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LMSs that kick ass:

Janet Clarey

This week on the Friday series, LMSs that kick ass , I’ m pleased to feature ’s LearnCenter system. By way of background,’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. is also introducing “Pull Learning Technology” (PLT) through a Module we are calling MyProfile. Followed by the Performance Management providers. Our LearnCenter even has the ability to upload RSS feeds. Generation21.

Taleo Corp. to Acquire, Inc. by Bill Brandon

Learning Solutions Magazine

Taleo Corporation, a leader in on-demand talent management solutions, has announced its intention to acquire, 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: in order to sign up, pay, and get access to webinars, content, etc.

#HRTECH Learning Vendors Preview – Who to see and who to avoid

eLearning 24-7

mean it wasn’t the other way around, which was a plus, but on the other hand, you have a course provider buying an LMS vendor.  The same course provider whose own LMS, Skillport is either a toss in (usually the case) or is sold to customers (I saw a contract where – Skillsoft charged the customer for it). The system at one time was solid – during days, then Taleo bought it, said it would be infusing a lot of money into it – and later on, said they infused more money into it, than the days of  . Welcome, welcome all! Infor.

LMSs that kick ass: ElementK’s KnowledgeHub

Janet Clarey

These tools are powered by Jive Clearspace and provide integrated access to Wiki’s, Blog’s, and Discussion Forums so that they can be included in a development plan, returned in integrated search results, and linked to from our e-learning courses. Q: What drove your decision to incorporate social media tools into your LMS? A: Sue Rodeman - We believe the way learners want and need to learn are changing. Probably just three years ago, if you said Element K I would have immediately thought about off-the-shelf courseware. They announced this in October, 2008. Generation21.

2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

Talented Learning

Oracle acquired Taleo who had acquired and the list goes on.  To save the day the cloud was invented and with it the significant fiscal barriers of entry for new LMS providers were removed.  The cloud enables new LMS vendors to create and support one product that all customers use providing economies of scale in research, customer support and required investment capital. 

LMSs that kick ass - OutStart

Janet Clarey 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, 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.

User Friendly or Hype?

eLearning 24-7  Vendors nowadays provide training early on after you get the product, and then assume that the person will remember everything weeks later.  If not, they have a user guide – which is sometimes so lengthy or missing key information, that the person is left guessing. 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. Poor or non-existent user intuitiveness/interfaces. Common complaints.

LMSs that kick ass: Mzinga

Janet Clarey

Mzinga believes that while traditional web-based training and eLearning courses have provided great ROI and cost reduction, they lack the social aspect of learning—the diversity in perspective, the insights, and the real-world stories and sharing that have always happened in a classroom. Alternately, for companies ready to move beyond a course- and LMS-centric view of social learning, Mzinga can provide a Community strategy where social networking and social media are more prominently featured and formal learning elements take on supporting roles. Thanks Dave!

LMS News. Directory. Plus E-Learning Notes

eLearning 24-7

Added Demo Column (Y/N) – If the vendor enables you to view a demo of their product without having to register or provide any information upfront, it is identified as “Yes&#. Utilizing services, such as Brandon Hall, where if you are a member (and this includes consumers too), the other vendor members can provide their pricing based on the number of end users set by Brandon Hall. The group continues to grow and provides an added value to readers of the blog. You are provided information, insight, exclusive scoops, m-learning tablet news, mini-reviews and more. 

2010 LMS Products of the Year

eLearning 24-7

Big Dog (Saba, SumTotal, Plateau, Cornerstone OnDemand, Normally, I wouldn’t provide a specific breakout, say Big Dog or Small Dog, but people ask me whom I like or dislike, etc. offered some robust SL capabilities, but you have to pay for one of their premium versions to have it. really good EE system, offers this and for those who just want the standard LMS, provides these features too, without missing a beat. Your competitors are not always the Big Dogs –, Saba, Plateau, etc. These standout to me. Categories.

Rapid Learning Management Systems

Tony Karrer

They need to be able to have these learners grouped together and provide reporting over those learners. Rather that they generally are a hosted LMS solution that roughly corresponds to most of the requirements: Coggno LearnHub Litmos Odijoo 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'd like to creating this as self-paced eLearning possibly with other capabilities as well. And I want to charge for this. How can I do that? It's hosted. Systems?

Top 75 eLearning Posts - May 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Learnlets , May 10, 2010 In response to a query about why someone would question the concept of the LMS, I penned the (slightly altered, for clarity) response that follows: What seems to me to be the need is to have a unified performer-facing environment.  It should provide access to courses when those are relevant, resources/job aids, and eCommunity tools too.  LMS Template - eLearning 24-7 , May 21, 2010 Provides a template you can use when comparing LMS vendors, thus creating an apple to apple process. Best of eLearning Learning. May 2010. Challenging? Not even close. here ).

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.


Tony Karrer

Docent, SumTotal, Saba,, etc.). Why assume that the client or someone else is supposed to provide systems for testing for courseware vendors but not say accounting systems?" 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., Quite a great bit of discussion and useful information. If you are interested in testing your scorm courses, probably worth a read. Hours?

Free Online Conference – Future of Learning - Incredible Speakers

Tony Karrer

It’s clear to thrive they need to focus on business critical issues for the organization, provide solutions provide real value, differentiate their offerings, and look at ways to provide value beyond being a publisher of courses and courseware. Panel #1 - Industry Perspectives 9 AM - 10 AM Pacific Time This distinguished panel will provide overview of the challenges going on in the industry, major trends that they are seeing, what is selling and what’s not, and where they believe that organizations need to go to be successful going forward. Moderated by Tony Karrer.

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.

Informal learning: the real deal. Free.

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

The next day, Wednesday April 21st at 2:00 pm Eastern, Human Capital Institute is hosting an unrehearsed discussion between ’s Dave Wilkins and me on more advanced topics. Organizations that focus on the supply side of the training they provide are looking at the wrong side of the equation. I nformal Learning has been getting a lot of buzz lately. series.

Rapid eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

This list includes a host of additional tools that eLearning Guild members consider rapid eLearning development tools including Apple Keynote, Microsoft Word, Trivantis Lectora, Respondus StudyMate, Brainshark Presentations, Vuepoint Content Creator, WebEx Presentation Studio, KnowledgePlanet Firefly, Xstream RapidBuilder, ReadyGo Web Course Builder, BrainVisa RapideL, OnDemand Presenter, Desire2Learn Learning Environment, Corel Wordperfect Office, SkillSoft Course Customization, Toolbook Instructor, LearnCenter, IBM Simulation Producer, Toolbook Assistant, and Cornerstone OnDemand.

E-Learning for Newbies

Janet Clarey

Here is a presentation on learning and technology (historical) done by my colleague, Gary Woodill, some time ago for Operitel and a presentation on learning technology (LMS/LCMS/Talent Management that we, Brandon Hall Research , deliver in a “101″ webinar with which should provide an overview. also wrote  elearning 101 which provides an overview of e-learning.

Better Conferences - Response Needed

Tony Karrer

And, I need you to help by doing one or more of the following: provide a response to the poll below (won't show in an RSS feed - sorry) provide suggestions for what you'd like to see in future conferences (add comment). Better Fun Activities I'm not sure that I know how to make this happen for more attendees, but Beer Tasting at ASTD TechKnowledge , Boston, Beer - Bloggers - and similar things at ASTD in Atlanta were definitely fun. I'm pretty sure it's not just me. believe we can build better conferences. because most conferences have these same problems.

Something is Going on Down there in the LMS Market

eLearning 24-7

They are from other markets, but are entering and purchasing, and yes in some cases assimilating.   Let’s take a brief look at a couple of recent moves: Taleo acquires It identifies those who offer trials and provides additional information.   If you want to use a freebie, my blog contains an article on free course authoring tools – the most widely used one is courselab. In the movie Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room , one of the opening shots shows the skyline of Houston from above. Get your tablets here. your tablets. and HTML5. Gartner projects 54.8


Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Adobe/Bersin Overview of the eLearning Industry

Learning Visions

This session will provide big picture of trends in the industry. Provide support for SME online, resources, rapid e-learning chunks. This doesnt have to be a big investment Key Finding #2: The Rise in ASP Models ("externally hosted" or "software as a service" -- SAAS) taking desktop metaphor and putting into a browser trend towards companies giving other people the headaches of dealing with the backend solutions great for small organizations Saba,, Adobe Connect, Articulate, etc. Nothing shocking, but some interesting tidbits. My notes here. typically ASP.

Something is Going on Down there in the LMS Market

eLearning 24-7

will provide to you what I am testing. They are from other markets, but are entering and purchasing, and yes in some cases assimilating.   Let’s take a brief look at a couple of recent moves: Taleo acquires It identifies those who offer trials and provides additional information.   If you want to use a freebie, my blog contains an article on free course authoring tools – the most widely used one is courselab. In the movie Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room , one of the opening shots shows the skyline of Houston from above. Get your tablets here.