As much as we all wish our department had an unlimited budget, the unfortunate truth is that most training courses do not receive the full funding they should. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do a lot with a little.
Here are three tricks to making your budget stretch farther without sacrificing the integrity of your training:
- Harness the Power of Free Design Tools
You don’t need to get the IT department to invest in InDesign for you to create high-quality visual designs. Reimagine PowerPoint as a graphics tool in which you can customize images and design documents of all kinds. Alternatively, Canva is a free, online graphic design tool.
On top of that, check out sites like the eLearning Brothers where you can get tons of tips on how to use the software you already have in order to make elearning more engaging, or free templates like these.
- Recycle Your Content to Increase Learner Transfer
Don’t let the time and effort you put into creating one course’s content go to waste. Record your facilitator live or use PowerPoint to record a rehearsed version of the training, cut into bite-size chunks, and send to your learners as refreshers so you can increase their learning transfer without spending extra money.
- Supplement Your Courses with MOOCs
Quick refresher: MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses. Take advantage of MOOCs offered by external organizations to give your learners more opportunities to engage with online learning without adding expenses to your purse.
In addition to those three tricks, Mimeo helps you reduce the cost of printing with our on-demand print and digital distribution platform. When it comes down to cutting corners, you want to make sure you are working with vendors who are interested in partnering with you and whose technology solve the specific problems plaguing you.
What are your favorite tricks for saving money when the training budget is low?
Learn from Jonathan Halls, ATD Master Trainer, how to supplement your training courses with digital content with our on-demand webinar: How to Use Digital Content to Give the Learner More Control.
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