eLearning Development on a Shoestring

Price: £195.00
11 July 2014
De Vere West One

Booking Information:


Many organisations are realising the benefits that online learning can bring without breaking the bank.

In this workshop, we will explore:

- What is possible for very low cost
- How to find or create free or low cost images, video and audio - legally
- Where spending some money really will make a difference
- Authoring ebooks, interactive PDFs and HTML5 content for free

The event will be based around case studies with practitioners who have used free or low cost means to achieve quite extraordinary ends. The day will include the opportunity for extensive interaction with the speakers.

This is event is kindly sponsored by: Mozilla

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Developing an end-to-end elearning programme with no budget
Bob Price, HR and OD Systems Officer at Newport City Homes

Session description:

Is it possible to create and maintain a suite of e-learning modules using free software? Bob Price will take you through the journey that started with a one to one meeting and ended up with a fully populated learning management system serving the development needs of two contact centres. He will discuss the use of the authoring tool CourseLab for e-learning development and the development of Moodle for use as a LMS. And not a PHP developer in sight!

About the speaker:

Based in Cardiff, Bob is an experienced learning professional who has developed online learning materials for a range of blue chip companies. He has worked in Learning and Development for nearly 25 years and during this time has included Ferranti, Canon, ntl:, 118 118, Yell, and Panasonic on his CV. He has left his low budget days behind him and now develops e-learning for Newport City Homes. Originally starting his e-learning journey authoring using Top Class and TenCore, Bob has made use of a variety of tools including Adobe Captivate, Articulate Presenter, iSpring and CourseLab. He is the author of the CourseLab Quick Start guide and is currently editing a book on his experiences training in contact centres.

Twitter: @bobpricepln
Blog: http://huxleypiguk.blogspot.co.uk/



Video production on a budget
Hayley Dixon & Terry Anderson, Vzaar

Session description:

You don't need a Hollywood sized budget to make effective videos. We've spent the past 2 years experimenting with video; from talking heads to location shoots, DIY equipment to DIY performances. Along the way we've picked up a few production hacks that help us squeeze every drop of performance from a humble budget - and even humbler kit. There's been trials, there's been errors . Plenty of errors. We'll be sharing some of the lessons we've learned from those mistakes so you can skip the painful bits and go straight to making awesome videos.

About the speakers:

Hayley heads up marketing at vzaar the video hosting platform for business, where she oversees every aspect of its video marketing campaigns: from inception to production to distribution. When she's not crafting compelling scripts and obsessing over storyboards she keeps a tight hold on the vzaar video budget, making sure every penny is money well spent.

With a background in interactive applications and over 10 years development experience, Terry is equal parts technician and creative. He currently acts as vzaar's one man video making machine, spending his time, filming, editing - and sometimes even acting in - marketing and support videos.

Twitter: @vzaar
Website: http://vzaar.com
Blog: http://vzaar.com/blog


Authoring HTML5 elearning modules
Andy Jack, Product and Operations Manager at i-to-i TEFL

Session description:

i-to-i have recently launched the latest version of their online teacher training course, having originally been the first company to deliver online TEFL training back in 2001. Andy will take you through the development of their new product, with the focus on how they’ve developed interactive HTML 5 content on a tight budget. He’ll provide an insight on the different tools he used, the pros and cons of each, and how to use these to ensure you get the most ‘bang for your buck’!

About the speaker:

Andy Jack heads-up product development at i-to-i TEFL, having previously been involved with various travel start-ups. He’s seen i-to-i transition from privately to PLC-owned, so he understands the dynamics and challenges both environments bring. When he’s not getting his hands dirty building online training content he can be usually be found trying to get his latest product idea into production!

Twitter: @andrewjackedu



Creating eBooks at low cost
Zak Mensah, Technical Development Manager Bristol City Council

Session description:

Making ebooks should be easy. Yet there are lots of pitfalls and small details that cause you problems. In this practical session I'll introduce you to key tools and present a simple workflow that will help you build an effective ebook.

About the speaker:

Zak Mensah helps individuals and organisations to successfully use digital technologies. He is currently focusing on helping the Bristol Museum Service to embed digital and emerging technologies throughout the service. He has been on the web since the late 90s and has watched the web permeate every corner of our lives. Zak has both technical skills and strategic knowledge to help people plan, build, and measure digital activity. He has helped many small businesses, charities, Jisc, and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Zak is a regular public speaker and writes about digital topics at www.zakmensah.co.uk.

Twitter: @zakmensah



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Sponsor slot
Doug Belshaw, Web Literacy Lead, Mozilla Foundation

Session description:

Mozilla's free Webmaker tools allow anyone to create web artefacts while improving their web literacy skills. Webmaker tools are comprised of X-Ray Goggles, Thimble, and Popcorn Maker. These will be joined later this year by AppMaker. In addition, Webmaker includes openly licensed and remixable teaching/mentoring resources and a community of people eager to help. We'll be exploring Webmaker tools, resources and community and looking at how you can use them with your organisation.

About the speaker:

Doug Belshaw is a former teacher and Director of e-Learning who, after working in Higher Education for Jisc, is now at the Mozilla Foundation working on web literacy. He's also known for his evangelism of Open Badges, formerly a Mozilla project which has now been successfully spun off as a separate non-profit. Doug wrote his doctoral thesis on digital literacy and now works on both the theoretical and practical aspects of Webmaker on the #TeachTheWeb team. 



Ask the budget expert
Session description:

An interactive session giving you the opportunity to speak directly to all of the presenters about their budget projects.