Trend Data Shows More Focus on Compliance, Job-Specific, and Industry-Specific Training; Coaching and Informal Learning; and Increase in Outsourcing
Economic constraints have taken a toll on corporate training budgets. Bersin & Associates' just-published 2009 Corporate Learning Factbook shows that over the last year, companies have cut training spending and staffing; changed training program priorities; moved to coaching, informal learning, collaborative activities, and other less costly training methods; and increased reliance on outsourcing.
An important step in calculating ROI is calculating costs to create Learning. The cost of internal employees is a very important part of that cost. When doing a project plan, I've found it helpful to calculate the hourly cost of the employee including bonuses, benefits, taxes, etc. Here's a spreadsheet I have used. Please test it and let me know if I made any mistakes in the comments and I'll fix them. Also any recommendations for improvement are also appreciated.
On November 7th, Hiram Kuykendall from MicroAssist gave a DimDim presentation to the Interagency Training Council (ITC) at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
As the field of instructional design continues to grow and encompass online course development, speed of development can sometimes overshadow proven processes. Scanning the field of available tools can provide much by way of technology and software, but little in terms of theory and practice. How can instructional designers better design online learning? Is there a quick way to align objectives with content and activities?