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Book review: Blackboard essentials for teachers

Challenge to Learn

PACKT Publishing asked me to write a review about the book ‘Blackboard essentials for teachers’ by William Rice. It is an instructional book on how to build courses in Blackboard. I get these kind of request occasionally, but most of the times I will not go into them. BlackBoard Blackboard essentials for teachers book review e-Learning Packt William Rice

Top 11 Disruptive E-Learning Technologies For 2013


Some of the most popular APIs related to education and learning available on the Internet are After the Deadline API, Khan Academy API, Blackboard Collaborate API, Knewton API, etc. Tin Can API is a new and evolving learning technology specification (from ADL – the SCORM people). Tin Can API (also known as the Experience API) is touted as the next generation of SCORM. BIG DATA.

6 Mobile Learning Trends That Grew in 2012

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Tin Can API is SCORM’s smart and attractive younger sibling. Unlike SCORM, Tin Can API is also easy to implement and major players like Articulate , Lectora , and Blackboard have already adopted Tin Can. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have heard by now that mobile learning is no longer the next big thing – it IS the big thing. The best part? Snack learning”.

Concerning Open Source, LMSs and SCORM: Correcting Some Common Misconceptions

The E-Learning Curve

Widely-held misunderstandings about LMSs in a learning ecosystem and SCORM have conspired to create confusion about the nature of each and how they interoperate. Tags: SCORM e-learning e-learning ecosystem open e-learning environment open standards web based training web-based learning Blackboard ecosystem ISO LMS Moodle open source standards

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Best of the Best – NextGen LMSs

eLearning 24-7

SCORM, Tin Can, HTML5 support.  This system has hit full steam so much, that they are in my Top 10 LMS (mid-rankings)  I’d go with My Big Campus over Blackboard any day of the week in the K-12 space. 2. One of the latest hip words to use in the industry is “next gen”   Next gen can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people.  Heck, some folks think next gen can align with open source platforms such as Moodle. I’m not seeing that in all honesty.  Next generation systems are just like any other LMS whereas they can slip and fall. They really care. 

ATD2015 Conference Post – Review

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Growth Engineering LMS – #1 in my Top 50 and their launch of Genie, their authoring tool which comes with the system, but can also be a stand alone. A few of the Top 50 LMS vendors in attendance:  Growth Engineering, ExpertusOne, eLogic Learning, Docebo, Administrate, SumTotal, NetDimensions, Litmos, LearnUpon, iSpring Online, Totara, Shift IQ, IMC-AG, Blackboard, D2L, Biz Library. along with the course you have uploaded into one nice package and view it within that player; or just have the course you uploaded – SCORM/AICC and xAPI, HTML5. SCORM support – mmmm.

eLearning in Australia


We matched it against the likes Blackboard, Moodle and Janison it wins hands down. There is a real lack of knowledge as to how elearning works, what SCORM is, what elearning can do and how to fit it into your training regime. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Lee Corbett , Chief Executive at simply elearning. Then after a lot of research I came across the eFront LMS.

K-12 and LMSs are Broken, Who’s to Blame?

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Blackboard, Brightspace (formally D2L) and Instructure.  Blackboard is the oldest player in the education space and the most dominant (revenue/sales wise). SCORM including 1.2/2004,  AICC, Common Cartridge. Back in the 90’s I taught high school and loved it.  To this day, I still have very close friends who are teachers (middle school and high school).  As someone who stays current with K-12 and HE (as related to e-learning), I am equally aware of the challenges, successes and failures when it comes to online learning.  Who’s to Blame? The Data. Tug of War.

The grades are in for Education focused LMSs

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Example of Primary: Active directory, assessment tool, social learning features and SCORM are all bonuses. The system is SCORM 2004 & 1.2 SCORM and Common Cartridge. Blackboard Learn. Although this post is all about pure education systems, leaving Blackboard out would be considered sacrilegious to some folks. The best system for the education market is Moodle.

Open Source LMS

Tony Karrer

Learning Visions , June 26, 2009 Concerning Open Source, LMSs and SCORM: Correcting Some Common Misconceptions - The E-Learning Curve , October 19, 2009 To open source or not? I had previously written about Low Cost LMS and Rapid Learning Management Systems , but I receive an inquiry from someone who had a very constrained budget and wanted to build an eLearning Portal. Because of their very limited budget, I suggested they dive into more depth looking at open source LMS products. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs

Review of #ASTD2014 International Conference and Expo

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For example, Desire2Learn and Blackboard were there, Instructure was missing, along with many other well known education focused systems.  Blackboard, eLogic Learning, Biz Library, Docebo, Administrate, Meridian. One of the items I am still trying to find out, is whether or not Mindflash accepts SCORM, since in the past it did not.   It should also be noted that at this time, you cannot upload any 3rd party course from a course provider into the Mindflash platform. If you attended last week’s show in Washington D.C., you probably left feeling one of the following.

Latest E-Learning Insight and News

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Blackboard.  The freebie does not offer SCORM nor monitoring, but has social learning, assessment tool inc. The Extended Enterprise blog post and directory will be visible this weekend. Well, a lot has been happening in the past three months, from SaaS driven to talent management to course authoring to name changes and everything in between.  Without further adieu, Talent Management/Performance Management (TM/PM). Three months ago, only a few systems had either integrated for no additional charge or for additional fees, a talent management/performance management feature set.

Per Question Reports

Tony Karrer

I received a good question from a reader: Our school district uses Blackboard. Blackboard has done well for us although I am not pleased with their support of the SCORM standards. would like to be able to export SCORM test results by user/by question but all Blackboard seems to support is general pass/fail records. have spent many hours researching this issue related to SCORM compliance and more specifically how to get the test results exported out of my LMS for more in depth analysis in Excel or perhaps some type of statistics package. That's good.

LMS Satisfaction Features and Barriers

Tony Karrer

Blackboard Academic Suite Blackboard, Inc. Update, Nov. You can get the abstract for the report and sign-up for a webinar on Sept. 26th on that same page. I was one of several authors who collaborated on the survey questions and wrote different sections of the report. The survey data itself I find to be pretty interesting and useful for some important aspects of selection. 27 I 6.29

TCC09: Podcasting with Section 508

Experiencing eLearning

They have Blackboard–just link to everything within there. Camtasia lets you do quizzes and surveys-export SCORM to Blackboard. Podcast logo. Liveblogged notes from the TCC online conference. My comments in italics. Presenters: Dr. John R. Kallis, California University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Chris Patti, California University of Pennsylvania. million (2007). million (2008).

Is there anything Moodle can't do?

Clive on Learning

The system is essentially free (although must be hosted and supported by someone, whether that's your own IT people or a third party such as ), but is easily customisable and configurable and offers the following: Forums Real-time chat Delivery and tracking of SCORM-compliant materials RSS news feeds Wikis Glossaries Messaging Calendars Quizzes Audio, video, Flash support Assignments The only features I'm really missing are a survey/questionnaire tool and a facility for learner blogs, both of which are in the pipeline. Please tell me, where's the catch

My Moodle Test


If Blackboard did that, there would be villagers marching in the streets with torches in hand. The Blackboard SCORM import/export stuff might not be perfect, but at least they try to let people move content out. So, open source Moodle does not export to SCORM, the most prevalent e-learning standard? Its 18 months old, so I did a quick search of the Moodle forums to see what the status of the SCORM export feature is today. Now I’m realizing that it is NOT scorm compliant – moodle can import courses but not export them in scorm. and CSS 3

Keeping Up - April's Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

April's Big Question from Learning Circuits is "How to Keep up?" This is in reference the immense and rapidly expanding technology tools. It is tough to stay on top of all the emerging tools. However, being involved in an e-learning community is a big help. For me it is a blog community and following many experts on Twitter. Not only am I often made aware of new tools, but also get opinions, tips, and examples of their use. You can never keep up with it all, but access to many experts who are also finding and sharing the lastest tech tools make it much less daunting.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: eLearning Brand Name Recognition?

Learning Visions

Public listed Blackboard or Open source Moodle. Nornally I would expect names like Blackboard, SCORM, Articulate, BrandonHall, to popup in a survey like this. Oh, and SCORM did get a mention. 9:26 PM Derek said. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Wednesday, May 20, 2009 eLearning Brand Name Recognition? The eLearning industry is a weird beast. Its not really one beast at all. Maybe its a whole bunch of beasts. Or maybe its a fruit bowl instead. No service companies. No eLearning development houses.

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We continue to compare the efforts, concepts and products of our industry to a training ideal that is rooted in the past – in one teacher, a piece of chalk and a blackboard. AICC & SCORM Compliant e-Learning. Forum. Logins. Lectora Online - USA. Lectora Online - EU. ReviewLink. CourseMill LMS. Community Forum. Products. Authoring Tools. Lectora Inspire. The Full-Featured Authoring Tool. Lectora Publisher. Learning Authoring Software Made Easy. Lectora Online. Web-based Collaborative e-Learning Authoring. ReviewLink. Online Course Review and Collaboration. by Lectora. Empower.