Making eLearning viable with low budgets and non specialist skills - how to start creating eLearning content

At a recent networking event we came across a range of potential clients who were interested in e-learning and learning management systems (LMS). At the same time, they were concerned that they didn’t have anyone skilled in creating the actual e-learning content, nor did their organisation have a big budget to fill this skill gap.

Having spent a lot of time talking to these individuals about what they might be able to achieve, we decided to put a few notes together to demonstrate that whilst it’s great to have a big budget and a perfect skill set, you can still achieve great things from small beginnings – if you know where and how to start!

These are some ideas and tools that might help you get started and make eLearning more viable for you and your organisation.

Seasons greetings from In2itive

To everyone that knows us,
And also to those that do not.
We’ve been busy this year, but so have you,
I guess that’s just our lot!

But now it’s time to wind down,
Remind ourselves why we’re here,
Spend some time with our families,
And soak up the atmosphere.

So to all of you good folks out there,
Just bathe in some festive cheer.
Eat, drink and be merry for a while,
And we’ll see you all next year.
Christmas 2017 best wishes video

End user training, scalability and eLearning

Technology is always designed to try and perform a task faster, more economically or that previously couldn’t be done. Technology that solves a problem and works will always sell, whether it is a fidget spinner, a new iPhone or the latest release of Microsoft office. If it does what it says on the tin and achieves what it is designed to do, the technology will be a success, provided it can be distributed effectively and your customers can learn how to use it.

This article looks at what you can do when demand for your products or SaaS exceed the physical supply or capacity for training that you have. It acknowledges that even with the expansion of your existing training practices, it will not be possible to provide effective quality training. This article explores a solution to the problem of success.

E-learning enquiry to going live — a real project journey

It would seem by now that almost everyone has encountered e-learning, whether in passing, as part of your induction when starting a new job, or you’ve been responsible for administering and updating learning content for your organisation. It’s fair to say, e-learning is a household name and continues to grow in popularity.

When it comes to getting started in e-learning or switching providers, taking your first steps can be a minefield. This article explains some of the ways In2itive helps clients find the right e-learning solution.

E-learning design UK — what commercial training providers should consider when starting out in online learning

In recent months we’ve been having lots of conversations about e-learning design principles with a variety of commercial training providers. Conversations have focused around what they should do to ‘get online’ or ‘get into e-learning’. By e-learning design we mean the entire training content, technologies, systems and processes that would be needed for your organisation to become a fully fledged e-learning training provider. 

This e-learning design article includes the following topics:

  • Introduction — understanding the needs of commercial training providers
  • E-learning design UK — where do you want to take your training business and why
  • 11 considerations for your e-learning design journey

1. E-learning design and a commercial mindset
2. E-learning design and your learning platform
3. Ownership and accountability requirements in the e-learning design process
4. Your online methodology and how it can impact e-learning design and development
5. Authoring and production tools related to e-learning design
6. Payment gateways and e-learning design
7. Business system integration using API’s
8. E-learning design authoring and production expertise – internal, external or both?
9. Administration support for your learning platform
10. Walk before you can run
11. Marketing and sales are key factors in successful e-learning design

4 videos on where education is going, and how this applies to e-learning

E-learning, with its learning platforms, virtual classrooms and learning technologies, is often thought of as the future of learning for training providers and organisational learning. Since our team is so involved with learning in the corporate world, we are very interested in trends in education and the future of learning. So, we’ve gathered four of our favourite videos about where education, as we know it, is going.

The non-technical guide to API's and how they improve productivity and costs

We meet a lot of business owners and senior managers who say “I’m not technical, talk to my IT team about that”. We also see a lot of people’s eyes glaze over when technical people try to explain API’s. But the fact is you don’t need to be “technical” in order to understand how your business can benefit from API's.

Our approach at In2itive is always to try and help simplify and de-mystify “technical” matters for our clients. In keeping with that philosophy let’s try and keep this simple and non-technical. This API article includes the following topics

  • What can an API do for me?
  • What is an API?
  • What does an API do?
  • What does an API do for my business?
  • A specific example of how an API can help?
  • The API documentation
  • How do I make these benefits come alive for my business?

Virtual classrooms — how businesses and learners can benefit

A virtual classroom is an online classroom that enables trainers and learners in different locations to communicate, view and interact with presentations and videos, collaborate with other participants, and engage with learning resources in groups. Virtual classrooms are globally accessible via learning technology and the internet. This means they are powerful tools for trainers and employers to communicate and inform students and staff. This article covers the following topics:

  1. Uses of a virtual classroom
  2. Key facilities of a virtual classroom
  3. Benefits of virtual classrooms
  4. Tips to help you run a successful virtual classroom session
  5. Virtual classrooms within the In2itive LMS