What is your best advise to develop a low-cost training course?

Trying to come up with a few solutions for a small medical group with 5 satellite locations.  They are in interested in creating a short (20-30 minutes) self-study training course that will be accessible on their share drive (not a LMS) for new employees and as refresher for current employees.  This course will cover a new add-on feature to their electronic health record.  Preferably, the training will be both role-based and action-driven.  Due to budget constraints, the recommendation of an authoring tool (Captivate, Lectora, Articulate) is not an option for this fiscal year.  What cost-effective approaches would you suggest?

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Joshua Roberts

Bruce Graham said:

Why not create PowerPoint with explanatory voiceover where required.

You can create perfectly acceptable learning that way if that is all you need/have the budget for.

This was going to be my suggestion, if you can add a nice voiceover it will help to break up the monotony of a Powerpoint based module.

Steve Flowers

As Bruce points out, PPT can be used to make some fantastic programmed instruction. Using hyperlinks you can construct some pretty sophisticated stuff. More than slides and bullets, it's a media container and offers some good illustration tools to boot.

In addition, you might be able to build some good things using tools like Branch Track (https://www.branchtrack.com/) and PowToon (http://www.powtoon.com/

Holly MacDonald

Maybe snag-it for annotated screen shots, videos and hotspots - http://www.techsmith.com/snagit.html - Snag it only cost $50 for a single license.

It sounds like it's some training for software and likely integrating into daily work, so you could use a combination of office software (Word/PPT) and visuals to ensure that everyone knows what to do, when and why.

Hope that helps


Steve Flowers

Great suggestion Holly! If you want something a little cheaper and easier to install, you might check out http://screenomatic.com. For $15 / year you can access the pro-tools for capturing screen recordings right from the browser. Similar to Screenr but without the short time limit. Actually uses the same underlying tech.