In a slow economy, where training budgets are often slashed, instructional designers must develop training on a limited budget. But how do you cut costs without sacrificing quality? Here are four cost-saving tips to help you save money and time.
- Find Free Image Sites on the Internet
Why pay for images when you can get them for free? Simply search the Internet for free image sites for your graphics instead of using paid image sites, such as, shutterstock or Fotosearch, or hiring a graphic artist to create them. To find free images, try Stock.xchng (http://www.sxc.hu/) or Dreamstime (http://www.dreamstime.com/). Here is a list of additional sites contributed by the Articulate community members: http://community.articulate.com/blogs/david/archive/2013/08/16/free-stock-photos-for-e-learning.aspx
- Build Your Own Graphics LibrarySave time and money by getting organized. Consolidate your existing photos and vector graphics into a personal graphics library. Ensure you add descriptive file names and meta tags to streamline the search process for images. Re-use images whenever possible for other training projects.
- Shoot Your Own Training Videos
Shoot video using your smartphone or an inexpensive high definition camera. This is less expensive and faster than hiring a professional video crew to do the job. To edit video on your smartphone, try free smartphone video apps, such as, Montaj (http://www.montajapp.com/) or Magisto (http://www.magisto.com/), or check out the nine apps listed on http://mashable.com/2013/06/05/video-editing-apps/.
- Do Your Own Video Editing
Edit video with free video editing tools or smartphone editing applications to save the cost of an expensive video editing tool or service. To edit film, try the following free tools: Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/) or Windows Movie Maker (www.windows-movie-maker.soft76.org/).