DescriptionIs 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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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?
PART ONE: DOING IT YOURSELF.
Chapter 2: Getting Started with Doing It Yourself.
Take Inventory: You Probably Have More Than You Think.
What Else Should You Have?
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.
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?
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.
PART TWO: BUYING YOUR SOLUTIONS.
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.
PART THREE: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER.
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.
About the Author.