How It Works Symbiotic Learning.
The concept is straight forward.
Open up training on your campus to attendees from other campuses. In return, attend training at other campuses. Usually you have an empty seat or two with training classes – why let it go to waste?
If the model works as designed your cost per training hour should decrease while your access to lower cost training increases.
This system allows you to host training classes in a way that is advantageous to your institution. You pick the date, you pick the location and you can reserve seats for your own people. This reserve number is dynamic - you can adjust it up or down as needed as the training date approaches. This enables you to fill seats with people from your campus first but also allows you to reduce the overall number of empty seats.
When you are training with people in similar job functions from other campuses the experience is more valuable. In addition to the content delivered by the instructor, our people are exposed to best practices from a variety of institutions.
Signing up for a class is simple. No user account required. We ask for name and email, and optionally a title. We determine your affiliation with a member campus through the email address provided. Registrations are not confirmed until a confirmation email is acted upon.
Registrations are kept in a database and made available to the Instructor. We can also provide an unofficial transcript showing registrations for people at a particular campus or for a specific email address.
There is a lot of potential here for stringing courses together into informal certification tracks if there is interest.
This cooperative effort should yield immediate cost savings for all those involved. Your return on investment should be easy to calculate. Look at training from last year and think about cost of training hour. Be sure to include the training itself, travel and lodging. With this initiative the costs for the training may remain the same (probably not) but the costs of travel and lodging should go way down.
Why might the cost of training itself be reduced? Simple economies of scale. Many training opportunities have a fixed cost with a variable number of attendees. The more attendees in the room the lower the cost for each person.
And we have not even tried to figure out cost savings from having your people benefit from an increase in the training opportunities available to them. These savings come both from improvements in efficiency and possibly reductions in risks and liabilities.
This web application serves as a common registration system for training offered to the consortium by a member campus.
It's a networking tool with a specific purpose. This is not a learning management system, online learning environment or other system designed to deliver training content.
It is however more sophisticated than just a bulletin board where we each can tack up training announcements. It is being designed so that different campuses can use it to best suit their individual needs.