Powerful Employee Learning for Small Businesses on a Budget

So what can you do that will effectively help employees learn without killing the budget? Small business owners know how to get things done on a limited budget. News Save Money budget business results informal learning small businessNo much money to throw around?

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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How to Attract a Loyal Learning Audience, Even on a Tight Budget

Talented Learning

16 Ways To Market Educational Content on a Budget. These are just a few of the low-budget digital marketing tactics we’ve used to build brand awareness and educate our market. “If you build it, they will come.” We all know this iconic line from the classic film, Field of Dreams.

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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.

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Training Budget 101: How to effectively manage your training costs


But while cutting your training budget can seem like the logical thing to do, stop and think about its long-term implications, as they can far outweigh the immediate costs saved. If you plan your training budget wisely, you can minimize staff turnover and maintain productivity.

Custom eLearning Graphic Design on a Budget

eLearning Company

This is the main reason why an increasing number of businesses … Continue reading "Custom eLearning Graphic Design on a Budget". The post Custom eLearning Graphic Design on a Budget appeared first on eLearning Company Blog

5 Amazing Tips to Save Your Training Budget [Infographic]

CommLab India

Check out our infographic to know the 5 amazing tips to save your budget on training. eLearning Design elearning cost

Staff Training on a Budget


Many companies, particularly small business, find traditional training programs too costly for their budget. The post Staff Training on a Budget appeared first on GO1 Learning. Business & Management Human Resources Professional Development budget employee development training

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


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

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7 Stunning Secrets to Strike Balance between Priorities and Budget in eLearning

CommLab India

This blog explains how to strike a balance your priorities versus budget in online learning. eLearning Design eLearning budgets

Interactivity on a Budget

Bottom-Line Performance

Shelby Watts and I have developed a presentation on Interactivity on a Budget , which will be offered as an LOL Live Webinar next week (yes, it is a shameless plug. That’s the “on a budget&# part, since reuse saves so much time and effort.) . Tags: LOL Uncategorized learning design Budget Interactivity LOL Live When many people hear the phrase “interactive” in reference to e-learning, the graphic that comes to mind may be a dollar sign.

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Game-Based Learning Within Your Budget

CommLab India

This blog will talk of how it is possible to create effective game-based courses within a limited budget. eLearning Design game based learning