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E-Learning Solutions on a Shoestring: Help for the Chronically Underfunded Trainer

ISBN: 978-0-7879-7712-2
240 pages
August 2005, Pfeiffer
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Is e-learning at your organization chronically underfunded? Discover how you can create workplace solutions with minimal budget in e-Learning Solutions on a Shoestring. Author Jane Bozarth, recognized as e-Learning Centre's October 2005 Pick of the Month, provides the nuts-and-bolts information you need to incorporate e-learning solutions at minimal cost. She offers myriad strategies for building from-scratch programs, recycling, reusing, and repurposing resources; negotiating reasonable expenses for "store bought" e-learning products; and incorporating real-world ideas for assembling tools, techniques, and strategies into workplace solutions.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures.


Introduction: Getting the Most from This Resource.

Chapter 1: e-Learning: Some Basics.

What Is e-Learning?

Why Use e-Learning?

Moving from Classroom to Online.

Some New Ways of Thinking.

Avoiding Costly Mistakes.

Using e-Learning: Buy Off-the-Shelf or Build It Yourself?



Chapter 2: Getting Started with Doing It Yourself.

Take Inventory: You Probably Have More Than You Think.

What Else Should You Have?

User Considerations.

Want versus Need: What Will Meet Your Objectives?


Chapter 3: Building Simple Pages and Programs.

Using What You Already Have: MS Office Products and MS Paint.

Time to Move Up? More Advanced Design Tools.


Chapter 4: Enhancing Basic Programs.

Free Clip Art and Other Media.

Free Design Templates.

Free Interactivity Tools.

Free Microsoft Downloads.

Macromedia Coursebuilder.

Design Tips and Tricks.


Chapter 5: Creating Inexpensive Quizzes, Games, Searches, Puzzles, and Simulations.



Searches: Treasure Hunts and Web Quests.




Chapter 6: Creating Low-Cost Collaboration.

Synchronous or Asynchronous Collaboration?

Synchronous Tools.

Asynchronous Tools.

Creating Collaborative Activities.


Chapter 7: Creating Performance Support Tools on a Shoestring.

When to Use Performance Support Tools.

Which Tool to Use.

Performance Support Tools: Some Examples.


Chapter 8: Leveraging Resources.




Inexpensive—and Possibly Free—Help.

Repurposing and Reusing.



Chapter 9: Paying Someone Else to Build for You.

What Are You Buying?

How Much Does It Cost?

What Affects Costs?

How to Save on Costs.

Beware of Hidden Costs.

Doing Business: The Bid and Request for Proposal Process.

Choosing a Vendor for Developing Custom Content.


Chapter 10: Buying Off-the-Shelf Courses.

Déjà Vu: Buy or Build?

Know Your Criteria.

Customizing OTS Products by Adding On, Not Renovating.

Tips for Working with Vendors of OTS Products.

The Portal Alternative.



Chapter 11: Hosting Your Programs and Tracking Learner Data.


Tracking Learner Data.

Moving Up: Do You Need a Learning Management System?

Tracking: A Recap.


Chapter 12: Application.

Mixing It Up: Matching Approaches to Learners and Learning Styles.

Cases: The Buy-or-Build Decision.

Cases: Assembling Tools and Approaches to Create e-Learning Programs.


References and Other Sources.

Additional Resources.


About the Author.

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Author Information

Jane Bozarth is the e-learning coordinator for the North Carolina Office of State Personnel's Human Resource Development Group and has been a training practitioner since 1989. She is a columnist for Training Magazine and has written for numerous publications including Creative Training Techniques Newsletter and the Journal of Educational Technology and Society.
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"Effective training is key to preparing our workforce for the demands and challenges of the global economy. This book highlights the fact that, even on a limited budget, there are many tools available online that will increase efficiency and improve productivity in businesses, government agencies, and other organizations."
-- Michael F. Easley, governor, State of North Carolina

"I adore bargains and this book points the way to online learning bargains that help folks learn! Others would have you think you need expensive vendors and infrastructure from the get-go, but Jane Bozarth shows you how to get started on a shoestring."
-- Patti Shank, managing partner, Learning Peaks, and coauthor, Making Sense of Online Learning

"Jane Bozarth finally provides us a guide to understanding what e-learning technologies can do for us¾without breaking the bank. The realization that you can do e-learning for pennies per participant shows us what we should have always known: the focus isn’t the technology, it’s the learning."
-- Jennifer Hofmann, founder, InSync Training, and author, Live and Online!

"e-Learning Solutions on a Shoestring should be required reading for any organization considering an e-learning program. Jane Bozarth has done much of the groundwork for us by reviewing and prioritizing resources and filling her book full of ways to save money—a tremendously practical and useful guide."
-- Colleen O’Connor Grochowski, assistant dean for curriculum development, Duke University School of Medicine

"Jane Bozarth’s straight-shooting, can-do style gives hope and encouragement to those left out in the cold by high development costs. Proving that quality e-learning solutions are within reach, e-Learning on a Shoestring is the real deal for organizations trying to work with few or no resources."
-- Nancy Gustafson, manager, organization effectiveness, First Citizens Bank, Raleigh, North Carolina

"If you are starting to develop a plan for the e-learning future, I can’t think of a better place to begin than with this book. It provides the nuts-and-bolts tools that could change any training organization dramatically and for the better."
-- Kyle Hoffman, senior project manager, Institute for Human Services

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Jane Bozarth's Web siteVisit author Jane Bozarth's site for more information about her ongoing work and upcoming titles.
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