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12 Common Complaints about Learning Management Systems (LMS)

Connect Thinking

Get any group of learning professionals in a room, and one of the first topics of discussion will be Learning Management Systems (LMS). have rarely heard a learning professional say “ Our LMS does everything we need.” Here are twelve (12) common complaints about Learning Management Systems. The Bottom Line.

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eLearning Glossary: Definitions for the Most Commonly Used Terms

Association eLearning

SCORM, LMS, AMS, LCMS, API, JITT, what does it all mean?! eLearning -Also referred to as internet-based learning, web-based learning, and online learning is any training or education delivered via computer. Digitec, Instructional Designer, Jennifer Ritter wrote a blog about this recently explaining, “I now realize that I was raised with game-based learning.

What is an LMS?


What is an LMS. An LMS is a Learning Management System: Learning as the end result is to deliver training courses, either in a corporate or educational context. Management as you use it to manage and administer your courses, which includes creating them, deciding who should take them and even selling them. The language of the LMS.

Five LMS Lists

eLearning 24-7

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. Let’s put together a series of e-learning lists that will surpass any other list out there. Five System Categories (most folks just say “LMS” without realizing that not all LMSs are alike). Five Misnomers in the e-learning space. Five System Categories (at last count, 605 systems in the market). 1.  management, and similar modules.

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When To Switch Your LMS


For example, many will use Microsoft Office for word processing and presentation creation. To deliver these courses they will use a learning management system. But how does an organization know when it’s time to replace them – specifically the LMS? The implications of changing a learning management system are quite massive.

Top 10 LMSs for 2013

eLearning 24-7

Back again to bring this first in a series of rankings for the top ten learning management systems for 2013. Still listed as a social learning management system, they have made some new strides that really work for me. Support of the iPad, thus mobile learning. Charging to remove their name of the system. If you want to charge, charge once. #9 Absorb LMS. Remember back in my authoring tool list, I mentioned one well known LMS vendor who dropped significantly in my rankings? It isn’t. #7 eLogic Learning. No spin.

State of the LMS 2012

eLearning 24-7

For the past month, I have been conducting a survey on learning platforms and specifically learning management systems. . Too many vendors are focusing on talent/performance management as the next feature/component in their systems. Do you have a LMS/LCMS/Learning Platform. Leadership Development/Performance Management – 40%.

LMS RFP Tips: How to Find Your Best Learning Technology Fit

Talented Learning

Is the LMS RFP a Necessary Evil?  A Nice-to-Have? Request for Proposal (RFP) is one of the most widely used yet controversial tools for learning management systems buyers. Either way, it’s usually foolish to buy an LMS without one. What is an LMS RFP? Want a handy guide to learning tech terms? Your LMS RFP should be that metric. 3.

LMS Technology Trends: Why Focus Is The Next Big Thing

Talented Learning

I have now formally reviewed 125 of the potential 700 learning management solutions available in the world.  As I get deeper and deeper into the industry, I’m more convinced than ever that “focus” is the key LMS technology trend of today’s winning vendors. In the learning technology market, focus creates business value and winning vendors have it! Absolutely.

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#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

eLearning 24-7

Your friends days before your big 30-40-50-60, heck even your wedding – again, is this really necessary? #10 eLogic Learning - Essential LMS. Compliance management, certification management. Immediate language per end user, this means that each end user can select their own language and the entire system changes to that. fine system with strong features.

When You Should Build Your Own LMS


The learning management system has grown up quite a bit over the past decade. This evolution in the LMS has resulted in people raising their expectations on what it can (and should) do for their elearning programs. If you look at the learning management industry you can see that many providers make an earnest attempt to satisfy as many different use-cases as possible.

Why a Customizable LMS is the Way to Go


The same is true for when you are looking to implement an LMS. In certain circumstances it may not be necessary to implement a customizable lms, and instead a one-size-fits-all approach could be best – this is particularly the case for small projects with smaller budgets. Let’s begin with the user interface of the customizable lms. Cherry pick what you need. Branding.

LMS Integration:  The Learning Ecosystem

Talented Learning

In 2016, it makes more sense to think of a LMS as part of a digital business ecosystem, rather than a standalone island destination.  There are a variety of approaches to LMS integration. Vendors can: Provide an open API library consisting of available scripts that a tech-savvy buyer can use to automate integration with client systems. Types of LMS Integration.

Do Organizations Still Need an LCMS?

Origin Learning

A Learning Content Management System or LCMS manages all the learning content of an organization in one place. It gives authors, instructional designers, and subject matter experts the means to create e-learning content more efficiently. In an LCMS, content managers can create, store, reuse, and manage learning objects from a central object repository.

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How Microsoft themselves use SharePoint to help 45,000 employees learn better

SharePoint and Assessment

Thought leader interview with Jim Federico of Microsoft on how Microsoft use SharePoint internally for learning. Director of Operations and Platforms at Microsoft, responsible for training and readiness for the customer facing roles at Microsoft. spent 13 years running technology and product strategy for SumTotal Systems. Jim is a Sr.

How Microsoft themselves use SharePoint to help 45,000 employees learn better

SharePoint and Assessment

Thought leader interview with Jim Federico of Microsoft on how Microsoft use SharePoint internally for learning. Director of Operations and Platforms at Microsoft, responsible for training and readiness for the customer facing roles at Microsoft. spent 13 years running technology and product strategy for SumTotal Systems. Jim is a Sr.

Courseware LMSs – Good or bad for the industry?

eLearning 24-7

Y o u may be sitting right now with third party content in your LMS.  Maybe you scored it via Wiley, but in many possibilities you purchased the content thru your LMS vendor.  It’s much easier than say going directly to the content provider, buying it from them and then having them talk to your LMS vendor to put it in for you (which, honestly you should do, because it will save you money). 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.  How good is the LMS?

Four LMS Trends whose hype isn’t meeting reality

eLearning 24-7

What LMS vendors are not doing is incorporating products that people can win with all those wonderful points. . Browser based with mobile learning – what adds the stink value to this – is that the vendor could have a native app, but when you click it – surprise – it opens up your web browser and so you are going through the net.  In other words, you could do the same thing without the native app. . Lastly, why am I not seeing vendors with m-learning apps mention Microsoft’s Surface tablet – last I looked it has apps.  Miami Vice.

LearnUpon announces Microsoft Azure AD integration


LearnUpon, the world’s fastest growing learning management system, today announced a new integration with Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AD). LearnUpon customers can now use Microsoft Azure AD to manage user access and enable single sign-on. The integration will make it even easier for learners to access and use their LMS securely.

The Cornerstone Effect

eLearning 24-7

First off let me be clear, this post is not about the  Cornerstone OnDemand LMS in the sense of whether it is a good or bad platform. Nor is it about the company itself, rather it is about the effect the system has on the entire LMS industry. Several months ago I picked up on a few items other vendors would mention about other systems.  I also picked up on statements made by consumers. ” In the LMS space, it has become the one term that if cast upon your platform is the sign of death, at least to many other vendors. The statements were eerily similar.

What I am hearing and seeing in E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

What has always amazed me are number of e-learning vendor web sites whose design looks like it came from 1995 when Netscape ruled the land. Frankly, it is unreal.  I mean look at any other industry, any industry and check out their vendors’ web sites. I’d love to identify the top twenty worst LMS vendor web sites out there – but there are way too many to pick. You also can’t leave out m-learning platforms, assessment tool providers, web conferencing, audio conferencing and a couple social platforms. Upside Learning. Learning 24/7.

Inculcating learning culture in the organization – Who’s Baby: Business Honchos or L&D?


Or is it the organization’s responsibility to nurture the hidden potential of its employees by providing external training, if necessary, to educate them and develop a culture of learning within the organization. The recent promotion of Satya Nadella as Microsoft CEO is strong evidence in support of McCall view. What can learning technology do for a CEO? Experts’ views.

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E-Learning Takeaways

eLearning 24-7

37 support m-learning. Let’s see Microsoft has only been announcing the coming of Windows 8 for several months, but as usual desktop authoring tools are behind the times.  This is nothing new when it comes to waiting until after the end of days to wake up. I am hearing from some vendors that they are having issues with Windows 8 and that Microsoft typically makes it difficult to really make it work.  Windows 8 – 20,000 apps (not bad since it launched two months ago), Microsoft executives are reporting that by Jan. Learning 24/7. 12-21-2012.

A comparison between LMS and CMS


LMS and CMS are obviously both TLA (Three Letter Acronyms) — but is there any other similarity, and can we use one in place of the other? First, some examples so you know what we’re talking about: “ TalentLMS “, the product whose blog you’re reading, is a good, nay great, example of an LMS. For others, you’ll need a genuine LMS. Conclusion.

When or When Not to Use Open Source LMS?


You love Microsoft! – this is what a client’s IT Manager commented after looking at technology requirements sheet of our Wizdom LMS in a presentation last week (It’s built on.Net, and uses Windows Server, IIS, & MS SQL/Oracle as back-end platform). The presentation than briefly turned into a debate between open-source and proprietary systems. So here goes.

10 Reasons to invest in a cloud based LMS


There was a time when all an LMS did was play back elearning content and track passes or fails. The industry has come a long way since then and some of the features available with the new generation of cloud based LMS platforms make them barely recognizable next to the old software. So here are 10 reasons for you to invest in a Cloud Based LMS if you still haven’t. 1.

3 Stupidly Simple Ways to Profit from E-Learning


Let’s face it, everybody knows something, right?  As an e-learning professional, there is no doubt that you have come across certain things in your career that would be of value to other e-learning professionals.  Be it new people just coming into the field, or seasoned pros who have been at it a long time – you have specific experiences that are of value.

Hey LMS Santa!

eLearning 24-7

Why are LMS vendors racing to the Enterprise space and leaving others behind? One vendor, eLogic Learning, offers a registration model, which IMO, is an excellent approach for the B2B/B2C space.  . If you want to achieve success – short and long term, there are certain rule of thumb items to use when pushing and marketing your LMS. Learning 24/7. LMS LMS forecast

LMS, LCMS, Content Authoring: Exploring eLearning Tools

WBT Systems

There are a multitude of different tools available to instructional designers and eLearning developers, and it is important to consider which tools will help you to achieve the desired learning objectives and outcomes for your courses. Joe Ganci writes the Toolkit column for Learning Solutions Magazine , which reviews all the different tools available for creating eLearning content.

LMS Decision Making Criteria B4 U Buy

eLearning 24-7

If you are like me, you have probably seen dozens of posts or articles out there telling you here is “how to pick an LMS”, “criteria for selecting an LMS”, “best practices for buying an LMS” and so forth. When I hear people say they hate their system, my retort is always the same.  “You picked the wrong system.”

LMS migration in 5 easy steps


20 years or so ago, you had loud arguments with Microsoft’s Clippy , and (probably) louder arguments with a coworker who forgot to save some changes to a document and made you lose two hours because you didn’t work on the latest version of the said document. LMS migration is a complex process. So why are LMS migration and easy in the same place, in the title of this post?

Hidden costs of an LMS: What to expect


It takes a lot of knowledge and sound common sense to make money and manage it. That’s why managers need an extended research and as much data as possible in order to make an informed decision on how to spend precious company dollars (or pounds, yens, euros, rubles, crowns). The decision of choosing the right learning management system makes no exception.

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Content is “King”

eLearning 24-7

But one of the things we (in the e-learning community) often fail to miss is rather beneficial to learning – Content. And I will go one step further – it is the most important aspect to e-learning, for if you do not have content – then all those other components, LMSs, social and mobile learning, authoring tools, assessment tools, video learning tools, micro-courses, e-learning tools in general are worthless. Will they stay around in the LMS to use those other cool features? . Microsoft Office courses. Learning 24/7.

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eFront 3.6.12 just released


In efront 3.6.12 we undertook the project of implementing full-text search across all files uploaded to the system. This means you can search for text inside PDF, Doc or Excel files you upload to the system. This functionality in essence turns eFront into a simple but efficient document management system. What better time for new toys if not Christmas!

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