Cold Feet in E-learning

Hi, guys!

Just wanted to get your ideas, suggestions. I am a newbie in the Training field and our company has set a goal to develop training courses to be handed down to other business units- our business units are geographically separated. the challenge is to make sure the "basics" are delivered the same way then a follow-up instructor-led training will take place in their country of operations. Blended learning as we call it.

Now the challenge, I really want to convince them that Articulate can help us achieve that. However I am getting cold feet in even trying to present the case. Moreover, do you think it is a good investment that I buy for my own use Articulate Studio Pro edition to use? and then later get them into it and eventually buy into it? I am really confused and undecided (obviously!).

Insights, please???

12 Replies
Tim Slade

Hi Roda,

I think the key to demonstrating the usefulness/power of eLearning (in your case Articulate), is to help them understand how it can save the organization money, provide an ROI and dramatically enhance the learning experience. Try to put yourself in their shoes...they want training, they want to spend as little money as possible and they want to see results. Typically, when people (those "higher-ups" types) think of training, the first thing they think of is ILT. They may not even know what blended learning is OR they may have seen several bad examples of what eLearning is, so they aren't even considering it.

In order to make your case, if I were you, I'd buy the software (if your serious about eLearning, it's a good investment anyhow) and create a short course on the benefits of eLearning. Mention how it can save money, enhance the learning, examples of good/bad eLearning, etc.

Then finally, after the course, explain to them your "vision" for how eLearning can help your organization’s needs. I think this will help to make you look like a true problem solver and they will take you more seriously.

Let me know if you have any other questions! Thanks and good luck!

-Tim 

Bruce Graham

Hi Roda - and welcome to the Heroes Community

Someone recently had exactly this problem, and developed a (Storyline) course to show the management that it was useful.

I am trying to think who it was!

If I remember - I will post, but sure someone else will come up with the link before I do.

See you around, and once again - welcome.

Bruce

Anna Oftedal

Hi Roda, 

I went through a very similar process as you are going through, and did what the other posters here recommended -- created a prototype. I used an existing training need and created a prototype course in a free eLearning tool and included a few SMEs in the process to get their buy-in along the way. Management and employees liked the prototype, which made my case for eLearning.

Then I used that free tool as one of the options on a report comparing the various eLearning tool options (all the way from free to expensive and from simple to complicated in development). At the beginning of the report was my summary about why I recommended Articulate and then the rest of the report was the comparison data.

It was an easy sell from there. You mention Articulate Studio, which is a good tool, no doubt. But have you looked at Storyline? I became very excited about scenario-based learning, so I had to have Storyline when it came out I would recommend creating your prototype using the Storyline 30-day trial.

If I can find the report and send to you through a private message, I'm happy to share it.

Thanks,

Anna

R COLLADO

Bruce Graham said:

Hi Roda - and welcome to the Heroes Community

Someone recently had exactly this problem, and developed a (Storyline) course to show the management that it was useful.

I am trying to think who it was!

If I remember - I will post, but sure someone else will come up with the link before I do.

See you around, and once again - welcome.

Bruce


Thanks, Bruce, I saw somewhere that someone gave the link... I really am excited about this and looks forward to have articulate on!

R COLLADO

Anna Oftedal said:

Hi Roda, 

I went through a very similar process as you are going through, and did what the other posters here recommended -- created a prototype. I used an existing training need and created a prototype course in a free eLearning tool and included a few SMEs in the process to get their buy-in along the way. Management and employees liked the prototype, which made my case for eLearning.

Then I used that free tool as one of the options on a report comparing the various eLearning tool options (all the way from free to expensive and from simple to complicated in development). At the beginning of the report was my summary about why I recommended Articulate and then the rest of the report was the comparison data.

It was an easy sell from there. You mention Articulate Studio, which is a good tool, no doubt. But have you looked at Storyline? I became very excited about scenario-based learning, so I had to have Storyline when it came out I would recommend creating your prototype using the Storyline 30-day trial.

If I can find the report and send to you through a private message, I'm happy to share it.

Thanks,

Anna


Hi, Anna.. good to know I am not the only one in this situation Will appreciate any help I could get to build my case for this. Please, please do send the report you mentioned.

Jerson  Campos

I thought I would need more then 30 days, but I found it very easy to use and quickly became profecient it and created a few demos. The only learning curve is the variables. You have to know some understanding of "logical" coding. Just think of them as directions that you are giving the object and it makes it easier to understand.