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What is in store for the LMS Space: My Forecasts for 2016

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Lately there have been quite a few articles relating to where the LMS is heading, what is the future of the LMS market and so forth. All interesting reads, but do they really get to the heart of the matter, which is how will it affect you the buyer and what advantages are available for the supplier (i.e. vendor)? After spending quite a bit of time examining the market, tracking the data and following the industry – on a global scale – I’ve identified a series of forecasts, some of which are presented below. Forecast #1. Curating Content. files, images, etc.) Forecast #2.

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Five LMS Sins

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I’m not going to stand up on my crate today and rant and rave about the travesties that are happening on a daily, heck monthly basis. . Nope, not going to do it.  Rather, I’m going to write it, right here, right now and let each of you know, actually be aware of the sins of the LMS industry. Sin #1 Pricing. Undercutting of pricing in the United States. What is your profit margin? .

State of the Authoring Tool Industry

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When looking at the state of the authoring tool space, two words come to mind. Bewilderment and Confusion. Bewildered on what is happening, why what is needed isn’t appearing as it should, and how is it possible that something so obvious based on where e-learning is heading, mobile is pushing and future tech is inspiring is lost among so many vendors? For those who are e-learning developers, instructional designers (with the background to back it) or instructional technologists, I feel your pain. And for the entire rapid content authoring tool space, I have to ask – Why?  SCORM 1.2,

Mobile Learning – Is it melting away?

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The other day, I was listening to the classic 80’s tune, I Melt With You.  While you can argue that the music video is lame, the song itself stays true and lasting. What you may ask does this have to do with mobile learning?  Well, for one thing, some of the lyrics can easily be incorporated to reflect m-learning. . “I’ll stop the world and melt with you. You’ve seen the difference and it’s getting better all the time. There’s nothing you and I won’t do” When mobile learning took off in 2011 it was due to tablets. Right there. Wait, one hand.

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State of the Authoring Tool Industry 2015

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I’ll just say it right now, the industry as a whole isn’t doing much.  There I said it and honestly I can’t believe I said it.  Yes there are vendors doing some new stuff, okay many, but a few items are not new, rather they have been around for a long time. The industry as a whole continues to miss the opportunities that are laid out before them. The new and cool.  Want a stunner? 

Top 10 NextGen LMSs for 2015-2016

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Lots to get do, so little time or space for that matter. What I am seeing. Less statistics.  Personally I am a data freak and when I was overseeing training, I wanted to get as much statistics and data as I could out of my LMS to really gain that deep insight that only a system can provide – or IMO should provide. But the systems that are coming into the space nowadays have ditched the robust stats for just the basic stats, which – HERE COMES THE IRONY – is how systems were appearing back in the early days – early 2000’s (as a whole). As a Result. Qualifications.

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LMS Potluck

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With the days of August just ahead of us, or the dogs of August, I can never remember the saying, it is time to bring many of the readers of this blog with some interesting tidbits that I find of interest and that you may or may not be aware of. Before we dive in, just a couple of updates. a. Starting in September, my business name will become The Craig Weiss Group, which is a LLC. Now on to the show, err facts of interest. Best Gamification Systems (The Top Two as we speak, err as I write – July 27). Could you tie a gamification platform such as Badgeville to your LMS? Absolutely. 

Top Six E-Learning Tools for 2015

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Well it is that time of the year.  For what?  No clue, but people seem to like saying that phrase and so, I’m adding it to this post. And what a post it is going to be. Unusual? Oh, in so many ways.  Fun and Fantastic?  If you have ever found something you lost, it is just like that – euphoria and then you realize the TV is still on and your favorite show is about to start. Qualifications for e-learning tools. When I did find a recent site, a few tools were different than the authoring tools or tools like Go Animate!, but most were ho-hum – is it nap time? Trial Tools. ADDIE?

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New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends

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The Time Has Come – Digital Learning

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I don’t know about you, perhaps you have never seen it. Or paid attention to it.  Or even realized that the term means one thing and yet vendors (some) see it in a different way. I’m referring to e-learning. . As I have stated before in numerous past posts, e-learning is an umbrella term (and always was designed to be that way) for anything online, including LMSs and their subsets, authoring tools, web conferencing, online learning tools often stated as e-learning tools and so forth. WBT Fact Time. The actual term to refer to online courses is WBT: Web Based Training.  Robots. 

Perceptions and Factoids (LMS)

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If you have or are looking for an LMS, perhaps someone in your company or department has mentioned that this X vendor or Y vendor either isn’t known or they have never heard of them and thus it is better to go with a well-known vendor, because they must be better – I mean look at all the folks they have. It is a common misconception and one that can have and often does have negative results. Another zinger is the old some famous, everyone hates their LMS.  Yeah, yeah, I know. What does this really say?  The people involved in the daily goals of building a top tier program.  

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E-Learning 24/7 Superhero Reader Edition: LRS Pros/Cons, Course design – what works

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Welcome, to another installment of Q&A where readers of the E-Learning 24/7 send me questions via e-mail and I respond (okay, I select a few and respond, but you probably figured that out). Couple of quick housekeeping notes – starting in March, the blog will be posted on Saturdays.  The recent change is due to an increase in travel around this wonderful world of ours. Take that Big Data!

Current state of Gamification in the LMS Market

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Imagine you are looking at a pinball machine.  It is your favorite machine. You see that Steve has more points than you, but ZZERAF is just slightly below you (and you wonder who is that person?).  You really want that top score, but you just do not have the time to spend or skill to achieve the top score. But you continue to try.  Then something out of the blue happens.  Your ball gets stuck right next to the 10,000 whammy bumper and you smack the machine. Uh, oh. Where Gamification is right now in the LMS space. on “Gamification”   This information was from end of 2014. Points).

Storyboarding for eLearning

Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.

Product Review – Adobe Captivate Prime LMS

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Adobe Captivate Prime brings forth a modern UI, along with a simple UX (user experience), but along the way misses the boat on several items that leaves one wondering why? This isn’t to say the solution is in the minus rack, rather it is to say it is still a work in progress. Let’s Go to the Tape. Great. Mobile native apps for iOS and Android, on/off synch (Awesome). Average. Badges.

Mobile Mania – The Latest on M-Learning

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Mobile the final frontier.  These are the voyages of mobile learning.  To seek out new devices. To boldly go where no e-learning vendor has gone before, specifically LMS vendors who are now starting to get it. . To, ah forget it you now the rest, but what you may not know is the latest on the mobile learning front. The Saga. already saw that mobile planet. Sadly, it is often not the case. Yowsa.

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Top Ten Learning Management Systems – July Rankings

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Back for another installment of the rankings. Please be aware that the rankings are on-going and as such subject to change month by month.  The final rankings will be the top 25 LMSs of 2013, will be posted in December. The system has come a long way – and that is a good thing, with a nice UI and components including mobile learning. So, why aren’t they higher? Pricing is high.

Top 50 LMS Report for 2016 – What you need to know (criteria, approach, and yeah some vendors)

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It’s nearly here.  In a little over two months, my 2016 Top 50 LMS Report will be available for purchase.   This post isn’t so much a “buy, buy”, rather it is to give insight into the process, considerations, and factors. Not everyone gets in. And yeah there are vendors who will taut that they are in X list or Y rankings and thus should be included. Then there are those who use the “traditional” and “non-traditional” tag as a reason for being listed.  Sorry, that’s marketing.  You want marketing, I know some sites that will list you.  Spoke.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

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Your Top Three Gamification LMSs for 2016

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Three.  It is the magic number.  Well, actually, probably it isn’t, but let’s roll with it. As with anything that involves rankings there will be conjecture on this or whether it really belongs with that. Most of all, folks will wonder why there system isn’t in my top three.  Or they will wonder what they can do it be in the top three of whatever the topic happens to be. That was so yesteryear.   You must adapt, you must enhance and frankly, you must change. With that said, here are the top three (which BTW, will be presented in my report coming out Jan. Is it an LMS?

Where the LMS is Heading

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It seems that every day I have been seeing articles on where is L&D heading, what will happen with the LMS market, the LMS industry, how much the LMS industry is worth and so forth. Especially when some of the folks now touting the LMS space were the same people writing about its demise. Well, I for one, never saw a demise.  I never saw anything close to it. What I saw and what I do see is a refreshing solution that is still not at mature stage. Refreshing you say? Yes, allow me to explain. Big Data. Here he, here he – announcing Big Data in LMSs.  By 2017. Explain. Legacy Systems.

Future Technologies – Get Ready because they could change the way we learn online

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Say out loud learning technology and the two words just seem not to go together. Learning? You mean the classroom?  The same approach to learning since humans went to school?  Technology?  That sounds so advanced – so in the “time to come”   They cannot be associated with one another – we are talking about learning here folks! But they can not only work together but achieve something far greater than any of us could imagine, success. There have plenty of technologies and technological capabilities that have scored the big “F” when it comes to learning. 

Creating an e-learning strategy that works

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The Conversation. A: “We need to have online learning” B: “Huh? ” A: “I was told we must have e-learning. I’m not really sure what it is, but I know it is popular, so we must have it” B: “Okay, what should I look for?” ” A: “We need a LMS. So look for that.  And we want it launched as soon as possible.” ” B:  “Ok.” ” While the exact conversation might not exactly be along those lines, if you read between the lines, I’d surmise many of you have had or have heard such discussions. Education?

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70-20-10 : No longer applicable to online learning – and here’s why

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In just a couple of weeks, I’ll be heading on over to London then unto Berlin to speak at Online Educa Berlin. In January it is at ATD TechKnowledge.  I mention the conferences because invariably I will information from either a fellow speaker’s mouth, or a vendor or an attendee, that frankly is inaccurate on some level, when it comes to e-learning, WBT and lately LRS.   On the 70-20-10 front, well that is something entirely different and will be presented here in a few fine moments, since it is back, actually never left for some in learning. “The Truth? Who does that?

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What is our role in online learning?

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Initially this post was going to be whether or not LMSs have become commodities (they haven’t). . However, after reading another article on another country (Brazil) in a depression, China and its economic woes, the under utilization of many employees in the United States (due to the past recession) along with folks who have given up looking for work or finding a job still difficult to acquire, a post on such an initial topic didn’t see the right thing to do. Rather the above says something different to me.  The question in what is the role of online learning in today’s world?

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New E-Learning Rankings: Authoring Tools

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Everyone loves lists. Lists for the best books written in 1899 (right?), best products that work under water (summer time) and from the e-learning prospective – the best authoring tools. Authoring tools are always changing – some for the better, others for the worst. Therefore, new rankings are in order. Vendors can move up, down or out of the rankings – after all it is on-going.

xAPI, LRS – The Interview

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Today’s post is quite unique since it takes a different path than previous posts. xAPI and LRS (Learning Record Stores) have been in the news and frankly everywhere within the e-learning industry in the past 1.5 years. The challenge was how to do it, since it contains an extensive amount of technical jargon, that cannot be easily removed. . This is where I had an epiphany.  . Grainger, Inc.

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Final Post Analysis of #HRTechConf 2015

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It is over.  A big expo with several LMS vendors along with a few HR focused vendors who had a “learning component” to their systems. Lots of interesting stuff happening over in the HR space, but this analysis is all about our beloved e-learning and thus wonderful LMS flying machines (anyone see that movie? Anyone?). Let’s jump right in – but first let me say this – I for the life of me cannot understand why the conference on day one did not provide free lunch boxes? . Personally, it was kind of lame and rotten on the part of the conference. Good). Halogen. Infor.

DevLearn 2014 Conference Review

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Greetings!  Back from another interesting conference, this one packed a whallop and I mean that in a good way. The show? DevLearn.  The location: Las Vegas, NV.  The result?  Wowsa-Rama!! While there were LMS vendors present, this is a show more suited for authoring tool vendors, e-learning tool vendors and vendors who enhance or increase engagement in courses or content. The Conference Sessions.

To be or not to be Moodle

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Right now you are probably in one of three camps when it comes to open source LMSs, specifically Moodle: Huge fan and most likely have it. Not a fan of it. Thinking of soup, I mean Noodles! And you may be thinking, okay, here it comes – here comes the “hate” with Moodle. . It is not hate that I bring upon you good folk, rather it is the facts concerning Moodle and to be fair a comparison between it and in general commercial systems (since feature sets may differ, systems do differ to a degree, design, UI, my mom’s BBQ chicken (mmm), etc.). Anyway, it is education. 

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Top 15 Learning Management Systems mid-year 2014

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I love to travel. especially love it when I get the opportunity to present all over the world on a variety of e-learning topics. I love meeting new folks who have either been big fans and supporters of e-learning or are totally new to e-learning and seeking out information and knowledge. Yet, despite the knowledge transfer, the gaining of additional insight, I am always perplexed at the number of folks who talk about LMSs as though they are no longer relevant and use words like traditional or out dated. Yeah, they forget that part. scoff at this idea. Wing it no more. Supports mobile.

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On Fire in 2013 – What’s going to be hot in e-learning

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Yeah I know its not the end of the year, when such forecasts tend to show up in droves. But, fire never waits for anyone or anything and based on my analysis in the marketplace, expect a five alarm fire. For each of these items in e-learning. Authoring Tools. Actors & Avatars. HTML5. Listen you love flash. In 2012, I’ve seen a slow uptake with tools that can output to HTML5. with TinCan).

Gamification in E-Learning – Are you really learning?

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I’m an addict. An addict for games. Not just any type of game mind you, rather one that I can win at.  I readily admit to playing my Xbox 360 late into the night forgetting that I have to rise and shine early. By the Numbers. If you have been calculating the points while viewing the stats you would have seen: Gamification market will reach 2.8 Billion dollars by 2016 (M2 Research).

2014 E-Learning Awards

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Everyone loves to win awards. In fact, I can’t recall someone not being happy to win an award. Okay, Marlon Brando and George C. Scott are two exceptions, but when it comes to e-learning, winning an award brings excitement across the board. With that in mind, I’d like to present my e-learning awards for 2014. The requirements?  My brain.  Yep, totally unscientific here for the most part, except for the LMS awards and authoring tools based on a set of criteria (which was used in the 2014-15 LMS Top 50 report, available for purchase on Jan. 20th). Nominees. Let’s Start it off.

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Video Learning Platforms

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Flashback. VHS VCR comes home – literally if you bought one.  Beta is better, but VHS wins.  Beta player owners realize the game is up – and decide to cryogenically freeze players until the masses realize what they are missing. 1978 – Laserdisc debuts in Atlanta, GA.  Far superior to anything before.  Beta folks run out and buy it.  VHS still dominates. 1981 – MTV arrives.

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