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DoItYourself FLearning on a Tight Budget

Tools The article discusses how to start e-learning in an organization which is short of funds. When taking an inventory of supplies, the company should be sure to venture outside its own office and should take stock of the people available. There may be people already present in the organization with skills such Web designing, instructional designing, graphic arts and technical support. Moreover, resources such as class handouts, graphics in overhead transparencies, and even old videotapes can be repurposed for e-learning applications. The first item on the list should be a computer loaded with at least Windows XP and plenty of memory as graphics, especially animation and video, can take up large amounts of space. Some organizations hesitate to implement e-learning because all employees do not have good computers, or even their own machines but in reality, that is not a big issue. Instead, one of the biggest obstacles for learners is interruptions which are frustrating and hinder the process of learning.

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  • Jane Bozarth

    Jane Bozarth is a working practitioner with more than 20 years’ experience as a facilitator, designer, and technology specialist with the North Carolina state government. She has a deep and abiding interest in social and collaborative learning; her dissertation focused on social and tacit knowledge sharing in communities of practice. The author of many books, including Social Media for Trainers and Show Your Work: The Payoffs and How-Tos of Working Out Loud, Jane is always searching for ways of extending training’s reach as well as leveraging popular, low-cost approaches whenever possible. She is a popular conference presenter and industry writer and a moderator of the #lrnchat Twitter chat. Find Jane on Twitter @JaneBozarth or through www.bozarthzone.com.

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