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LMSs that kick ass - OutStart

Janet Clarey

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

Bottom-Line Performance

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? and for updating content - because content is always changing! So, what are the challenges?

#mLearnCon: The Use of Tablets in the Future of mLearning

Aaron Silvers

John Alonso of Outstart , John Gibbs of Tata Interactive Systems and Steve Lee of Allen Interactions will chat with me on Tuesday, June 21 about how  f irst the iPad and now a plethora of other tablet devices are flooding the market. ” John Alonso, Outstart: “I think the example of tablets as pilot flight bags is great: clear, concise and justifiable. are on his tablet.

Merger - OutStart & Hot Lava (Mobile Learning)

eLearning Cyclops

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. Learning LMS

Learning Revisited: Kenexa Adds OutStart to Its Fold

Learning on the Leading Edge

software and services company jumped into the “gotta have learning” fray with the acquisition of e-learning provider OutStart. Boston-based Outstart delivers interrelated mobile, social and learning knowledge solutions. At the beginning of 2011, I predicted that it would be the Year of Learning – learning revisited in all its various corporate guises. The talent management providers took this to heart: the addition of learning management has been one of the hottest acquisition areas in tech this last year. And it continues: today Kenexa, the HR management.

OutStart and HotLava Software - mLearning is Going Mainsteam

Learning on the Leading Edge

Then yesterday Outstart , learning industry veteran and leader in the LCMS and social learning spaces, announced its merger with HotLava Software – a maker of mobile learning content development and distribution technologies. Massood Zarrabian continues as CEO and president of OutStart, while Bob Sanregret, CEO of Hot Lava Software, becomes vice president of the OutStart Hot Lava Mobile business unit. OutStart will also continue to offer Hot Lava Mobile as a stand-alone solution. This is the second major round of recent m&a activity for Outstart.

OutStart and HotLava Software - mLearning is Going Mainsteam

Learning on the Leading Edge

Then yesterday Outstart , learning industry veteran and leader in the LCMS and social learning spaces, announced its merger with HotLava Software – a maker of mobile learning content development and distribution technologies. Massood Zarrabian continues as CEO and president of OutStart, while Bob Sanregret, CEO of Hot Lava Software, becomes vice president of the OutStart Hot Lava Mobile business unit. OutStart will also continue to offer Hot Lava Mobile as a stand-alone solution. This is the second major round of recent m&a activity for Outstart.

OutStart and HotLava Software - mLearning is Going Mainsteam

Learning on the Leading Edge

Then yesterday Outstart , learning industry veteran and leader in the LCMS and social learning spaces, announced its merger with HotLava Software – a maker of mobile learning content development and distribution technologies. Massood Zarrabian continues as CEO and president of OutStart, while Bob Sanregret, CEO of Hot Lava Software, becomes vice president of the OutStart Hot Lava Mobile business unit. OutStart will also continue to offer Hot Lava Mobile as a stand-alone solution. This is the second major round of recent m&a activity for Outstart.

LMS Low-Cost Webinars Hosted eCommerce Subscriptions

Tony Karrer

I was talking with a startup that has an existing audience and now want to provide a monthly subscription for access to training to this audience. They will only convert a portion of the audience to the new service. The learners will get access to webinars, recorded webinars, videos, and other online content that they will author separately. They don't really have a tech team, so going with a hosted solution that would live at a subdomain would be best, i.e., subscribers would go to: learn.company.com in order to sign up, pay, and get access to webinars, content, etc. Why Do We Have an LMS?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Rapid Authoring Tools Speed Dating

Learning Visions

5-minute interviews with Articulate , Atlantic Link , Composica , Experience Builders , Mohive , Outstart , Raptivity , ReadyGo. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Friday, February 16, 2007 Rapid Authoring Tools Speed Dating Check out the Engage presentation done by the folks over at Kineo: Rapid Authoring Tools Speed Dating. hadnt even heard of some of these companies, so was eager to check out their solutions. Some of them look better than others. thought the Experience Builders simulation tool somewhat intriguing.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

Kenexa acquired Outstart (a content management and LMS vendor). Over the last ten years the learning technology industry has undergone radical change. With a flurry of acquisitions and many new technologies now available for learning, it is increasingly difficult for a corporate training manager to develop an integrated learning platform. Then came talent management. billion. The $1.8

Free Hot Lava Software

eLearning Cyclops

Hot Lava, which was recently acquired by OutStart, is now offering a free version of their m-learning development tool. My guess is that OutStart will be making significant improvements to the software, so why not offer the current version free as a teaser. It is accessible at this link, Hot Lava download-registration. Here is also a description of Hot Lava. Learning

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

Kenexa acquired Outstart (a content management and LMS vendor). Over the last ten years the learning technology industry has undergone radical change. With a flurry of acquisitions and many new technologies now available for learning, it is increasingly difficult for a corporate training manager to develop an integrated learning platform. Then came talent management. billion. The $1.8

Mobile Authoring Tools: Hot Lava Mobile

The eLearning Coach

MICHAEL: It’s been available through OutStart since we acquired Hot Lava Software in June 2009.  We saw the need and interest for mobile learning growing and wanted to leap forward by partnering with the early leader in the space.  It worked out well in terms of technology and learning from the experiences of early adopters. COACH: How long has Hot Lava Mobile been on the market? .

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

Kenexa acquired Outstart (a content management and LMS vendor). Over the last ten years the learning technology industry has undergone radical change. With a flurry of acquisitions and many new technologies now available for learning, it is increasingly difficult for a corporate training manager to develop an integrated learning platform. Then came talent management. billion. The $1.8

The Pitfalls and Promises of Mobile Learning

Breakthrough eLearning

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.

The Integration of Talent Management Systems Comes to Forefront

Learning on the Leading Edge

In the last 90 days we have seen SAP's acquisition of SuccessFactors , followed by Oracle's acquisition of Taleo , and then the smaller Kenexa acquisition of Outstart and PeopleFluent acquisition of Strategia. The talent management systems market has been under quite a bit of stress lately. What's going on? We are seeing three big trends play out here. 1.

M-Learning: Where’s the app for that?

eLearning 24-7

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.

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LMSs, TMs and HCMs

eLearning 24-7

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.

eLearning Development News » Elicitus Content Publisher Review

eLearning Development

When Sally met Harry – No wait, That’s IBM and Kenexa.

Learning on the Leading Edge

Kenexa’s software solutions range from cloud-based talent acquisition (the one time BrassRing), talent management, learning management (OutStart) to compensation (Salary.com). What happens next? Should I worry? That’s what our members often – well , always—ask after their deployed software provider gets acquired by another, usually bigger vendor. The good news is “probably not.” ” Vendors are very fond of customers and want to keep them, whether or not they keep them on the original products for the long term. The What and the Why.

Crowdsourcing: Authoring Tools & LMS Questions

Learning Visions

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?

LMS Satisfaction Features and Barriers

Tony Karrer

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

Introducing New Technology: From Promise to Reality

Allison Rossett

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).

Low Cost LMS - Help Needed

Tony Karrer

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?

Intro to Hot Lava Mobile - Free Webinar

Take an e-Learning Break

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

Introducing New Technology: From Promise to Reality

Allison Rossett

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 Jeff is managing editor of MS&T (Military Simulation and Training) magazine,  [link]. Ninety percent! 1999).

SMBs and Social Learning Technologies

Janet Clarey

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.

My 2012 Enterprise mLearning Predictions Recap

mLearning Trends

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

eLearning Cyclops

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

eLearning Cyclops

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. wish this to end.

May's Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

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

Tony Karrer

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. What's interesting about the new wave is that most are targeting outside of traditional eLearning solutions. Traditionally, we've seen start-ups that focus on authoring tools, virtual classroom, learning management, content, services.

My Top 10 e-Learning Tools

eLearning Cyclops

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. 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

Tony Karrer

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.

eLearning Guild Conference - Welcome

In the Middle of the Curve

Awards - LINGOs - Volunteer of the Year: Rose Jorgenson, Outstart. Welcome: David Holcombe - CEO E-Learning Guild Ran into Brent - who is running around like a madman. My computer also doesn't like being without power too long. Sadly - the International ballroom is a bit large and the AV staff took most of the power (figures). Did manage to find a seat by the water with a spare plug. Yup.great way to be invisible. Also ran into the folks from our web conferencing vendor. Figures I'd run into them here (I think they are following me.) Waving Hi to Ignatia Webs! Now trainer guru.

Performance - Collaboration - Social Network Analysis - eLearning Hot List

Tony Karrer

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