Preparing for e-learning

Here are some general resources to help you see if you are organisationally ready for e-learning:

Skilling up - learning about e-learning
"E-learning provides some exciting new possibilities for the training department, but to really take advantage of these will, in most cases, require a radical review of available competencies and an up-skilling programme aimed at the principle job roles of e-learning manager, developer and e-tutor. In this article, Clive Shepherd looks at the skills needed to make e-learning a success, at the issues involved in bringing these skills in-house, and at the opportunities currently available in the UK for training in e-learning skills." Tactix, April 2009
Added: 6 April 2009
Reviewer's Note: A list of the internal competencies and skills you need to begin an e-learning project.

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Where's e-learning on the radar screen?
"In today’s distressed economy, where is e-learning positioned on the corporate radar screen? A year ago, the answer would have been a lot more obvious – e-learning was regarded as a hot item, an intervention that could harness the power of the new economy, the internet, and deliver knowledge benefits anytime and anywhere." Elliott Masie, IT Training, February 2009.
Added: 15 February 2009
Reviewer's Note: E-learning readiness is also about understanding the mental readiness of organisation to recognise it as a priority

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Cautious steps ahead
"A slow economy means readiness assessments are back. What are the key factors to consider before your company jumps into e-learning?"
Added: 10 January 2009
Reviewer's Note: Looks at 3 types of readiness: financial, structural and cultural

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Resources from 2008

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Self-guided learning assessment
"Frontline Group's Self-guided Learning Assessment is a tool that helps determine a company's readiness for e-learning. The tool consists of two assessments, four to six pages in length, which take roughly 20 minutes to answer. Responses from the confidential assessments are compiled to create an e-learning readiness report for an organization. This page provides links to short samples of the assessments and part of a report."
Added: 25 November 2008
Reviewer's Note: Chargeable

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eLearning Readiness Tool
"Directions: Select the number below that best corresponds with the elearning efforts underway in your department. Next, click on the 'Show Results' button to have your responses totaled."
Added: 25 November 2008
Reviewer's Note: Will give you a rough and ready look at your organisation's readiness for e-learning.

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The e-learning readiness survey
"20 key strategic questions you and your organisation must answer about the sustainabilility of your e-learning efforts. e-Learning presents great opportunities and great challenges. How ready are you? Answer these 20 key questions about building a durable e-learning strategy. Then, determine for yourself how ready you, your organization and your company are to bring learning into the digital age. There are no hard and fast rules as to where you should be in your e-learning journey; use this survey to help you think about where you are doing well and where you need to concentrate your efforts" Marc Rosenberg
Added: 19 July 2008
Reviewer's Note: This survey is a companion to Marc's book.

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Is your organisation ready for e-learning?
Use this checklist to find out. FutureU
Added: 19 July 2008
Reviewer's Note: A good list of questions that will help you consider whether your organisation is ready for e-learning

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Resources from 2010 and earlier

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Are you ready for e-learning?
"An e-learning needs assessment is designed to answer these questions: Can we do this? If we can do this, how the heck are we going to? What are the outcomes and how do we measure them? Here's a model that can help with one part of the assessment process--determining your e-learning readiness." By Samantha Chapnick, Learning Circuits, November 2010.
Added:2010
Reviewer's Note: Article includes an e-Learning Readiness Model (in pdf format)

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Is your organisation ready for e-learning?
Communication Project Magazine Seven key questions you need to answer. Michelle C Minton, Communication Project Magazine, Vol 3.1 Summer 2010.
Added: 2010

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E-Learning for the Enterprise: What network planners need to know
A series of articles in Packet Magazine, Third Quarter 2010, Cisco Systems: E-Learning for the Enterprise, Classroom 2010, Floor Plan for the Virtual Classroom, etc.
Added: 2010

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Tips to help decide if your organisation is ready for e-learning
"The purpose of this article is to help organizations decide if they are ready for e-learning. We offer a checklist and strongly recommendation that you adapt it to individual situations. Every day, instructional designers, consultants, trainers and training managers make recommendations to use e-learning or not to use it. The approach of this article will help them give reasoned advice and help organizations make wise decisions." e-learninghub.com

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