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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.

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?

M-Learning: Where’s the app for that?

eLearning 24-7

Sure, it is for their specific mobile learning platform (and I’m glad they do it), but they have one.  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. iPad/iPad2 – 24 apps, of which 3 are companies with some form of a platform – CellCast, vMobiLearn. iPhone – 73 apps, and StudyWiz mobile elocker as the only one I saw that had a platform tied to it. As I write on my iPad, thoughts swirl abound. Simple, right? It isn’t. WebEx.

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The Pitfalls and Promises of Mobile Learning

Breakthrough eLearning

Mobile content must be developed in different ways to work on all of these competing mobile platforms. 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. However, all this fanfare about mobile learning - or mLearning - must be taken with a grain of salt.

Hanukkah e-Learning Wish List

eLearning Cyclops

OutStart Trainer - I am currently using another DHTML editor in which I am not enthralled at all. Learning development tool that produces courses compatible with ALL mobile platforms. 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. Some organizations block social media sites from their staff. wish this to end.

Low Cost LMS - Help Needed

Tony Karrer

Absorb LMS (Blatant Media e-Learning) Acadia HCS (Acadia HCS) Allen Communication Learning Portal Avilar WebMentor Course-Source (Course-Source Limited) CourseMill LMS (Trivantis) DOTS (WebRaven) ED Training Platform (Strategia) Generation 21 Enterprise InforSource (InfoSource) Inquisiq EX (ICS Learning Group Inc.) 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. Also, are the price quotes mentioned above reasonable?

Apple missing the small picture

Clark Quinn

What was needed was a cross-platform capability. Apple allows cross-platform media players, whether hyperdocs (c.f. Outstart, Hot Lava, and Hybrid Learning) and media (e.g. What they’re not is cross-platform for interactivity. What I care about is that, by not supporting cross-platform programs that output code for different operating systems (OS), Apple is hurting a significant portion of the market. Yes, the cross-platform developer might not carry the latest and greatest features of the OS forward, but they’re meeting real needs. 

Sales Team Portal for Content and Expert Access

Tony Karrer

Clearly, they wanted/needed the knowledge-exchange platform to be easy to use. 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. learning.

mLearning Content Types - Level 5: Courseware

mLearning Trends

As with elearning, HTML provides a platform to create content from the simplest of page-turners to a highly interactive learning experience. 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. access, encryption, security) services

My "Top Ten List" for Mobile Learning News in 2009

mLearning Trends

This certainly helped establish a strong market value for platform-based mobile learning solutions and generated market interest/demand for all mlearning vendors. 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. IMO, the price and focus paid by an established LMS platform vendor are significant. 3. Real customers prove there's finally a market for mlearning platforms and tools, custom content development and related value added services.