Embracing Innov. eLearning Tech – Day 2 Morning sessions

June 14, 2008 at 9:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ben Metherell – Implementing an LMS

Ben covered lots of great points for people getting started with an LMS implementation. I’d post these people’s ppt slides to do their presentations justice but I don’t have their permission! The key points (from my notes):

– Get support up front from all parts of the organization (mgmt, IT etc) –> Our LMS is managed by the L&D team but we have a close relationship with IT – they escalate LMS helpdesk calls to us, without close collaboration it could get difficult! We also work closely with our HRIS team to get the LMS and the HR system to talk..long and winding road!

– Think about what you need now in an LMS but also what you’ll need in a few years time when your learners want more and your e-learning needs become more sophisticated. You may not need virtual classrooms now but you might in 2 yrs time! –> A good point for us to to think about what the whole organization needs..it’s easy to get stuck in your L&D silo – venture out and ask the business what they need..what they are doing now and what they anticipate will be their biggest learning challenges..factor this in!

– Compare vendors, call their IT support, check it out, get references. –> We are quite lucky with our support – NetD have fantastic support, 3 hr email turn around time 9they are based in Hong Kong) we can’t complain! But it’s definitely worth checking out. Remember that the L&D dept will become a helpdesk too, so you have to have solid support you can escalate to!


Shane Dowd – Utilising the Australian Flexible Learning Framework

Shane took us through using the AFLF’s toolboxes. These are e-learning modules linked to Australian qualifications. People can download them for free, customize them and re-use them! They are mostly HTML based and SCORM compliant.

You can find the toolboxes here http://toolboxes.flexiblelearning.net.au

There are also great resources for getting started with e-learning, implementing it etc.

We don’t use these resources at work but i will put it on my list as a sounding board when designing – they look like great starting points..especially if the content fits with what you are working on!


Cheryl Walker – eLearning 2.0: embracing Web 2.0 technologies in elearning

This was the session i was most looking forward too! NAB are working on some great informal/web 2.0 initiatives.

Some of the things Cheryl outlined:

– NAB are allocating budget towards informal learning – it’s just great to hear that companies (and L&D professionals) are finally starting to take notice of informal learning and doing something about it..it’s a fine line to tread through..too much control and structure and it becomes formal learning!

–  NAB has developed a Virtual Learning Holistic Framework – basically their strategy for adoption, management and control.  It includes Design & Dev, Technology, Evaluation, Change Mgmt, Engagement, Strategy & Alignment. –> This is a crucial part of introducing any new aspect to an overall learning strategy. This means that the virtual component is not an add on but a nicely aligned and perfect complement to the existing organizational learnscape.

–  NAB is developing a learner centric learning portal – Cheryl described this as a “mash up” portal for staff. They are due to release it in October. it’s built on Sharepoint heavily customized). The portal will be a social learning network with features such as staff profiles, group spaces, career watch area, news, links etc.

– NAB are also developing virtual classrooms, virtual characters for e-learning content (avatars, codebaby style etc) wikis, blogs, digital on-demand tv, social bookmarking, RSS feeds.

There is a lot going on at NAB that we are currently playing with at ING – the main difference between their approach and ours is the support. They are going with a top down approach – they have exec support and budgets allocated and a unified strategy. We have taken a more grassroots approach – which means less support, less money and slow up take.

I am very keen to see how NAB goes with their launch ! Sounds great.


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