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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. How is an LCMS Different from an LMS? An LCMS goes one step farther. In addition to everything an LMS does, an LCMS also lets you create learning content (courses, lessons, modules, etc.). Wrong. What’s an LMS?


LCMS - Warehouse and Authoring

Tony Karrer

I’ve received some good feedback on my post Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) for Managing Course Assets. One thing is pretty clear, LCMS tools have really headed towards a kind of super Authoring tool and there's a related but quite distinct need for support for a Warehouse. In terms of use of traditional LCMS products towards the needs cited in the previous post, Brenda Robinson and I had a good "discussion" around this - email exchange. My larger customers faced the same problem and use LCMS to fix it. Another problem solved by LCMS technology.


Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) for Managing Course Assets

Tony Karrer

They have an LMS but not an LCMS. long time ago, the goal of an LCMS was to help to manage all of these kinds of assets. Along the way, a lot of the LCMS products on the market have become more about a kind of authoring approached with content stored in a database that is transformed into courseware. They also handle asset management, but I really have not been seeing the kind of large scale adoption of LCMS products for that purpose. But I’m not sure they line up with what most LCMS packages provide – unless you decide that you will use it as a super-authoring tool.



Dawn of Learning

Also, LMSs do not provide IDs with the deep analytics required to understand what content is working and what content is not. . Another important learning tool that some may not be familiar with is a Learning Content Management System (LCMS). An LCMS is not meant to replace an LMS, as the LCMS enables authoring, presenting, and publishing via the LMS. Key: ? All LMSs. ?


Bob Little – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


As the Senior Partner of Bob Little Press & PR , you have been providing business-to-business public relations (PR) services to many organizations in the ‘learning’ and ‘learning technologies’ industry for years. Examples include helping the US-based LMS provider, Pathlore, to be acquired by SumTotal Systems and helping the UK-based learning content producer, Skillchange Systems, to be acquired by Vega (which, itself, was later acquired by an Italian company). ABOUT BOB LITTLE (Senior Partner, Bob Little Press & PR). THE INTERVIEW: 1. Learnnovators: Hi Bob. LCMSs.

State of the LMS 2012

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Provided a strong cluster sample, representing folks across the globe, not just the U.S. Do you have a LMS/LCMS/Learning Platform. One important data point here – the term “LCMS” is on its deathbed. always recommend going to the 3rd party content provider for my 3rd party courses – i.e. soft skills, MS Office, etc. Survey. Lasted for one month.

Ways to Keep Learners Attentive During an Online Course

360 Training

Having a fun or novelty factor in the learning can help perk interest, while providing variety and a refreshing “mini-break.” The information should be valuable and relevant to the key topic—but provide the sort of interesting nugget you might relay to a colleague during a coffee break, or to a family member at the end of the day. Surprising statistics, fun facts, and “did you know” call-outs can all work very well here.     Go beyond just providing content—present it. Tips and Tricks authoring elearning ideas LCMS Shazia training Learning can be challenging.

The Power of eLearning Templates

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Templates walk you through exactly what you need to do, and what text, pictures, audio, or video you need to provide. Use, re-use, and update templates in various courses to provide rewarding learning experiences to your students. Focus your energy on authoring great course content and let the Learning Content management System (LCMS) handle the rest.

How to Make Better eLearning Videos

360 Training

In an effort to meet the expectations of digital learners, we have to employ different methodologies to provide engaging and relevant knowledge. 360training Learning Content Management (LCMS)  offers streaming video download (MP4 format) that allows users to upload larger files. To accommodate students with hearing difficulties or those with system issues, it is always a good idea to provide a video transcript, so that they are not left behind. Examples Help How To Tips and Tricks authoring design tips elearning LCMS planning Shazia trainingWhy should we use videos?

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Differences and Distinctions: LMS vs. LCMS

Bottom-Line Performance

As we begin our investigation into LMS systems this month, it seems useful to talk about the distinction between an LMS and an LCMS. The primary difference is that the LCMS, or Learning Content Management System, allows for much more dynamic management of the content used in training. LCMS systems allow you to create learning objects - in other words, content - right in the tool. LCMS have a developer interface as well as a learner interface, and generally provide workflow tools that help to manage the process of content development. Manages. Learners. Users.


LMS & LCMS Directory

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Click to view and download the directory, which is in an Excel file -  E-Learning 24/7 LMS & LCMS Directory. When available, I have provided comments and insight. SAP, Peoplesoft, Oracle and HRIS systems; thus if you have one of those systems you are now open to a greater number of vendors, rather then staying with your ERP or HRIS provider. They are listed first on the directory, and pricing is provided. Tags: LCMS LMS Uncategorized e-learning e-learning vendors elearning Notes. CMSs, learning portals geared only are not on the list. Vendors Reviewed.

When your LMS BFF is no longer

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Overwhelmingly we provide some sort of training or learning to our employees or our customers. . On top of that before they even start providing support they have to go through rigorous training.  Next, when they start providing support they still go through training.  This might be a shocker to folks, but the vast majority of LMS vendors do NOT have a training person provide the demos, let alone actually train the customer. . When I was working in training, I always have trainers provide walkthroughs on our products to our customers. I’ve been there. 

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How to Buy a LMS

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LCMS – Learning Content Management System – going the way of the dodo bird. Ask them if they will provide a sandbox (trial) with full access if they are in the top three.  That said, I have vendors who said yes or what do you mean, so expect to provide them information. To score a lower price point, provide estimates on how many users will be in year two and year three.  If you have 1,500 employees right now, do you think you will have the same number in three years? Jargon. The industry uses a lot of jargon and it is easy to become confused.  Not true.

How to Create Time-Saving eLearning

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Compiling and adding relevant and useful links for more information can be a service to the student as it saves them time finding the best resources themselves, but the provided links should be supplemental, and must not interrupt the course. Provide targeted glossaries. They can allow students to fully concentrate on the course and can provide a handy review of the course once it is completed. Before you select and upload videos in your Learning Content Management System (LCMS) , map out the number of videos that you would like to add and their duration. Conclusion.

Making the Move: Converting Training into Online Courses

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It also offers a wealth of opportunities for trainers, subject matter experts, lecturers, teachers, and instructors to teach millions of online learners across the globe, providing diverse teaching experiences and boosting their monthly income at the same time. For example, PowerPoint presentations are often designed primarily to provide supplemental information to attendees while the live trainer conducts a training session. Provide supplemental information and handouts in PDFs so the learner can review it afterwards. eLearning is on the rise and it’s here to stay.

LMS/LCMS Puzzlers

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Just some thoughts that puzzle me on why some LMS/LCMS vendors (okay over 98% of them) are still in some time warp from the Eighties when it comes time to enhance their services and technological solutions.  Unfortunately, we do not have that luxury when buying YOUR LMS/LCMS. Better yet, is that you e-mail your LMS/LCMS vendor’s tech support and it is as though it goes into a black hole and is never seen again. Open architecture – enabling interaction between software (in our case SAAS – hosted, so yes LMS/LCMS or frankly anything hosted or software).

5 Tips to Craft Good Multiple-Choice Questions

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Ideally, all of your distractors should represent a common mistake for which you then provide feedback to get students back on the right track. Feedback is a great way to provide constructive improvement to the learners. Provide proper feedback to the learners rather than restating the question. How To Strategies Tips and Tricks Uncategorized authoring checklists elearning ideas LCMS planning Shazia subject matter experts Assessments are an essential part of instruction. multiple choice question consists of a stem and set of options. Feedback is important.

10 Tips for Successful Webinars

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Keep in mind that a good headset will often provide better quality audio than a laptop’s built-in microphone. Adjust your position as needed, or try placing some desk lamps in front of you (out of sight of the camera) to provide pleasant ambient light and minimize shadows. 4. Live chat—where participants can ask questions or provide provide feedback during a presentation—can add great depth to webinars, differentiating them from presentations in standard online courses. Tips and Tricks checklists LCMS LMS webinars WesleyCheck audio quality.

Fundamentals of Good eLearning Scenarios

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We usually don’t get a second chance to correct ourselves in real-life situations, but with the help of elearning scenarios, a student is provided an opportunity to learn and practice in an authentic environment. Examples How To Strategies Tips and Tricks Uncategorized authoring elearning Laura LCMS Shazia subject matter experts training Top-rated instructors strive to create useful and engaging online training to help learners get the most out of their elearning and help them apply the knowledge in practical life. Should you check her phone for an emergency contact number?

Digital Asset Management – LCMS, ECM and SharePoint

Tony Karrer

Vic provides the following list of reasons that companies use his digital asset management software for eLearning projects: The companies that employ our target audience strongly discourage employees from putting company assets on ‘public’ sites. Is there a need and desire for software or software as a service that provides digital asset management as part of eLearning projects? Does the LCMS already provide this for you? By the way, my impression is also that the digital asset management that comes with LCMS solutions is pretty limited. Am I wrong on that?

Blackboard Inc. To Be Acquired: Will Become Privately Held Company by News Editor

Learning Solutions Magazine

announced today that it will be acquired by an investor group led by affiliates of Providence Equity Partners. Learning Systems (LMS/LCMS) Management Strategies Tools(Press Release) Education software company Blackboard Inc.

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Top 10 LMS/LCMS Trends and Forecasts

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The trends apply to both LMS/LCMS vendors. 1. Forecast: Continued growth and expansion, as this space has profit written all over it, especially if the vendor provides a skinned/branded solution, e-comm (with currency options inc. Asia – misleading by LMS/LCMS vendors.  Forecast: Continued development by LMS/LCMS vendors making their front end UI (what the end user – i.e. employee or customer) more intuitive, easier to use and truly user friendly.  How is that handled from the LMS/LCMS angle – in terms of their mobile LMS or mobile features? 

Games for Learning—And Just for Fun!

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In the LS360 LCMS , for example, you pull questions into the game template directly from your assessment item banks, making game setup super fast—under 5 minutes in most cases. Don’t just provide the definition and ask for the term. Carry background and stories over from question to question, providing a little slice of life in each. frame game might be just the thing!

eLearning Authoring Tool Must-Haves!

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When selecting the best course authoring software for your content, look at the range of ways in which you’ll be able to present information and provide opportunities for learners to interact with that content and really explore it. A set of built-in templates in your authoring tool can help you quickly create stimulating online training, without worrying about designing or programming knowledge. Strategies elearning LCMS Shazia All prepared to kick-start your elearning journey? What course authoring software will you use? Video is often a step up. Does it fit my lifestyle?

Totara LMS Partners with Lambda Solutions, Allen Interactions by News Editor

Learning Solutions Magazine

(Press Release) Totara Learning Solutions, a global alliance founded by Kineo eLearning and Catalyst IT, has entered two new partnerships in North America with solutions providers Lambda Solutions and Allen Interactions. Learning Systems (LMS/LCMS) Tools

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Fire Up Learning: Tips to Motivate Adult Learners

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Look for authoring tools that contain built-in activity and game templates so that you can provide an active learning environment with minimum effort and cost. Bridge the learning gap by providing context-sensitive feedback during assessments, knowledge checks, activities, games, etc. How To Strategies Tips and Tricks authoring design tips elearning instructional design LCMS Shazia subject matter experts trainingWe live in an age of innovation and change. Continuous learning and development has become crucial to stay abreast of rapid changes and succeed.

LMS/LCMS Social Media & Side Notes

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If you haven’t been looking at LMS/LCMS solutions lately or if you have, you may be noticing a trend -  social media.  Of course, many vendors like to pitch it as “Web 2.0″ After the Kobe earthquake, students from Kobe provided us actual eyewitness accounts and articles, which we published in our high school paper. To have a better understanding on social media, I have provided the types of social media followed by an example.  Does your LMS/LCMS vendor offer these? Worse yet, when “Web 3.0″ Stay and say, “Web 2.0″? ″?

Giving Thanks for Built-in Templates

360 Training

With 360training’s free and freemium course creation tools (LCMS), not only can you author great online courses for next to nothing, but can access easy-to-use built-in activity and game templates. Check out our authoring program FAQ page for more information about becoming an author and providing courses to your internal team, selling courses yourself, or selling courses through and our network of resellers. Strategies authoring business elearning ideas LCMS Shazia templates training What is one of the top things they are thankful for this year?

RFPs and Proposals: LMS/LCMS Selection Templates

Kapp Notes

The document, LMS Selection Template , provides several templates to help you develop a consistent approach to your LMS or LCMS selection process from the RFP outline to checklists for evaluating vendor demonstrations. The selection of a Learning Management and/or a Learning Content Management System is an important decision for any organization. Unfortunately, there are not many playbooks for this process. However, here is one that is very helpful. Sherry, also an alumni of Bloomsburg University, has put together document containing helpful and targeted information.

Mobile Enterprise Content Management: Adding Tablets by Bob Little

Learning Solutions Magazine

[Product Announcement] eXact learning solutions (, a leading provider of online and mobile learning content management solutions, has launched eXact Mobile, one of the world’s first Mobile Learning Content Management solutions. Content Management Learning Systems (LMS/LCMS) Management Strategies Mobile Learning


Features that are must haves in any LMS

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If you are targeting training providers, offer the ability for them to include product items – they may be selling more than just courses. Buying a LMS e-learning e-learning vendors LCMS learning management system Lite LMS LMS buying a LMS LMS features selecting a LMS I’m sure you have heard the saying, “Features are like _, everyone has one”   You know like a nose. (I am sure some of you thought of something else – for shame!). Anyway, next to user interface and support, features can make or break your system. Not an Option. Analytics. Minimal.

Pricing for Up and Coming LMS Providers

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I know what you are thinking, those providers he mentioned must be expensive, but guess what.they aren’t. Pricing – as provided to me by the vendors (as of 3-30-2010). Outstart Training Edge :  Did not provide pricing. Tags: LCMS LMS Uncategorized e-learning e-learning vendors elearning hosted pricing want to stress that I selected these vendors as up and coming, not based on any revenue cycle nor any compensation from them. I AM NOT RECEIVING ANY COMPENSATION FROM THESE VENDORS.  All pricing is in USD. To host on their servers $400 per month for hosting.

Answering your LMS Questions

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need a LMS. Q: I’m looking for a LMS that has classroom mgt, can have abc learners see only one course or a set of courses, while another group sees a different set of courses and I need to batch upload my learners. A: Virtually every LMS vendor out there in the marketplace provides these features. learning e-learning vendors human captial management LCMS learning learning management system learning portal LMS Talent and Performance Management virtual learning elearninfo learning management systemsHow many of you have seen vendors respond to your questions?  Task management.

The Future of the LMS

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Instead of discussion forums, these new learning management systems provide blogs and wikis to foster collaboration. LMS/LCMS emerging trends and technologies informal learning LMS Web 2.0We started the month talking about the features and functions of learning management systems. It’s only fitting we end talking about the changes the future holds for those features. Soon, it won’t be enough that the LMS tracks formal learning like instructor-led training courses or e-learning modules; the future is here, and learning management systems are changing rapidly to keep up.