LMSs that kick ass - OutStart
JANUARY 23, 2009
This week’s featured system is OutStart. 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. Most of OutStart’s implementations are within organizations with less than 5,000 learners.
Outstart’s ForceTen: Tips on using the e-learning authoring tool
MARCH 16, 2010
What is “Outstart’s ForceTen?. Outstart is a company who bought out Eedo the company who originally owned ForceTen which is an LCMS (Learning Content Management System) authoring tool. Tags: LMS/LCMS Uncategorized content development Eedo ForceTen LCMS Outstart Got it? in mind. and for updating content - because content is always changing!
Merger - OutStart & Hot Lava (Mobile Learning)
JUNE 8, 2009
OutStart has announced a merger with Hot Lava software. OutStart produces an LCMS and development tools (including TrainerSoft, which was renamed OutStart Trainer). OutStart will make use of Hot Lava’s patent-pending technology to develop, deliver and track mobile content for everything from product training to assessments, surveys, job aids and checklists. OutStart plans to incorporate Hot Lava Mobile capabilities in its social business software and learning systems as well as offer Hot Lava Mobile as a stand-alone solution. m-Learning LMS
Kenexa Agrees To Acquire OutStart by News Editor
Learning Solutions Magazine
FEBRUARY 9, 2012
Acquisition will address growing market demand for social learning, mobile learning, learning content management, and the integration of learning management and talent management. Learning Systems (LMS/LCMS) Management Strategies
Mobile Authoring Tools: Hot Lava Mobile
The eLearning Coach
JULY 21, 2011
MICHAEL: It’s been available through OutStart since we acquired Hot Lava Software in June 2009. OutStart provides applications specifically for BlackBerry, iPhone, iTouch, iPad and Android devices (with others on the way). In an ongoing exploration of how to design and develop for mobile learning, I plan to examine many of the products and design paradigms in the mLearning space.
The Pitfalls and Promises of Mobile Learning
APRIL 3, 2011
If you are in any way connected with the fields of training, learning and development, or eLearning, you are probably regularly inundated with messages about the wonders of mobile learning. Mobile devices, such as smartphones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and tablet computers are becoming ubiquitous and increasingly powerful with respect to their range of functionality.
M-Learning: Where’s the app for that?
APRIL 10, 2011
Outstart, who purchased Hot Lava, a mobile learning company, and who advertises in large size on their web site about mobile learning, doesn’t have an app. As I write on my iPad, thoughts swirl abound. With all these vendors talking about their solution and its capabilities on mobile devices, it should be easy to find an app for that. Regardless if the vendor is m-learning specific, content authoring tool, LMS, web conferencing or a hybrid. It shouldn’t matter. Simple, right? Ahh, here’s the rub. It isn’t. Thus they can advertise they offer mobile learning.
LMSs, TMs and HCMs
MARCH 16, 2012
They purchased Outstart, a LMS. And now a brief announcement: Shocking news! 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? Oh wait, others were starting the trend. Never mind, now back to our regular scheduled blog. The Taleo Spin. If you visit the Taleo home page, you will learn the following two items. And even better (now remember, the above tag line). The same applies when training falls under Human Resources.
Introducing New Technology: From Promise to Reality
MAY 8, 2012
Last year, speaking to a conference of aviation trainers, John Alonso, CTO, OutStart , observed that ninety percent of mobile learning pilot projects he is aware of have failed. Tweet Meet Jeff Loube. My guest blogger is Jeff Loube. Jeff is managing editor of MS&T (Military Simulation and Training) magazine, [link]. Ninety percent! It is written in a way that makes sense to me. 1999).
Crowdsourcing: Authoring Tools & LMS Questions
JULY 2, 2010
Do we need a full-blown authoring tool like Lectora or Outstart if we already have something like Captivate? I'm talking to an in house learning team as they work on developing a strategy around eLearning -- including authoring tools and LMS selection. They've posed some questions to me that I was hoping to get your input on -- wisdom of the crowd and all that: What should we look out for when selecting a tool to do simulation development or quizzing/evaluation? What developments in elearning are becoming commonplace and how can we factor them into our tools selection?
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JULY 3, 2007
Introducing New Technology: From Promise to Reality
MAY 8, 2012
Last year, speaking to a conference of aviation trainers, John Alonso, CTO, OutStart , observed that ninety percent of mobile learning pilot projects he is aware of have failed. Meet Jeff Loube. My guest blogger is Jeff Loube. Jeff describes himself as a practitioner who has completed analysis and design projects such as basic, multi-engine and rotary wing pilot training, maintenance training systems, and maintenance training simulator design, prototyping and development. Jeff is managing editor of MS&T (Military Simulation and Training) magazine, [link]. Ninety percent! Kling, R.
SMBs and Social Learning Technologies
APRIL 2, 2009
Jeff Whitney, Outstart (Interview, strategy). Here are slides from the presentation I did yesterday. The session was hosted by SumTotal Systems. SMBs & Social Media (Sum Total). View more presentations from Janet Clarey. Some notes: Polls: Most attending work in L&D with some HR, IT, and learning services providers. Most attending work in organization with 2000+ ee’s but several were SMBs (under 2K ee’s for this presentation). Current learning delivery channels primarily ILT classroom and ILT online as well as a fair amount of self-paced e-learning. Action Plan.
LMS Satisfaction Features and Barriers
SEPTEMBER 20, 2007
OutStart Evolution LMS OutStart 2 8.40 Update, Nov. You can get the abstract for the report and sign-up for a webinar on Sept. 26th on that same page. I was one of several authors who collaborated on the survey questions and wrote different sections of the report. The survey data itself I find to be pretty interesting and useful for some important aspects of selection. Trivantis 1 8.00
Intro to Hot Lava Mobile - Free Webinar
Take an e-Learning Break
JULY 15, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT If you’re thinking about developing media-rich, trackable and secure mlearning, mobile surveys, polls, or mobile performance support, attend this Webinar to learn about the features and capabilities of OutStart's Hot Lava Mobile. All registrants will receive a free Mobile download (Hot Lava Mobile Desktop Authoring Component). Check it out: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/678912658
My 2012 Enterprise mLearning Predictions Recap
DECEMBER 31, 2012
IBM consumed Kenexa right after they had acquired LCMS vendor Outstart who had previously bought Hot Lava for their mobile learning offering – a food chain process that will be repeated time and again. Here’s the analysis of how it all played out. Prediction #1 - Mobile Learning Goes Mainstream. Or perhaps this is more a case of the classic “frog in boiling water” scenario. On Target But.
My e-Learning Toolbox
AUGUST 29, 2009
ToolBook authoring tool - this is the DHTML authoring tool used at my company, but prior to this I used TrainerSoft (now Outstart Trainer), which is my preference. Every so often I see my fellow bloggers posting lists of what they have in their e-learning toolbox. These posts are always interesting and helpful. It is a glimpse not just into their development tool preferences, but it also provides some reflection into the approaches they take in creating courses. Here is what I have in my e-learning toolbox and some notes on how I use these tools. Adobe Fireworks - editing graphics.
Hanukkah e-Learning Wish List
NOVEMBER 29, 2009
OutStart Trainer - I am currently using another DHTML editor in which I am not enthralled at all. My kids are making their wish list for Hanukkah, which inspired me to make my own. I do not necessarily expect to receive any of these things, but if Hanukkah Harry reads this blog, which he may, their is a chance he will grant at least a few. Adobe CS4 eLearning Suite - I am still working with CS3. High end microphone - It will come in very handy for adding audio to courses, plus it will look great on my desk. Some organizations block social media sites from their staff. I wish this to end.
Low Cost LMS - Help Needed
FEBRUARY 10, 2009
I received an inquiry about the need for a low cost LMS solution and I've not had time to help this person with answers. I'm hoping folks can chime in with suggestions and resources. I'll try to aggregate them together. Situation description: I have talked to several vendors and have received quotes at the 6-8k (per year) range for the licensing. We have roughly 500 learners and would use the LMS for mainly tracking and registration of ILT courses, communication (possibly through message boards), and posting of class materials. Do you have any recommendations on which programs to consider?
May's Big Question
MAY 5, 2010
There are already great cloud tools out there, but I think we will see more e-learning development tools at the level of Flash, Captivate, Articulate, OutStart Trainer, etc. Learning Circuits' Big Question for May is "So what can, should, or will, we offer the digital generation by 2015?" Five years is not very far into future, but in terms of technology things can change immensely in that amount of time. Just think of how learning technology has changed in the past five years. Off the top of my head here are a few things I think we will be offering in 2015. on the cloud.
eLearning Startups - New Wave Coming
SEPTEMBER 28, 2007
When you look back at 2000-2002, companies getting VC funding were folks like Outstart, Hyperwave, Infocast, Element K, Pathlore, Vuepoint, Knowledge Impact. I'm not sure if other people are seeing this, but based on a bunch of conversations and calls, it appears that there is a wave of new startups being created right now and the trend is accelerating. Because of my background working with leading startups, e.g., eHarmony, MyShape, LoanToolbox, etc., What's interesting about the new wave is that most are targeting outside of traditional eLearning solutions. Where are the analysts?
My Top 10 e-Learning Tools
OCTOBER 11, 2009
DHTML authoring tool - My preference is OutStart Trainer (TrainerSoft). Jane Hart is gathering top ten lists for e-learning tools. Thus far, 203 people in the e-learning field have submitted their list. I have posted my e-learning toolkit in the past, but not what I necessarily consider my "top e-learning tools." So, here are my top 10 e-learning tools. They are not stand alone e-learning tools, but together allow me the ability to create effective e-learning courses. I have included how and why I use these tools. old habits are hard to break. It gets me out of my e-learning vacuum.
Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction
FEBRUARY 23, 2007
OutStart Learn.com Blackboard, Inc. I don't know if I've seen this reported by the eLearningGuild , but their reports showed some interesting information about satisfaction levels reported by members on course authoring and rapid eLearning tool satisfaction levels. Unfortunately, my blog is not wide enough for these images, so click on the image to go to a page with the full size image.
Performance - Collaboration - Social Network Analysis - eLearning Hot List
JUNE 16, 2009
eLearning Learning Hot List June 1, 2009 to June 12, 2009 Top Posts The following are the top posts from featured sources based on social signals. eLearning Technology , June 3, 2009 Student Guide: Introduction to ‘Wikis’ in Blackboard - Don't Waste Your Time , June 12, 2009 Discovering Instructional Design 11: The Kemp Model - The E-Learning Curve , June 10, 2009 I Say Instructional Designer, You Say Tomah-toe - Learning Visions , June 9, 2009 Attribution in a Web 2.0 World Part 2 - Social Enterprise Blog , June 6, 2009 Should you Care about Google Wave? Browse eLearning Content
Pricing for Up and Coming LMS Providers
MARCH 30, 2010
Outstart Training Edge : Did not provide pricing. I know what you are thinking, those providers he mentioned must be expensive, but guess what.they aren’t. I want to stress that I selected these vendors as up and coming, not based on any revenue cycle nor any compensation from them. I AM NOT RECEIVING ANY COMPENSATION FROM THESE VENDORS. All pricing is in USD. Pricing – as provided to me by the vendors (as of 3-30-2010). Inquisiq R3 : Perpetual license – for unlimited users is a onetime fee of $9,500, or $7,500 for up to 1000 users. for it is $2,500 per API.
Development Tools I Would Learn If I Were You - June's Big Question
JUNE 3, 2010
e-Learning web-based training (WBT) development tool : This will most likely be your "go to" tool for developing asynchronous online courses and/or assessments (OutStart Trainer, Articulate, ToolBook, etc., June's Big Question over at the Learning Circuits blog is regarding tools one should ".learn learn today in order to be a valuable eLearning professional in 2015." So you know my perspective, since my start in e-learning I have always been both a designer and developer. This is not unusual in corporate environments, especially among small to mid-size companies. Second Life). etc.,).
Sales Team Portal for Content and Expert Access
OCTOBER 12, 2009
They looked at several different portal options and chose OutStart Participate. Part of the decision was also based on that they had good experience with Outstart products previously and they knew that it would be easier to get approval from IT and information security – which it was. Do you have a case study for me? learning. They are a large, distributed organization.
School of the Ether
JULY 29, 2010
In the course of interviews for the mobile book, Bob Sanregret of Hot Lava (now part of Outstart ) mentioned some work they were involved in preloading safe sex information on mobile phones for sale. Many years ago, Australia reached their farflung learners via the School of the Air. And, the content does not have to be voluminous, but instead the smaller and more focused the better.
Apple missing the small picture
MAY 19, 2010
Outstart, Hot Lava, and Hybrid Learning) and media (e.g. I’ve previously discussed the fight between Apple and Adobe about Flash (e.g. here ), but I had a realization that I think is important. What I was talking about before was the potential to create a market place beyond text, graphics, and media, and to start capitalizing on learning interactivity. What was needed was a cross-platform capability. Which Apple is blocking, for interactivity. Apple allows cross-platform media players, whether hyperdocs (c.f. video and audio formats are playable). but others won’t.
And the adventure continues…
AUGUST 1, 2008
I was scheduled to attend a demo of Outstart’s LMS, but project deadlines got in the way, and my workgroup took a half day off to go wine tasting. My current research project of finding an LMS continues, albeit slowly. I’ve said before that my needs for an LMS are pretty simple - basic tracking, nothing fancy. All the systems I’ve looked at so far do more than I need and charge accordingly. Then last week some people who are starting up an internal training program came to me asking what I use to track online courses. We just have courses. The demo was not so great.
mLearning Content Types - Level 5: Courseware
JANUARY 26, 2010
Hot Lava Mobile ® from OutStart or ToolBook from SumTotal), great care must be taken to optimize all content to reduce file size, thus reducing the time and expense needed to deploy these modules. Level 5: Content and Courseware NOTE: This is part 6 of 7 in a continuing series; please see earlier posts for more background information. access, encryption, security) services
My "Top Ten List" for Mobile Learning News in 2009
JANUARY 3, 2010
In addition, longtime mobile learning tool provider Hot Lava Software was purchased by LCMS platform provider Outstart and interest in their combined offerings was well received. I was recently asked by one of our strategic partners to offer my "Top Ten List" of the most significant events (e.g., new stories, technical advances, market trends) that shaped the "mlearning marketplace" in 2009. It was actually a great question and I enjoyed pondering and preparing my responses to that question (as offered below). Market Activity/Consolidations. As they say, the rising tide lifts all ships.