When training budgets are very less, training managers are always under pressure to roll out training programs within the allotted budget. But how do you cut costs without compromising on quality? In this regard, eLearning is seen as a cost-saving medium in overcoming the constraints like costs and locations. So, in order to further save you costs in developing your eLearning programs, here are four cost-saving tips which you can consider:
What are the benefits of an open-source Learning Management System (LMS)? Why are LMS such as Moodle widely used?
‘Open source’ continues to be the buzzword of the eLearning industry. An increasing number of companies use open-source LMS to manage their learning activities because of the following reasons:
In my previous blog Administrator Level Customizations possible in Moodle-Part 1, we have seen some features that can be customized to meet the organizations specific training workflow standards and make sure that the training is effective.
We will now look at some more features at the Administrator level.
Due to the shift from a traditional training environment to a “continuous learning” environment – Classroom trainings complemented by eLearning and mLearning, the Learning management systems (LMSs) have become an indispensable part of today’s corporate training world.
Many vendor organizations are now offering quality LMS solutions with a large number of features and modules incorporated into the LMSs. This helps in catering to a broad spectrum of users. But, how many of these feature and modules are actually being utilized by the organizations?
We’ve seen the evolution of training from classroom trainings to eLearning. And now mLearning has entered the scene with all its unique benefits. If you look at each delivery format closely, you can see that each of them is ideal for meeting unique needs.
Where face-to-face interactions are critical, for instance, in a training on negotiation skills for instance, classroom training is ideal.
It is amazing what one can do with mobile devices these days! Last Saturday, I had the chance to attend one of the TEDx talks organized by a local chapter. The talks were inspiring, true to the spirit of TED. In addition to the ideas shared by the speakers, I ended up getting first-hand demonstration on the power of mobile devices.
In the earlier blogs, User-level customizations are possible in Moodle – Part 1 & Part 2. Organizations are now moving away from commercial LMSs towards smaller, lesser known and more so towards open sources like MOODLE because of the customizations possible in Moodle. We also had a look at the different customizations possible at the user level.
Do you have content ready with you but don’t know how to develop it into an eLearning course? Well there are hundreds of authoring tools that can be used to develop eLearning. These tools quickly and easily produce an eLearning course, thereby cutting the production time and costs.
The choice of tool depends on criteria such as the content type, author’s skills set, devices onto which the courses have to be deployed, time and costs.
Learning Management System plays an important role in planning, developing and managing trainings in any organization. Training programs can be organized easily based on various parameters. An LMS can track trainee performance and training effectiveness and generate reports. It helps integrate all training administration under one roof.
In my previous blog, we have discussed three factors that are needed to consider for successfully implementing mLearning. Here let us see the remaining three.
4. Learning Design Considerations
As there is a certain difference between eLearning on mobiles and PCs, developers need to adapt to a kind of design that makes eLearning courses compatible to small screens.