Cracking Success in E-Learning

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<strong>London &mdash; Nov. 9</strong><br />Following the success of independent e-learning specialist Trainer1&rsquo;s “Cracking e-learning” (http://www.trainer1.com/crackingelearning.htm) one-day workshop in London, which attracted delegates from BT, BUPA, Legal & General and the London Ambulance Service, Trainer1 is running a further “Cracking e-learning” workshop at the Radisson Edwardian HEATHROW Hotel in London, on Nov. 21. Further workshops are also scheduled to be run in the U.S.<br /><br />The “Cracking e-learning” course covers all aspects of e-learning development &mdash; who should be involved and when to involve them; what are the pitfalls; how can they be avoided; what sort of marketing strategy should be employed to capture the attention of your end users, and how to maximize the impact of corporate culture into your learning.<br /><br />&ldquo;Heeding the lessons it would teach you could help you to save the cost of the course many times over,&rdquo; said the workshop&rsquo;s facilitator, Trainer1&rsquo;s Neil Lasher, who is also the president of the ASTD Global Network UK, a committee member of the eLearning Network (eLN), the UK&rsquo;s foremost professional association for users and developers of e-learning, and a world-renowned instructional design specialist.<br /><br />In particular, the workshop covers:<br /><br />&bull;    Understanding the Infrastructure: a nontechnical introduction to the web (IS); LMS (SCORM/AICC); browsers, and so on.<br /><br />&bull;    The Graphics and Media Explanation: video, sound and animation (creation, sizing and when to use what); media types; animation types; sound and video.<br /><br />&bull;    The Engagement Line: how to keep the user engaged (interaction).<br /><br />&bull;    The Build: who does what; keeping your project on track; working with subject matter experts, graphic designers and external providers.<br /><br />&bull;    A Four-Stage Build Plan: identification; quick and dirty build; adding the learning; building engagement.<br /><br />One delegate on the initial workshop in London commented, &ldquo;This was pitched at just at the right level. I now have the knowledge I need to converse with the people in my organization to make it all work.”<br /><br />Lasher, who runs these workshops in the U.K. and U.S., explained, &ldquo;Imagine you have just received the green light from your boss to implement e-learning into your organization. What do you do next? <br /><br />&ldquo;Do you buy or build? How would you select an authoring tool?<br /><br />&ldquo;Which learning management system &mdash; if any &mdash; do you need? How do you get e-learning created?<br /><br />&ldquo;At each stage of the e-learning scoping, commissioning, design, delivery and review cycle there are potentially costly mistakes to be made,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />&ldquo;We have noticed a growing trend towards organizations taking the generation of e-learning materials in-house,&rdquo; Lasher revealed. &ldquo;This workshop offers those who have been given responsibility for developing e-learning materials but who may not be experienced instructional designers a way of plugging any skills gaps and becoming competent in e-learning generation as quickly as possible.&rdquo;<br />

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