Top 20 Learning Management Systems 2013-14
FEBRUARY 17, 2014
Moodle - Whether you like it or not, the system still reigns supreme for free open source. Open Elms – The first free open source LMS, geared specifically for business. 3. If your LMS isn’t on the top twenty list, don’t fret, one of the following has occurred. a. It is in the top 50 (Names were posted in the E-Learning 24/7 Linkedin group and will be re-posted later this week). b. It is not in the top 50. – another five systems debuted. Modern UI is showing up more and more in systems, which is a big plus for me. Not anymore.
Top 15 Learning Management Systems mid-year 2014
AUGUST 8, 2014
especially love it when I get the opportunity to present all over the world on a variety of e-learning topics. I love meeting new folks who have either been big fans and supporters of e-learning or are totally new to e-learning and seeking out information and knowledge. They forget to realize that a learning system, learning platform are just semantics – as noted before. You can have a modern learning system that is really crummy, just as you can have with a LMS. The system is K-12, but ideal for K-6. For any LMS.
Five classifications of Learning Management Systems (LMS)
DECEMBER 16, 2011
There are lots and lots of Learning Management Systems (LMS) on the market. From my observation, I have categorised LMS based on the business motivation to create and offer them to the market: LMS that are part of a larger ERP system (e.g. These LMS appear almost an afterthought, an ‘add on’ to the massive database that ERP systems create. The purchase decision is often made by the people in charge of the ERP system itself. LMS that are part of a suite of HR Systems (e.g. SkillSoft SkillPort ).
Product Review: Saba Social
AUGUST 12, 2011
I admit that in general I have been underwhelmed in the past with Saba. A LMS whose UI is poor, ease of use not there and questionable feature sets and service. So, when I went and checked out Saba Social, Saba’s new social learning platform, I had very low expectations. I was surprised. My Learning – identified the popular courses – solid.
Naming Names – LMS Mini Reviews
MARCH 24, 2015
This is a new every other month segment, where some LMSs are listed and insight into a variety of items is presented. In future posts, three random systems will land a “quick take” mini review. . Instructure Bridge (Yep those HE folks are adding a corporate system to their product line). Saba Cloud (Legacy is finished – at least in my opinion – and the cloud is the way to go, but is it for Saba customers?). Instructure like so many other HE systems can’t help themselves. If I was to list the systems for B2B/B2C. SumTotal.
B2B Top Five LMSs
JULY 17, 2014
Resellers who are part of your business learning network – maybe you provide them courses on how to sell your product. Content Providers – the fastest growing B2B right now in e-learning; best or most amazingly of all – it can be just one person who has created a course (content) and then has their own clients who purchase the course or courses to provide to their own employees; the days of large content providers as the only option is gone. Well the system should have. My LMS Directory has over 600 vendors. and skins is included in the system.
Workday Unveils Workday Learning With the Goal of Redefining Learning Management Systems
WalkMe Training Station
OCTOBER 1, 2015
This week Workday announced the launch of its new application – Workday Learning – a Learning Management System (LMS) that offers a more personalized, meaningful learning experience. Because of this, most of what is learned it quickly forgotten and actually stalls individual progress instead of pushing it forward. Employee Training
LMS State of Affairs
AUGUST 1, 2014
Learning Systems. Learning Platforms. Learning Management Systems. Caribbean – Across the board, virtually every island is doing e-learning – not one truly stands out. Market with high revenue potential, yet has minimal competition – Content providers, B2B – unique angle – many systems do not understand the space, nor have a system that truly delivers what these markets need. Competency Management including Skills. Learning communities tied to courses, groups. Predictive Learning.
LMS Integration: The Learning Ecosystem
MAY 12, 2016
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.
Learning Solutions Series: Top 10 Learning Management Systems
JUNE 24, 2014
About half (51.9%) of the organizations surveyed in the 2014 Learning Technology Solutions Forecast Study (report available here ) own a learning management system , most often referred to as an “LMS.” A learning management system is the most popular online learning tool, and the one with which people are most familiar.
Top 10 LMSs for 2013
FEBRUARY 28, 2013
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.
And in this corner: LMS and in the other corner – Learning Platform
JUNE 20, 2015
have spent the last year and a half, looking to see if there were any differences between a LMS and a learning platform. Was there anything or things that really set them apart, to such a degree that one could say, “that is a LMS” and another say, “that is a learning platform” Before you go, oh, yeah well the modern ones are learning platforms and the “traditional” is LMS, I’d like to remind you, with no disrespect intended, that thinking is erroneous at best. We will discuss that in short order. Wait, you say.
Attention LMSs – I’m mad as…
AUGUST 8, 2012
That’s right, Saba and their wonderful salesperson HSwidget (name withheld). Let me tell you my story. I was looking for a system for a client. contacted Saba and dealt with some really good salespeople. I was forwarded over to HSwidget (name withheld). End result – no business for him or Saba. More systems than before are turnkey systems.
Top 50 LMS Mid Rankings Report – What you need to know
JUNE 2, 2014
It is that time of the year, okay, not really, but it is time or more specifically near the time for the release of my Top 50 LMS mid-rankings report. Breakdowns of each system including latest new features and quick take. Listing of top three systems in the following verticals – Banking/Finance, Manufacturing, Association, Education K-12, Higher Education, B2B. Listing of top five systems that I see as NextGen systems. Learning Features - On/Off synch, Native app, self-contained app, responsive mobile design, capabilities in the app. Expertus.
#25 to #11 LMSs of 2012
DECEMBER 5, 2012
Next week, 12-12-12, will be #10 to #1 learning management systems for 2012. They are a next gen of lite LMSs (feel free my post “When is a LMS, Not a LMS”). New features include m-learning on the iPad with native app (no on/off synch), integrates with Yammer, themes, custom URL, assessment tool, the authoring tool is the key component, help and feedback tab. year ago if you told me that they were in the top 25 systems, I would have laughed in your face. Part LMS, part social and yes a very nice part of mobile including apps for iPad.
A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012
DECEMBER 19, 2012
The year kicked off with lots of potential, lots of excitement in the air and lots of customers gearing up to purchase new systems, despite global economic woes. Mobile Learning. Sadly though many still are in the dark on true mobile learning – i.e. not accessing their platform via a mobile web browser. eLogic Learning. exact learning. Sum Total Systems.
2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients
NOVEMBER 18, 2015
Learning management systems didn’t die. 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. Much of the investment was upfront and only the largest companies or companies with the most compliance risk exposure could afford an LMS. eLogic Learning.
Answering your LMS Questions
JULY 9, 2012
need a LMS. Q: I’m looking for a LMS that has classroom mgt, can have abc learners see only one course or a set of courses, while another group sees a different set of courses and I need to batch upload my learners. A: Virtually every LMS vendor out there in the marketplace provides these features. The ones who may not are those who identify themselves as “Training mgt systems and alike” – because they are really focused on the course authoring tool and are not a LMS in the true sense of the word. Task management. Learning 24/7.
Can the ‘big LMS’ break clear of formal training?
Clive on Learning
JANUARY 12, 2011
I must confess it is now four months since I received an in-depth demonstration from the people at Saba of their People Systems Suites. First off, it’s worth noting that Saba does not seem to have been suffering like so many of its competitors through the downturn: It gained 113 new customers in 2010, which was a record year. For many of us who have been involved in e-learning for quite some time, the ‘big LMS’ has disappeared off the radar to some extent, particularly with the increased focus on informal and collaborative learning.
Special Post – Why the Big Four are not on my latest Top 10 LMS List
MAY 7, 2013
Since my Top 10 list of LMS vendors has been posted online, I have received quite a bit of e-mail wondering why the biggest names: Cornerstone On Demand, Saba, SumTotal and SuccessFactors are not on the list. A LMS should first be a LMS. When I talk about a LMS, I am saying specifically a learning management system and the vendors themselves should see their own product first and foremost as a LMS, not as a TM/PM or whatever. have some real concerns on what is taking place with Saba today. Learning 24/7. 2012 Lists.
Saba CEO Steps Down
MARCH 5, 2013
Shawn Farshchi, Saba’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, has been named interim CEO. — March 1 Saba, a provider of people-centric enterprise services, announced a leadership transition Friday. Source: Saba. To see what Bobby Yazdani told editor Deanna Hartley about the evolution of the LMS and how it needs to adapt to the changing business environment back in September, click here. Bobby Yazdani and the board of directors have agreed he will step down as chairman, CEO and director. Redwood Shores, Calif. Read the story here
The Cornerstone Effect
OCTOBER 13, 2014
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.
Articulate Quizmaker and Saba
MARCH 30, 2011
I'm working with the Saba LMS for this project. As most developers know, each LMS has a different "attitude" and behavior. Quizmaker is not alone, I've had this issue with other content I've used in Saba. Open up the file in your favorite editor and look for the following line: var EXIT_BEHAVIOR = "SCORM_RECOMMENDED"; To make the Quizmaker window close correctly and completely in Saba, I had to change it to: var EXIT_BEHAVIOR = "ALWAYS_CLOSE_TOP"; Once you make this change in the Articulate folder, the next time you publish to SCORM 1.2, the new configuration.js
Insight – The Top 50 LMS 2017 Report
DECEMBER 6, 2016
You can still buy the 2016 Top 50 LMS Report (BTW). The same could be said for the LMS (and all its subsets) industry. I track 1,225 systems around the world. . Some vendors have multiple systems, but generally speaking it is usually one to one, i.e. one vendor and one system. Open source systems are included, but not “customized shops or botique firms from customized Moodle per se that you pay” In the 2017 report, the number of vendors explored was 1,000. Includes subsets of the LMS space. Learning Cards for each vendor.
Totara: re-shaping Moodle for corporate use
Clive on Learning
JANUARY 17, 2011
Last week I asked Can the ‘big LMS’ break clear of formal training? - I wanted to know whether Saba, one of the most successful of the big LMSs, could reinvent itself to accommodate informal learning. This time I’m exploring whether it is possible for one of the world’s most popular academic virtual learning environments, Moodle, to be adapted to suit the needs of corporates. There is some overlap: both types of platforms can deliver resources and both can support certain types of learning activities. learning management systems
Saba Player Templates and Best Practices
MARCH 17, 2011
The question is “what is the best way to create a video based training course in Saba?” In this case, I was unable to find a best practice when it comes to packaging as SCORM to deliver in an LMS. Use a player template in saba that will serve as the table of contents for the course. In Saba I do not have the ability to specify the size of a SCO window that is “popped up” from the table of contents. So in Saba I am only loading the SCO, when the SCO is loaded, the video window pops up based on the code I wrote using Lectora. Lectora Video Saba LMS SCORM SCO
Latest Trends in E-Learning
MARCH 23, 2012
Twice a year I will be providing some trends that I am seeing in the e-learning market. This one trend really is an irritation to me, because the term “training” is showing up rather than “learning”, which is the standard term as it relates to online learning (see it already?). We call online learning, e-learning, not e-training, but some vendors will have you believe that “training” is the appropriate term, rather than learning. Custom Development and LMS vendors. LMS vendors – read below.
LMS Decision Making Criteria B4 U Buy
OCTOBER 17, 2016
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.”
How to choose an LMS
APRIL 27, 2012
So, you are looking to buy an LMS. You might already have stumbled-upon Moodle, Dokeos, Blackboard, Saba or Sumtotal. include here a few of the blog posts I found most interesting: One week to select an LMS – No way: [link]. Learning Management Systems (LMS) Gotchas: [link]. Five things not to do while selecting an LMS: [link].
Q&A from Blog Readers on E-Learning
AUGUST 13, 2013
have done a segment like this in the past and it was very popular. So, back for another installment. Q : I am curious on why Cornerstone On Demand, Saba and SumTotal do not appear in your top twenty lists even though they appear on other sites as the best products in the market. Am I missing something? A: Great question. Every e-learning consulting/research firm, etc. The problem though is it is not throughout the entire system, rather it is in a few areas. That said, they are in my top 40 for learning/extended enterprise cloud. Thankfully, it isn’t.
The Next Generation LMS
SEPTEMBER 23, 2012
See what Saba’s founder and CEO Bobby Yazdani has to say about the evolution of the LMS and how it needs to adapt to the changing business environment. As part of Chief Learning Officer magazine’s ongoing coverage of the Learning Technology Special Report, Saba’s founder and CEO Bobby Yazdani sat down to chat about the evolution of the LMS and how it needs to adapt to the changing business environment. Then the LMSes were also used to manage physical assets, resources, scheduling resources for the delivery of the ILT.
Top 50 LMS Report for 2016 – What you need to know (criteria, approach, and yeah some vendors)
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
It’s nearly here. In a little over two months, my 2016 Top 50 LMS Report will be available for purchase. Even open source systems. 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?). But, they do use modules (so you can buy learning for example, and then down the road or at the same time performance and so forth). . However, I will say this: I like what Saba is doing. Saba Learning.
What is in store for the LMS Space: My Forecasts for 2016
NOVEMBER 18, 2015
Lately there have been quite a few articles relating to where the LMS is heading, what is the future of the LMS market and so forth. Everything points to a big year for the curation aspect of the LMS market. from other folks in the system. . Thus, it is not just uploading the video and sharing it with other learners, posting it within the system (most likely a social angle), but the ability for any learner to add more content to the initial content uploaded or added by the learner. . Personalized Learning Experience (PLE). Deep learning. . b.
LMSs, TMs and HCMs
MARCH 16, 2012
SumTotal is calling their product a Human Capital Management system. Sure, they offer a separate LMS called SumTotal Maestro, but their TM has surprisingly (not really) been morphed into a HCM, will others follow? If you visit the Taleo home page, you will learn the following two items. must have been sleeping, but when did “learning” slide under Talent Management? When did “learning, which is training” become a defacto component of Talent Management? They purchased Outstart, a LMS. Talent management.