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Using Technology to Improve Communication and Collaboration

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Communication and Collaboration Online Using information technology isn't like turning on the TV. It takes skills. But if you cultivate those skills, then technology becomes your servant, not your master. Employees retain much more of what they're taught online. Every minute of every video conference, asynchronous discussion, and chat has real value. FutureU was one of the first groups anywhere to identify and teach the skills of effective virtual communication and e-learning. Clients such as the American Hospital Association (Health Forum Division) tell us we've brought "significant improvements (to) the quality" of their virtual interactions. Ultimately, that saves them time and money while improving outcomes and morale. Let us do the same for you:


Improve Team Work Across Distance

Learning and Communicating Online (Web Book)Return to List

Learn how to create a secure space for sharing ideas, solving problems, facilitating interaction among multiple company functions, keeping everyone in the team informed. Also, guidelines for communicating with email, voice mail, conference calls and video conferences. Self-paced, delivered by password. Pay online by credit card. Equivalent to a 100+ page workbook. [ More Information ]

Price: $100.00. 2-99: $60. 100+: $50.
Full refund if not completely satisfied within 30 days of purchase.



Introduction to Virtual Communications (Two-Week Online Module or One-day, face-to-face Workshop.) Return to List

This two-week, instructor-led online module covers the same content as Learning and Communicating Online, the Web book described above. The instructor uses the Web book as a core text to introduce readings, assignments, and discussions. Also available as a one-day workshop.

Price: $3,000 for up to 60 participants.
$50.00 for each additional participant.

(plus the cost of a Web book password for each participant. Also add travel time and expenses for two trainers if delivered face to face.)


Communication and Collaboration OnlineConducting Meetings in Real Time Return to List

Training for teams in the use "online meeting" software. Covers use of chat, desktop video conferencing, application sharing, large-audience presentations using commercial packages such as Centra, WebEx, PlaceWare, etc.

Price based on products, scope of use, # of functions/features, etc.
For more information, call 415-824-7726 or email to query[at]futureu.com.


Project Support "Wraparounds" (Based on FutureU's Collaboration Portal) Return to List

Custom designed 10-page web site, hosted by FutureU, password protected, linked to your company Web site, supplemented with FutureU resources about virtual communication and virtual team work. More…

Price: $3,000 (Additional pages, $300 each)

Modify template for each additional project: Price: $200/hr. (estimate 2-6 hours)

To manage the Web site. Price: $500/mo. per site
(Most sites need managing only for the duration of the project. After that, they are archived for later reference.

To train your personnel to manage. Price: $3,600


Improve Outcomes for E-Learners

Make the Most of E-Learning (Web Book) Return to List

Improve Outcomes for E-Learners Give every participant a self-paced orientation to the online learning experience as a prerequisite to any training module that has an online component. Useful even for experienced e-learners, because everyone has gaps in their understanding of terms, concepts, practices. Self-paced, delivered by password. Pay online by credit card. More…

"Significant improvements in the quality of participation."
American Hospital Association's Health Forum

Price: $60.00. 2-99: $39. 100-499: $30. 500+: $24.
Full refund if not completely satisfied within 30 days of purchase.



Make the Most of E-Learning (Two-Week Online Module or One-day, face-to-face Workshop.) Return to List

Uses Make the Most of E-Learning, the Web book described above, as the text of an instructor-led online module. Combines the flexibility of anytime/anywhere participation with actual practice in the interpersonal aspect of group e-learning. Also available as a one-day workshop.

Price: $3,000 for up to 60 participants. $50.00 for each additional participant.
(plus the cost of the Web books and travel time and expenses for two trainers if delivered face-to-face)

E-Learning Support "Wraparound" (Based on FutureU's Collaboration Portal) Return to List

Give a serious focus to all your group's e-learning activities with a custom-designed 10-page Web site built and hosted by FutureU. Password protected, linked to your company Web site, supplemented with FutureU resources about e-learning. More…

Price: $3,000 (Additional pages, $300 each)

Modify template for each additional event: Price: $200/hr. (estimate 2-6 hours)

To manage the Web site. Price: $500/mo. per site
(Most sites only last a few weeks before and after the event)

To train your personnel to manage. Price: $3,600


Train the Trainers

Bargain Hunter's Guide to Building Your Own Course Web Site Return to List

In the Bargain Hunter's Guide, we've collected links to dozens of free and low-cost resources for building your course Web site. We've personally tested every one of these products and selected only the best to share with you. More than 50 pages of guidelines and tips written by us to help you get started on the right foot, avoid wrong turns, and finish with a truly terrific course Web site. The material is easy to read, so the work is painless and even fun. Self-paced, delivered by password. Pay online by credit card. More…

Price: $27.00.
Full refund if not completely satisfied within 30 days of purchase.


Trainer's Introduction to the Online Classroom Return to List

Train the Trainers. Bring everybody on your training staff up to speed with the new tools for virtual communications and e-learning. Self-paced Web site, accessible by password. Pay online by credit card. Available upon request.

Retail:$100.00 2-49: $65.00 50+: $50.00
Full refund if not completely satisfied within 30 days of purchase.

Train the Trainer in Online Module Building, Facilitation, and Delivery Return to List

There's a whole lot more to planning and creating a technology-enriched training experience than learning how to operate the software. After all, you didn't learn how to teach just by mastering the use of marker pens on a chart pad or the light switches in a classroom! E-learning represents a whole new way of communicating and learning, with its own set of challenges and opportunities. Even the best software vendor's instructions only scratch the surface. Until now, the only other alternative was to enroll in an expensive graduate or certificate program that might take a year or more to complete.

Eight weeks online: $750/seat
For more information, call 415-824-7726 or email to query[at]futureu.com.


Communication and Collaboration OnlineConducting Online Training in Real Time Return to List

Real-Time Meetings Online. Training for trainers in the use of "online meeting" software. Covers use of chat, desktop video conferencing, application sharing, large-audience presentations using commercial packages such as Centra, WebEx, PlaceWare, etc.

Price based on products, scope of use, number of functions or features, and so forth.
For more information, call 415-824-7726 or email to query[at]futureu.com.


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