Skillsoft buying SumTotal – My Take
AUGUST 23, 2014
Like many of you, I was surprised to find out that Skillsoft is in the process of acquiring SumTotal. The reason for the acquisition at least from a press release and information on the purchase (and available for viewing on the Skillsoft site), screams of HCM (Human Capital Management). Here according to the documentation listed on the Skillsoft web site, is what they see as the real value of the SumTotal acquisition (text listed is actual wording on their document): Skillsoft and SumTotal provide highly complementary HR solutions. They are not. B2B training?
Skillsoft Business Skills Courses: Microlearning Showreel
JANUARY 27, 2016
This following video features examples of Skillsoft's video library of business courses, with micro-sized learning topics at the core. learning & development
Vendor Spotlight: Skillsoft © provides a multitude of elearning and training solutions
FEBRUARY 2, 2015
Skillsoft has been in the elearning industry for over 15 years, and has been among the innovative leaders in that particular arena – about as long as the industry itself has been in existence. For the past three years straight, the company has been ranked #1 in customer loyalty, providing everything from printed materials, online courses, training videos, to business/leadership training and IT training and certification. So, what solutions does Skillsoft offer to help you meet your training goals? CollectMyThoughts provides an unbiased overview of a vendor’s key products.
Purchasing Courses for your LMS
JULY 25, 2014
Created by a 3rd party provider – a Skillsoft or Wiley for example. asynchronous based course either with media or without. The problem with purchasing the content, which is typically some form a course (some folks though do buy ebooks), is what you get can be all over the board. Series of modules or 10 minute courses. self-paced) how can you really know how long each person is going to take to read a page, complete an exercise or scenario, bounce around the course (assuming that is the option), etc.? The content can be one course or thousands.
4 Ways to Close the Learning-Doing Gap for Front-Line Managers [GUIDE]
Key vendors include SkillSoft, Lynda.com, and Harvard Business School Publishing. manager, of course! FOUR WAYS TO CLOSE THE. LEARNING-DOING GAP FOR. FRONT-LINE MANAGERS 4FOREWORD We’re in business to help organizations. achieve their goals by making sure their. employees have the knowledge and skills. they need to succeed. Our experience. and research led us to identify that one.
Courseware LMSs – Good or bad for the industry?
JUNE 21, 2016
Maybe you purchased it via Open Sesame, or Skillsoft. 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. The point to all of this is whether you went directly to the course/content source or via your own LMS vendor, if you have third party content, it was a secondary focus, with the LMS being the primary. What if instead of focusing primarly on the LMS, you went courses first from a vendor and in return got the LMS for free. The courses themselves. Course rating: B.
Skillsoft Goes Private
FEBRUARY 12, 2010
SkillSoft (Nasdaq: SKIL) a provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses with a huge catalog of "off-the-shelf" courses in a variety of subjects from IT to business skills announced today that it will no longer be publicly held. In an announcement today, Skillsoft stated that a group of independent investors (investment firms) including Berkshire Partners LLC , Advent International Corporation and Bain Capital Partners, LLC will take Skillsoft private. billion. The problem?
SkillSoft's inGenius: About adding meaningful context.
APRIL 27, 2010
SkillSoft recently (about 3 weeks back) announced the launch of inGenius. This social learning layer will integrate with SkillSoft's Book 24X7, a vast repository of technical and IT-related literature that many organizations use as off-the-shelf content to enable their employees. eLearning Technology , while applauding the effort SkillSoft is making to integrate Social Learning, does criticize the fact that they are tying this to SkillSoft and to books as learning resources. Source: SkillSoft Raises the Bar for e-Learning with its inGenius Social Learning Layer ).
PENS – Why your LMS and Authoring Tool Solution should include it
APRIL 28, 2015
In the past year, I have seen a wider number of vendors including the PENS course standard, which in my opinion, enables anyone who builds courses, a streamlined and fast process for publishing into a LMS/learning platform. think too often we get stuck with the idea that we have a PowerPoint and I want to add a quiz and audio to it and call it my training course. Bottom Line.
ID and e-Learning Links (4/20/14)
APRIL 20, 2014
Cathy Moore wrote and built a sample course in 8 hours with this tool even though it has more than 50 decision points/endings. tags: lms e-learning moodle blackboard skillsoft infographic research. BranchTrack. Free tool for creating branching scenarios. tags: e-learning scenarios instructionaldesign. The Top 20 Most Popular LMS Software Solutions powered by Capterra. Capterra’s analysis of top LMSs by customers, users, and social media popularity. Many people only review 2-3 LMSs before making a decision. The explanation of their research is linked below the infographic.
Top Picks for 2016 – E-Learning
NOVEMBER 11, 2016
Responsive, publish HTML5 courses. Course standards include xAPI and PENS, besides the standards of SCORM. . Multi-authoring which allows people anywhere to work on the same page of a course. Best Course Marketplace. Scope out and search for courses. Buy a course and shove err stick it into your LMS. . Has a lot of courses available. HD Audio.
Top 50 LMS Report for 2016 – What you need to know (criteria, approach, and yeah some vendors)
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
identify the Big Dogs as SumTotal by Skillsoft (yes, that is the actual name), Cornerstone OnDemand, Saba, SucessFactors and Oracle Taleo (although, I ask myself who is using this and if you still are why?). SumTotal by Skillsoft – the 2016 re-haul is a huge plus. The system still – equally as Saba – needs some work. I think Skillsoft has the power to turn it around – ST that is, when it comes to learning. SumTotal by Skillsoft. You want to take a course on Skillsoft, click in Degreed and get pushed out to Skillsoft’s servers.
#HRTECH Learning Vendors Preview – Who to see and who to avoid
OCTOBER 14, 2015
The first way, you buy the courses and the LMS is included (so content priority, system is tossed in). . There are few and I mean only a few who follow this pattern (example: Skillsoft), where the course library is the primary and the system secondary. Usually when this occurs you get a crummy LMS, since the courses reign supreme. Anyway, social exists in the platform, along with a built in authoring tool and the system is SCORM course standard. . For example, you can upload a course only one at a time. Plus why are you AICC course standard?
Review of Linkedin Learning
JANUARY 18, 2017
Some of the courses had times like nine minutes in the catalog search, but when you went into the course, it’s various modules – which in the one I was looking at was chapters, were all over the place. . In other words, non one chapter in that course was only nine minutes in length. On top of that, total run time was something like 40 minutes. Course Catalog.
You May Be Training, But Is Your Team Learning?
OCTOBER 25, 2016
According to Skillsoft’s recent research , employees mainly want training to help them get better at their jobs and reach personal goals, which includes promotion. Refocusing your training efforts into the workplace doesn’t mean you have to give up the classroom or video courses you’re already using. Having great classes and videos doesn’t guarantee real learning. It means.
The Growing Role of Microlearning
OCTOBER 12, 2016
And of course, companies are reinventing employee skills around digital disruption, unconscious bias, new leadership models, and dozens of operational topics. We took four- or eight-hour courses and reauthored them to work online. We built long programs with fancy media and interactivities designed to mimic a multiday instructor-led course.
The Importance of Social Media for Your Online Course
AUGUST 27, 2015
Many people need online courses for various reasons, whether it is to further their education or to gain corporate training certifications. Many times internal and corporate training courses do not need to be marketed outside of the company – as the courses only pertain to select employees. However, continuing education and recreational courses can be a little different.
How to Get What You Want from Vendors
AUGUST 26, 2016
In this Chief Learning Officer Special Report on learning technology, Niko Drakoulis of SurePeople; Don Hernandez of D2L; and Kieran King of Skillsoft discussed via email how learning leaders can communicate with vendors to ensure they get the products and services their organizations really need without wasting time, money and resources. Kuzel: How do course corrections work?
Top 10 Infographics for L&D
Voice of Clarity
SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
Skillsoft created a concise overview of social learning—helpful to hand to colleagues who are unfamiliar with the concept. How many hours does it take to create an eLearning course? Infographics—they’re everywhere. From uncovering sugar consumption in the U.S. to revealing the psychology of colors ; infographics run the gamut of subject matter. So what about the field of L&D? We rounded up what we think are the top 10 infographics: What is Social Learning ? Myers-Briggs Type and Social Media. For example, you’re more likely to find extroverts on Facebook and LinkedIn.
How to use conversations to embed content in elearning
JANUARY 8, 2015
This book moved away from a traditional textbook-style approach and instead used conversations between an operations expert and a newbie to reveal dry content in a more interesting way. I’m not saying that every course you create should now be a conversation (the expert teaching the newbie story can get old fast), but this is one more tool in your tool belt. It was ok. So what do you think?
ATD2015 Conference Post – Review
MAY 27, 2015
Skillsoft and the wording of SumTotal right next to it, I wonder when it will be formally known as Skillsoft SumTotal or SumTotal by Skillsoft , rather than Skillsoft and SumTotal Systems, a Skillsoft company – whew, I’m out of breath just saying it. show a screen or have an image or whatever) rather than just text links to see some course info or launch the course. 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.
E-Learning 101: Straightforward Answers to Fundamental Questions
ATD Learning Technologies
FEBRUARY 28, 2016
An LMS is a learning management system used to launch and track e-learning courses. Learners can log into the system to find and register for available or assigned courses; administrators can assign courses and run reports on completion and quiz results. The course might simply rescale to fit the device, or it might reconfigure the size and position of individual elements.
Time for Change: MOOCs and Learning Technology
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
Massive open online courses are transforming learning technology. During the past year we’ve all seen the explosive growth of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, produced by organizations such as EdX and Coursera. These new businesses started developing expert-led courses that cover typical university or college-level topics like introduction to computer science, psychology, history and many more. These courses are now used by professionals and more senior people to learn new topics as well. We’ve seen this before. billion. What’s different now?
Manager Training Online Courses
NOVEMBER 17, 2008
Thus far I've looked at Element K, SkillSoft, Vital Learning, Ninth House, and Achieve Global. What I like about these providers is the scope of what they offer -- many courses to choose from. I received an inquiry from someone I know, and I'm hoping people who read this blog can make suggestions. I'm looking for vendors who supply off-the-shelf training for basic manager skills such as, time management and delegation. Are there other providers you'd recommend I look at? Those vendors are certainly at the top of my list and I'm not sure I have other suggestions. And why?
Using MOOCs: Self-Directed Development and Workforce Training
Your Training Edge
MARCH 24, 2014
In the previous article, we looked at building talent pipelines and onboarding new employees: two uses for the massive courses that come at the very beginning of (and even before) a company develops a formal relationship with its employees. One of the major reasons millions of people spend their free time taking online courses is to enhance their job-specific knowledge and skills to advance their career. In fact, more than six out of ten MOOC students take the courses either to learn more about their current field or to prepare themselves to enter a new one.
Am I an LMS? And if so.
NOVEMBER 28, 2016
Ability to see/view, select/pick courses (and nowadays content too) somewhere in the system. Course catalog. Ability for learners to pick their own courses, course, content, etc. from a course catalog. Ability to assign learners (users) to a course or multiple courses including combination (i.e. you can assign one course to a learner, and then assign several other different types of content/courses to the learner – who knows, maybe you just want them to feel overwhelmed). The Alternative Vendors of Learning. Oh and price.
So, We Talked to a Vendor About Learning Technology…
SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
Tried and true development methods like classroom instruction will never die, but for every class, there’s an e-learning or virtual course waiting in the wings. Of course, Tena Lyons, vice president for product marketing at SumTotal, works for a learning technology company, so she’d obviously have some pros to offer. You know the ones we mean. You may be glaring at one right now.
iPad for eLearning
MARCH 18, 2011
Because, learning with iPad is actually a reality but not with the same processes that we used to develop eLearning courses. Do you really believe that we cannot create an eLearning course without Flash? I have read several articles about iPad for eLearning and I believe that we are missing the point. Why iPad was created? The answer is simple. Come on guys. But guess. Yes we can!
What is in store for the LMS Space: My Forecasts for 2016
NOVEMBER 18, 2015
Of course, the administrator can turn on or off these features. Then, the administrator could include the video as part of the training/learning in the course catalog or assigned courses to individual or multiple learners. That said, the system will have a search function for each video; enabling a learner to search keywords or specific textual items within the video and have it extracted in the LMS, whether it is course screen or where the video is housed. This forecast is for online learning courses in general, not the LMS. . vendor)? Forecast #1.
Final Post Analysis of #HRTechConf 2015
OCTOBER 23, 2015
SumTotal by Skillsoft. By the way, an online learning course is not called an e-course. What the freak is that? If you want to go with what folks are doing today, which is taking the umbrella term of e-learning and turning that into what they call an e-learning course, fine. Better yet, it is just a course. After all, it is online. Or call it an online course. SumTotal by Skillsoft (Part two). It was actually in the Skillsoft booth. I was slammed with time, hence my request to see the product offline. Anyone?). Good). Halogen.
Five LMS Sins
MARCH 8, 2016
And if you are taking a course offline, there is no push back online with that data, because they (the vendor) who uses the aforementioned angle, doesn’t have on/off synch (which enables that). Here is the usual approach, assuming you are buying 3rd party content/courses from an outside vendor – maybe Wiley, Skillsoft, Biz Library, WidgetLand, etc. Sin #1 Pricing.
HR and E-Learning
JUNE 5, 2015
Oh, let’s just go with XXX (usually most well-known)” “We have to get one that works with our HRIS platform” “I work in HR, I do not build courses” OR “I work in HRIS and I have to build courses?” Others in HR who do move or are forced to (not universal) follow the same approach (ILT) when it comes to courses – i.e. linear and heavy PowerPoint. Poor design and worse, the learners who are required to take the courses (mandatory) never return. I don’t blame them, because linear stinks. ” “A LMS?
Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction
FEBRUARY 23, 2007
I don't know if I've seen this reported by the eLearningGuild , but their reports showed some interesting information about satisfaction levels reported by members on course authoring and rapid eLearning tool satisfaction levels. Second Life ReadyGo Web Course Builder Desire2Learn Learning Environ. Skillsoft Learn.com SumTotal Systems Inc. Lectora QMIND Design Collaboration P1.
10 Must-Read Articles About Big Data
NOVEMBER 21, 2014
In this article Jan Sramek shows the root causes of this situation and explains clearly how Big Data can impact learning in enterprise, what will this mean for how companies use elearning and what will the learners and course authors get out of this change. Ever heard that once something gets on the internet it stays there forever? And that’s true. Yes we can, in so many ways!
When is a LMS not a LMS?
NOVEMBER 20, 2012
Over the course of the past few months, I’m seeing something. Some base analytics – who took the course, completed the course, maybe progress. mail notification – auto notify end users when they sign up for a course, when they are assigned to a course and now my favorite – sending the end user a direct link to take the course – no need to go actually into the system. should note that you cannot use any 3rd party vendor authoring tool to upload courses into these systems. Yet, something has changed. You are a crepe.
Top 10 LMS Forecasts for 2015
JANUARY 5, 2015
Fred is taking his courses online but decides to walk to the park (it’s a nice day). Fred then decides to continue taking his course. Responsive means that the course, the LMS screens, whatever you are viewing, will change to the appropriate screen size of your device without you having to scrunch it with your fingers (pinch) or without you trying to guess what is not visible because the screen size has changed. Ability to add “games” to a current course, assessment, whatever. #5 Gamification. Why giving you some free courses with that deal.