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Top Picks for 2016 – E-Learning

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After a whirlwind week that for many of us has left an indelible mark of uneasiness and concern, we all need a little good cheer. Sure we could ask Santa to make a special emergency delivery. We could inquire why Black Friday or Cyber Monday is always after Thanksgiving. Heck, we could even demand that for this year it starts like today. Best Web Conferencing Tool. Can go real-time too.  HD Audio.

LMS Decision Making Criteria B4 U Buy

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If you are like me, you have probably seen dozens of posts or articles out there telling you here is “how to pick an LMS”, “criteria for selecting an LMS”, “best practices for buying an LMS” and so forth. The problem I have with all these items, is wondering how many of these people have bought an LMS, i.e. been on your side – the buyer’s side? 

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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My forecasts for 2017

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And the crowds roared.  And the people sang from the hilltops. And a lot of prognosticators wouldn’t stay it.  They wouldn’t admit it. That yes, they missed the boat.  . They spewed their forecasts, left others to spout “Wow, and yeah,” but failed to see the trends. Miss the big picture. Some of my personal favorites. Talent/Performance Management will take over LMSs, whereas people will want it OR the LMS will become a Talent/PM solution first and foremost. WRONG:  Talent/PM in an LMS and its subsets, has already hit its peak.  Skewed is a better word. Bullturds. 

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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 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? 

The E-Learning Slug Awards

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It’s going to be a slugfest. Slugging it out? Slugfantastic! Yes, I made up that word, but go with it. I don’t know about you, but while I love giving out awards to systems, authoring tools and e-learning tools that deserve it, rarely do you hear about platforms that are slugs. . Equally, where the industry loves jargon, buzz words and the latest whatever, some deserve to be in the slug folder.  Maybe they need a squish or perhaps just a little push with a stick to go faster. Sheesh, these slugs are slow. slug to pass you by? Yuck.Yuck). Under e-commerce, accept Visa/MC.  ” .

Presidential Politics, LMSs – The Cycle

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If you are like me, there sure has been a lot of vitriol spilled in this year’s US Election. Some folks say it is the worst ever, but a fan of political history will note that this cycle of the insider needs to be out, the problems with Washingon and overall tone is nothing new. . note this because in the LMS and its subsets field, the same type of repeat, wash and repeat cycle exists.  Sure, there isn’t the vitriol of the campaign, nor feelings so upset that people cannot work together.  But there is plenty of hogwash there, nevertheless. Cycle A – Polling Political Style.

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Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

We sat down with Tom Clancy, former CLO of EMC, to discuss the role of video in the future of enterprise learning and communication.

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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2016 Top 10 LMSs

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Thank you all for the delay.  It’s been a long few weeks, putting together the 2016 Top 50 LMS Report. Before, I jump into the Top 10 for 2016, some interesting bits of info. a. This year’s report comes in at slightly over 500 pages – all of which is in an easy to read format, getting right to the point. b. 43 profiles, whereas each vendor responded to 12 questions – covering everything from setup fees to data centers to latest features to support/training to security/privacy.  . c.  Sorry, no autographs. . f.  The price is $599.  An super duper deal.  10, 10.10). Check!

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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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.

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Build Gr8 Micro-Learning Course

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For months I’ve been telling folks that if they want to learn how to build outstanding courses, they should surf deep into the search engines, locate the information and begin their learning experience. I was wrong. Now before you go “WHAT?”, ”, let me tell you why.  The other day, I went deep into the search engine world, using multiple engines including DuckDuckGo, Google, Dogpile and a few others, and while I discovered a lot of information on ID insight, a lot of it was either outdated, unusable or just outright none applicable to today’s course building.

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).

Am I an LMS? And if so.

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A few weeks back, I was speaking at an event and was asked a question, “What do you look for when you select an LMS?”  ”  I thought for a few moments because my response would vary, such as “as an analyst”, “expert”, “consumer – purchasing them on my own in the past for companies I worked at”, “client perspective” or a combination of factors. When I write my Top 50 report, I wear multiple hats ensuring that all factors are considered, beyond just the weighting and point totals (based on many tiers of data and information).

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Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

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.

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.

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?

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. 

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

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.

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. 

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,

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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Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.

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?

Game Based Learning – Competition

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I don’t know about you, but I want to see who really does an awesome job at creating game based courses for learning.  In just the past few weeks, I’ve heard from many folks on my social media channels talking about how game based learning is poor, at least from what they have seen. I can’t completely disagree with them, although I have seen some really cool stuff. The problem though, is that the cool stuff I see has been created for a specific customer and isn’t widely distributed. Maybe if you are eight, but as an adult? Literally. Who Can Enter – i.e Absolutely.

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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.

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. 

Quality Control process for E-Learning

Quality assurance is often reduced to correcting errors in a nearly completed learning product. But creating a quality assurance process that influences decisions throughout production reduces the amount of revisions. This is the final step to ensuring that e-Learning applications are not themselves a barrier to learning

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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