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Skillport#p11 The 2020 Workplace

In the Middle of the Curve

Presentation: The 2020 Workplace Presenter: Jeanne Meister [Left briefly at the beginning of the presentation] What is life going to be like in 2020? 25% of workday – looking for answers to questions For a 1000 workers – inability to quickly find answers is millions of dollars of lost productivity Want to have their work life look a lot like their home like - Same productivity tools as personal life (Wikipedia, facebook, google, etc) - Same tools (mac, iPhone, etc) Stressing IT policy and security. 2020 - “Training department” – not resonate. Training is part of the job. Work is PART of life.

SkillSoft Announces Release of SkillPort 8 by News Editor

Learning Solutions Magazine

result is SkillPort 8 – a platform that is highly configurable, offers improved access to relevant content, and results in a better user experience. Leveraging a decade of SaaS experience with platform architecture expertise, and incorporating customer. needs and requests, SkillSoft embarked on a journey to create the next generation learning platform.

#skillsoftp11 The SkillPort Roadmap

In the Middle of the Curve

Presentation: The SkillPort Roadmap Presenter: Stephanie Pyle, SkillSoft - Over 2000 customers and 7 million end users - Now in Market Leader bracket - One of largest deployments of LMS in world A focus on building highly requested functionality while focusing on simplicity of implementation SaaS Platform – hosted and managed for you. Older arch not supported (like Office 2003). o If use SkillStudio – will also be supported o Can also deep link to topic - inGenius – social learning layer incl wikis and blogs o Same engine SkillPort and Books 24x7. Thank you Stephanie. Completion.

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Skillport#p11 Wednesday Keynote Pt 1

In the Middle of the Curve

review and comment on content - foster exchange of knowledge - In highly regulated industry – look as extension of Books 24x7 and SkillPort - Champion of social technology – encourage purchase [sales pitch] - Cognizant – 65% under 30 - Have a knowledge platform. Can integrate SkillPort to Sharepoint Results zone- today, usage. Role of the LMS in all of this - Focus has been administrative, managing transaction - We are moving towards curation and linkages vs just admin - SkillPort – being able to do basics but also support on demand and blended learning. Collaboration maps.

Five classifications of Learning Management Systems (LMS)

Connect Thinking

SkillSoft SkillPort ). There are lots and lots of Learning Management Systems (LMS) on the market. From my observation, I have categorised LMS based on the business motivation to create and offer them to the market: LMS that are part of a larger ERP system (e.g. These LMS appear almost an afterthought, an ‘add on’ to the massive database that ERP systems create. In my experience they are characterised by complex, clunky functionality for both administrators and end users. The purchase decision is often made by the people in charge of the ERP system itself. Savv-e Express ).

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Skillsoft buying SumTotal – My Take

eLearning 24-7

Skillsoft at this present time, does not sell Skillport as a separate LMS. . Like many of you, I was surprised to find out that Skillsoft is in the process of acquiring SumTotal. The reason for the acquisition at least from a press release and information on the purchase (and available for viewing on the Skillsoft site), screams of HCM (Human Capital Management). HCM, among other things is all about HR (human resources), HRIS (human resources information systems) and the wherewithal of all that is part of it.  In fact, each had a separate department. They are not. B2B training? doubt it.

Wiley Acquires CrossKnowledge: New Player in Corporate Learning

Learning on the Leading Edge

Skillsoft has been trying to do this for years and has turned Skillport into a formidable platform of its own.). Most of us know John Wiley and Sons. as a book publisher. The company published two of my books (through the well known Pfeiffer imprint) and most HR and L&D professionals run into the company at trade shows and industry events promoting new books, authors, and a tools for HR and corporate learning. Well surprise: the company is much more. CrossKnowledge, unlike other LMS providers in the market, is a solid e-learning development company. All rights reserved

#HRTECH Learning Vendors Preview – Who to see and who to avoid

eLearning 24-7

The same course provider whose own LMS, Skillport is either a toss in (usually the case) or is sold to customers (I saw a contract where – Skillsoft charged the customer for it). Welcome, welcome all! To those from HR who are new to this blog, I give a high five. To those who have been constant readers, I give a high five with a low five to boot. And to those who are constant readers from all over the world and training, L&D and other professions, I give two high fives, four low fives and a bucket of joy. Why am I so happy?  It is HR Tech.  Some would call that vapor. digress.

Skillsoft acquires Mindleaders: E-Learning Market Undergoing Major Change

Learning on the Leading Edge

Skillsoft's content library is by far the biggest in the industry, and their new version of Skillport has made major steps forward in ease of use and flexibility. This week another little bomb dropped in the corporate training market: Skillsoft , the industry giant in packaged e-learning and training content, acquired Mindleaders , one of the company's major competitors.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

Skillsoft, the largest provider of e-learning content, extended its platform with LMS features and now positions Skillport as a learning management system. Over the last ten years the learning technology industry has undergone radical change. In this article I review the history of this space and point out some important trends. Evolution of the Learning Management System (LMS) Market.

Firing SMEs as Instructional Designers

In the Middle of the Curve

We are in the process of renewing our contract for SkillPort. I''m over it. I''m tired of receiving 100 slide PowerPoint decks with tiny text. I''m tired of arguing with SMEs over instructional design. I''m particularly tired of arguing with executive SME overseers over objectives. I''m pretty low on the totem pole - so I have only limited (very limited) leverage over what goes into our LMS.

#skillsoft Perspectives 2013 - Higher Ed Track

In the Middle of the Curve

See what other institutions using SkillPort are doing. - 2 of the 3 higher ed presentations I saw used either another LMS or a portal to access and curate SkillPort content. The 3rd that went to SkillPort directly had a very targeted audience (IT folks). - The big theme at ALL of these sessions was curation and curriculum. Our Organizational Development and Effectiveness group does their curation through a website and deep linking SkillPort content to point to specific content around themes. SkillPort seems to be used in 2.5 People got too overwhelmed.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

Skillsoft, the largest provider of e-learning content, extended its platform with LMS features and now positions Skillport as a learning management system. Over the last ten years the learning technology industry has undergone radical change. In this article I review the history of this space and point out some important trends. Evolution of the Learning Management System (LMS) Market.

Status Report on the Learning Ecosystem

In the Middle of the Curve

This includes any content purchased (SkillPort, miscellaneous outside tutorials) and content developed in-house. I’m in the throes of a major learning ecosystem redevelopment project. Much of my radio silence has been the result of time spent “collecting bricks” – the materials I need for rebuilding this thing. Some of the bricks have been material – changing development tools, developing an inventory of toys applications that I can leverage (thank you IT colleagues!). It’s still early days. We have essentially divided the ecosystem into three parts Portal and access. Content Library.

A New Strategy for Reporting

In the Middle of the Curve

During this entire process, we've learned that trying to administer reporting groups in SkillPort is awkward. They abandoned their groups within SkillPort and are working to incorporate the information from SkillPort into another LMS. From the above information, and from looking at our requirements, we may be better off exporting the information available SkillPort into a DataMart and allowing the managers to report from there. The challenges: - Getting the SkillPort information into our DataMart. We would like to release reporting to the managers.eventually.

Learning Solutions Series: Top 10 Learning Management Systems

InsiderHub

Here are the top 10 LMS brands owned: Blackboard Internal/Developed In-House SAP/SuccessFactors/Plateau SumTotal Cornerstone OnDemand Oracle Skillsoft/Skillport Saba HealthStream Moodle Others Learning management systems are used in both corporate as well as academic settings. With its usefulness, then, why do only half of organizations have one? Solutions Series

#skillsoftp11 Engineered Engagement

In the Middle of the Curve

BTW – this was a VERY popular session Presentation: Leadership Development: Engineered Engagement Presenter: Patti Blasingame, GC Services From 2 programs into 1 structured program - Blended eLearning with ILT SkillPort implemented by this company 2005. hours) SkillPort course - Leadership essential for motivating employees (1hr) SkillPort course - 90 minute wrap-up workshop o Workshops ongoing - Assignments from the SkillPort courses done in Context o example. Post to blog. Catch up on emails. Eat lunch. 30 minute nap. Purchase more cold meds and tea.

Translating Requirements to Capabilities

In the Middle of the Curve

ie - I use Google Forms when I am trying to do x for y audience. I use SkillPort when I am trying to create a test attached for a particular course for staff. We have talked about Capability Matrices before. Application Architecture: Capability Matrices Where do I stash my files? Yes / No. This also allows me to comment if the answer isn't so black and white. Notice that this is incomplete.

#perspectives14 Big Data

In the Middle of the Curve

Kinda creepy actually) - Each module and element in SkillPort - a piece of data. Yikes) - People try to contact multiple ways now and not wait. Everything is "one big now" - Not just mere speeding up. Amplification of EVERYTHING happening at this moment. Diminishment of what is NOT. Becomes very hard to keep site of goals and future Antidote - how do we deal with the data that is overwhelming us? Answer to data overload is data. Like the flu shot - If we think about data - we can imagine ways we can improve the lives - Its about using the data more intelligently. PULL vs. PUSH.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

Skillsoft, the largest provider of e-learning content, extended its platform with LMS features and now positions Skillport as a learning management system. Over the last ten years the learning technology industry has undergone radical change. In this article I review the history of this space and point out some important trends. Evolution of the Learning Management System (LMS) Market.

Notes from an LMS upgrade

In the Middle of the Curve

The SkillPort upgrade that occurred on October 15th was successful. Especially since SkillPort upgrades require downtime during normal business hours. Feedback on SkillPort 7.0 so far - Overwhelmingly positive. Especially when I show them the printable reports and how to view ALL of the items done since SkillPort went live. will be receiving a LOT more feedback during today's SkillPort session during Service Excellence and will forward any specific feedback to the team. I'm afraid this is a result of the re-design / re-code and how SkillPort 7.0

Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

Learning on the Leading Edge

While Skillport has become more of a scalable system each year, it could never truly reach enterprise LMS class, holding the company back from taking on a role as a customer's primary learning platform. A bang just went off in the corporate training and HR market. One of the largest training content company (Skillsoft) just finalized the acquisition of one of the largest and most pioneering learning platform companies (SumTotal Systems). In some ways this is like the makers of peanut butter and jelly buying the bakers of bread. One could call it "SkillTotal."). ").

Wiley Acquires CrossKnowledge: New Player in Corporate Learning

Learning on the Leading Edge

Skillsoft has been trying to do this for years and has turned Skillport into a formidable platform of its own.). Most of us know John Wiley and Sons. as a book publisher. The company published two of my books (through the well known Pfeiffer imprint) and most HR and L&D professionals run into the company at trade shows and industry events promoting new books, authors, and a tools for HR and corporate learning. Well surprise: the company is much more. CrossKnowledge, unlike other LMS providers in the market, is a solid e-learning development company. All rights reserved

Lessons in Marketing an LMS

In the Middle of the Curve

wound up training 15 people. - a big, apparently popular, presentation on SkillPort in our Service Excellence conference. I say apparently because my session wound up being only 1/2 full I have some monthly online sessions scheduled for the next 3 months. The upgrade of our LMS provided a fantastic opportunity to finally "market" this bugger. Before the upgrade, or any marketing, we had 2500 active users. This was all word of mouth. Sally, Sid and I came up with a plan. The first one is next week. currently have 0 people. Thanks

Working around the LMS

In the Middle of the Curve

It's gotten to the point where the first question out of my mouth when someone wants to put a tutorial in SkillPort is. I was at a local learning/technology conference yesterday and one of my peers (who I'll keep anonymous) did a great presentation on some short, just-in-time videos/screencasts that her department had done. they aren't interested in tracking it. Do you need reporting?

#skillsoft Marketing Strategies Part 3

In the Middle of the Curve

Shame they had to get their local IT folks to create a linking interface to get the direct links in SkillPort 7.1 to work. Chrissie Gale - Deloitte I didn't know we had access to this!!! People only have so much mind space - Gotta hit at the right time Problem with launch-only marketing - Content gets old fast - Lose audience - Message lost Keep constant flow with different media - cross-sell marketing and repackaging content - Target messages SkillSoft Learning Growth Model - Marketing must progress through growth model as well. This team branded the training department.

#skillsoft Marketing Strategies Part 2

In the Middle of the Curve

Integrated with SkillPort. Travis Marker - Chesapeake Energy We need to pay closer attention to our culture - Learn from your audience The need for a roadmap. Don't tell them when to end. Define the culture - Develop a Brand - Integrate SkillSoft [this justifies this portion of the presentation] - Transfer the Knowledge Define the culture - what is important to your audience? - If you don't define the culture 1st, you are just handing them off-the-shelf training Develop a Brand - Market your training department! Have them come to YOU. Sorry all - this presentation left me cold.

TOGAF - Defining where the Learning Ecosystem fits in

In the Middle of the Curve

For instance, SkillPort LMS would be a Capability layer. All of the information about SkillPort (direct connections in and out, contracts, workflows, etc) would be within that specific capability. Please note that this overview is absolutely NOT a replacement for reading the materials or taking a certification course. Open Group - TOGAF documentation and white papers An Introduction to TOGAF 9.1 - free pdf Any comments about TOGAF in this blog are my personal opinion, understanding and application. will be linking to appropriate pictures so you can see the source material.

Skillsoft Acquisition of SumTotal: Corporate Training Market Disruption?

Learning on the Leading Edge

While Skillport has become more of a scalable system each year, it could never truly reach enterprise LMS class, holding the company back from taking on a role as a customer's primary learning platform. A bang just went off in the corporate training and HR market. One of the largest training content companies (Skillsoft) just finalized the acquisition of one of the largest learning platform companies (SumTotal Systems). In some ways this is like the makers of peanut butter and jelly buying the bakers of bread. The whole "sandwich" now comes from the same company. ").

LMS Satisfaction Features and Barriers

Tony Karrer

SkillPort scores very high as well on satisfaction. SkilISoft SkillPort Skillsoft 12 8.03 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. Some notes on these numbers. That seems like a disconnect. Oracle 14 7.48

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EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Submission

In the Middle of the Curve

We also use this as notification for when the tutorial is ready to be ported into SkillPort, our LMS. SkillPort (LMS). future project will connect the output from SkillPort to a Data Warehouse, allowing reporting on the business impact of our educational initiatives. Future plans - A steering committee has been put together to discuss governance and quality assurance for tutorials posted on SkillPort. I hinted yesterday in my twitter and facebook feeds that I was working on a conference submission. Below is approximately what I sent. eLearning Matrix (Design Tool).

Skillsoft acquires Mindleaders: E-Learning Market Undergoing Major Change

Learning on the Leading Edge

Skillsoft's content library is the biggest in the industry, and the new version of Skillport (the company's LMS) has made major steps forward in ease of use and flexibility. This week another little bomb dropped in the corporate training market. What does this mean to the $ 13 billion corporate learning market ? 1. Companies need off-the-shelf training content. What is a MOOC?

Skillsoft acquires Mindleaders: E-Learning Market Undergoing Major Change

Learning on the Leading Edge

Skillsoft's content library is the biggest in the industry, and the new version of Skillport (the company's LMS) has made major steps forward in ease of use and flexibility. This week another little bomb dropped in the corporate training market. What does this mean to the $ 13 billion corporate learning market ? 1. Companies need off-the-shelf training content. What is a MOOC?

#skillsoft Marketing Strategies Part 4

In the Middle of the Curve

left a bit early because I could no longer control my hacking and coughing. perspectives2011

#skillsoftp11 Tuesday

In the Middle of the Curve

worked for one of my SkillPort contacts (hi Kevin). Wound up with a full blown dose of the crud by the end of yesterday. Spent most of the night hacking and coughing. Apparently, the DayQuil I consumed as a mid-day snack didn’t work. Maybe I should bag the pills and just go liquid. Attempt at hot shower to clear the junk out was also a fail – managed no better than lukewarm. Apparently, one of the main hot water towers failed, impacting the rooms in my section of the hotel. noticed that the “hot” water when I tried to take a bath was a tad cool. At least I got to talk with her briefly.

Tool Requirements

In the Middle of the Curve

So in an attempt to narrow down the vendors, I came up with an initial list of requirements. • Stand-alone interactivity tool must be available for future development in-house. • Interactivity tool must be easy for end-user. • Output of tool must be able to easily publish to SkillPort / SCORM-compliant output. • Consultancy needs to be available and willing to assist with instructional design and development. We are starting a new project with our Firewall group (not their real name) this month. The Firewall group has money. The Firewall group is interested in gaming. SWEEEEET!

Update on Life and Stuff and Things

In the Middle of the Curve

There will be a write-up of the SkillPort LMS project in the near future. I had the Captivate 5 post hanging out for the past month. Partially to really put the product through its paces. Partially because I just haven't had time to write much. Work Things Been extra-special busy at work this past year. I've had a number of online tutorials out for review for 6-12 months that are finally coming back to me. One of the bonuses working for a university - they move slooooooow. Good times. My audio recording tools + Windows 7 = bad juju. think I may finally have the gremlins trained.