LMSs that kick ass: Mzinga
JANUARY 9, 2009
Mzinga is the result of a merger between KnowledgePlanet and Shared Insights at the end of 2007. My more recent contact at Mzinga is Dave Wilkins. I spoke with Dave via email about what Mzinga is doing with social media. Q: What social media tools is Mzinga incorporating into their LMS? A: Dave Wilkins - Mzinga has taken a comprehensive approach to social learning by developing three models throughout various components of our entire Social Learning Suite. Disclosure: Mzinga was a sponsor of Brandon Hall Research’s IiL08 conference.). Thanks Dave!
Product Review: Mzinga OmniSocial
JULY 3, 2010
Software simulation tool (Firefly) and Mzinga Publisher are extra, i.e. there is an additional cost – it is not automatically included in the OmniSocial product. It would be nice if Mzinga listed these two offerings with the wording of “additional or add-on cost on their web site. You can do this either through ILinc directly or through Mzinga. Mzinga does not offer any type of free trial with their system. Whether you are looking for a family sedan, a sports car, luxury ride, economy ride or your first vehicle, Mzinga OmniSocial will deliver for you.
MZinga - Engaged in the conversation!
Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development
APRIL 28, 2008
MZINGA created a "set" of 20 images capturing their event experience. I did not get a chance to see the MZINGA booth, I was not able to attend their session, and I did not talk with any of the workers on site. mZinga is a social media company and they understand the power of the medium. While I did not meet Mzinga at the show, every time I go check out the PageFlakes page, I am reminded of mzinga because "BANG" there are the picks in the Flickr feed box. In fairness, maybe mzinga did not intend for these images to hit our pageflakes page. has it?
Mzinga Releases OmniSocial 2.0 by Bill Brandon
Learning Solutions Magazine
JUNE 29, 2010
Social software provider Mzinga has released OmniSocial 2.0, the latest update to its enterprise-class. social software. OmniSocial now provides support for onboarding, communication and collaboration, learning and development, performance and career development, innovation, and recruitment and. retention.
LMSs that kick ass: ElementK’s KnowledgeHub
JANUARY 16, 2009
Mzinga. 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. Here’s what she had to say: Q: What social media tools is Element K incorporating into their LMS?
Conflicting personas: social media as an ‘AND’ role (initially titled ‘AND’ job which is entirely inappropriate, even for this blog)
DECEMBER 29, 2009
Susan is Senior PR Manager at Mzinga who communicates with all sorts of people on Twitter. You know one of those brief tweets or status updates that can easily be lifted from bigger, continuous conversations you’re having with online friends and followers? Out of context stuff. Poor partygirl99. Williams’ statement is very true. It’s the AND part of the job. Wha??? Ready?
Free Webinar 11/8 - E-learning Trends: Learning & Talent Systems & Services
Take an e-Learning Break
NOVEMBER 7, 2011
You know them all: Bobby Yazdani of Saba Systems; Alan Todd of KnowledgePlanet/Mzinga, now CEO of Corporate University Xchange; and Frank Russell, the former CEO of GeoLearning, and now the CEO of Prositions. Tue, Nov 8, 2011 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM CST This webinar will deal with the latest trends around Learning & Talent Systems and Services. They will share a portion of a clip from the ELCE show, where they asked the “founding fathers” of the LMS industry, “With the growing trend towards social and informal learning, what do you think the role of the LMS will be in the future.”
LMSs that kick ass - OutStart
JANUARY 23, 2009
Mzinga. Another Friday and another LMS that kicks ass! This week’s featured system is OutStart. I 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.
100 eLearning Articles and White Papers
APRIL 28, 2008
Mzinga : White Paper Series : eLearning 2.0 & My collection of eLearning Articles, White Papers, Blog Posts, etc. just reached 100. Thought I'd share. No particular order to these. Creating Passionate Users: Crash course in learning theory 2. Keeping Up with the Pace of Change Informal learning will help employees survive in the future workplace 3. Understanding E-Learning 2.0 There are some very interesting changes going on in the world of e-learning that seem to have crept up on practitioners. eLearn magazine: Feature Article Ten Web 2.0 Web 2.0: collaboration 8. e-learning 2.0
Communities / Social Networking and LMS Merger
DECEMBER 6, 2007
I've not seen a lot about Mzinga in the eLearning world, but it represents something pretty interesting. Mzinga is a merger of KnowledgePlanet (an LMS provider and also the maker of the eLearning simulation tool - Firefly) and Shared Insights - a community / business social networking software company. The top execs at Mzinga are not the top execs from KnowledgePlanet. I wonder if mzinga does? From what I can gather from the press releases and based on who's in charge of the combined company, it appears that KnowledgePlanet is somewhat the loser.
DECEMBER 12, 2008
Here are some terms that are getting more attention the first couple weeks this month (December 2008) include Social Media , eLearning Activity , Mobile Learning , Yugma , Slideshare , SharePoint , Twitter , 100 Conversations , Mzinga , and GeoLearning. Mzinga is shown related to Personal Learning , Social Software , Learning 2.0 , Storyboards , PLEs , CollectiveX , Firefly , Tomoye , KnowledgePlanet , Element K , Awareness Networks. I already pointed to some of the Interesting Information that we could see as we compare what different bloggers write about.
LMS and Social Learning
MARCH 31, 2009
Mzinga seems to have jumped out early with a strong social platform that also has an LMS capability. Dave Wilkins from Mzinga talks about the two models of social learning as depicted by the diagram on the right. As a follow on to the discussion of social learning and formal learning in Long Live … great post by BJ Schone - Have LMSs Jumped The Shark? Users hate the system. It’s ugly.
Hot Last Week
JANUARY 21, 2009
Report: Community Platforms Market Led by Jive Software and Telligent - ReadWriteWeb Hot Last Week Keywords eLearning Strategy Social Media Work Skills KnowledgeHub ScreenToaster Cooliris Quizmaker OnDemand Meridian Mzinga GeoLearning Saba Notes on the weekly hot last week. Using the same approach as Hot List , I've compiled. The posts come from the primary sources for this group. Other items come from other sources. Keywords are based on occurrences this week in addition to other social signals. Browse eLearning Content at www.elearninglearning.com
JUNE 2, 2010
Coming in late June: Mzinga’s newest offering. You read it here first -Exclusive: - SCORM Cloud a potential game changer in the e-learning industry goes live Monday – June 7th. If you are unaware of this offering or interested in learning more, please read SCORM Cloud Review. New section – Coming this summer: Secret LMS Shopper. Remember the days of the ol’ secret shopper in the retail industry? Well, welcome to its next evolution. Get the real info! Who am I? Just another potential customer – heh heh. Mindflash.com Review. Other Tidbits. -
Listing of Business and Enterprise 2.0 Social Networking
APRIL 4, 2008
Listing of Business and Enterprise 2.0
Business of Learning
JUNE 15, 2009
Future of Training Started Yesterday – Dave Wilkins – Mzinga The gist: we need to completely rethink training departments and responsibilities from the ground up (both literally and figuratively) and we need to recognize that we are midst of a transition to a new normal. This is a very strange time. There are some important calls to action at the bottom of this post. Your balance sheet."
E-Learning 24/7 Latest News and Notes
JUNE 22, 2010
Mzinga - Newest product b4 it hits the streets. Latest news and notes. Coming this Thursday June 24th : The Revolution is Coming - How tablets will take e-learning farther and further than b4. Product Reviews: Coming in July - All Exclusives! Topyx LMS by Interactyx – Now supports the Ipad tablet and will enable you to create HTML5 courses via their content authoring tool and fully SCORM certified – This part is coming this summer. GeoLearning LMS. Plateau LMS. You will read about it here first! What it does, has, and everything in between. API List. 10, 2010.
Top 10 posts for the year
DECEMBER 31, 2009
Learning Management Systems that kick ass: Mzinga – An interview with Dave Wilkins about what Mzinga is doing with social media. According to Google Analytics, here’s the top content for this blog in 2009. Thanks, as always, for reading and for your insightful contributions. On to 2010… Multi-Generational Learning in the Workplace – Message: designing instruction based on a person’s age is not supported by research. Role Models in Educational Technology on Ada Lovelace Day – A listing of notable women in the education technology field.
Social Network Analysis - Twitter - Social Media - Best Stuff from Last Week
MAY 5, 2009
Here is the best stuff from last week via eLearning Learning. Top Posts The following are the top posts from featured sources based on social signals. Overcoming Top 10 Objections to Social Learning - Social Enterprise Blog , April 24, 2009 Ten commandments of e-learning (content design) - Clive on Learning , April 30, 2009 Twitter Learning - eLearning Technology , April 30, 2009 Learning Goals - eLearning Technology , April 29, 2009 An eight-step process using Post-it notes to gain meeting consensus. 4) Social Networks (23) Adoption (8) eLearning Technology. Browse eLearning Content
JANUARY 13, 2009
Social Learning Question of the Day E-Book Now You Can Design E-Learning Courses Like a Pro Twitter, Networks, and “following” people Learning Circuits Blog Big Question: What are your Challenges, Plans and Predictions for 2009 Hopes and Predictions for 2009 Hot List Items How to Embed Almost Anything in your Website Copyright-friendly image source websites " Moving at the Speed of Creativity YouTube - E-learning tips eLearning Learning Hot List Keywords Work Skills FLV Knowledge Work iPhone Twitter Jing GeoLearning Saba Mzinga Cornerstone Workshop Notes on the weekly hot list.
Interesting Information via eLearning Learning
DECEMBER 8, 2008
relates closely to the concepts Learning 2.0 , eLearning Tools , Corporate eLearning , Personal Learning , and Enterprise 2.0 ; the Tools Odeo , CollectiveX , Bea Pages , Apache Roller , and Dogear ; and the Companies NexLearn , Awareness Networks , Element K , and Mzinga. We've implemented a few features in the eLearning Learning Community. You can see the first feature by visiting the site and clicking around on terms. What you will now see is that the left hand keywords are sorted based on an algorithm that takes into account how related that term is to the currently selected terms.
Social Media Goals
APRIL 2, 2009
Mzinga is clearly targeted at the learning space, being integrated with an LMS. Yet, for a learning group, Mzinga’s integration of formal and informal learning is also plausible. I spent yesterday touring the Web 2.0 expo (part of the time with fellow miscreant Jay Cross ), and it led me to think a bit more about social media tools and approaches. After touring the floor, having lunch, and touring the floor some more before the keynotes, my reflections have to do with hybrids and implementation. Do you integrate, or do you have APIs to couple capabilities? How about you?
Social Networking, Informal Learning, Twitter, & Gaming
Big Dog, Little Dog
NOVEMBER 30, 2008
This is not so of a new generation of social networking technology, which is being used to provide software services under trading names such as Ning, CollectiveX, Sossoon, Hiitch, Huddle, Mzinga, British Telecom's Workspace (project management), Clearspace, and even Microsoft's Sharepoint. Improved collective performance: Investing in Web 2.0 - Knowledge Board. Training Zone.
DECEMBER 3, 2008
Mzinga is going a different direction focusing on collaboration and social media capabilities. Mzinga certainly is way better as a product that my dire prediction. It's always interesting to look back at the past year - 2008, think about what has changed for me during the year, and think about what that means for the next year - 2009. 26) Web 2.0 I use it a little bit. eLearning 2.0
eLearning User Groups
SEPTEMBER 29, 2009
Mzinga. Last week I went to the Metrics That Matter user group in Chicago. During my trip, I started thinking about user groups related to learning and technology. Other than conferences, where do learning and technology professionals get together to discuss ideas with each other? Conferences are great; I attend them and present at them on a fairly regular basis. But too often these events are more focused on presentations than collaboration and idea sharing. We can learn a ton from each other simply by trading stories and experiences, and we should do this more often. lrnchat. Inquisiq.
What is to Come in 2008
The Learning Circuits
DECEMBER 13, 2007
The CoP companies we talk with tell us that their businesses are booming (Tomoye and Mzinga being two which focus heavily in this space). As I read the blog I'd like to post a few updates on our research and predictions for e-learning in 2008. Social Networking is hitting the corporate scene, driving tremendous demand for informal learning, or what we call "learning on-demand." The solutions organizations are looking for include blogs, wikis, and communities of practice. And despite this need, only 35% feel that they have the tools and experience to do this today. This is not the case.
NOVEMBER 20, 2008
In the CLT, Dave Wilkins of Mzinga talked about the ‘Amazon’ model of tools around a learning resource (as a formal learning model) and the community model of tools embedded in a community. Sorry for the dearth of postings, but what with last week’s DevLearn conference and this week’s (free, online) Corporate Learning Trends (CLT) conference, and background kitchen remodel, client work, etc, I’ve been wiped out by the end of every day. Which is, basically, the middle of the night for the Western Pacific. It’s been small but good. Am I going too far?
Formal learning & social networking
OCTOBER 1, 2008
I’m still not convinced there’s an LMS that integrates social networking tools in a way that makes a smooth segue from formal to informal, though I know Mzinga’s making a stab at it.Â After hearing Mark Oehlert and Brent Schlenker do such a great job on eLearning 2.0 at the Guild’s Summer Seminar, I got my own chance to talk about it to a corporate group, but with a twist.Â Much of elearning 2.0 is about informal learning, but the organization was moving to using social networking tools to scaffold their move from face-to-face to more online learning.Â
Rapid (Collaborative) Authoring Tools for developers/SMEs in multiple locations
JUNE 17, 2009
Mzinga Publisher. I’ve been slicing and dicing our Authoring Tool KnowledgeBase and doing some online research in response to a question about collaborative rapid authoring tools that developers in multiple locations can use. Thought I’d share what I found for three reasons - (1) hopefully to provide some valuable information, (2) to see who I may have missed so I can add them and/or get them added to our KnowledgeBase (3) to let you know about the type of client-driven research we do at Brandon Hall Research. Immediately heard back from two people. CC2 (Inmarkets). Ltd.).
New skills for learning professionals
Jay Cross's Informal Learning
JULY 1, 2009
Mzinga’s Dave Wilkins describes several production roles. This month’s big question asks, “In a Learning 2.0 world, where learning and performance solutions take on a wider variety of forms and where churn happens at a much more rapid pace, what new skills and knowledge are required for learning professionals?. We addressed this question at the April 2009 Learntrends event.
Looking Back at 2007
DECEMBER 31, 2007
However, there's Communities / Social Networking and LMS Merger announcement around Mzinga. In December 2006, I posted my challenges and predictions for 2007. I thought it would be worth looking back at what I said in this post to see how I did for the year. Shortly, I'll be responding to this month's Big Question with my Predictions for Learning in 2008. Biggest challenges for 2007? I could answer this as the biggest challenges for Learning Professionals generally, and maybe I'll come back and do that, but for now, let me just write what I see as some of my bigger challenges in 2007.
The future is people, not technology
MAY 30, 2009
Mzinga’s Dave Wilkins describes several production roles. More Human Than Human. CLO magazine, June 2009. Column on Effectiveness, by Jay Cross. The future is people, not technology. My last column in CLO called for the abolition of corporate training departments. Now some instructors and traditional instructional designers see me as a job threat. They needn’t worry.
LMSs that kick ass: Saba
JANUARY 2, 2009
Next week: Mzinga. The sixth LMS in the LMSs that kick ass Friday series is Saba. Saba’s primary market is corporate learning with just more than half of all implementations installed behind-the-firewall (largest implementation 2,000,000 learners). Their total number of registered users/learners worldwide is 17,000,000 at over 1300 organizations. Saba is a major player among corporate LMSs -you can say it’s a benchmark system. I interviewed Ben Willis, Sr. Q: What social media tools has Saba incorporated into their LMS? generation of our suite; we are now moving into the 6.x
Social Learning and LMSs Marketplace
AUGUST 31, 2010
Mzinga’s OmniSocial product sort of fits the build, but it lacks some components, to what I see as a true system, specifically 100% standalone, since it can also be integrated into a LMS or used in their own LMS. As social learning continues to grow, LMS/LCMS vendors are taking various approaches. While some view themselves as “social learning savvy, incorporating various components, others seem to see themselves as just sitting on the sidelines. LMS/LCMS vendors are following one of three approaches when it comes to social learning. Do Nothing. RSS feed. Event management.