LMSs that kick ass: Mzinga
JANUARY 9, 2009
Mzinga is the result of a merger between KnowledgePlanet and Shared Insights at the end of 2007. My more recent contact at Mzinga is Dave Wilkins. I spoke with Dave via email about what Mzinga is doing with social media. Q: What social media tools is Mzinga incorporating into their LMS? A: Dave Wilkins - Mzinga has taken a comprehensive approach to social learning by developing three models throughout various components of our entire Social Learning Suite. Disclosure: Mzinga was a sponsor of Brandon Hall Research’s IiL08 conference.). Thanks Dave!
Conflicting personas: social media as an ‘AND’ role (initially titled ‘AND’ job which is entirely inappropriate, even for this blog)
DECEMBER 29, 2009
Susan is Senior PR Manager at Mzinga who communicates with all sorts of people on Twitter. You know one of those brief tweets or status updates that can easily be lifted from bigger, continuous conversations you’re having with online friends and followers? Out of context stuff. Poor partygirl99. Williams’ statement is very true. It’s the AND part of the job. Wha??? Ready?
LMSs that kick ass: ElementK’s KnowledgeHub
JANUARY 16, 2009
Mzinga. Probably just three years ago, if you said Element K I would have immediately thought about off-the-shelf courseware. However, Element K has made substantial, progressive improvements to their LMS, most recently by building custom integrations between Jive Clearspace and KnowledgeHub, Element K’s LMS. They announced this in October, 2008. Via email, I asked Sue Rodeman, VP., Platform Prod Management & Marketing, Element K about their social media capabilities. Here’s what she had to say: Q: What social media tools is Element K incorporating into their LMS?
LMSs that kick ass - OutStart
JANUARY 23, 2009
Mzinga. Another Friday and another LMS that kicks ass! This week’s featured system is OutStart. I interviewed Jeff Whitney, Vice President of Marketing. By way of background, Jeff told me that OutStart has two flavors: Participate, their general social software solution and TrainingEdge.com, their SaaS solution which includes LMS, collaborative authoring, and social media specifically configured to support learning. OutStart acquired Participate Systems in November, 2005 and since then they’ve enhanced the system extensively and integrated it with their other learning solutions.
LMS and Social Learning
MARCH 31, 2009
Mzinga seems to have jumped out early with a strong social platform that also has an LMS capability. Dave Wilkins from Mzinga talks about the two models of social learning as depicted by the diagram on the right. As a follow on to the discussion of social learning and formal learning in Long Live … great post by BJ Schone - Have LMSs Jumped The Shark? Users hate the system. It’s ugly.
JANUARY 13, 2009
This will be something like: Hot List for the Week of 1/2/2009 - 1/9/2009 Hot List Posts Tool Set 2009 The U.S. Air Force: Moving Full Scale Into Social Media i-Clickr Year of the cloud Rypple: telling it like it is 2009 Predictions, Remembrance and Challenges What is the TRUE cost Rapid eLearning? There are some very cool new features especially our hot list feature coming out soon on the eLearning Learning Content Community. The site is beginning to take into account social signals. Thus it belongs in both a best of list and a hot list. Other items come from other sources.
Hot Last Week
JANUARY 21, 2009
Report: Community Platforms Market Led by Jive Software and Telligent - ReadWriteWeb Hot Last Week Keywords eLearning Strategy Social Media Work Skills KnowledgeHub ScreenToaster Cooliris Quizmaker OnDemand Meridian Mzinga GeoLearning Saba Notes on the weekly hot last week. Using the same approach as Hot List , I've compiled. The posts come from the primary sources for this group. Other items come from other sources. Keywords are based on occurrences this week in addition to other social signals. Browse eLearning Content at www.elearninglearning.com
Social Media Goals
APRIL 2, 2009
Mzinga is clearly targeted at the learning space, being integrated with an LMS. Yet, for a learning group, Mzinga’s integration of formal and informal learning is also plausible. I spent yesterday touring the Web 2.0 expo (part of the time with fellow miscreant Jay Cross ), and it led me to think a bit more about social media tools and approaches. After touring the floor, having lunch, and touring the floor some more before the keynotes, my reflections have to do with hybrids and implementation. Do you integrate, or do you have APIs to couple capabilities? How about you?
Top 10 posts for the year
DECEMBER 31, 2009
According to Google Analytics, here’s the top content for this blog in 2009. Learning Management Systems that kick ass: Mzinga – An interview with Dave Wilkins about what Mzinga is doing with social media. Thanks, as always, for reading and for your insightful contributions. On to 2010… Multi-Generational Learning in the Workplace – Message: designing instruction based on a person’s age is not supported by research. Role Models in Educational Technology on Ada Lovelace Day – A listing of notable women in the education technology field.
New skills for learning professionals
Jay Cross's Informal Learning
JULY 1, 2009
Last month I opened the IADIS eLearning 2009 Conference in Portugal with an address on Redefining Instructional Design. We addressed this question at the April 2009 Learntrends event. Mzinga’s Dave Wilkins describes several production roles. This month’s big question asks, “In a Learning 2.0 Charles Jennings, Ellen Wagner, and Curt Bonk vigorously tackled the issue.
The future is people, not technology
MAY 30, 2009
CLO magazine, June 2009. Mzinga’s Dave Wilkins describes several production roles. More Human Than Human. Column on Effectiveness, by Jay Cross. The future is people, not technology. My last column in CLO called for the abolition of corporate training departments. Now some instructors and traditional instructional designers see me as a job threat. They needn’t worry.
Rapid (Collaborative) Authoring Tools for developers/SMEs in multiple locations
JUNE 17, 2009
Mzinga Publisher. I’ve been slicing and dicing our Authoring Tool KnowledgeBase and doing some online research in response to a question about collaborative rapid authoring tools that developers in multiple locations can use. Thought I’d share what I found for three reasons - (1) hopefully to provide some valuable information, (2) to see who I may have missed so I can add them and/or get them added to our KnowledgeBase (3) to let you know about the type of client-driven research we do at Brandon Hall Research. Immediately heard back from two people. CC2 (Inmarkets). Ltd.).
eLearning User Groups
SEPTEMBER 29, 2009
Mzinga. Last week I went to the Metrics That Matter user group in Chicago. During my trip, I started thinking about user groups related to learning and technology. Other than conferences, where do learning and technology professionals get together to discuss ideas with each other? Conferences are great; I attend them and present at them on a fairly regular basis. But too often these events are more focused on presentations than collaboration and idea sharing. We can learn a ton from each other simply by trading stories and experiences, and we should do this more often. lrnchat. Inquisiq.
LMSs that kick ass: Saba
JANUARY 2, 2009
Next week: Mzinga. Disclosure: Saba’s Centra was recently named the Webcast platform for Brandon Hall Research’s Webinars and virtual workshops in 2009. The sixth LMS in the LMSs that kick ass Friday series is Saba. Saba’s primary market is corporate learning with just more than half of all implementations installed behind-the-firewall (largest implementation 2,000,000 learners). Their total number of registered users/learners worldwide is 17,000,000 at over 1300 organizations. I interviewed Ben Willis, Sr. generation of our suite; we are now moving into the 6.x
Is There a Better Way to Social Learning?
JULY 21, 2010
Companies will choose best-of-breed social business software vendors for enterprise social learning deployments, not niche players Below is Gartner’s 2009 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace, G00171792 [see note at end of post]. I would add that Mzinga is another elearning company on this chart, in addition to Saba. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc. Well said.
Looking Back at 2007
DECEMBER 31, 2007
My expectation is that I'll be doing more speaking in 2009 based on some new work. However, there's Communities / Social Networking and LMS Merger announcement around Mzinga. In December 2006, I posted my challenges and predictions for 2007. I thought it would be worth looking back at what I said in this post to see how I did for the year. Shortly, I'll be responding to this month's Big Question with my Predictions for Learning in 2008. Biggest challenges for 2007? Especially since I'm spoiled by a really great, really nice, fun group of developers. We were very fortunate.