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Skillsoft buying SumTotal – My Take

eLearning 24-7

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

Skillsoft

This following video features examples of Skillsoft's video library of business courses, with micro-sized learning topics at the core. learning & development

Skillsoft acquires Mindleaders: E-Learning Market Undergoing Major Change

Learning on the Leading Edge

This week another little bomb dropped in the corporate training market: Skillsoft , the industry giant in packaged e-learning and training content, acquired Mindleaders , one of the company's major competitors. Mindleaders has more than 4,000 courses.). New forms of online training are encroaching on the corporate e-learning market, forcing Skillsoft to evolve.

Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

Learning on the Leading Edge

One of the largest training content company (Skillsoft) just finalized the acquisition of one of the largest and most pioneering learning platform companies (SumTotal Systems). Skillsoft and SumTotal are both pioneers in their respective markets and each grew through a series of acquisitions. Skillsoft acquired Smartforce, NetG, ElementK, Mindleaders, Books24x7 and other smaller content providers. Skillsoft's acquisition of SumTotal gives the company both. Technology team for Skillsoft. But Skillsoft has to execute. "). Synergies. Competition.

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.

Vendor Spotlight: Skillsoft © provides a multitude of elearning and training solutions

InsiderHub

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.

#skillsoftp11 SkillSoft Mobile Strategy

In the Middle of the Curve

Presentation: What Comes Next: Mobile Presenter: Pam Boiros, Tim Hildreth, SkillSoft Mobile Challenges - Multiple platforms – - Speed of technology change / no standardization - Speed – lack of bandwidth - Security - variable - Economics – can assume access to PC. Future thoughts - SkillSoft content – not viable until tablets hit the market. Phones too small for courses. Can’t assume access to mobile device. Moving away from apps. Can find and put in MyPlan for later] 3rd party LMSs – still tricky space. Mobile accessibility dependent upon which one you are using. Tablets?

Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

Learning on the Leading Edge

One of the largest training content companies (Skillsoft) just finalized the acquisition of one of the largest learning platform companies (SumTotal Systems). Skillsoft and SumTotal are both pioneers in their respective markets and each grew through a series of acquisitions. Skillsoft acquired Smartforce, NetG, ElementK, Mindleaders, Books24x7 and other smaller content providers. Skillsoft's acquisition of SumTotal gives the company both. Technology team for Skillsoft. Skillsoft was always one of the leading sales organizations in this market.

70:20:10: from Courses to Campaigns

Skillsoft

Join Skillsoft for a complimentary webinar on Oct. 14 about how to fuel a progressive, creative and productive learning culture, elearning

Courseware LMSs – Good or bad for the industry?

eLearning 24-7

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

Kapp Notes

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 acquires Mindleaders: E-Learning Market Undergoing Major Change

Learning on the Leading Edge

Skillsoft , the industry giant in packaged e-learning and training content, acquired Mindleaders , one of the company's leading competitors. This acquisition comes after Skillsoft's acquisition of ElementK and 50 Lessons in 2011, and a string of other acquisitions including the acquisition of Books24x7, NetG, and other smaller content providers during the years.

Skillsoft acquires Mindleaders: E-Learning Market Undergoing Major Change

Learning on the Leading Edge

Skillsoft , the industry giant in packaged e-learning and training content, acquired Mindleaders , one of the company's leading competitors. This acquisition comes after Skillsoft's acquisition of ElementK and 50 Lessons in 2011, and a string of other acquisitions including the acquisition of Books24x7, NetG, and other smaller content providers during the years.

#skillsoft Perspectives 2013 - other stuff

In the Middle of the Curve

Of course - I managed to get a bit distracted by Active Network''s event management and registration technology. Found myself half-hoping that SkillSoft would partner with these guys to improve the ILT registration experience. -- I plan for my evening to be chill. The other sessions I attended focused on talent development. To be clear - my job centers around IT training. I am not directly responsible for developing talent. liked their first go at an interactive map. link] They also give away patches and blankets. Be curious to see how that would go over. trip to the hotel gym.

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SkillSoft's inGenius: About adding meaningful context.

ID Reflections

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 ).

Captivate and Skillsoft

In the Middle of the Curve

Publishing a tutorial to an LMS has 2 parts: - Creating and publishing the tutorial - Importing the tutorial to the LMS I need help with the settings for the Captivate tutorial. I am going to work with Skillsoft for how I should set up the course within the LMS. Quiz Reporting - Does Skillsoft prefer the score reported as a raw score or as a percent? Does it matter?

#skillsoft Marketing Strategies Part 2

In the Middle of the Curve

Define the culture - Develop a Brand - Integrate SkillSoft [this justifies this portion of the presentation] - Transfer the Knowledge Define the culture - what is important to your audience? - If you don't define the culture 1st, you are just handing them off-the-shelf training Develop a Brand - Market your training department! Travis Marker - Chesapeake Energy We need to pay closer attention to our culture - Learn from your audience The need for a roadmap. Don't tell them when to end. Have them come to YOU. Integrated with SkillPort. Sorry all - this presentation left me cold.

#skillsoft Marketing Strategies Part 1

In the Middle of the Curve

Brecken Pitts, Victoria Shelves - SkillSoft 1) Effective marketing depends on what happens BEFORE the creative work begins - Talk to your learning consultant for help planning 2) Think of your audience - Who is your target audience? - Why would they be interested? - Use language they would use - Create "Personas" + What is that audience's greatest issue? More buy-in if they interact. - Ask a question - Contest / Quiz + Most courses completed? I should be at the welcome reception right now. Networking, schmoozing, etc. That's me. Time to do the tutorials? Hours per month?

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#skillsoft Perspectives 2013 - Higher Ed Track

In the Middle of the Curve

One of the SkillSoft reps commented that they didn''t hear that as much from the corporate clients. My takeaways from this observation: - Increase emphasis on the live mentoring functions within the courses. This year I decided to hang out in the higher ed track. See what other institutions using SkillPort are doing. - 2 of the 3 higher ed presentations I saw used either another LMS or a portal to access and curate SkillPort content. General finding - the free-for-all model just didn''t work when it came to driving adoption. People got too overwhelmed.

#skillsoft Marketing Strategies Part 4

In the Middle of the Curve

left a bit early because I could no longer control my hacking and coughing. perspectives2011

PENS – Why your LMS and Authoring Tool Solution should include it

eLearning 24-7

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.

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ID and e-Learning Links (4/20/14)

Experiencing eLearning

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.

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Top Picks for 2016 – E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

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.

Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

Learning on the Leading Edge

One of the largest training content companies (Skillsoft) just finalized the acquisition of one of the largest learning platform companies (SumTotal Systems). Skillsoft and SumTotal are both pioneers in their respective markets and each grew through a series of acquisitions. Skillsoft acquired Smartforce, NetG, ElementK, Mindleaders, Books24x7 and other smaller content providers. Skillsoft's acquisition of SumTotal gives the company both. Technology team for Skillsoft. Skillsoft was always one of the leading sales organizations in this market.

Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

Learning on the Leading Edge

One of the largest training content companies (Skillsoft) just finalized the acquisition of one of the largest learning platform companies (SumTotal Systems). Skillsoft and SumTotal are both pioneers in their respective markets and each grew through a series of acquisitions. Skillsoft acquired Smartforce, NetG, ElementK, Mindleaders, Books24x7 and other smaller content providers. Skillsoft's acquisition of SumTotal gives the company both. Technology team for Skillsoft. Skillsoft was always one of the leading sales organizations in this market.

You May Be Training, But Is Your Team Learning?

Pract.us

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.

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The Growing Role of Microlearning

CLO Magazine

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.

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Top 50 LMS Report for 2016 – What you need to know (criteria, approach, and yeah some vendors)

eLearning 24-7

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

eLearning 24-7

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? 

The Importance of Social Media for Your Online Course

DigitalChalk eLearning

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.

LinkedIn buys Lynda.com for $1.5 Billion, What Does it Mean for L&D and HR?

Learning on the Leading Edge

Lynda.com was founded in 1995 and originally produced high quality video courses on topics like Photoshop, web design, photography, and other digital design skills to consumers. The online learning market all started back in 1998 by companies like Skillsoft, CBT Systems, NetG, DigitalThink (my alma mater), and Ninth House Networks. decided not to support Flash in its products.

AICC, SCORM , xAPI, CC/LTI, CMI-5…What Does It All Mean?

eLearning Chef

Plateau > SuccessFactors, Skillsoft, Captivate, Presenter, etc.). While there are certainly areas for improvement, the specification is rarely used to its full potential and is largely used as a simple means of tracking a user’s progress and score within an eLearning course. In essence, CC attempts to reach beyond the actual lesson (per SCORM) and cover the entire range of ‘digital course materials’; however, a CC package may be a course, or a lesson plan, or an assessment …or a combination of all three (the Common Cartridge FAQs help decipher these details).

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How to Get What You Want from Vendors

CLO Magazine

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?

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How to use conversations to embed content in elearning

eLearningArt

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?

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Manager Training Online Courses

Tony Karrer

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?

ATD2015 Conference Post – Review

eLearning 24-7

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.