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The Benefits of SaaS: Hosted LMS

Association eLearning

It means software that is hosted on the provider’s servers instead of servers in-house. So, when an LMS provider say they have a SaaS LMS, they’re really saying we offer a cloud LMS.  The client subscribes to the software rather than licensing it outright and running it on their own servers. Do they know how to integrate your AMS with your LMS?

Benefits of Tin Can Api Certified Learning Management Systems

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However, having the tools to track what users are doing, how they are performing, and allow open communication between learning systems is essential. As such, many eLearning content creators and instructional designers are now switching to TIN CAN API, due to the fact that it seems to be the next stage in the natural evolution of online learning. SCORM vs. TIN CAN API.

eLearning Trends for 2015: Here to Stay or Go Away?

Association eLearning

Trends in eLearning come and go, but a good LMS is forever. Gamification, not to be confused with game-based learning, is the use of game elements such as leaderboards and badges, in courses. Mobile learning (mLearning) refers to content that can be accessed anywhere, on any device. Augmented Learning. Augmented learning is the next “cool-factor” innovation in eLearning.

4 Key Emerging Trends in LMS

Upside Learning

More than 2 years back, I had carried out a SWOT analysis of the LMS to get some understanding on the LMS scenario. Today, after the rapid evolution of the LMS – hastened by several factors, right from the inclusion of social learning tools, to an ever increasing need for usability – many things have changed, and still continue to change, in the LMS.

B2B Top Five LMSs

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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.

LMS State of Affairs

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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.

3 Critical LMS Selection Questions

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Choosing a learning management system (LMS) is an extremely important decision for any organization, and with so many options available, it can sometimes be difficult to determine which one is best for your needs. The reality is that there is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach to LMS selection. If you are looking to host your own LMS (cost saver!)

LMS Do and Don’ts – Isn’t it time to do what’s right?

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Throughout your life, you will be learn what you can do and cannot do.  LMS Items. If you want to save money, have an awesome system and deal with minimum to near zero headaches, follow the “Do’s” and recognize the “Do not’s”   . I can attest that I see a lot of people – and I say this with all honesty – a lot of people make monumental mistakes when picking a system – then it is too late. Realize that in the LMS space, as mentioned before, the average time in the market is two to four years.  Learning 24/7.

On Fire in 2013 – What’s going to be hot in e-learning

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For each of these items in e-learning. The challenge is how a 3rd party authoring tools using TinCan can auto upload their new built courses directly into a LMS that supports TinCan. . Just as you can with PENS authoring tools and the systems that support PENS (i.e Of course the systemLMS will need to support TinCan, and right now that is few and far between.

Top 10 LMSs for 2013

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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.

4 Learning Management Systems to Bridge Generation Gaps in Offices

TOPYX LMS

TOPYX is featured in The Huffington Post article, 4 Learning Management Systems to Bridge Generation Gaps in Offices. Excerpt Through the use of the right Learning Management Systems (LMS), businesses can ensure everyone has the same advantage as they start work each day. Fortunately, there are tools available to help. TOPYX. In the News

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4 Learning Management Systems to Bridge Generation Gaps in Offices

TOPYX LMS

TOPYX is featured in The Huffington Post article, 4 Learning Management Systems to Bridge Generation Gaps in Offices. Excerpt Through the use of the right Learning Management Systems (LMS), businesses can ensure everyone has the same advantage as they start work each day. Fortunately, there are tools available to help. TOPYX. In the News

#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

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Your friends days before your big 30-40-50-60, heck even your wedding – again, is this really necessary? #10 eLogic Learning - Essential LMS. Features include: Extended enterprise – multiple children/sub-portals, each skinned/branded and each on a separate server – many EEs are on a shared server. Compliance management, certification management.

LMS Ghost stories – The truth will scare you

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But what you rarely hear, is something I have often been hearing, which isn’t going from any spirit, rather it is coming from some LMS vendors.  It is a sound so unbearable, a phrase or two so strange and misleading, you would think you were hearing it from… the salesperson’s mouth (or via e-mail). Ask a few questions about your situation, what you are trying to do, accomplish, the number of learners/students (aka end users) that will be using the system, either daily or monthly. Learning 24/7. learning management system LMS LMS vendor e-learning vendors

Mitigating the Risks of BYOD in corporate learning

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BYOD as a trend is also affecting corporate learning, as more and more learners opt to learn on their own devices, as per their schedules or pertinent needs. As we discussed in a previous post this year, BYOD is here to stay to provide learning as and when learners need. Most modern LMSs come with built-in security measures for data that resides on the system.

6 ways a cloud LMS could benefit your business

Paradiso

While I would wager that most people don’t truly know what it means (is it literally in a cloud?), the cloud has become the norm for SaaS companies across the world and the new home for cloud learning management systems. This leaves reliability to the mercy of local servers, and maintenance in the hands of administrators whose area of expertise may not necessarily be elearning.

To be or not to be Moodle

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It is not hate that I bring upon you good folk, rather it is the facts concerning Moodle and to be fair a comparison between it and in general commercial systems (since feature sets may differ, systems do differ to a degree, design, UI, my mom’s BBQ chicken (mmm), etc.). Well, clearly it comes from the education crowd or as we pitch it in e-learning, edtech (which is e-learning education, i.e. education technology, blah blah). There are commercial systems built on Moodle and heavily customized.  It was developed as a CMS not a LMS – surprise! 

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Cross-platform LMS Integration Strategies

Web Courseworks

Integrating business systems still poses a challenge to CIOs, their technologists and their vendors, but the technological barriers have decreased in recent years for a host of reasons that I describe below. In the past, ERP technologies (a category in which I would include association management systems) were often deployed on midrange hosts. Systems of record.

Answering your LMS Questions

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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.

Do Low-Cost, All-Inclusive LMS Packages Exist?

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Over the course of the past decade, learning management systems (LMSs) have been adopted by companies in most industry sectors, including business, healthcare, nonprofit, association, multinational, and public sector. According to Josh Bersin, author of the article The Red Hot Market for Learning Management Systems, “ The (LMS) market is well over $2.5

Product Review: Totara

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Kineo Group’s Totara LMS is a new breed of systems hitting the space. My Learning tab – shows alerts, recent learning, upcoming events. Seems to focus more on client side server, when space as a whole is focused more on SaaS. After logging into the system, the learner goes right into this wonderful dashboard. My Learning. Learning Plans.

LMS Holiday Guide – How to Save Money, Avoid being Ripped off

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often bring these up, because in the LMS world this is a major driver in what the system will cost you.  This happens in any marketplace and in the LMS world it is no different.  If I am known for technology but decide to enter retail, I need to attract and land customers.  often hear both of these statements from consumers and sadly to report, that neither is true.  As noted above, their are various factors and/or strategy as to why one price is much lower than another (assuming the systems are comparative in feature sets, etc.). . Learning 24/7. weeks away.

Low Cost LMSs – Yes, u can find one for under 10K

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The argument that you have to spend over 50K to find a sweet LMS is totally bogus.  What is true is that there are plenty of awesome systems for less than 25K and even sweet systems with very nice feature sets for under 10K. I’m not talking about freebies such as Moodle or Sakai, but actually commercial systems. These are folks who are going to use your system. In my experience, small businesses (500 or less users) are the ideal audience for a low cost system. Are there low cost systems for the education market? AJ LMS - UI is average.

LMS Setup Fees: For some vendors it’s a cash cow

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Just as a seriously doubt many of the LMS vendors who feel it is their duty to charge one time setup fees that break your budget bank. LMS setup fees are as common as bad service.  They have been around from the beginning of the LMS world.  At one time they are were all about implementation, since in the early years, 90%+ of implementations were on the client’s servers. Implementation, training, project management and support were common components of a client side server LMS – and huge revenue generators. Learning 24/7.

Free Open Source LMSs are like Puzzles

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As you prepare your LMS discovery you might be thinking to yourself, perhaps I  should get those free ones, you know like “Moodle”   And it would understandable to think that way, after all you just sat in a panel session where people from big name companies created their own LMS – and tell you that is the way to do it (which happened at a trade show last year). What you just read is what happens when you go free with a learning platform.  I would say open source, but there are systems that provide open source and they are not free.  Learning 24/7.

6 ways a cloud LMS could benefit your business

Paradiso

While I would wager that most people don’t truly know what it means (is it literally in a cloud?), the cloud has become the norm for SaaS companies across the world and the new home for cloud learning management systems. This leaves reliability to the mercy of local servers, and maintenance in the hands of administrators whose area of expertise may not necessarily be elearning.

LMS Committees – Good idea? Or painful experience?

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If you have ever had the pleasure or displeasure of being on a committee to find a learning management system, don’t worry you are not alone. Next to going to the dentist, a LMS committee often falls a close second, especially when a cavity is found and drilling is immediate. In this age of lots of meetings the last thing you want to be on is a meeting to find a LMS.  The sad part is that Chris is a key stakeholder who you will need after you launch the system. . This is why I never use the term learning management system, except the first time.

10 Advantages Of Leveraging LMS For Blended Learning

Upside Learning

Earlier I had shared the 8 things to follow while implementing blended learning via an LMS. For some of you the question might still be – why should my, or any organization for that matter, implement blended learning via an LMS? It is a well known fact that different people learn in different ways, with most being able to retain only 10% of what they hear.

eLearning: How to Pick an LMS

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Ashok Sharma    Picking a Learning Management System (LMS) to host your eLearning content is a crucial, but often overlooked, step in the eLearning development process. The problem is, there are several LMS vendors from which to choose. Which LMS fits best within your budget, your eLearning development software, your learner's technology, your training objectives, and your instructional design initiatives? How to Choose the Right LMS for Your Business. Purchasing an LMS is a big decision for any organization.

This is not (fill in the blank)

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This same contradiction is now happening in the e-learning world at a frightening pace.   While mobile learning is moving at an incredible speed, faster than anticipated by some of my colleagues, it does not come without a cost. Regardless of whatever e-learning product you are using that states the ability to view and take assessments, courses, etc. Learning 24/7.

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The Worst Type of Question to Ask in Your Learning Management System Request for Proposal (RFP)

Absorb LMS

They turned to a research firm or various Web sites for a list of learning management system features. Along with proposals, they asked for supporting documentation such as server security specifications, marketing materials, terms of service, etc. Click Manage courses. They copied most of these features into a RFP and sent it to vendors. This is nuts.). Yada. ….

When or When Not to Use Open Source LMS?

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– 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. Can I manage without active support?

E-Learning: A worldwide perspective

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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. Would you have ever guessed that e-learning would be in Nepal? So what other countries/continents/regions are embracing e-learning?  buy systems in Australia – again with same – no sales office, etc. Provincial – There still is this brick and mortar mentality that exists in the e-learning space – and when you think about it, – isn’t that an oxymoron?

LMS Stories – Fantasy or Reality?

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Dragons and knights aren’t heading down the e-learning path. Beowulf Everyone loves my system. As I have noted numerous times, if you listen to vendors, everyone loves their system, they have retention rates in the plus 90%, yet, somehow the number one thing they hear is that people are looking for a new system, they are unhappy with their current system. have heard from folks, including customers of specific systems – that they dislike their system, but stay with them. Time – You have just spent months to find the right system.

10 Reasons to invest in a cloud based LMS

Paradiso

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.

Psst. You wanna buy some features?

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LMS vendors are continuing to add some very unique features in an effort to set themselves apart from the competition. This is to say that 90% of features most folks seek are nearly universal in a LMS – low cost or otherwise. While UI on the front and back end of a system continues to be all over the place – from generally awful to very nice – regardless of the price point, its the features that stand out (or in some cases -you should stand clear off) in the space. Built in E-mail that blocks viruses, spam plus you can send out of the LMS. Wizards.

Five LMS Sins

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Rather, I’m going to write it, right here, right now and let each of you know, actually be aware of the sins of the LMS industry. Europe or as I call it, the LMS Money Pit. There are LMS vendors charging extra for. You could argue that all of this is the salesperson discretion in combination with the LMS vendor allowing it, and you would be absolutely correct.