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LMSs that kick ass: Learn.com

Janet Clarey

This week on the Friday series, LMSs that kick ass , I’ m pleased to feature Learn.com ’s LearnCenter system. By way of background, Learn.com’s primary customer base is corporate universities and their total number of registered ‘learners’ is reported at over 2,000,000 worldwide at several hundred organizations. Learn.com is also introducing “Pull Learning Technology” (PLT) through a Module we are calling MyProfile. Learn.com was a sponsor of IiL08 and hosts a monthly webinar with Brandon Hall Research staff: Learning Technologies 101).

Boston - Beer - Bloggers - Learn.com

Tony Karrer

One of the more fun things we did in Boston was going out for a beer tasting that was organized by Jim Javenkoski, Learn.com and myself. I'm just returning from my trip to Boston (and NYC and Cape Cod - with my wife and kids). In Boston, I was at the eLearningGuild event and had the wonderful opportunity to speak at Harvard Business School (more on these sometime soon).

Taleo Corp. to Acquire Learn.com, Inc. by Bill Brandon

Learning Solutions Magazine

Taleo Corporation, a leader in on-demand talent management solutions, has announced its intention to acquire Learn.com, Inc., a provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) learning management, social learning, and collaboration solutions.

LMS Low-Cost Webinars Hosted eCommerce Subscriptions

Tony Karrer

I was talking with a startup that has an existing audience and now want to provide a monthly subscription for access to training to this audience. They will only convert a portion of the audience to the new service. The learners will get access to webinars, recorded webinars, videos, and other online content that they will author separately. They don't really have a tech team, so going with a hosted solution that would live at a subdomain would be best, i.e., subscribers would go to: learn.company.com in order to sign up, pay, and get access to webinars, content, etc. Why Do We Have an LMS?

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

iPad Cornerstone OnDemand Plateau Saba Augmented Reality Cloud Computing Analytics Mobile Learning GeoLearning Performance Support Outsource Low Cost iPhone Learning Theory Creative Commons Facebook Portal Learn.com Leadership eLearning Strategy Knowledge Management Voiceover Obviously, the Cornerstone OnDemand is because of the IPO. I'm hoping that others will join the effort. Video galore.

LMSs that kick ass: ElementK’s KnowledgeHub

Janet Clarey

Learn.com. Probably just three years ago, if you said Element K I would have immediately thought about off-the-shelf courseware. However, Element K has made substantial, progressive improvements to their LMS, most recently by building custom integrations between Jive Clearspace and KnowledgeHub, Element K’s LMS. They announced this in October, 2008. Via email, I asked Sue Rodeman, VP., Platform Prod Management & Marketing, Element K about their social media capabilities. This is fueled by the various Web 2.0 Thanks to Sue, from a fellow upstate New Yorker! Generation21. Mzinga.

How to Buy a LMS

eLearning 24-7

Some folks who bought the Learn.com system did not care for the Taleo purchase and thus were stuck. Before you jump into purchasing a LMS it makes sense to cover the basics, understand the jargon, decide if you want to go it alone or hire a consultant and last but not least realize you are not alone in the process. Jargon. The industry uses a lot of jargon and it is easy to become confused.  Let’s break down the most common terms and two new terms hitting the space. LMS – Learning Management System – most commonly sought out by folks. Learning- Mobile Learning. Demos.

2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

Talented Learning

Oracle acquired Taleo who had acquired Learn.com and the list goes on.  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. 

LMSs that kick ass - OutStart

Janet Clarey

Learn.com. Another Friday and another LMS that kicks ass! This week’s featured system is OutStart. interviewed Jeff Whitney, Vice President of Marketing. By way of background, Jeff told me that OutStart has two flavors: Participate, their general social software solution and TrainingEdge.com, their SaaS solution which includes LMS, collaborative authoring, and social media specifically configured to support learning. OutStart acquired Participate Systems in November, 2005 and since then they’ve enhanced the system extensively and integrated it with their other learning solutions.

Informal Learning Blog » LMS, we hardly knew ye

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Recommended: "In Defense of the LMS"

Learning Visions

Dave is currently a bigwig at Learn.com. Are you an LMS naysayer? Do you have any idea what an LMS is actually capable of these days? Either way -- or whatever your LMS experience -- I heartily recommend this post from Dave Wilkins: " A Defense of the LMS (and a case for the future of Social Learning). It's a long read, but he makes it more enjoyable with swears. So, yes, he's got a bit of a bias, but he certainly knows his way around an LMS.

User Friendly or Hype?

eLearning 24-7

Learn.com?  We are user friendly. Very easy to use. Simple, easy to use. Our customers find our system user friendly and easy to use. We never hear complaints. We have the highest repeat customers in the industry. We are user oriented. The number one reason people leave their current system or purchase a different e-learning product? Poor or non-existent user intuitiveness/interfaces. Common complaints. Poor or difficult navigation on the front end – ala what the end user sees. UI is challenging, if not very difficult. Admin side’s interface is non-user oriented. Culprits.

Beer and Bloggers in Atlanta at ASTD

Tony Karrer

Continuing what has now become somewhat a tradition (see Beer Tasting at ASTD TechKnowledge , and Boston, Beer - Bloggers - Learn.com ), I plan to informally get together with bloggers at the ASTD conference in Atlanta in June to go have a few beers. just realized that's less than a month away. We'll do it on June 4th in the evening. If you are planning to go to ASTD and you have a blog, drop me a comment. Or if you needed that extra little incentive to start a blog right now, this may be the trick

Questions to ask your LMS Vendor

Tony Karrer

It appears to be by Justyn Howard - Business Development at Learn.com. You know how I was saying Product Vendor Blogs - Where are They? Well I just ran across a good post: Questions You Should Be Asking Of Your Potential LMS Vendors, But Likely Are Not. It's a good post and some good ways to put questions because it forces some issues - like 3rd party relationships - to surface. Hopefully Justyn is tied into product development there, because it can help get some sense of where they believe things are going. Welcome to the blog world Justyn

LMSs that kick ass: Mzinga

Janet Clarey

Learn.com. It’s Friday yay! That means it’s time to feature another LMS that kicks ass! This is the seventh featured system in my Friday series highlighting LMSs that are doing innovative, kick-ass things with social media. Mzinga is the result of a merger between KnowledgePlanet and Shared Insights at the end of 2007. My first encounter with them was when they were still known as KnowledgePlanet. I was at a demo of their system at a company near where I live - an area that is not an easy destination to fly to. Anyway, the rep I was working with at the time was Jen Chambers.

Latest E-Learning Insight and News

eLearning 24-7

Learn.com is now called Taleo. 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. Ahh, how things have changed. What do you do? Prediction. Prediction. Mobile. Prediction.

E-Learning Trade Shows + Product Reviews 4 #TK11

eLearning 24-7

Taleo Learn - formally known as Learn.com. The Learn.com product was a very nice solution, but only if you purchased their enterprise with the required minimum number of seats and with all the add-ons that came with it. I was planning on writing about emerging technology and virtual worlds. However, with ASTD’s TechKnowledge 2011, starting next week, I’m going to hold off until after TK11, to write on virtual worlds. What I like about conferences is the ability to see the latest products and hear the pitches from the vendors. Learning Trade Shows. The Good. The Ugly.

DevLearn

Tony Karrer

Boston - Beer - Bloggers - Learn.com and Beer Tasting at ASTD TechKnowledge ). Including having Adobe and Learn.com sponsor events in the past. DevLearn is coming up. just took a quick look on the eLearningGuild site and DevLearnis looking good again this year. My guess is that I'll be getting together with a few folks there to have a drink and discuss things like eLearning 2.0 yeah, we know how to have fun). Quite a few of the speakers are straight out of my blog roll, so I'm looking forward to seeing them. Maybe someone will want to do something similar. Maybe Tuesday night?

LMS News. Directory. Plus E-Learning Notes

eLearning 24-7

Checking out and reporting on Meridian Knowledge, Beeline Orchestra, RISC, Learn.com. A new year is upon us and thus it is time to re-visit the LMS market.  A lot of changes have already been happening in just a short time frame. Several vendors have left the space, a few have entered. New trends are starting to appear – and in these two cases, they are beneficial to consumers. Vendors are hearing us and are making changes. More multilingual options to their web sites, trials and social learning. But, they still have a way to go. A few are truly innovating. LMS Directory. Bad News.

2010 LMS Products of the Year

eLearning 24-7

Big Dog (Saba, SumTotal, Plateau, Cornerstone OnDemand, Learn.com). Learn.com offered some robust SL capabilities, but you have to pay for one of their premium versions to have it. Your competitors are not always the Big Dogs – Learn.com, Saba, Plateau, etc. LMS Products of the Year 2010. A lot of great products out there this year, new updates and latest versions; new companies, new services and just some real innovation. These standout to me. include Learning Portals, LCMSs, as part of the mix. Categories. Big Dog LMS. Saba does a good job as well.  Academia.

Rapid Learning Management Systems

Tony Karrer

Rather that they generally are a hosted LMS solution that roughly corresponds to most of the requirements: Coggno LearnHub Litmos Odijoo Learn.com Personal Edition Articulate Online CourseMill CourseMax Xerceo TrainingAtom Geo On-Demand Upside Learning Upside LMS Ultralearn What other systems should be on the list? I've been asked numerous times over the past couple of years by various types of people and companies a very similar question: I plan to or have been conducting and charging for training workshops for clients. And I want to charge for this. How can I do that? It's hosted.

Diversity in Blogosphere?

Tony Karrer

Still when we get together for Beer Tasting at ASTD TechKnowledge , Boston, Beer - Bloggers - Learn.com - it is definitely still feeling like a lot of middle age white guys. I've run into the question of how diverse the voices are in the blogosphere before. In Blogs vs Discussion Groups someone said that blogs - "felt so. old white guys club." Janet Clarey's - Women's Voices in the Edublogosphere points out that we have to think about who the women bloggers are - there are some really great women bloggers, but it would seem they are the minority.

Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction

Tony Karrer

Skillsoft Learn.com SumTotal Systems Inc. OutStart Learn.com Blackboard, 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. List of Tools and Vendors: Keynote - KnowledgePlanet On-Demand. Impatica Inc.

DevLearn

Clark Quinn

Boston - Beer - Bloggers - Learn.com and Beer Tasting at ASTD TechKnowledge ). Including having Adobe and Learn.com sponsor events in the past. DevLearn is coming up. just took a quick look on the eLearningGuild site and DevLearnis looking good again this year. My guess is that I'll be getting together with a few folks there to have a drink and discuss things like eLearning 2.0 yeah, we know how to have fun). Quite a few of the speakers are straight out of my blog roll, so I'm looking forward to seeing them. Maybe someone will want to do something similar. Maybe Tuesday night?

Top 75 eLearning Posts - May 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Last week, Dave Wilkins of Learn.com wrote a piece entitled “ A Defense of the LMS (and a case for the future of social learning) ”. Best of eLearning Learning. May 2010. Some great stuff again this month in the world of eLearning. ID - Instructional Design or Interactivity Design in an interconnected world? Performance Learning Productivity , May 28, 2010 Instructional design is not only seen as a core competency for learning and development/training specialists, but it’s a huge industry, too. But it simply isn’t appropriate for today’s world. Challenging? Not even close. here ). Refer.

DevLearn - Beer - Who's In? - And Where?

Tony Karrer

It's become somewhat of a tradition for us at conferences ( Beer Tasting at ASTD TechKnowledge , Boston, Beer - Bloggers - Learn.com ). I just saw that BJ had posted about DevLearn and I feel somewhat remiss that he beat me to it. In case you hadn't heard, The eLearning Guild is hosting DevLearn 2007 in San Jose, CA, November 5-8 2007. I'll be there (and doing a few presentations and some special sessions for managers with Lance Dublin). As always, I'll likely be getting together with folks who read this blog and other bloggers and other interesting folks to go have a few beers.

LMS Satisfaction Features and Barriers

Tony Karrer

LearnCenter Learn.com 5 7.18 WBT Manager Integrity eLearning 1 6.90 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. Some notes on these numbers. However, when you get low counts, the numbers are highly suspect.

Kevin Oakes on the Rise and Fall of the LMS

Tony Karrer

Sitting in a fun presentation by Kevin Oakes at DevLearn on the Rise and Fall of the LMS. He pointed back to entry of various players in the market and particularly the enterprise vendors as opposed to pure-play vendors from articles five years ago. See: " Supplier Savvy: Will Enterprise Software Companies Take Over E-Learning? " " Enterprise Software Redux ," In terms of "The Fall" his main point was that LMS will lose out to broader spectrum solutions - particularly Talent Management / Human Capital Management. So, how can you get big? You go broader. His bottom line.

LMS Solution for Simple Partner Compliance Training

Tony Karrer

Current Thinking So, without a lot of thought, here’s what I’m currently thinking and I hope folks will weigh in… I was a little surprised when I realized how much some of the mainstream SaaS LMS products (Articulate Online, Learn.com, etc.) Background / Requirements I’m just starting consulting with a company that has a single course (might eventually be broken into a few different course) that needs to be delivered to an audience of 600-1000 partners as part of a larger certification process. Thus, they need to be able to report back out who’s completed the courses. would cost.

LMS 2

LMS Vendors: U Can Survive – Innovate, Invigorate and Invent

eLearning 24-7

Remember, Taleo purchased Learn.com, another vendor is integrating with SuccessFactors, and there are plenty of LMS vendors who are moving more into the TM space, so creating a mini HRIS system is smart business. Perpetuating the Myth. In the webinar, I brought up how LMS vendors were themselves perpetuating the myth of the bad things of social media (which is a necessary component of social learning), so, rather than identify the facts and data to potential clients who are concerned about social media and thus social learning, they instead do not include it in their system. Not now.

SCORM Test

Tony Karrer

Docent, SumTotal, Saba, Learn.com, etc.). There have been lots of good comments and discussion on the post Test SCORM Courses with an LMS : eLearning Technology. Well worth looking at some of them. The basic issue covered in the post was how to test SCORM courses prior to loading on a given LMS (e.g., We talked about the SCORM test suite, SCORM test wrappers, and various test tools such as Trident , Reload player ([link] SCORM Test Track , remote debugging using tools like WebEx, HTTP traffic tracking with tools like Firebug , and some other things. What did they say? Hours?

The LMS Debate rides again

Clark Quinn

Yes, Dave Wilkins of Learn.com and Tom Stone of Element K have already argued that the label is still needed in the marketplace, but I’m really trying to shift the way people think about what their role is, and to me using the label LMS is a major barrier to shifting out of the comfort zone.  Well, Saba called me out in an semi-anonymous (there’s a picture, but I don’t know who of, and there’s no name – in social media?) Formal learning is necessary, and tracking it can be required, but it’s a small picture. Hear hear!  So, what do you think?

HPT and Social Learning: David Wilkins via Skype #ISPI -Sharing some key points.

ID Reflections

The session was on HPT and Social Learning: Organizational Performance in the Cloud b y David Wilkins, VP of Product Marketing at Learn.com. I just attended an #ISPI session hosted by the Massachusetts ISPI chapter (@ MASS_ISPI ). Jean Marrapodi (@jmarrapodi) in her inimitable fashion made it possible for me to attend this session via Skype. so totally worth it. We need to get w/the program!

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.