What is in store for the LMS Space: My Forecasts for 2016
NOVEMBER 18, 2015
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.
State of the Authoring Tool Industry
MAY 16, 2016
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,
Five LMS Sins
MARCH 8, 2016
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? .
Perceptions and Factoids (LMS)
JUNE 13, 2016
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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2016 Top 10 LMSs
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
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!
Mobile Learning – Is it melting away?
MARCH 19, 2016
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.
Hey LMS Santa!
DECEMBER 22, 2015
I remember the days when Santa would come to my house. We’d leave some carrots for his reindeer, cookies for him (always fresh made by Mom) and milk. Why milk and not booze? . Good question. . guess Santa enjoyed the refreshing taste of milk. Which reminds me, why not chocolate milk? It was always white milk. I demand an investigation. Hey Santa! Hey Santa. Mid-size all the way. Boots?
Top 10 NextGen LMSs for 2015-2016
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
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.
State of the Authoring Tool Industry 2015
JULY 14, 2015
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 Six E-Learning Tools for 2015
SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
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?
E-Learning 24/7 Superhero Reader Edition: LRS Pros/Cons, Course design – what works
FEBRUARY 26, 2016
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
JUNE 29, 2015
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).
Product Review – Adobe Captivate Prime LMS
AUGUST 27, 2015
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.
Top 50 LMS Report for 2016 – What you need to know (criteria, approach, and yeah some vendors)
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
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.
Mobile Mania – The Latest on M-Learning
FEBRUARY 16, 2015
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.
Your Top Three Gamification LMSs for 2016
JANUARY 6, 2016
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?
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.
Top Ten Learning Management Systems – July Rankings
JULY 16, 2013
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.
Where the LMS is Heading
OCTOBER 6, 2015
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.
70-20-10 : No longer applicable to online learning – and here’s why
NOVEMBER 11, 2015
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?
Future Technologies – Get Ready because they could change the way we learn online
JULY 7, 2015
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.
Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI
Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!
What is our role in online learning?
SEPTEMBER 19, 2015
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?
Creating an e-learning strategy that works
APRIL 21, 2015
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?
Courseware LMSs – Good or bad for the industry?
JUNE 21, 2016
Y o u may be sitting right now with third party content in your LMS. Maybe you purchased it via Open Sesame, or Skillsoft. Maybe you scored it via Wiley, but in many possibilities you purchased the content thru your LMS vendor. It’s much easier than say going directly to the content provider, buying it from them and then having them talk to your LMS vendor to put it in for you (which, honestly you should do, because it will save you money). recall going directly to Rosetta Stone, buying some an entire Latin American course unit from them and having them place it into my LMS for me.
New E-Learning Rankings: Authoring Tools
FEBRUARY 14, 2013
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.
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Final Post Analysis of #HRTechConf 2015
OCTOBER 23, 2015
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.
xAPI, LRS – The Interview
JANUARY 12, 2015
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.
DevLearn 2014 Conference Review
NOVEMBER 2, 2014
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
AUGUST 15, 2014
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
AUGUST 8, 2014
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.
On Fire in 2013 – What’s going to be hot in e-learning
SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
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?
APRIL 25, 2013
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
DECEMBER 29, 2014
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
MARCH 7, 2013
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.
B2B Top Five LMSs
JULY 17, 2014
I admit I love lists. I’m one of those people who sees a book of lists about anything and then I must have it. must read it. I just like lists. It seems to me that there are others who also love lists. After all there is a social media site dedicated to people making their own lists and then sharing those lists with other people. Yep, people love lists. Many times, the lists can be about information that is only relevant to a select few or to the person writing the list. Yet, other times, the list carries value and benefit. Channel Partners. Distribution partners. Warehouses. Uh, no.
Top 8 FREE Open Source LMSs
SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
Everyone loves free, especially with software. Free software should be in a class by itself, because it often rumbles into three areas: 100% free with no watermarks, limited features/capabilities. 100% free but with limited features (if you want those gone you pay for it). 100% free but with limitations (and you cannot upgrade – some ATs actually do this – with the goal of you buying another of their products). Especially, people seeking a LMS. Criteria. Hence, the word “free” All the systems below are 100% free open source systems. Offers plugins, add-ons. Say it!).
LMS Do and Don’ts – Isn’t it time to do what’s right?
JULY 21, 2015
As a child you may have decided that the cookies were a must. There you are, grabbing them, hiding and munching away (I still do this as an adult). Anyway, a voice calls out, “Ahem. Where are the cookies?” ” Your caught, but not before you shove more into your mouth. Welcome to the world of “do not do this” Adult Stage. Your boss tells you that their boss will be making the rounds today and whatever you do, do not surf the net and such and such time. Your significant other says that it is okay if you go out with your friends. You smile with glee. Point.
Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy
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PENS – Why your LMS and Authoring Tool Solution should include it
APRIL 28, 2015
Paul Schneider in my opinion is one of the guru’s in the authoring tool industry. have been fortunate to know Paul for over 10 years and have always been impressed with his insight. In 2005, PENS was launched by AICC but did not initially gain wide acceptance. And now the interview. Paul, before we start, I think the readers would be very interested in your background. What are your thoughts?
E-Learning Jargon: What you might think it is.well…
SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
As many of you are aware the e-learning world is well known for its jargon. In turn it is this jargon that can create confusion and misunderstanding not only for newbies into the space but also for hardened veterans. While it would be so much simpler if everyone used the same terminology – consumer world equal to e-learning world, that would be to easy and as anyone who has even put their toes into the online learning world, easy is a word that is rarely afforded. Gamification among other things involves gaming elements. Remember those two words – gaming elements. Gaming Elements.