The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having new eyes.”
- Marcel Proust
Technology Led Training Ltd is a company formed in 2006 to create eLearning. At this time it was a very competitive game and the three directors, Colin Dawson, Josh Wong and Robyn Viljoen sat down to discuss their future.
The following is a summary of the discussion:
Speaker 1: “The training industry is fast approaching a crossroads. Classroom training hours is down and e-learning is still not finding general acceptance amongst buyers”
Speaker 2: “Corporates are reducing head counts which mean people no longer have time to attend extended classroom courses.”
Speaker 3: “And there is increasing doubt about the retention of learning from classroom teaching. The ability to measure ROI on classroom training spend is of concern to budget conscious companies.”
Speaker 1: “So given these constraints how can we produce a training product that can show a good ROI; not be too expensive and not time hungry.”
Speaker 3: “It requires a training module that is not too long but impactful, produces results and is not too expensive.
Speaker 2: “So that points towards e-learning.”
Speaker 3: “It would appear so. But how can we reduce the cost of authoring these modules?”
Speaker 1: “By making them short, around the time that concentration can be maintained.”
Speaker 2: “Let’s do some research into learning times.”
Speaker 3: “These modules need to be easy to design and make. Something that doesn’t require capital intensive, always evolving authoring tools.”
Speaker 1: Also the cost of online training has become prohibitive for our smaller companies. How can we speak to the majority of companies in New Zealand who have just as great needs as the corporates who can afford expensive Learning Management Systems?
Speaker 3: What the smaller guys really want is to be able to train new skills into their people within their own environment in a simple and inexpensive way.
And so, Modlettes was conceived.
Then, like any pregnancy this was long, painful, discouraging, uncomfortable and at times filled with fear and trepidation. We tried and discarded new methods of coding, new ideas and at all times questioning ourselves whether what we were doing was the right thing. We were encouraged by a group of trainers who could see the potential of the product and they became an unofficial fan club.
The story has a happy ending as we have just launched our website and invite all SME’s to have a look and see how simple it now is to create your own training for your own exclusive business needs.