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Subject: Creating a business proposal for E-learning business
Category: Business and Money > Small Businesses
Asked by: aarogya-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 15 Oct 2005 10:51 PDT
Expires: 14 Nov 2005 09:51 PST
Question ID: 580652
I would like a document that is a sort of white paper cum business
proposal for E-learning business.

The business proposal is meant to be shown to possible strategic investors.

Need a general introduction to the possibilities and benefits of
E-learning. This should explain the concept of e-learning and quickly
bring out the benefits and possibilities.

Why the potential

Infrastructure ( hardware and software required )

Human resources required

approximate costing

skill sets and suggested platform. Outline of various components. 

Possible return on investment and break even time

Should give a clear road map to a non computer investor.

looking for a structured proposal

Request for Question Clarification by czh-ga on 17 Oct 2005 12:02 PDT
Hello aarogya-ga,

I have been working on your question and I need some additional
information from you to be able to determine what direction to take.
E-learning is a huge topic and there are a great variety of e-learning
enterprises. I need to know what kind of e-learning you have in mind.

Are you planning to provide academic e-learning aimed at schools and
other academic institutions? Are you planning to provide continuing
education to professionals who need to upgrade their skills? Are you
planning to provide e-learning to businesses or to consumers? What
subject matter to you plan to cover?

I looked up your prior questions and I notice that they show that
you?re in India. I also see that in 2003 you asked a question about
http://www.aarogya.com. Does this question about e-learning relate to
your Aarogya website?

I?ve found a book that might answer most of your questions. Is this
the kind of information you?re looking for?

http://www.smallbizbooks.com/cgi-bin/SmallBizBooks/00219.html?id=bhut5AMg
Start an Online Learning Business
The online learning market is booming! Here's how you can get in on the action

I look forward to your clarification.

~ czh ~

Clarification of Question by aarogya-ga on 17 Oct 2005 13:23 PDT
Hello czh-ga,

I noticed that you had my question locked soon after I posted it. I
also noticed that you have answered many questions on the same topic.

I am definately looking at e-learning as both, the only method of
training delivery and as an additional mode of training delivery. It
is going to be for higher and technical education and in the social
sector. Later on might want to interest the strategic investors to
branch off into other areas.

In my question, I  have delineated the headings under which I would
like information. That is why I kind of outlined my requirements in
single line statements. I guess the only line you would probably need
clarifications on is:
"Should give a clear road map to a non computer investor." 

Here I would appreciate information on what hardware and software
needs to be purchased, what kind of people need to be engaged. Costs.
Which platform is recommended. Should one purchase a ready made LMS.
What to do about instructional design, which courses would be
recommended for staff in the different areas of e-learning et al.

I am looking for a structured proposal covering all the points in my
question. I have gone through all the earlier questions on e-learning
in Google Answers. I am looking at your answer being the major input
in a proposal I want to create. This project will be funded by a Not
For Profit Organisation and we hope to interest some
people/organisations to invest inthis venture.

Hope this clarifies things. I am sure you will more than exceed my
expectations. ( Going by your earlier answers) ;-)
Answer  
Subject: Re: Creating a business proposal for E-learning business
Answered By: czh-ga on 18 Oct 2005 16:47 PDT
 
Hello aarogya-ga,

Thank you for the clarification. It helps me understand what you?re
trying to do. As I started researching your question, it became very
clear that the problems you pose have been confronted by many others
before you and that there are lots of resources to help you develop an
effective proposal. I?ve sorted through them and I?ve come up with a
collection that should help you with all aspects of developing and
presenting your proposal. Instead of writing the book for you by
answering your questions here, I?m presenting you with the best of the
books and resources on the subject.

Wishing you well for your e-learning proposal.

~ czh ~


======================================================
BOOKS ON DEVELOPING AND SELLING AN E-LEARNING BUSINESS
======================================================

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1562862995/ref=pd_ser_asin_3/102-2564845-1125765?v=glance&s=books

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/1562862995/ref=sib_dp_pt/102-2564845-1125765#reader-link

Selling E-Learning by Darin E. Hartley

***** Be sure to use the ?Search inside this book? feature to review
the Table of Contents and Chapter 1 Excerpt. You will see that the
topics raised in your question are all addressed systematically.  The
book was published in 2001 so the information about the key players
and vendors in the industry are somewhat out of date because of
industry consolidation but the rest of the book is exactly on point
for your needs.

------------------------

http://www.learningcircuits.org/2002/sep2002/hartley.html
Explaining E-Learning to Executives

Getting management's support for e-learning is tough. This excerpt
from Darin Hartley's book, Selling E-Learning, outlines the major
elements you'll need to construct a winning business case for your
e-learning initiatives.

***** This is a long article based on the Selling E-Learning book and
will give you additional insights on the value it offers.

------------------------

http://www.e-learningguru.com/books/selling.pdf
Book Summaries from www.e-LearningGuru.com Selling e-Learning

***** This is a four-page summary that gives you additional
information about this book. The section of ROI will be of particular
interest to you.

-------------------------------------------------


http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/stores/series/-/610/ref=pd_sr_ec_ser_b/102-2564845-1125765
The ASTD E-Learning Series

------------------------

http://store.astd.org/product.asp?prodid=1836
E-Learning Series

Regardless of your role in your organization's transformation to
e-learning, ASTD's E-Learning Series has the targeted, comprehensive
and ready to use information you need to succeed. This set of seven
publications consists of:

  Project Managing E-Learning which walks you through the basic
elements of launching and managing a successful e-learning project.
  Leading E-Learning which will speed up your e-learning curve and
allow you to take charge of any e-learning initiative.
  Selling E-Learning which will help you get management buy-in for e-learning. 
  Evaluating E-Learning which will teach you how to evaluate the
e-learning program.
  Using E-Learning in which you will learn how to use e-learning in
an effective, efficient, and financially responsible way.
  Designing E-Learning in which you will learn how to adapt your
instructional design expertise to the demands of this new environment.
  Implementing E-Learning which will will help you build a powerful
implementation and marketing strategy for your e-learning program.

Each book also includes checklists, tools, exercises, and case studies.
ASTD Member Price: $ 195.95      
Non-Member Price: $ 229.95
 
***** You can also review each of these books at Amazon and decide to
buy them as your project develops.

-------------------------------------------------


http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1932159045/ref=sib_rdr_dp/102-2564845-1125765?%5Fencoding=UTF8&no=283155&me=ATVPDKIKX0DER&st=books

http://print.google.com/print?hl=en&id=ZAvJ_DPLnbAC&dq=Winning+E-Learning+Proposals:+The+Art+of+Development+and+Delivery+&prev=://www.google.com/search%3Fhl%3Den%26q%3DWinning%2BE-Learning%2BProposals%253A%2BThe%2BArt%2Bof%2BDevelopment%2Band%2BDelivery%2B

Winning E-Learning Proposals: The Art of Development and Delivery (Hardcover)
by Karl M. Kapp

***** This is a 2003 book that covers all the issues you raised about
developing your e-learning proposal.

------------------------

http://www.elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?section=best_practices&article=19-1
Writing a Winning E-Learning Proposal By Karl M. Kapp

***** This is a long article that will give you some insights into the
approach taken by the author.

------------------------

http://www.karlkapp.com/
Karl M. Kapp

***** This is the author?s own website. It presents a very nice
collection of resources for preparing your e-learning proposal.

-------------------------------------------------

http://www.interwise.com/live/viewevent.asp?eventid=1147
Demos & Events Home 
Building a Business Case for eLearning

This FREE iSeminar is presented by brandon-hall.com, Docent, and Interwise.

-------------------------------------------------


http://www.ciscopress.com/bookstore/product.asp?isbn=1587200864&rl=1
http://www.cisco.com/comm/applications/CertCom/Docs/Cisco_Press.htm
The Business Case for E-Learning
by Tom Kelly and Nader Nanjiani

***** This book takes a corporate approach to making the business case
for e-learning.

------------------------

http://www.e-learningguru.com/books/bus_case.pdf
Summary of The Business Case for E-Learning

------------------------

http://e-learningguru.com/interview_tomKelly.htm
An Interview with Cisco's Tom Kelly and Nader Nanjiani
by Karl Kapp, PhD for E-LearningGuru.com

-------------------------------------------------


http://www.smallbizbooks.com/cgi-bin/SmallBizBooks/00219.html?id=bhut5AMg
Start an Online Learning Business
The online learning market is booming! Here's how you can get in on the action.

Industry start-up guide covers target market, start-up costs,
operations, income and pricing, marketing, and additional industry
resources. Includes topics such as location, financing, market
research, licensing and legal requirements, hiring and training
personnel, taxes, accounting, record keeping, daily operations,
advertising and marketing, and payroll and employee benefits.

***** The current price is $62.10 and this might be a worthwhile
purchase to help you with organizing all the information for your plan
for starting an e-learning business.

-------------------------------------------------


http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-form/102-2564845-1125765
Search Results for e-learning

***** Browse the search results and then refine your search for
finding additional resources to help you write an effective e-learning
proposal.



==============================================
SAMPLE E-LEARNING PROPOSALS AND BUSINESS PLANS
==============================================

http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache:SIKBSxxYDKwJ:www.uwichill.edu.bb/bnccde/APC/20041/P8eLearningProposal.doc+e-learning+proposal&hl=en
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES
An eLearning Proposal

***** This is a 17-page proposal that might serve as an example for
your project proposal.

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http://dwc.hct.ac.ae/elearning/
Dubai Women's College E-Learning at DWC

***** This site offers an example of how an educational institution
can implement e-learning. Many of the resources and tools might be of
interest to you.

------------------------

http://dwc.hct.ac.ae/elearning/ProposalTemplate.doc
Project Application Form

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http://www.ulster.ac.uk/lll/pdf/proposal.pdf
University of Ulster e-Learning Programme Proposal Form 

Please use this form in the preparation of a programme proposal to be
submitted for approval. Please attach a programme cover sheet and
secure the necessary signatures.

NOTE: A minimum lead in time of at least 10 months is required.



=============================================
E-LEARNING PORTALS, DIRECTORIES, PUBLICATIONS
=============================================

http://www.elearnmag.org/index.cfm
E-learning 2.0

eLearn Magazine is published by ACM, a not-for-profit educational
association serving those who work, teach, and learn in the various
computing-related fields. Founded in 1947 as the Association for
Computing Machinery, ACM's stated mission is to advance the arts,
sciences, and applications of information technology.

E-learning 2.0 (10/17/05)
Over the last decade or so, e-learning has evolved gradually, along
with the Web itself. According to eLearn Magazine Editorial Board
Member Stephen Downes, it has now changed significantly enough to
warrant a new name: E-learning 2.0. And just like the Web, Downes
says, e-learning will shift from being a medium in which information
is transmitted and consumed into a platform on which content is
created, shared, remixed, repurposed, and passed along.

***** This website offers a wealth of resources for exploring all of
the issues you raised in your question.

-------------------------------------------------


http://www.e-learningguru.com/
Kevin Kruse

Kevin Kruse is currently the e-learning columnist for CLO, Chief
Learning Officer and President of AXIOM Professional Health Learning.

***** This is a website that presents up-to-date information about
e-learning, including:
 -- e-Learning Blogroll
-- e-Learning News
-- e-Learning Upcoming Events
-- e-Learning Jobs
-- e-Learning Blogroll
 -- Knowledge Centers
 -- Showcase 
 -- Book Summaries 
 -- Interviews 
 -- Calendar 
 -- Glossary 
 -- Vendor Directory

------------------------

http://www.clomedia.com/
Chief Learning Officer Magazine

Chief Learning Officer magazine focuses on solutions for enterprise
productivity in the enterprise learning market.

-------------------------------------------------


http://www.answers.com/topic/e-learning
e-learning

***** This site provides an incredible wealth of resources about every
aspect of e-learning. Browse the categories and click through to the
topics/resources of interest.

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http://elearning.typepad.com/thelearnedman/files/eLearning_ROI.pdf
Doing the Numbers: Return on Investment for e-Learning

http://elearning.typepad.com/
http://elearning.typepad.com/thelearnedman/
The Learned Man!

A blog that seeks to highlight the latest and greatest in the
eLearning and training industry, as well as a unique look into this
growing industry through the eyes, and experiences of one of its
salesmen! So step right up folks, and join the joyride!



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SEARCH STRATEGY
===============

e-learning proposal
e-learning business plan
starting an e-learning business

Request for Answer Clarification by aarogya-ga on 18 Oct 2005 23:30 PDT
Thank you for the interesting list of resources. Honestly I have just
looked at the headings and details as laid out by you and I have not
looked at any of the links. May I please request you to cull out the
information I need and lay it out as a structured proposal covering
the points I have mentioned in my question.

Honestly, I decided to post the question on google answers because I
could not find the time to research the net and compile the info I
need. Mine is a very small business and I have to look at all the
aspects of the business, leaving me with very little time to open new
fronts. There is a serious possibility of me losing out on an
opportunity because I could not make the time to put together what I
requested in my question.

Thank you once again.

Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 19 Oct 2005 01:04 PDT
Hello aarogya-ga,

Developing a business plan and writing the project proposal is a
complex project. That's why I located several books that will help you
go through the process step by step. The first book on my list,
Selling E-Learning by Darin E. Hartley, looks like it would meet your
needs precisely. It has everything in one place and helps you think
about all the issues involved.

Another possibility is this even simpler book from Entrepreneur
Magazine. It also gives you the outline for collecting and organizing
your information and writing your proposal.

http://www.bizrate.com/marketplace/product_info/overview/index__cat_id--8013,prod_id--11617501.html
Entrepreneur Magazine's Start Your Own E-learning Business (Paperback) 
Author: Entrepreneur Press, Mike Hogan

I hope that despite your busy schedule you will take the time to read
all the links I've provided. I think they will give you exactly the
guidance you need for putting together your proposal. There is no way
to prepare the actual proposal without having the specific information
that only you can insert into the templates provided by the books and
articles that I've suggested.


HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS ON THE SPECIFIC TOPICS YOU LISTED
===========================================================

General introduction and overview
---------------------------------
YOUR INPUT: Explain who will be the target audience and why e-learning
would appeal to them. Show what problems e-learning will solve.
Distance, price, anytime/anywhere availability, self-paced learning,
etc.


Why the potential
-----------------
YOUR INPUT: You have to describe the opportunity you've recognized and
why e-learning is the solution. Who is the audience that needs to be
educated and is willing to pay for it. What services will be increased
or improved to your target population? More classes, topics, students,
time, etc.? What problems will be lessened by using e-learning? Will
you save time, money, effort, etc.?


Infrastructure ( hardware and software required )
-------------------------------------------------
YOUR INPUT: Describe who will provide the e-learning, i.e, what school
or organization. Describe what equipment and software they already
have and what will have to be purchased. The amount and type of
hardware and software needed depends on what you're planning to do.
Will you want to buy your own equipment or use an ASP model. The
option to consider depend on the specifics of your situation.


Human resources required
------------------------
YOUR INPUT: Do you have an existing school or organization that will
be adding e-learning to their other activities or will you be starting
a stand-alone operation. You will have to decide who will handle
instruction, administration and technical support. You will have to
decide whether you want to develop your own course work or buy
off-the-shelf.


approximate costing
-------------------
YOUR INPUT: After you have decided what you want to do as described in
the prior topics, you can research how much it will cost. The range of
possibilies is wide and how much your e-learning implementation will
cost depends entirely on what you've decided to do.


skill sets and suggested platform. Outline of various components. 
-----------------------------------------------------------------
YOUR INPUT: The skill sets will depend on what you're going to teach
via e-learning and who will handle the various roles in
administration, instruction and technical support and management. The
"various components" will depend on what e-learning you decide to
implement.


Possible return on investment and break even time
-------------------------------------------------
YOUR INPUT: There is no way to guess at this without having answers to
all the other elements in this rough proposal plan.


Should give a clear road map to a non computer investor. 
--------------------------------------------------------
YOUR INPUT: The road map is the result of making the decisions in the
proposal templates. I suggest that you buy one of the books I
suggested to help you with the proposal preparation. At the very
least, use one of the proposal templates or sample proposals I
provided to guide you for preparing your plan.

Dear aarogya-ga, I'm sorry to repeat that there are no shortcuts to
you thinking through the elements of the e-learning proposal. Many
others have gone before you and have developed tools and templates to
help you. Please read my answer and I think you will see that the
process is fairly straightforward.

Wishing you well for your project.

~ czh ~

Request for Answer Clarification by aarogya-ga on 19 Oct 2005 11:23 PDT
Dear czh ga,

I do appreciate the extensive research you have done to point me in
the right direction. But i have been very clear in my question. Right
inthe beginning I mentioned:

"I would like a document that is a sort of white paper cum business
proposal for E-learning business."

To rephrase what you gave in your clarification:

General introduction and overview
---------------------------------

YOUR INPUT: A short para on this based on what you suggested should be my input.

Why the potential
-----------------

A short para again. ( these two are not very difficult for me to fill out )


Infrastructure ( hardware and software required )
-------------------------------------------------

Here I would like to know what all would be required in terms of
server ( web server, streaming server etc ) computing equipment for
e.g. a PIV 3 Ghz 80 Gb HDD graphics card et al

And more importantly the e-learning authoring tools recommended for
e.g. Macromedia Authorware, Flash 8, SQL Windows 2003, sharepoint etc.

If any ready made Learning Management System is suggested

With approximate costs.

Whether industry experience in the Open Source Platform is good. If
Open Source platform what software tools.

If Microsoft platform what tools.

Any ready made E-Learning solutions can be recommended their approx
costs and industry experience.

Human resources required
------------------------

What kind of instructional design courses would be recommended. Here I
O.K. with you pointing me to a few Universities and then I can
research which courses are best for my staff. ( Your recommendations
no doubt would be very valuable )

approximate costing
-------------------

I do accept the costing would depend on the kind of implementation.
But based on the approx costing in the cost of instruction design
courses, hardware and software I could arrive at a figure. Any minimum
you advise will be very helpful

skill sets and suggested platform. Outline of various components. 
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Inputs under this would more or less be derived from the earlier points

Possible return on investment and break even time
-------------------------------------------------

Some kind of assumption based figures and an approximation of the
industry rate of return should suffice

Should give a clear road map to a non computer investor. 
--------------------------------------------------------
I completely agree with you that there is no gain without pain. I
definitely will have to and will work on the inputs I get from you to
finally make the proposal. But your inputs will be invaluable.

If you had to advise me to buy one book form the list which you
recommended, which would it be ?( Keeping my needs in mind as
clarified above )





The business proposal is meant to be shown to possible strategic investors.

Need a general introduction to the possibilities and benefits of
E-learning. This should explain the concept of e-learning and quickly
bring out the benefits and possibilities.

Why the potential

Infrastructure ( hardware and software required )

Human resources required

approximate costing

skill sets and suggested platform. Outline of various components. 

Possible return on investment and break even time

Should give a clear road map to a non computer investor.

looking for a structured proposal

Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 19 Oct 2005 13:40 PDT
Hello again aarogya-ga

You asked in your last paragraph, ?If you had to advise me to buy one
book form the list which you recommended, which would it be??

In my last clarification I had done exactly this. I recommended, ?The
first book on my list, Selling E-Learning by Darin E. Hartley, looks
like it would meet your needs precisely. It has everything in one
place and helps you think about all the issues involved.?

I also made clear that I cannot prepare your plan for you because I
don?t have the necessary information. I outlined the information that
you will have to furnish. I also provided you with several templates
and proposal examples in my original answer. Here are some additional
ones.

The 28-page "e-Learning Strategy Workbook" provides fill-in-the-box
templates to help you develop your proposal. The "Appendix: Example
Business Case" gives you a sample of what an e-learning proposal
should look like and the white paper gives you the explanation on how
to develop the information to put in it. The "Is e-Learning Worth It?"
paper gives you another framework for organizing your thoughts so you
can fill in the blanks on the various templates I?ve offered. Finally,
the e-Learning Centre's resources can shed light on any aspect of
developing an e-learning business but it?s chief value is to show you
how complex a project this is.

http://www.janeknight.com/resources/elearning%20strategy%20workbook.pdf
e-Learning Strategy Workbook

http://www.vuepoint.com/imgs/whitepapers/company_consensus.pdf
CREATING AND SUSTAINING A COMPANY CONSENSUS ON YOUR E-LEARNING GOALS
Appendix -- Example Business Case

http://www.icslearninggroup.com/whitepapers/
Is e-Learning Worth It?

http://www.e-learningcentre.co.uk/index.html
e-Learning Centre

Aarogya-ga, I can sense your frustration in your clarification
requests and I?m sorry to see that you?re unhappy that I can?t write
your proposal for you. I?ve taken it as far as it?s possible to do
without having detailed information about your specific interests,
capabilities, goals and plans. I?ve given you the tools so that you
can formulate an effective proposal. If you don?t have the time to do
it yourself, you may need to find someone who can work with you using
the tools I?ve suggested. I wish I could make it easier, but it?s
simply not possible. Your input is essential at this step.

Please read all the information I?ve provided. It will help you write
your proposal.

Wishing you well.

~ czh ~

Request for Answer Clarification by aarogya-ga on 20 Oct 2005 04:16 PDT
Hello again,

Thank you once again. I wish to clarify that I am not asking you to
write my proposal for me. The details only I can fill in. I just
needed some inputs. Also in the very first line of my question I have
stated that I am looking for a proposal or sort of white paper.

I do appreciate your efforts. Will you just give me inputs on areas
like recommended courses for instructional design, ready LMS
solutions, reviews on Open Source Platform and Microsoft Platform,
Minimum set of tools/software to be purchased and approximate costs.
Basically issues I raised in my last clarification.

Like I said earlier, my actual proposal wud be developed based on ur inputs.

Thank you for your efforts and wishes.

Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 20 Oct 2005 10:59 PDT
Hello aarogya-ga,

We seem to be going around in circles. The specific questions about
instructional design, LMS, platform and costs cannot be answered
without your input to all the other questions I?ve posed. You have to
make some basic decisions to be able to get to these subsidiary
decisions. I?ve given you suggestions for books and listed dozens of
papers, articles, sample proposals and templates that will help you do
this.

There is no way to take a shortcut to developing your proposal. You
first have to decide and spell out WHAT you?re going to do and WHY
you?re going to do it. Then you can address the methods of WHO will
perform the work and HOW they're going to do it. This will tell you
what it?s going to COST and how much/if any PROFIT you?re likely to
make. I have provided you with several tools to help you do this.

I have provided you with everything that is possible at the level of
information you have provided. If you are unhappy with my answer I
suggest that you request a refund.

I wish you well for your project.

~ czh ~

Request for Answer Clarification by aarogya-ga on 21 Oct 2005 00:25 PDT
Dear Czh za,

We are going round in circles because I am not getting the info I had
clearly asked for. My question clearly stated what I wanted. All I
want is specific info under various heads. My question started with a
clear statement that I was looking for a business proposal or white
paper.

I would be happy to consider this question answered if I can get the
info I needed. If you tell me what specific inputs u need from me I
shall clearly state it.

Thank you

Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 21 Oct 2005 01:08 PDT
Dear aarogya-ga,

I cannot give you any additional information about how to write your
proposal. I have provided a collection of tools and articles and
outlined exactly how to proceed.

In your first request for clarification you said, "Honestly I have
just looked at the headings and details as laid out by you and I have
not looked at any of the links." Your subsequent clarifications lead
me to believe you still haven't looked at the links and digested the
information provided there. I don't have any further information to
help you.

I wish you well for your project.

~ czh ~

Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 21 Oct 2005 11:10 PDT
Hello aarogya-ga,

Please take another look at the white paper and "Appendix ? Example
Business Case" I referred to in my earlier clarification.

http://www.vuepoint.com/imgs/whitepapers/company_consensus.pdf
CREATING AND SUSTAINING A COMPANY CONSENSUS ON YOUR E-LEARNING GOALS
Appendix -- Example Business Case

I suggest that you follow this template and simply substitute your own information.

1) The Challenge

Our challenge (or goal, or opportunity) is to train (fill in who
you?re planning to train) in order to (fill in what you?re planning to
do ? increase independent learning, deliver better service, make
training available off-site or whatever is the kind of
training/teaching you plan to deliver via e-learning.)

Use the model paragraph and substitute your own goals for whatever
curriculum or training you plan to deliver through e-learning.

2) The Solution
Currently we (fill in what you?re doing now.) We see an opportunity to
improve our delivery of (enumerate the services you will offer.) We
believe that online learning is the best solution because we will be
able to (fill in your objectives.) As a result of implementing online
learning we will achieve (fill in what you expect will be the
outcomes.)

3) Key Benefits
By implementing e-learning, we will:
	1)
	2)
	3)
	etc. 
(Look over the list in the template and use whichever are appropriate
and add whatever other benefits you anticipate.)

4) What will it cost ? What?s the ROI
(This section is completely dependent on what you say in the first
section. You can use the template after you?ve done a quick assessment
based on the decisions you made about the goals and methods you
outlined above.)

5) Why should we do this?
This will enable us to:
(Use the template and choose the reasons that fit and also add your own.)

This template will give you a short proposal. You can modify and
expand it as you see fit. The supporting materials that this template
comes from will give additional support for guiding your thinking. The
format is flexible enough to accommodate a basic presentation of an
e-learning proposal.

Wishing you great success.

~ czh ~

Request for Answer Clarification by aarogya-ga on 22 Oct 2005 21:23 PDT
Hello agin!

Infrastructure ( hardware and software required )

Human resources required

approximate costing

skill sets and suggested platform. Outline of various components. 

These were the main points under which I needed you help which would
be the basis of my proposal.

In your last clarification these points were not addressed. Would the
links you sent to me cover issues which need to answered under these
headings?

For me to appear informed in my proposal I need to outline what I
propose to do for training selected staff in instructional design. I
need to suggest a platform ( open source or Microsoft ) to develop in.
I need to say whether we will design our own Learning Management
System or buy one off the shelf. I need to outline what software and
tools I will purchase et al. Would you please help me with all this
crucial and critical pieces of information?

Thanx n rgds

P.S. I am travelling on work and have poor internet connectivity and
hence it is difficult for me to go through the links you have sent

Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 22 Oct 2005 21:43 PDT
Dear aarogya-ga,

I'm sorry but I don't have the necessary information to do any more
work on your proposal. I don't have the necessary information. I've
asked for numerous clarification but you've not responded. I don't
know what you're trying to do. I don't know what kind of e-learning
business you're trying to implement. I've posed many questions trying
to get this information from you without getting a response. Despite
your lack of response to my specific questions I've made several
attempts to complete the proposal with what I had. I've done my best
by furnishing  you with templates, forms, sample proposals, articles,
books and papers to help you with filling in the necessary information
so you could write your proposal. I cannot do any more. If  you're
unhappy with my answer, please ask for a refund.

All the best.

~ czh ~

Request for Answer Clarification by aarogya-ga on 23 Oct 2005 11:09 PDT
Dear Czh ga

It is not fair to you for me to ask for a refund. At the same time it
is not fair to me to accept the answer.

I cannot see which of your request for clarifications I have not
answered. Right from the beginning I have clearly spelt out what I was
looking for in an answer.

May we put all this going round in circles aside? If you would like
you can list out the points where you need clarifications from me so
that you can answer the question to meet my needs.

As far as what I need, all my clarifications do spell out what I am
looking for. How does it matter what is the subject matter of the
e-learning? That will not change the tools, the LMS, the instructional
design courses, the hardware and software.

After having put in so much effort ( even though it is not exactly
what I wanted ) I would rather not ask for a refund, if I get the info
I need.

Do give it a shot so that neither of us suffers.

best rgds

aarogya ga

Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 24 Oct 2005 12:35 PDT
Dear aarogya-ga,

As I stated before, I cannot give you more information on how to
proceed with your proposal because I don?t have enough information.
You ask, ?How does it matter what is the subject matter of the
e-learning? That will not change the tools, the LMS, the instructional
design courses, the hardware and software.? This is the crux of the
communication problem between us. E-learning is too broad a subject
and the possibilities are much too complex to be able to give you good
information without having some basic understanding of what you?re
trying to do.

You haven?t answered any of my questions about the fundamentals of
your e-learning initiative.

WHO are you as a provider of learning? Are you a school, business,
online portal, service organization or what? WHY are you offering
instruction? WHO are you going to teach? WHERE are they located? WHAT
will you teach them? HOW MANY courses, students, instructors, etc, do
you envision as your basic e-learning enterprise? WHAT problems are
you trying to solve or advantage are you trying to gain by offering
e-learning? WHO will handle the various roles in delivering the
training ? instruction, administration, operations, technical support,
etc.? WHAT infrastructure do you have in place? WHAT capabilities do
you bring to the project? There may be other relevant details that
will become apparent as you answer these questions. (You might want to
read through the material I've posted to see all of my prior
questions.)

The answers to these questions will determine how to write your
proposal. I?ve given you several templates and lots of resources to be
able to formulate an effective proposal. I suggest that you write the
proposal and then post additional questions for the pieces you cannot
answer without further assistance.

I?m sorry to have to keep telling you there is no shortcut to you
thinking through the elements of the proposal. Once you?ve done that,
any of the templates, books and other tools I?ve suggested will give
you a useful format for organizing the information.

I?ve spent many more hours on your question than is justified by the
posted price. This is really all I can do.

All the best.

~ czh ~

Request for Answer Clarification by aarogya-ga on 28 Oct 2005 12:34 PDT
Hello Czh ga,

I am not asking you to write my proposal. I do not see why I need to
purchase additional books or go through links for the informationI had
asked in my question.

All I am asking you is to give me clarification on:

1) The minimum tools one would need to create an e-learning
application. Things like Macromedia Flash, Learning Management
Systems, Authorware, SharePoint. SQL Server et al

2) Would you suggest buying an off the shelf LMS or developing one. If
ready made one, suggestions for a few which can be considered.

3) Which platform to build the e-learning application in - Microsoft or Open Source

4) If I had to train my content/instructional designers which would be
the courses or universities you would recommend

Answers to points like these do not depend on what is the type of
e-learning solutions I plan to offer, nor onissues like what is my
current infrastructure etc.

Anyways since you have asked I am clarifying points based on your questions:

WHO are you as a provider of learning? 

A business house that will employ required I.T. personnel

Are you a school, business,
online portal, service organization or what? 

A business house that is offering I.T. and Internet based solutions

WHY are you offering
instruction? 

Because it is a more cost effective and convenient mode of training delivery

WHO are you going to teach?

People from various geographical locations and from different sectors

 WHERE are they located? WHAT
will you teach them? HOW MANY courses, students, instructors, etc, do
you envision as your basic e-learning enterprise? WHAT problems are
you trying to solve or advantage are you trying to gain by offering
e-learning? WHO will handle the various roles in delivering the
training ? instruction, administration, operations, technical support,
etc.? WHAT infrastructure do you have in place? WHAT capabilities do
you bring to the project? There may be other relevant details that
will become apparent as you answer these questions. (You might want to
read through the material I've posted to see all of my prior
questions.)


All the above I will handle in the proposal I develop but I need the
inputs I have asked for in my question. Like I have said earlier, I
have been very clear in my question. I am not looking for general
information, or for links from where I can get information. I once
again say that I do not expect you to fill the details of my proposal
and so you do not need the clarifications you have asked for.

If you do provide me with the details I need I would be happy to
consider the question answered. It is not fair to hold me responsible
for the number of hours you have spent on searching for pages which
though useful, are not giving me what I need.

And if they do have the information I need, please cut and paste those
specific urls.

best rgds

Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 28 Oct 2005 16:17 PDT
Dear aarogya-ga,

I believe I've answered the question you asked. There is nothing more
I can add. At this point you have to bring together all of the
information into a proposal. You can do that using the tools and
resources I've provided.

Best wishes for your project.

~ czh ~
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