9 Budget-Friendly Ways to Revamp Outdated Online Training Content

InfoPro Learning

In this article, I’ll share 9 budget-friendly ways that you can revitalize your online training content. HOW TO REVAMP OUTDATED ONLINE TRAINING CONTENT IN A BUDGET-FRIENDLY WAY. But does your organization have enough wiggle room in the budget to modernize its online training initiatives? For instance, written permission from the original creator or a link that leads to the Creative Commons agreement. Has your online training gone sour?

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Instructional designers’ toolkit for a zero-budget training project

Matrix

One of the most daunting challenges that instructional designers face today are shrinking budgets. Toolkit for a zero-budget training project. Its extension Hightail Spaces appeared in 2015 and is designed to help creative professionals get from conception of an idea to its delivery as a finished product. The post Instructional designers’ toolkit for a zero-budget training project appeared first on MATRIX Blog.

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Obama Budget to Include $8 Billion Training Fund

Mindflash

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. ” Image used under Creative Commons by Flickr user BlatantWorld.com.

Finally, Good News: Training Budgets Up Over 9 Percent, Survey Says

Mindflash

The resulting report holds a mirror up to the industry, reflecting, for example, the extreme cost pressures faced by learning and development organizations during the recession — and its gloomy aftermath over the last few years, as budgets were either cut or grew only anemically. Training Budgets Rising. The training market may not be frothy with optimism, but at least training budgets are starting to rise again, climbing 9.5

Winter is here

Learning with 'e's

However, at the same time, funding for schools (regardless of the recent announcement for additional funding - which is simply being siphoned from elsewhere in the education budget - a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul) is paltry, and hardly makes a dent in the urgent problems we have in our British schools. The British government should urgently fund the building of new schools, and should do so with money from elsewhere than the already stretched education budget.

PowerPoint & eLearning: PhotoPin, a New Stock Photo Resource

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

  In that same vein I'd like to present  Photopin , a new resource that may be useful in your search for budget-friendly stock photos. The photos are lifted from  Flickr  and are, by and large, Creative Commons  licensed.   Having this many easily searchable Creative Commons images at your fingertips will be immensely useful if you are a blog writer.

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Work Out Loud: Get More Buy-in (microvideo)

Tom Spiglanin

In a following post , I’ll discuss more about the process I use to produce microlearning videos on a shoestring budget. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 This is the second of the two videos I recorded while at DevLearn 2014 in Las Vegas.

Multimedia Resources For Your eLearning Projects

Adobe Captivate

A few years ago I worked for an organization that required custom designed eLearning but didn’t have a budget for stock photography, background music, or video. Music can be a challenge but there are many resources that offer free music under a creative commons license. With Graphicstock I don’t need to worry about all the attribution rules that creative commons requires.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Auditory Advantage

Learning Visions

Monday, March 19, 2007 The Auditory Advantage Patrick Dunn, in his latest rant, Games are not an alternative vision has this to say: The huge array of tools, techniques and approaches that games producers have developed with the benefit of their consumer-sized budgets are largely available to medium and low-end e-learning producers, if they would just apply their imagination. Cammy at Learning Solutions #ls2010 Audio Interview with Will Thalheimer on Common Des.

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14 Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 18

Upside Learning

Whatever your philosophy regarding frontal teaching methods and the uses of Smartboards, there’s no denying two facts: Smartboards have become extremely popular tools in educational institutions & are relatively expensive and eat major portions out of our shrinking school budgets.

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How Reusable Learning Objects Can Help You Design Online Courses Faster

CourseArc

These tools can be creatively reused to save time when designing eLearning lessons or creating editable course templates. For example, a video that’s produced for a particular eLearning course (say, Financial Literacy) could also be repurposed to serve an instructor-led classroom course, or be reused in other self-paced courses that are related to a similar concept or topic (like Accounting, Budgeting, Tax Preparation, etc).

“Good Enough” in Learning and Development

Tom Spiglanin

It stands to reason then that redefining “good enough” could positively affect on our work, particularly when faced with declining budgets and hectic work schedules. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0

Updated – Multimedia Resources For Your eLearning Projects

Adobe Captivate

I’ve also experienced this when working in an organisation also had similar expectations but no budget for stock photography, background music, or video. Music can be a challenge, but many sites offer free music under a creative commons license. With Storyblocks, I don’t need to worry about all the attribution rules that many creative commons sites require.

The State of Instructional Design

Tom Spiglanin

In addition, L&D professionals must consider a variety of other factors, including pressure to minimize absence from the workplace to attend courses, fixed or shrinking budgets, the concomitant pressure to build maintainable solutions, and a highly mobile workforce. People know what they know, and they’re comfortable doing what they’ve always done, especially under stressful situations with tight budgets and timelines.

Checking In

Tom Spiglanin

The first will be on Thursday on the subject of effective video for learning on a shoestring budget, and the second on Friday titled, “Lights, Camera … Wait, Who Has the Script?” Two weeks ago I volunteered to write a few scripts for videos on using SharePoint for a common workplace collaborative task. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0

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Checking In

Tom Spiglanin

The first will be on Thursday on the subject of effective video for learning on a shoestring budget, and the second on Friday titled, “Lights, Camera … Wait, Who Has the Script?” Two weeks ago I volunteered to write a few scripts for videos on using SharePoint for a common workplace collaborative task. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0

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45 Free Stock Images for Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

They provide hundreds of free stock images with a Creative Commons Zero license. And that’s a good deal for those of us who are on a tight budget. Obviously not all of the images will work for your courses, but with some creativity you can use of many of them. One of my favorite sites for free stock images is Unsplash.com. That means you can do anything with the images, whether free or commercial.

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Tools for Effective Content Development

Your Training Edge

The really problematic thing about this is that you cannot always trust the images supposedly free (Creative Commons, etc.) Another excellent way to find free images is to use Compfight, one of the best Creative Commons image viewers available and is highly recommended. Undoubtedly the battle of the success of a blog or any website in general is played in the attractiveness, added value, originality and, ultimately, the quality of its contents.

Perspective Matters

Tom Spiglanin

While different training departments serve a variety of customers, they all share common attributes: they have a population of workers who use their products and services, a smaller population of managers who look to training to address performance and knowledge gaps, and sponsors who fund the training departments. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

Emergence of the Performance Catalyst

Tom Spiglanin

Especially when performance expectations, deadlines, and budgets are set by others, it can be downright frightening to attempt something new with uncertain success. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 I’ve worked in the field of Learning and Development (L&D) now for nearly two decades.

Emergence of the Performance Catalyst

Tom Spiglanin

Especially when performance expectations, deadlines, and budgets are set by others, it can be downright frightening to attempt something new with uncertain success. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 I’ve worked in the field of Learning and Development (L&D) now for nearly two decades.

Top 10 Free Stock Image Sites for E-Learning

E-learning Uncovered

It’s not always easy to find high-quality images for your e-learning when you’re working on a budget. Many of these free stock image sites make their photos available with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. If you can’t afford the popular stock image sites, you might think you’re only option is to take your own photos. Luckily, that doesn’t have to be the case!

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Links Roundup: Tech Takes Center Stage

Mindflash

Now, though, those programs are being cut from school budgets, and the very idea of “VWs” has become mostly irrelevant. Image used under Creative Commons by Flickr user CCS Insight. This week in Las Vegas, over 3,000 companies have gathered to show off the latest in tech innovation at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES). The 2 million square-foot trade show features everything tech, from computers, tablets, and smartphones to software, batteries, and accessories.

Building a Middle School Flipped Classroom

TechSmith Camtasia

While this isn’t the first piece of software to report this, it is the first type I have found (that is teacher-budget-friendly) that reports it in such an easy-to-use format. The featured image for this post is creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-SA ) flickr photo shared by ptrlx. This is a guest post by Adam Coulter Johnson, math teacher in Birmingham, Ala. for the quarterly newsletter, The Learning Lounge.

A Look Behind The Training Magazine Top 125

Mindflash

It’s clear that these companies have invested a lot more in their training budgets than most. Image used under Creative Commons by Flickr user 401K. Training magazine recently released its annual list of the top 125 companies that embrace employee training, and by glancing over some statistics about those organizations, a few trends start to emerge. For one thing, most of the top 125 companies are really big. Verizon was ranked No.

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15 Best Image Sites to Visually Enhance Your Online Training Modules

CommLab India

Purchasing new images seems a good option, but we need to think of the project budget. StockFreeImages : Here you can find 6,961 free images for “learning” com : You can find hundreds of free stock images with a Creative Commons Zero license, which means you can copy, modify, distribute, and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or attributing to the photographer or website.

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Ambient learning

Learning with 'e's

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 by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

#TwistedTropes 12. Dante's lukewarm inferno

Learning with 'e's

There are some appalling scenes, reminiscent of the mad scramble to reach the gates before everyone else when your flight is called by a budget airline. Sod's unlucky law Dante's lukewarm inferno by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Photo by Maxim Tajer on unsplash The Inferno is the first part of Dante Alighieri 's 14th-century poem called the Divine Comedy.

10 Free Audio Programs to Use for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Even if you’re on a limited budget, you can get a good microphone for about $50. Creative Commons Audio. Be sure to check out their Creative Commons License agreements before using them. I’m no audio engineer. And odds are that neither are you.

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Learning without Frontiers

Learning with e's

Maguire also called for decisions to be made at government level and for an operational budget to be made available for wide implementation. Learning without frontiers by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Inspiring a generation

Learning with 'e's

The team is an inspiration to anyone facing budget cuts. It is a time where budget cuts affect many of our learning and development activities. School budgets are squeezed, and CPD suffers from cutbacks. Image by Fotopedia Inspiring a generation by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Many of us have watched in awe as the drama of the London 2012 Olympic Games unfolds.

MIS en place

Learning with 'e's

This post is sponsored by RM Education MIS en place by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

How to Use 1-on-1 Training Without Breaking the Bank

Mindflash

When you hear the words “one-on-one training,” your first impulse is probably to throw your hands in the air and explain about your squeezed budget. Image used under Creative Commons by Flickr user Knight Foundation. But fear not. We understand resources are tight. But even in today’s era of less-than-luxurious learning and development spending, there’s still a case to be made for tailor-made, personalized training.

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Microsoft is Dumping Clip Art. What Are You Going to Do?

Rapid eLearning

In its place, you’ll have access to a Bing image search, which will be filtered by Creative Commons licensing. It also puts some pressure on organizations to finally commit some of their training budgets to graphic and visual design resources. And later when you need money for illustrations, you’ll sound more sophisticated and avoid some of the eye rolling you’d get asking for a clip art budget. The most common image formats are.JPG,GIF, and.PNG.

Rock and a hard place

Learning with e's

The same could apply to handheld mobile devices, if teachers haven't got the time to think up good uses, or there is not enough cash available to purchase them because - well, the budget has all been spent on installing IWBs that are not gong to be used properly.

How Trainers are Holding Themselves Back

Mindflash

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. Image used under Creative Commons by Flickr user dno1967b. “Training needs to earn a seat at the table.”. “We We need to show the ROI of training.”. Leaders don’t understand the value of training.”.

Required Learning for Training Managers: Business 101

Mindflash

If you can help it improve profit margins, you’ll never have to worry about justifying your department’s existence or your budget. Image used under Creative Commons by Flickr user wwarby. Learning professionals need a host of skills in order to be successful. One that often gets overlooked is business acumen.