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Random despatches from places where L&D meets software and systems

Mr JPB, who works in the Telecoms industry, asks: “Despite what I thought was an excellent Training Needs Analysis phase and a good build with smooth LMS integration, I’ve commissioned e-learning content that’s ended up very ‘worthy’ but somehow misses the spot and doesn’t seem to be making much of an impression on my people. Is there anything I can do to polish up my content to have more of an effect?”.

Regardless of sector, those of us working client-side in L&D will have been grappling with the "more with less" challenge for some time now. Some of us will have been involved in "spend to save" initiatives around business re-engineering, automation, lean management and so on. But how seriously have we considered doing "less with less – but better"?

Blended learning should be so much more than combining chalk-and-talk with e-, or "meat and two veg". What we're after is a unique, dining experience that perfectly hits the spot, leaves us all satisfied and makes us want to come back for more. Smells good? Get your pinny on and read on. 

ATH is a UK-based pharmaceutical sales and marketing manager who commissions his own sales training content. He writes “My biggest frustration with our company’s LMS is that each course contains two links, one to the course content proper, the other to the associated testing. These two links appear side by side in people’s online learning plans. Becoming accredited is mandatory for our salespeople but because they’re really busy, they just keep on doing the multiple choice tests until they pass, don’t access the content, don’t learn very much and therefore don’t get any better at selling. Our LMS people are in the US and big change requests seem to take an eternity and cost a fortune. What can I do?”

Too much to do, not enough time, not enough money? Well, now you can breathe more easily because Rapid e-learning (REL) development tools promise to help non-learning specialists publish their learning materials more quickly, easily and cheaply than ever before.

The following description of the GROUNDED methodology for project managing e-learning first appeared in a much longer article called "Managing your AML awareness and training responsibilities using e-learning", which appeared in

Anti-Money Laundering: A Guide for Financial Services Firms, ed. Tim Gough, ISBN 1 904339 78 6