Cracking e-learning

From: Trainer1
Published: Mon Sep 10 2007

E-learning may have been around for nearly 15 years and its predecessor, ‘computer based training’, for some years before that but, today, most people who are given responsibility for implementing e-learning in their organisations are unsure of the best way to go about things.

These are the key findings from a lengthy study of e-learning implementation within the corporate learning sector by independent e-learning specialists Trainer1.

As a result, Trainer1’s Neil Lasher, who is also the President of the ASTD Global Network UK, a committee member of the eLearning Network (eLN), the UK’s foremost professional association for users and developers of e-learning and a world-renowned instructional design specialist, is facilitating ‘Cracking e-learning’, in a series of one-day workshops. The first workshop is being held at the Raddison Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow, on 20th September.

"Imagine you’ve just received the green light from your boss to implement e-learning into your organisation," explained Lasher. "What do you do next?

"Do you buy or do you build yourself? How would you select an authoring tool?

"Do you need a learning management system and, if so, which one? Either way, how will you know if you are using the right media?

"How do you get e-learning created? And when should you be including sound and video in your e-learning materials?

"At each stage of the e-learning scoping, commissioning, design, delivery and review cycle there are potentially costly mistakes to be made," he said.

"The ‘Cracking e-learning’ course covers all aspects of e-learning development – 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 maximise the impact of corporate culture into your learning. Heeding the lessons it would teach you could help you to save the cost of the course many times over."

For further details of Lasher’s e-learning secrets email or visit


Notes for Editors:

Cracking e-learning covers:
• Understand the Infrastructure. A non-technical introduction to the web (IS); LMS (SCORM/AICC); browsers

• The Graphics and Media Explanation: video, sound and animation (creation, sizing and when to use what); media types; animation types; sound and video

• The Engagement Line: how to keep the user engaged (interaction)

• The Build: who does what; keeping your project on track; working with subject matter experts, graphic designers and external providers

• A 4-stage Build Plan: identification; quick & dirty build; adding the learning; building engagement

This first training course will take place at the Radisson Edwardian HEATHROW Hotel on Thursday 20th of September, 2007. Cost: £375 + VAT per delegate

About Trainer1

Trainer1 is one of the UK’s leading independent e-learning specialists, creating sophisticated courseware for learning. It works in a number of areas including:
• Creating custom-built e-learning solutions
• Supplying e-learning training and consultancy to make clients self-sufficient in servicing their e-learning needs – especially in terms of embedded and workflow learning
• Operating as a ‘tools warehouse’ for tools used in e-learning development

Trainer1 has lengthy experience in computer delivered learning. In particular, Trainer1 develops, supplies and supports:
• Authoring tools - for the creation of content, meeting all common standards.
• Learning and Knowledge Management tools - for the management and distribution of content, including accreditation and reporting of data within existing databases.
• Delivery systems for workflow learning - CSL™.
• Tools and libraries to create multimedia content, including image editors, easy to use Flash production tools, libraries of sound, graphics and animation.
• Specialised training events to assist trainers and instructional designers to become self sufficient in e-learning design and production.
• Development services in the creation and maintenance of learning content.

Trainer1’s client list includes many international major corporations including ABN AMRO, Kraft Foods, Deutsche Post (DHL) and Mitsubishi Corporation, along with clients including DCLG (formerly the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) in the UK, the Department for International Development, and the UK’s Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability, along with many municipal authorities.

Trainer1 is privately owned and remains a small, friendly company providing high quality product combined with personal service to Blue Chip Companies, as well as small and medium sized enterprises. Trainer1 is a member of many e-learning organisations, and Neil Lasher, of Trainer1 is a committee member of the eLN and President (from 2006) of the Global Network of ASTD UK. He also works with standards bodies to ensure technology is meeting the needs of users worldwide, as well as the guidelines determined by the governing groups in the e-learning industry.

Further information from:
Neil Lasher, Trainer1, 00 44 (0) 20 7624 4844;
from USA: 1 – 888 – 4T1- 4CSL (1-888-481-4275);
Bob Little, Bob Little Press & PR, 00 44 (0) 1727 860405

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