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What’s the Difference Between an LMS and an LCMS? Hint: It’s Not Just the Letter “C”

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For example, you’ve likely seen Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) discussed on various websites and company pages. An LMS manages people’s interactions with learning content. In short, it’s the learning delivery platform. How is an LCMS Different from an LMS? Wrong.


eLearning Glossary: Definitions for the Most Commonly Used Terms

Association eLearning

SCORM, LMS, AMS, LCMS, API, JITT, what does it all mean?! eLearning -Also referred to as internet-based learning, web-based learning, and online learning is any training or education delivered via computer. Digitec, Instructional Designer, Jennifer Ritter wrote a blog about this recently explaining, “I now realize that I was raised with game-based learning.

Four Wishes for LMS Buyers

Association eLearning

wish the genie would prompt all LMS Buyers to Google and read the definition of Learning Management System before calling me.  If they would do this, the first item that comes up is this link to a Wikipedia article. Further down in the article LMS Buyers will see a list of standard LMS functionality compared to LCMS functionality. captivate.html.

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

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For each of these items in e-learning. In 2012 it has been all about collaborative/peer review with authoring products, and it still will be in 2013, but the avatars/actors with/without backgrounds are going to be in “fuego” Where can it go? Just as you can with PENS authoring tools and the systems that support PENS (i.e Learning in General. Learning.

Knowledge Direct Version 6.0 Learning Managment System (LMS) Now Available

Association eLearning

Digitec released the latest version of the award-winning Knowledge Direct learning management system this month. includes new features and functionality, as well as enhancements to the system’s current feature set. Version 6.0 ” New Version 6.0 includes the following new features and updates: Enhanced User Interface – Knowledge Direct 6.0 Tweet This!

The LMS Meets 2017: Top 15 Learning Tech Predictions

Talented Learning

Hands down, our learning technology “predictions” list is our favorite post to develop each year. Rather, they are educated guesses about learning technology trends, based on our continuous market research, our consulting interactions with countless LMS buyers and sellers and more than 20 years of experience we’ve accumulated in the learning industry. Want to Learn More? 

Top 50 LMS Mid Rankings Report – What you need to know

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Breakdowns of each system including latest new features and quick take. Listing of top three systems in the following verticals – Banking/Finance, Manufacturing, Association, Education K-12, Higher Education, B2B. Listing of top five systems that I see as NextGen systems. Learning Features -  On/Off synch, Native app, self-contained app, responsive mobile design, capabilities in the app. Vertical Alignment – Does your system hit the verticals or verticals you are targeting; I see many who use the blast to everyone approach, never a good idea.

LMS Setup Fees: For some vendors it’s a cash cow

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The other day I walked into my bank. I was informed of this new product which would meet my needs. Implementation, training, project management and support were common components of a client side server LMS – and huge revenue generators. Nor charge for skins, maintenance, updates and project management hours and yet they are still profitable. Includes all the above components and may also include higher tier of support and a base set of project management hours. Learning 24/7. learning LCMS learning management system Lite LMS LMS SAAS LMS setup fees

August Topic: Learning Management Systems

Bottom-Line Performance

As Jenn first told you in July , Lessons on Learning has a whole new format. This month, we’ll be focusing on Learning Management Systems. Differences between an LMS and an LCMS. The future of learning management systems: Web 2.0 Learning Management Systems: The Basics. But do you know what a learning management system really is? According to PC Magazine , an LMS administers instructor-led and e-learning courses and keeps track of student progress. Assigning e-learning courses.

Features that are must haves in any LMS

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Anyway, next to user interface and support, features can make or break your system. The problem though is that many systems fail to recognize the difference makers. Learning environment. Assign x users to one group, assign “y” to another group – with each group having different courses, learning content, etc. Other standard favorites included some type of “event management” albeit the term wasn’t necessarily used.  It is like “har har” Event Management. Learning Environment. Learning 24/7.

Bob Little – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


Bob Little is a writer , commentator and publicist who works globally, specializing in the corporate online learning industry. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape. Join us on this exciting journey as we engage with thought leaders and learning innovators to see what the future of our industry looks like. LCMSs.

2011 LMS Award Winners plus a quick note on m-learning

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Initially I was going to provide a list of all my award winners including web conferening, stand alone mobile learning, etc., Before announcing the winners, I have seen a trend regarding mobile learning, that can easily mislead folks. Mobile Learning. Two years ago there were some folks who believed that mobile learning where tools, etc. What has been applying is the term mobile learning and how it it pitched to consumers in the e-learning sector, especially with LMS/LCMS/Learning platform vendors. K-12 Commercial System of the Year.

Learning Management Systems that kick ass: Generation21

Janet Clarey

I'll be highlighting one Learning Management System (LMS) every Friday. What social media tools are you guys incorporating into your LMS? A: John Stearns- Gen21's product focus is on its core product functionality. We also maintain a relationship with a strategic partner who offers an extensive social media product integrated with Gen21. The elements of social media in our LMS are those that related most directly to our mission to enable learning. Will they lose productivity? This post is part of the Friday series "LMSs that kick ass.&#

Questions to Ask Ur Prospective LMS Vendor

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If you are like the thousands of other people exploring the purchase of a learning management system, the key to success is asking the right questions. . Because if you are using a content authoring tool that is SCORM 2004, then you must find a system that is at least 2004.  If you purchased an AICC only, then you have to find a system that is AICC compliant. Does your system generate certificates?  Do you have templates built into the system?  For systems that include templates, find out what you can actually edit or include? Questions.

Learning Technology Products 2009 Report out now

The E-Learning Curve

Hundreds of content authoring tools, learning management systems, and learning content. The E-learning Curve blog shares thought-provoking commentary and practical knowledge for e-learning professionals. Tags: Brandon Hall Research Learning Management System knowledgebase LMS knowledge base Learning Technology Products LCMS elearning Report The number of available tools and technologies for online employee training continues to grow each year. Find out more.

Product Review: Mzinga OmniSocial

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I’m on my way to get a car that enables me to launch a robust social learning system.  Of course, my biggest challenge is to find something that can really meet my needs now and then in the years to come, especially in today’s economy.  I get to the lot, avoid the salespeople who come out of nowhere to chase me down and spot a shiny ultra hip vehicle. OmniSocial is a social learning platform, with learning management capabilities and with the ability to select individual apps in the system and only use those you select to install onto your web site or learning portal. 

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What is an LMS?


Learning Management Systems Allow Powerful Training Programs to be Delivered on the Go. Over the past decade or so, powerful software for managing complex databases has been combined with digital frameworks for managing curriculum, training materials, and evaluation tools. The result is a technology known as the Learning Management System (LMS).

4 LMS Features That Were Hot and Now Are Not

Absorb LMS

Apart from a two-year stint selling tropical fish at a local pet shop when I was 16, my entire career has been in learning technology. As an analyst a decade later, I wrote industry reports about learning management systems, authoring tools, and other technologies. Here are four learning management system features that were hot, and now are not: 1.

What’s new in the world of digital learning

Learning Wire

The longest days of summer are already gone, businesses are slowing down and one by one employees are  enjoying a well-deserved vacation: what more perfect time to get acquainted with the trends of the digital learning world?! As they do each year, last April the Brandon Hall published its latest study on the status and results of various learning solutions. But there’s a catch.

Top 10 Posts From 2013


Since the beginning of the year, we’ve published more than 200 posts on everything from the updated GHS standards , to the best Mac productivity apps —even the threat of a sriracha shortage. We’ve learned a lot over the past year and we wanted to share the popular lessons with you. Top 100 Tools for Learning in 2013. eLearning 101: How to Make an eLearning Course  . OpenSesam

Buying a LMS? Acronyms You Must Know (Part 2)


Acronyms You Must Know (Part 1), we explained 15 acronyms related to Learning and Development Industry and we continue to explain the next set of acronyms through this blog. EHRI -Enterprise Human Resources Integration : US federal government’s human resource system that gets integrated with any federally deployed LMS. In our last blog “Buying a LMS? The post Buying a LMS?


Proactive, Not Reactive: Strategic with Technology

Web Courseworks

“…we abandoned the term e-learning entirely.” research, Association Learning & Technology 2014 , Cobb and Steele analyze how 200 associations report using technology to “enable and enhance learning.”. Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele, founders of Tagoras and authors of Association Learning + Technology. Technology-enabled learning. ” Wow! Bold

Learning Pulse


Home > Industry Talk > Learning Pulse Learning Pulse April 8th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment Jay Cross has started a conversation on the Future of Organizational Learning and Development. Michael Hanley analyzing 5 factors that are contributing to the emergence of informal and non-formal learning. Blended learning, Talent management and Learning 2.0 are discussed in the first part whereas Knowledge centers and Learning simulations in the second part of his blog posting. Learn more about Dawn here. Wow, it is amazing!

E-Learning News and Notes

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Standalone Quiz/Assessment Tools. I’ve really been watching this space for the past two years, and while there continue to be enough products that fit within this category, I’m on the belief that this space is on the downside. love Questionmark, its a wonderful product and it can use a “connector” to integrate into your learning platform or system. Greater increase in the number of learning management systems offering quiz/assessment tools. Again, you can find them in most learning systems and even some authoring tools.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Learning apps. Branon Learning Management System App Stores Bob Little Apps, Not Courses Inge de Waard Augmented reality moves towards augmented learning with easy tools: Wikitude , Layar , ARToolKit. Situated learning (learning within context in a community of practice) grows thanks to augmented mobile reality. Learning Analytics 6. Rovy F.

Some interesting Moodle audio visual plugins just released

The E-Learning Curve

In the e-learning world we use learning management systems (or LMS) to manage this task. An LMS (or the related Learning Content Management System) is software for delivering, tracking and managing training and education resources. LMSs range from systems for managing learner records to software for distributing coursesvia the Internet, typically including features for online collaboration. user notification, manager approval, wait-list management) The provision of on-line learning (e.g.,


Learning Solutions Series: Trends in Authoring Tools


So you’ve decided to implement online learning (or elearning, whatever your preference may be). Authoring tools typically allow you to create the content for courses or training programs and set them up in the correct format for delivery via a learning management system (LMS). Just 1.6% of organizations create this type of product in-house. Solutions Series

Advantages of WordPress over Moodle


Open-source software has ushered in a new era of possibilities in the learning space. For a while now, Moodle has been the world’s most popular open-source learning management system. It  has enabled organizations of all sizes to deliver and track learning to (likely) millions of people across the globe. Not too long ago, I met Patrick Selby from On Learning Point.  A seasoned learning professional, Patrick and I shared a similar viewpoint on the advantages of choosing WordPress over Moodle. Lately, however, Moodle is becoming rather stale.

LMSs that kick ass:

Janet Clarey

This week on the Friday series, LMSs that kick ass , I’ m pleased to feature ’s LearnCenter system. So, they’re one of the big players among commercial learning management systems. When reviewing systems, you’ll find that a key differentiator of this system is that it is homegrown and not an integration of several outside products. We’ve taken major steps to bring the “at home” style of learning into the corporation without making it stereotypically “formal”. Generation21. GeoLearning. Meridian KSI.

User Friendly or Hype?

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Our customers find our system user friendly and easy to use. The number one reason people leave their current system or purchase a different e-learning product? Quiz assessment tools and systems, that assume everyone wants to do T/F and M/C  or Short Answer and T/F only. Every time I see a product, two statements seem to be universal. If I am a potential customer, I would expect nothing less to come out of the vendor’s mouth on their product and user friendliness. Learning Management Systems, LCMS, Learning Portals.

LMS True or False

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Ahh the LMS/LCMS world where everything is a wonderful world of pear trees, green grass, sunny days and where there are no myths, no falsehoods, just internal bliss – awaiting the customer. The Big Dog Learning Management Systems are the best in the market – FALSE.   LCMS) out there that are mid level and honestly even small dogs.   In the Big Dog market – I like two systems, another one is average and the rest are unimpressive. surmise that if it means showing you the product versus losing you, they will show you the product.

Latest E-Learning Trends – Some good, some bad

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trend that is happening in the LMS market more so than in the other e-learning markets, is the failure to follow their path of success. I am seeing many vendors whose products were built for SMB (and more aligned on the lower side of mid size companies) who are now pushing into the mid/upper mid to large size customer band.   The problem here is that they developed a solution that is not made for 10,000 or more end users. The product suffers from lots of bugs after the last update. The spin of course, is that open source systems enable APIs. Learning 24/7.

Best of Elearning! 2015 Finalists Revealed


magazines, the industry voices of the enterprise learning and workforce technology market, announced today the Best of Elearning! Readers and professionals from both the private and public sector cast more than 4,000 nominations for the best-in-class solutions across 30 product categories. Celebration at the Enterprise Learning! The program is a User’s Choice Award whereby learning professionals vote with their ballot for best-in-class solutions. This year, 100 individual products and solutions are being named as finalists — up from 89 in 2014. ePath Learning.

CMS: An Alternative to a LMS for those who seek Portals or Communities

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While the race is on for people to get LMSs and LCMSs, there are some people who either do not want or need a LMS/LCMS, but want to create a learning community or more often, some type of  portal – intranet or internet. They may call it a  “learning portal&# or “training or knowledge portal&# or whatever. Get a CMS – Content Management System. CMSs were initially created and are often used for organizing and  managing websites and web content, including documents, files, media, etc.  This a full functioning systems and free.