Oil and Gas downsizing: Training on a budget

Obsidian Learning

New post Oil and Gas downsizing: Training on a budget on Obsidian Learning. The price of oil has been down for the past year or so, and economists can’t predict when it will come back up. While everybody likes a low price at the pump, those of us in oil and gas know only too well how important robust oil prices are to the health of our industry. If you work in oil and gas, you’ve probably seen the effects of low oil prices in your own workplace.

Ambient learning

Learning with 'e's

Photograph from Pexels One of the most valuable properties in any organisation is intellectual capital - the intangible value of a business generated by its people. In the past, budgets were set aside for corporate training, and in a traditional sense this was conducted in specific areas designated for this purpose - usually a training room or computer suite. Ambient learning also relates to people adapting their technologies and environments to suit their working practices.

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Where is L&D heading?

E-Learning Provocateur

The topic of the evening was Where is L&D Heading? and some questions were posted through by the attendees ahead of time, while others emerged through the discourse. Here is an overview of my answers, plus elaborations and suggestions for further reading, for each of the questions that was (and was not) asked. Is the race to the bottom on time and price for degrees affecting employers’ perceptions of universities? The moot point of MOOCs.

The 2 sources of freebies

E-Learning Provocateur

We’ve all seen it with our own eyes: when a company hits hard times, its training budget is one of the first casualties. To counter-act that perception, the L&D team must do a better job of demonstrating its worth to the business in terms of performance and, ultimately, profit. However in the back of my mind I was empathising with the poor bunnies who are stuck now with slashed training budgets. Of course the remedy is simple: spend less.

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8 Tips to Build a Blended Learning Solution on a Budget

Obsidian Learning

Building blended learning solutions on a budget is not a hard choice to understand, but it can be hard to do. Follow these tips to figure out where to start, how to identify big wins to build your support and momentum, and the practical how-tos of getting development and delivery done with agility, even on a shoestring. This knowledge will guide you to make good decisions about how and where to spend your blended learning budget.

What is an Instructional Designer and how to become one?

Educraft.tech - Technology meets Education

Though IDs is required to possess an extensive set of skills, t he most important task is to carefully analyse how students learn and choose the appropriate materials and methods that will most effectively help them improve or acquire new knowledge. Types of Instructional Designers.

Successful Online Employee Onboarding Strategies

TalentLMS

That’s right, most of us remember our first day at work with the “fear of the unknown”. Gone are the days when individuals would feel lucky to be part of a successful organization. With the proliferation of dot com and brick and mortar companies all around us, companies consider themselves lucky when a new employee accepts an offer and continues to stay with them beyond six months! Many of us have been through an unorganized and mismanaged onboarding process.

Who Needs Performance Support on Vacation?

ePath Learning

I recently cruised the Caribbean on one of the world’s largest ships. This performance support solution provided an interactive map; up-to-the-minute information on activities; a schedule of booked shows, mealtimes, spa treatments, and excursions; and much more! Supporting your Moment of Need. Imagine that one of your employees is performing a critical, but rarely performed, task on the job.

Laura Overton: Are today’s L&D leaders sticking to the familiar?

Sponge UK

Last year, 4 in 5 were predicting that by 2016 they will be using some kind of mobile learning. The same number believed they will have incorporated video in their offering and will have turned to communities of practice to support social collaboration. So why is there so much talk about new tools and approaches and yet so little progress being made by the wider L&D community? One of the reasons might be our confidence in using learning technologies.

In response to Twitter Quitters - 40% leave after one month.

ID Reflections

The connotation of the word social is changing from one of "connect" to bring into its fold other meanings like collaborate, learn, share, give, participate, hear, be heard, ask, be answered.This is not a litany in praise of Twitter--it is in support of all social networking sites (SNS) that will help us to collaborate and build collective knowledge. The latter will be our saviour in this time of recession when corporate training budgets are at an all time low.

MOOCs: Building Personal Learning Networks

Your Training Edge

For the past year or so, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been busy upending all kinds of assumptions about education: content is king, quality education is expensive, and instructor-led training is the gold standard, to name just a few. One major change that MOOCs have greatly contributed to is the gaining recognition of learning as a primarily social activity, where the networks created are just as important (if not more important) as the content learned.

Time for a New Look at Learning: Or What I Learned from Reading “Informal Learning at Work”

Pract.us

A native of New Zealand, Paul Matthews has always applied the practical, no-nonsense approach he learned growing up on a farm to his work in the corporate world. He’s been the director for a major IT company, founder of People Alchemy , and leadership consultant to blue chip clients. Through his experience, he’s recognized the power of informal learning and has helped his clients take advantage of it. What are the different flavors of informal learning?

We participate and therefore we are

ID Reflections

As John Seely Brown says, ~Instead of “ I think therefore I am ”, it is “We participate and therefore we are” ~ Social learning has always been around. And has probably been one of the most effective means of learning as Bandura and Vygotsky had said long back. We have built communities of practices to facilitate and construct our own understanding. Decreased training budget 3. Lack of formal training because of point 2 4.

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The Masterclass on Informal Learning

Jay Cross

Your organization has decided to tilt in the direction of informal learning. You need to satisfy increasing demands with reduced staff and budget. You’re concerned that your current offerings will not satisfy the new generation of workers. Masterclass for L&D managers, instructional designers, and senior instructors on the concept and implementation of informal learning. Here’s an overview of the topics from recent Masterclasses.

What is Spaced Learning?

ePath Learning

Ideally, learning sessions are short and focused, incorporate breaks, and are followed by practice at intervals to help maintain and extend retention. However, the glassy surface of the water soon returns—leaving no visible evidence that the event ever occurred. Spaced learning, also referred to as distributed practice, can be likened to skipping a stone. A training approach that supports learners at multiple moments of need. Improves retention of learning over time.

Should your corporate training strategy move to the MOOC?

Your Training Edge

A company’s training strategy usually comprises of four aspects: Identifying measurable outcomes. Monitoring the effectiveness of the training plan. It is purely based on your business goals and comprises of targets such as increased productivity, reduced attrition, improved customer service, etc. It is advisable to monitor every aspect of your methodology so that when the time comes, the evaluation of whether to go the MOOC way or not will become simple for you.

What’s REALLY Going On? 6 Truths About Training in 2012

Bottom-Line Performance

Most of us are curious about tomorrow (hence, our fascination with all the predictions for the upcoming year)… but we live in today. Here’s the sources we used to help formulate a picture of today: Responses to Training Magazine ’s Training Top 125 submission. Training’s Top 125 acknowledges the companies whose efforts in learning and development (L&D) stand out from the rest in terms of their impact on the winners’ bottom-line results. Lots of folks talking about it.

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How to Build a Learning and Innovation Performance Lab

CLO Magazine

Few industries can keep theory and practice as proximate and immediate as learning, and treating everyday needs as an opportunity to experiment can lead to better results and innovation. Instead, use a systematic approach with a combination of push-and-pull resources, some that come automatically, as well as a select few requiring initiative. Keep a running list of ideas to try out. Some experiments will have to go into an annual plan and budget.

Value of Investment (VOI) vs. Return on Investment

Kapp Notes

Perhaps the constant effort to find the ROI of higher education or even training programs is mis-placed, should we be asking ourselves if an alternative exists? As the competitive landscape of higher education shifts and the training industry changes, using a measurement like Return On Investment (ROI) as the only guide for evaluating information technology investments like an LMS or an audience response system is a mistake. Johnson community college initiative. [3]

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People, Process and Product. P3 in eLearning

TalentLMS

Take charge of your organization’s learning needs before you appoint an external consultant. The best learning solutions developed for any company are the ones with intimate involvement of trainers and managers with the eLearning consultants. Khan (2004) of Khan Academy developed a list of foundational elements that combine to create a complete eLearning framework. People are the stakeholders as well as employees of your organization.

People, Process and Product. P3 in eLearning

TalentLMS

Take charge of your organization’s learning needs before you appoint an external consultant. The best learning solutions developed for any company are the ones with intimate involvement of trainers and managers with the eLearning consultants. Khan (2004) of Khan Academy developed a list of foundational elements that combine to create a complete eLearning framework. People are the stakeholders as well as employees of your organization.

Strategies for Implementing Gamification in Your Training

Your Training Edge

MOOCs started to make their way into the mainstream in 2012, and while the idea of gamification has been around for more than a century , and the value of games in learning has been recognized for several decades, it is only recent advances in technology that have made both MOOCs and gamification viable training options. According to this elearning infographic : By 2015, half of organizations’ innovation processes will use gamification for some aspects.

Over 150 Free Fonts to Use in Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

Many of us are on a limited budget. So when there’s an opportunity to get something for free I’m all for taking advantage of it. Your choices were to use a generic font or you make an image of the text in a special font (if you wanted more than the basics). Today, many of those limitations are gone because you can use web fonts. In addition to promoting the use of web fonts, they’ve been putting together a nice collection of open source fonts.

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Study: L&D Spending on the Rise

CLO Magazine

Money spent on training rose 12 percent on average in 2012, according to a new study, a sign that, amid greater financial stability, firms are focused on the development of their workforces. 22 Money spent on training rose 12 percent on average in 2012, according to a study by human resources research firm Bersin by Deloitte, a sign that, amid greater financial stability, firms are focused on the development of their workforces. companies spent an average of $706 per learner.

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Learning You Can Take to the Bank

CLO Magazine

Although learning is proven to contribute to business success, slashed budgets have put many organizations’ learning efforts on the chopping block, opening the door for blending learning. More than two-thirds of those surveyed by PricewaterhouseCoopers in its third global study on project management stated that project management training contributed to business performance. Budget is often the reason training gets put on the back burner.

Strategies for Implementing Gamification in Your Training MOOCs

Your Training Edge

MOOCs started to make their way into the mainstream in 2012, and while the idea of gamification has been around for more than a century , and the value of games in learning has been recognized for several decades, it is only recent advances in technology that have made both MOOCs and gamification viable training options. According to this elearning infographic : By 2015, half of organizations’ innovation processes will use gamification for some aspects.

Stats on Workplace Learning

Marcia Conner

When I lead education at PeopleSoft a gazillion years ago, I shared with the head of all customer-facing services a copy of Training Magazine ‘s annual numbers issue, published each November (now their November/December issue ). With the popularity of my stats to make the case for social tools in business , post I realized others may also appreciate information on where to find data about learning at work. Of this total direct learning expenditure, 56 percent ($87.5

How to grow an elearning dream team: 8 things the best L&D leaders do

Elucidat

We’ve pulled together our years of experience working across hundreds of elearning teams of every size and configuration – across the globe. Too often production teams are under huge pressures to produce large volumes of elearning, quickly. It’s a big challenge to efficiently produce quality online learning content that meets the needs of users and business stakeholders…particularly when under strain. Think of your team in terms of roles not jobs.

Before, after, and beyond: why in 2014 we need to ‘design the complete experience’

Saffron Interactive

Recently I’ve been rereading The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning , first published in 2006. Pleasingly iconoclastic, the book challenges some of the bad habits and received wisdom which limit the scope of our ambitions. They each deserve some serious attention and in a series of blog posts, I want to share my thoughts on how they apply to us in 2014. So what do we mean by ‘the complete experience’ in terms of programme design?

eLearn Magazine - CoPs: New Learning Models

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Communities of Practice: Addressing Workforce Trends Through New Learning Models Some good quotes from the article above: "Organizations would be well-advised to shift budgets and resources from formal learning settings to informal situations where the majority of learning actually takes place."

Latest Takeaways from Craig Weiss

eLearning 24-7

It has been a wild week from the acquisition of Saba by Cornerstone to the ability to compare systems in detail on FindAnLMS, to the Coronavirus and the usage of Microsoft Teams as part of the L&D experience. A lot of readers and folks on various social media have asked about my perspective on a variety of areas, so without further adieu. It is quite common for folks to do handshakes, hugs at the show, both of which would have to be stopped.

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The NBA’s New MVP

CLO Magazine

When Mike Kennedy joined the National Basketball Association in 2012 as director of learning and leadership development, the organization was stuck in an old-school learning environment under long-time commissioner David Stern. The curriculum was limited, managers decided whether their people attended courses, and there was no clear vision of what effective leadership looked like. Kennedy himself had begun to wonder if he could build a long-term career in that kind of environment.

A Vital View on Learning

CLO Magazine

She was the chief learning officer for Signature Healthcare, a provider of long-term care, rehabilitation and health care services with 148 facilities in 11 states and more than 22,000 employees. A majority of the company’s staff are certified nursing assistants who spend their days fulfilling basic quality of life needs for patients, including bathing, dressing and feeding them. The two of them immediately bonded. It was the worst educational experience of my life.”.

18 Key Trends to Realign Remote Workforce Training Strategy in the Post Pandemic World

EI Design

So, I re-examined my original list against these pressing needs of today. Even though the overall impact of the crisis is still unfolding, it has clearly redefined the workplace in the future. Trends that help you assess the impact of remote training and aid you in maximizing the ROI.

3 Simple Ways to Find the Resources You Need to Build E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

Rapid elearning design is made up of three core functions: rapid authoring, rapid assets, and rapid instructional design. One thing common to many rapid elearning developers is that while their organizations will fund the purchase of rapid authoring tools, they do little else to fund the development of the assets required to make the elearning course look good and be effective. For example, a large part of the course’s construction involves the visual design of the course.