The concept of using Storytelling to improve the quality of our E-learning has fascinated me for a while. I recently found some resources that might help you incorporate a good story into your E-learning. I believe a good story can grab attention and create emotion as well as help internalize the training. Jason Ohler's presentation on New Media has some great ideas on storytelling. More resources are available on his site at www.jasonohler.com
Be sure to check this article out:
It seems like so many organizations think that having all development done in-house is so much cheaper. I've worked on several projects where this was just the opposite.
In this article by Bersin & Associates, it describes how they selected to use Articulate over Lectora for SMEs. The throught was the SME/Trainer had to be more tech savy to use a tool like Lectora. However, it appears once the SME/Trainer was trained on software, they could deliver courses with a 3-week turn around.
I discovered another free conferencing tool. It is Yugma at https://www.yugma.com/
Seems similar to Dimdim.