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Blackboard’s identity crisis, Desire2Learn’s optimism, and Instructure’s coolness

George Siemens

What’s left in the LMS space? I see two primary companies: Desire2Learn and (based on momentum) Instructure. I’ve left out Moodle mainly because their deployments are smaller-scale. Desire2Learn. I’ve met John Baker (CEO) on several occasions and was a keynote at their annual conference in Memphis (disclaimer: Desire2Learn is a sponsor of the LAK11 and LAK12 conference) and have had numerous interactions with company over the past six years. Desire2Learn and Instructure don’t generate the confusion in end users that Bb does today. Microsoft).

Using MOOCs in Corporate Training Programs

Your Training Edge

Here are some other build-your-own-MOOC platforms to consider: Desire2Learn , ProProfs Training Maker , P2PU ,  and Google Course Builder (still in beta testing). eLearning Featured Posts Learning & Development MOOC Training Alison Canvas network Desire2Learn ILT Instructor Led Training mooc Saylor Foundation When MOOC-mania hit first exploded, a general panic arose in higher education: Would MOOCs make colleges and universities obsolete? MOOCs will not kill higher education, but they will greatly impact how it is delivered. The same can be said for corporate training.

Desire2Learn Mobile FLV - eLearning from Last Week

Tony Karrer

Here what eLearning Learning thinks is the most interesting stuff from last week. Actually, it's what all of you seemed to think was the most interesting stuff from last week. Top Posts The following are the top posts from featured sources based on social signals. Electronic Papyrus , May 3, 2009 Top Other Items The following are the top other items based on social signals. Browse eLearning Content

Best Practices for Blended Learning Design

Web Courseworks

The online component of the PLCC course is hosted in Desire2Learn LMS. Many of the activities require the help of technology like the Desire2Learn learning management system. Darcy Luoma, Lead Instructor, UW–Madison Professional Life Coach Certificate Program. Aphra Mednick, Program Director, UW–Madison Professional Life Coach Certificate Program. Branded Provider. 2. Cohort Model. 4.

This kids, is why hallucinogenics and the internet don’t mix

George Siemens

Currently, you can a) buy an LMS like Blackboard or Desire2Learn or b) host your own or c) go with a Moodle-partner. It seems that they’ve acquiesced significant ground to Desire2Learn with this move. I had to do a quick double take on this article (first, to determine if it was April 1, anywhere in the world): Evolution Unbound: Blackboard embraces open source. They’ve made overtures in the past. At the EDUCAUSE conference in October, they were clear that they wanted to partner with the open educational resources movement. How do you respond to Open Class? By far.

Top Ten Learning Management Systems – July Rankings

eLearning 24-7

Sorry Desire2Learn and Blackboard. Back for another installment of the rankings. Please be aware that the rankings are on-going and as such subject to change month by month.  The final rankings will be the top 25 LMSs of 2013, will be posted in December. The system has come a long way – and that is a good thing, with a nice UI and components including mobile learning. Pricing is high.

Announcing Open Course: Learning & Knowledge Analytics

George Siemens

huge thanks to our sponsors , including Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, EDUCAUSE, Desire2Learn, Kaplan Ventures, CEIT, and TEKRI A number of open courses will be offered early 2011 (CCK11, PLEs, Digital Storytelling). Which is great! and, my new maxim for open online courses is “never teach alone – grow network competence by co-teaching&# ). Adding to the mix, we’re (Jon Dron, Dave Cormier, Tanya Elias, and I) happy to announce an open course on Learning & Knowledge Analytics. If you’re interested, please join this group LAK11. As is registration.

#LAK11 analyse your learner/worker interactions with SNAPP to increase #elearning outputs, pedagogy and #performance

Ignatia Webs

SNAPP allows you to transcript interactions in Moodle, Blackboard (and webCT, Desire2Learn into maps that immediately show who is a hyperconnected learner or participant, and who is more of a lurker, or even to pinpoint learners that at the core of the interactions. Here is where SNAPP comes in. Additionally, you can filter out those students that might be good future facilitators.

#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

eLearning 24-7

Pricing is extremely affordable, basically you can get a lot for less than 10K for 1,000 users. #7 Desire2Learn. Well here it is, the final countdown. Every television show on New Year’s eve, heck anyone in public on New Year’s eve. Your friends days before your big 30-40-50-60, heck even your wedding – again, is this really necessary? #10 eLogic Learning - Essential LMS.

Five LMS Lists

eLearning 24-7

Desire2Learn Learning Suite -  A staple in the education space, but they need an overhaul in terms of UI. Everyone loves a good list.  Whether it is a list of the top food that make you ill or the top 1o of worst flops in learning history, people love to read them.  This is especially true when it comes to e-learning. Okay, maybe not true, but just go with it). So, I figured, let’s do it. Let’s put together a series of e-learning lists that will surpass any other list out there. The Lists. buzz.bee, oh never mind). Five Misnomers in the e-learning space. Bonus Topic List.

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E-Learning: A worldwide perspective

eLearning 24-7

Well, I have seen a lot with Blackboard, especially in Western Europe – partially because the two other big players Desire2Learn and Instructure, are not marketing themselves in Western Europe and definitely not the rest of the world. A few days ago, I mentioned in my Linkedin group that I was reading the Himalayan Times which had an article about digital technologies and e-learning with education in Nepal. Think about that for a moment, Nepal.  Would you have ever guessed that e-learning would be in Nepal? sure wouldn’t have, especially a year ago, let alone two years ago.

Best articles on Working Smarter, April 2012

Jay Cross

Blackboard’s identity crisis, Desire2Learn’s optimism, and Instructure’s coolness  GEORGE SIEMENS   |  FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012. GEORGE SIEMENS. APRIL 19, 2012. Remaking education in the image of our desires. The current generation of students will witness the remaking of our education system. Education faces enormous pressure. It’s much, much bigger. MORE >> DAVID WEINBERGER. Ranking. 

Breakthrough eLearning: Engage or Enrage

Breakthrough eLearning

Prenskys thesis is that many kids are thoroughly bored and uninterested in school because the nature of schooling has not changed much in hundreds of years. The digital natives face the same old rote memory approach to learning that we did. However, in their lives outside the classroom they are using digital tools (e.g. WWW, wireless text messaging, electronic games, MP3s, PDAs, high end software) to be creators and active participants in activities, not just passive receptors and regurgitators of information. Hence, their rallying cry at school is "engage me or enrage me." A? , ??A???

The future of higher education and other imponderables

George Siemens

We will be running an open online course from Oct 8-Nov 16 , 2012, addressing some of the concepts in this post. Registration is free (duh). Our department was the first in Canada to go exclusively laptop. This change resulted in teachers doing what they always did – presenting content, now with PowerPoint instead of overhead slides. Educators are not driving the change bus. adapted ).

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Remaking education in the image of our desires

George Siemens

Blackboard, Desire2Learn, OpenClass. The current generation of students will witness the remaking of our education system. Change is happening on many fronts: economic, technological, paradigmatic, social, and the natural cycles of change that occur in complex social/technical systems. Each of these are a different lens for viewing big, dramatic, change. Education faces enormous pressure.

2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

Talented Learning

Desire2Learn. Learning management systems didn’t die.  They evolved, and today we recognize them. Quick LMS History. Corporate LMSs were invented almost 30 years ago to manage and report on the training and compliance of their employees and contractors.  They were expensive to purchase, implement, maintain, host, upgrade and replace.  Starting around 2010, the market began changing again. 

MOOCs for the win!

George Siemens

We were both at a Desire2Learn conference in Memphis in 2008. Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are getting attention on various blogs and news sites. I’ll try and synthesize the conversation over the last few weeks and describe the role of MOOCs in education. The Conversation so far… Clark Quinn kicked of the current conversation in MOOC Reflections where he explores the distinctions between the current generation of Coursera/Standford open online courses and the connectivist model that Stephen Downes, Dave Cormier, and I have offered. Or will that destroy them?”

eLearning Conferences 2012

Tony Karrer

Clayton R. Wright has done his 26th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year and has asked me to post again. Past years eLearning Conferences 2011 , eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. You can contact him at: It covers events from four continents. All Internet addresses were verified at the time of publication. Private? Personal? What’s Next?,

Harold Jarche » Blackboard Sues D2L over LMS Patent

Learning and Working on the Web

Review of #ASTD2014 International Conference and Expo

eLearning 24-7

For example, Desire2Learn and Blackboard were there, Instructure was missing, along with many other well known education focused systems.  If you attended last week’s show in Washington D.C., you probably left feeling one of the following. Exhausted, but thrilled at everything you attended/saw. Exhausted and hungry – how can you run out of lunches on day one? Thrilled. Thrilled and angry about lack of free coffee – is it too much to ask for the amount of coin dropped to attend the show? Angry – don’t be looking at me, I’m something else. Intrigued.

Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction

Tony Karrer

Second Life ReadyGo Web Course Builder Desire2Learn Learning Environ. Desire2Learn Inc. Desire2Learn Inc. 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. Lectora QMIND Design Collaboration P1.

The grades are in for Education focused LMSs

eLearning 24-7

Bonus: Why some systems such as Desire2Learn not included – Please read my post on Linkedin. I might as well get this out quickly to avoid the suspense. The best system for the education market is Moodle. Nah, just kidding. In a nutshell, Moodle is not an out of the box system. It is not a turnkey solution and frankly it is just not that good. Education Rocks! Parents are a mixed bag.

Best Practices for Blended Learning Design

Web Courseworks

The online component of the PLCC course is hosted in Desire2Learn LMS. Many of the activities require the help of technology like the Desire2Learn learning management system. A Case Study of the UW Professional Life Coaching Certificate Program. Darcy Luoma, Lead Instructor, UW–Madison Professional Life Coach Certificate Program. Key Ingredients of Blended Learning Program Design. 1.


Learning and Working on the Web

I had the pleasure of spending the day getting up to date on the Synergic3 project, a joint effort between the National Research Council of Canada, l’Université de Moncton and Desire2Learn. The research agenda covers areas that may be of interest to those working with learning technologies: DDRM – Distributed Digital Rights Management. MDX – Automated Metadata Extraction. LD Accelerators – Learning Design (and other) Accelerators. WWF – Weak Workflows. Some papers are publicly available here. It has been most interesting and very educational.

eLearning Conferences 2013

Tony Karrer

Clayton R. Wright has done his 28th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year. Past years eLearning Conferences 2012 , eLearning Conferences 2011 , eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. You can contact him at: crwr77 [@] This year, he has cut down the list slightly to cover "selected events." " But its still a massive list. Do Different.

195 posts about MOOCs

Jay Cross

Blackboard’s identity crisis, Desire2Learn’s optimism, and Instructure’s coolness GEORGE SIEMENS | FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012. Page 1 of 2. Previous | Next. GEORGE SIEMENS. JUNE 3, 2012. What is the theory that underpins our moocs? If you’re even casually aware of what is happening in higher education, you’ve likely heard of massive open online courses ( MOOCs ). MORE >> GEORGE SIEMENS.

Daily Bookmarks 06/04/2008

Experiencing eLearning

tags: e-learning , highered , opensource , lms , sakai , moodle , blackboard , desire2learn. Gartner: E-learning Market Pushing Toward Open Source. Interview on the increase of open source LMSs Moodle and Sakai in higher education. Clive on Learning: Three tiers in the content pyramid. Clive Shepherd revises his model for e-learning tiers, adding a bottom level of social learning technology to the tiers of rapid development and high-end e-learning. High-end e-learning is a top-down model; social learning is bottom up. tags: e-learning , web2.0 , instructionaldesign , rapid.

E-Learning Q&A November Issue

eLearning 24-7

Desire2Learn. Back from Australia and boy are my arms tired (Yes, the worst joke ever!).  Seriously it was a great conference and glad to see so many people who attended as well as readers who stopped by to say “greetings” This week, another installment of Q&A from readers. It is a short week for me as I am heading off to London to speak at the Unicorn Training Conference before zinging over to Berlin to speak at Online Educa Berlin. The United States as you know is quite fragmented and highly competitive.  Granted the mobile is tied to smartphones, but it is a start.

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What’s hot in Working Smarter in October

Jay Cross

good example of such a system is the Desire2Learn ePortfolio system. HAROLD JARCHE. OCTOBER 29, 2013. PKM in 34 pieces. Much of my work on PKM has been inspired by others. have put these pieces together into a framework that I think makes sense and may be of some use. MORE >> ADAPTIVE PATH. OCTOBER 25, 2013. Five Ways People Adopt And Love Change. ‘Oh dear Lord. What a shocker.


Web 2.0 can knock your socks off!

eLearning Acupuncture

His talk was titled: Easy Steps for Expanding Desire2Learn with Web 2.0 I participated in a great online talk yesterday by James Falkofske, Director of Online Learning, St. Cloud Technical College ( here's a link to James' blog ). Tools. In general, I love talks like this. There is always some little gold nugget that I can take away and use. tools: Seriously. Slick!

Best of Elearning! 2015 Finalists Revealed


Company: Product: Desire2Learn. Executives Nominate 100 Solutions Across Expanded 30 Categories for Excellence. Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines, the industry voices of the enterprise learning and workforce technology market, announced today the Best of Elearning! Awards 2015 Finalists. 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. Winners of each category will be revealed in Elearning! and Government Elearning! Celebration at the Enterprise Learning! in 2016.

ID Live with John Graves

Learning Visions

find things in the help system, the syllabus, etc.) 10 questions -- (He uses Desire2Learn) – Why does instructor not go by Carl Graves? This weeks’ discussion on EdTechTalk Instructional Design Live was with John Graves, Montana State University-Bozeman on Engaging Learners (These are my live blogged notes…apologies for gaps and incoherencies :) ) John: When you don’t have f2f contact with a learner, it’s important to establish yourself (the instructor) as a person – with a family and a life. How do you foster that initial connection? Organized and visually pleasing. Rubrics?

50 best articles on Working Smarter for the first half of 2012

Jay Cross

Blackboard’s identity crisis, Desire2Learn’s optimism, and Instructure’s coolness  GEORGE SIEMENS   |  FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012. Curation saves your bacon. If you haven’t had time to keep up with what’s going on in learning, design, social business, and intellectual capital this year, here’s a reprieve: the top 50 articles from the last six months. DOC SEARLS. MAY 23, 2012.

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eLearning Conferences 2012


Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences for January to June 2012 Clayton R. Wright has done his 26th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year. You can contact him at: crwr77 [@] This 26th version of the conference list covers selected events from four continents. The list focuses primarily on the use of technology in educational settings and on teaching, learning, and educational administration. Note also that some events will be cancelled at a later date, such as those in Tunisia and Egypt in early 2011. Petersburg Beach, Florida, USA. What’sNext?,