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eLearning on a Shoestring Budget, for businesspersons and others

eLearning on a Shoestring Budget, for businesspersons and others

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  • 1. eLearning on a Shoestring
    Anastasia Trekles
    Clinical Asst. Professor
    Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN
    atrekles@purdue.edu
  • 2. Session Objectives
    Ever wondered how do develop dynamic and meaningful eLearning on a small budget?
    Today we’ll discuss:
    How how you can harness the power of Web 2.0 and the “Cloud” for your benefit
    Inexpensive and FREE solutions for synchronous and asynchronous elearning
    Places to get tech support and training for you or your learners
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  • 3. Synchronous eLearning
    Same time, different place meetings and webinars
    Saves money on travel
    Great for:
    Group collaboration
    Virtual modeling and brainstorming
    Department meetings
    Presentations and lectures
    Software or hardware demonstrations
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  • 4. Synchronous eLearning Tools
    Elluminate (30-day trial, up to $500 yearly): http://www.elluminate.com
    LearnCentral (free for non-profits only): http://www.learncentral.com
    GotoMeeting (30-day trial, $49/monthly): http://www.gotomeeting.com
    WebEx (30-day trial, $49/monthly): http://www.webex.com
    Adobe Acrobat Connect (trial available, as low as $45/monthly): http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatconnectpro/
    Second Life (free 3D virtual world): http://www.secondlife.com
    Google Wave (free): http://wave.google.com
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  • 5. Asynchronous eLearning
    Different time, different place
    Great for independent coursework, asynchronous discussion forums
    Allows for learner tracking and assessment
    Can replace traditional workshops to save money and time
    Learner support and resources should be made plentiful to ensure success
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  • 6. Asynchronous eLearning and LMS Platforms
    Among the many platforms out there, some of the most popular open-source free tools include Moodle and Joomla
    Moodle (http://www.moodle.org) is primarily a course management tool but has been used by many companies as an LMS; it is easy to use and set up on an MySQL enabled server
    Joomla (http://www.joomla.org) is more of full-featured content management system and can be used for ecommerce, forums, chat, document management, and LMS with the JoomLearnLMS (http://joomlashowroom.com/Free-Downloads/) extension
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  • 7. Audio/Video Recording and Podcasting
    Recoding presentations, workshops, and software training provides an excellent tutorial resource for elearners
    Some businesses are also podcasting events, information about products and services, and more
    Don’t reinvent the wheel, though – a great deal of great information is available for free at the iTunes podcast directory (http://www.apple.com/itunes)
    Even more is available at YouTube (http://www.youtube.com) and TeacherTube (http://www.teachertube.com)
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  • 8. Recording and Podcasting Tools
    Audacity (free, audio-only): http://audacity.sourceforge.net
    Windows Movie Maker (free with all PCs)
    iMovie and GarageBand (free with all Macs)
    TechSmithCamtasia ($299, screen movies) and SnagIt ($50, still screen captures):http://www.techsmith.com
    Jing (free, screen movies): http://www.jingproject.com
    Adobe Captivate ($799, lots of features): http://www.adobe.com/products/captivate
    CamStudio (free, screen movies): http://camstudio.org/
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  • 9. Staying in Contact and Being Productive
    Productivity, document sharing, and social networking are becoming more and more important in today’s digital business workflow
    There are also many fundamental programs for creating elearning materials that indispensible to most instructional designers
    Traditional products like Microsoft Office can be cost-prohibitive, especially to small companies
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  • 10. Productivity, Collaboration, and Materials Creation Tools – All for FREE!
    Social networking: Try a Ning (http://www.ning.com) or LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com) group
    Google (more at http://www.google.com/intl/en/options):
    Gmail (mail.google.com)
    Google Docs (docs.google.com)
    Calendar (calendar.google.com)
    OpenOffice: Excellent free replacement for MS Office (http://www.openoffice.org)
    Share your business news and keep in touch: http://www.twitter.com, http://www.skype.com
    Create HTML and Flash web sites and presentations for free:
    http://www.wix.com
    http://www.wikispaces.com
    http://www.prezi.com
    Share (and find) presentation slides: http://www.slideshare.net
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  • 11. Assessment
    How do we assess these tools’ effectiveness?
    ROI: Free/cheap services and software saves money on hardware and software, but keep track of users; if they’re not happy or not learning, it might still be a bad investment
    Finding the best tool for the job sometimes takes time, effort, and trial and error
    Up-front development costs in your time can be high but the benefits can be great
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  • 12. Assessment of eLearning
    Moodle and Joomla both possess quizzing modules, assignments, SCORM importing, and learner tracking functions just like the “big” commercial LMS tools
    Hot Potatoes (http://hotpot.uvic.ca) is an excellent free program for SCORM-Compliant quizzing, crosswords and exercises
    Captivate and Presenter can create SCORM-compliant simulations – great for software training
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  • 13. Potential Pitfalls
    Sure, you CAN do a lot with a little, but keep in mind…
    Free tools can become fee-based unexpectedly, or just stop working
    Support is generally not provided – you get what you pay for
    Security can be an issue – be judicious about when and where you post
    Extra features like private or increased storage space can cost
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  • 14. Resources
    Big list of Web 2.0 services and tools: http://www.go2web20.net/
    eLearning on a Shoestring book: http://www.amazon.com/E-Learning-Solutions-Shoestring-Chronically-Professionals/dp/0787977128
    7 Steps to Better eLearning: http://www.elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?section=best_practices&article=35-1
    eLearning Guild: http://www.elearningguild.com
    Instructional Design Tips for Online Learning: http://www.csuchico.edu/tlp/resources/rubric/instructionalDesignTips.pdf
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  • 15. Contact Me!
    My website: http://education.calumet.purdue.edu/Faculty/trekles
    My book: http://www.zelda23publishing.com
    My Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/andella
    My email: atrekles@purdue.edu
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