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2022 Turkey Awards

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Well, hello there. Did you know Turkeys are on the endangered species list? That’s right. According to Turkeys everywhere, this is what they tell uh, turkey farmers. That is why, this year, you should switch to Spam or Tofurkey or Soylent Green.

Hits and Misses in 2022 – Learning Systems Edition

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These are the capabilities, ideas, components, even messaging that scored well in 2022.

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Top 20 Enterprise Learning Systems 2022

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Going to get lab work done, for most people, is worse than going to the dentist. When you go and get labs done, you might get the inquiry, “Have you fasted this morning?” ” Now there are only two answers that are available – yes or no. That’s it.

DevLearn 2022 – Rewind

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To say nothing exciting happened at DevLearn is to say, that the Mirage hotel, is still a great hotel, and the idea that some company plans to refurb it or rebuild it into something else is unheard of. Wait, that is exactly going to happen.

Create Engaging Scenario-Based Training on ANY Budget

Speaker: Tim Buteyn - President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions, Inc.

In this webinar, Tim Buteyn of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions will explore how to optimize learner engagement with scenario-based training. You'll learn what makes up scenarios, how they benefit the learner, and why this is important to your organization. You'll also dive into real-world examples across a wide range of budgets and look at how typical training content can be completely transformed.

Vegas and The Learning Conference Scene

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I’m here. Sitting in another hotel, typing a post with a high burner speed of 30mbs. A speed that costs over 30 bucks a day. A speed, that for someone whose home speed is 1GB, must remember this is Vegas. Another hotel. Sandwiched between two conferences.

Cohort-Based Learning (Online) – Learning Systems Hot Trend in 2023

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When I was putting together this post, I knew it would not be as simple as say, this is cohort-based learning, this is why it is so amazing, and why vendors are jumping to it, as well as folks in L&D. It is not as simple. There are pluses for doing it, and yes, cons.

Learning Systems Forecasts for 2023

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Before diving into the forecasts for 2023, one must examine a few trends that appeared over the summer of 2022.

RFI – Your Success is Riding on the Right Information

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When I was working on a doctorate I had one class where there was a requirement for a term paper due each week (on a Monday). The professor made it clear that the minimum number of pages for each paper was 10. I never asked them why 10 and not say more.

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Cohort-Based Online Learning – Ready.Set…

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What a week. The cohort-based learning (online) post gets published and readers and others reach out talking about they are going to install this their online learning, vendors – wrote about adding it too, and making sure everything is there.

The Changing World of HR: Prepare Your HCM for the Future

Speaker: Mark Stelzner - Founder & Managing Principal at IA

Join Mark Stelzner of IA as he discusses how to optimize your current HCM system and the opportunities for new tech.

Going to LTUK2022? My Guide on Which vendors to check out

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It’s May 2022, which means the kickoff for the L&D and Training community to attend the biggest trade shows/expos in the industry.

The Guide – When the Unexpected happens

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Hummingbird. For whatever reason, I have a hummingbird that is a feeder snob. They won’t use the bigger container of nectar, oh no, they want the small one – made for one.

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Top 100 Learning Systems 2021-22

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The List. That is what I refer to it as, you can refer to it as whatever you wish (hopefully – nice). The List represents learning system vendors from around the world. Sales Enablement Platforms? LMS and LXP combo? Learning Suite? A Learning Platform in general? Training Management Platform?

The Broken Dream – LXP

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Wasps. Crows. They seem so different (besides scaring the beejeebees out of some folks). Two are insects. One is a bird. Yet, they all three have something in common (excluding fear phobias). Each of them can remember a human face.

The Next Level of Sales Enablement: Sales Content Management

Speaker: Deniz Olcay, Senior Director of Product Marketing, and Jake Miller, Senior Product Marketing Manager

In this value-packed webinar, Deniz Olcay and Jake Miller will unravel and debunk the top three SCM myths and explain how to get the most from your SCM solution.

The Cornerstone Acquisition

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There are a lot of pundits out there. Top that with analysts, then individuals with their own takes, and you can read or listen to a lot of perspectives.

Forget Buying Multiple Systems – Go One with All

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There is a wonderful ad out there from Expedia, where Ewan McGregor talks about how much we love stuff. And he is 100% right. I love stuff. Tech stuff. I buy way too much of it, most of it sitting somewhere at my home, in closets or storage.

Top 10 Learning Systems for 2022

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Here we are again. The Top 10 Learning Systems. Not for 2021 though, but for 2022. This year, a bit a difference than in years past, as it relates to a couple of areas. A mini-report – more of a detailed comparison with charts and data will be available for purchase – next week (2-8-22).

Let’s talk Content & Courses with Don Spear, CEO, OpenSesame, Andrew Barnes,CEO, GO1, Laura Baldwin, President, O’Reilly Media

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Perspectives. When it comes to 3rd party content/courses from publishers and/or providers, most folks just focus on the courses/content they want for their learners, regardless if they are association members, customers, clients, partners, employees or students.

The L&D Strategy Roundtable

Speaker: Cara North - Learning & Development Consultant, Speaker, & Researcher | Maggie Quigley - Senior Account Executive for US Market Userlane

In this webinar, L&D professionals Cara North and Maggie Quigley will discuss the various factors that affect training and how you can stretch your budget to create an effective L&D program.

Assigned Learning – An outdated modality

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In preparation for this post, which is likely to stir emotions on both sides (supporters of assigned learning vs those who are not), I went about and did an exploration of various sites on the web.

Open Source LMSs Facts and Insight

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One of the areas that always gain interest and usage are open source systems, that is to say, free open source code (some are not), to which any organization, company, educational setting, government and so forth can build their own system (often noted as home-grown) and do what they wish with it.

LXP – The Answers you seek

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They continue to muddle up the learning system space. Not by their choice mind you, rather by the total amount of confusion among potential buyers, prospects, businesses, etc. There is a lot of information to digest here on the whole LXP space, what they do, what they do not do.

Top 10 Learning Systems for 2021

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Well, here we are. A new year, and well, new rankings for 2021. For those new, each year, I publish what I see will be the top 10 systems for the coming year, based on a set of criteria (which will be listed shortly). Roadmaps play a role here, and ties into track records of previous roadmaps.

Drips, Bots, and Blogs: A Non-Traditional Approach to Learning Reinforcement

Speaker: Shannon Tipton, Chief Learning Officer, Learning Rebels LLC

Today's work culture requires giving people the ability to control when and where they participate in their professional development. Learn how you can provide valuable, self-directed bites of learning content (and strategies to make that content stick) in this webinar!

Latest in the Learning System Market

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Well, it is that time again, to see where the market is, where it is going, and what you should be watching for, that doesn’t involve Netflix recommendations to movies and shows you will never view. Valamis Acquisition of The Working Manager. Can you say hate it?

Best Learning Systems for 500 or less learners

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The magic number. Some people would say it is eight, after all, the future of civilization is eight with that magic 8 ball. Who denies this? I recall some Schoolhouse Rock cartoon that identified the magic number. I can’t recall what it was, perhaps two?

Interview with PeakSpan Capital, A Growth Equity Firm

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Many are unaware that one of the biggest roles in this industry, are those played by Private Equity (including Growth Equity) and VC (Venture Capital) firms.

Certification Program Success via your Learning System

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Certification Programs. Just the sound of the words “certification” can lead some folks to immediately think this is going to be challenging (it should) and equally worthwhile (it should). A certification program must benefit the person who is seeking to be certified.

Discover the Secrets to Creating More Meaningful Training Experiences

Speaker: David Kelly - CEO The Learning Guild & Luke Talbot - Chief Product Officer at Userlane

During this webinar, you will learn how to streamline your software training, boost ROI for your systems, and increase employee productivity.

Enterprise Learning Systems – What does that really mean?

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Enterprise. The term, is ambiguous in its nature. What does a company who themselves may refer to as an “Enterprise” really mean exactly? Is it based on the number of employees? Or setup of operations? Multiple locations and LOBs (or divisions)?

Top 10 LXPs for 2020

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It’s that time of the year. Awards coming out from analyst firms, sites, and anywhere and everywhere. It’s like Granny’s potluck. Some are delicious and inviting. Others are inviting but ensure that you can make it to the facilities in the fastest amount of time possible. .

2021 Turkey Awards

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What is a turkey? Well, besides a bird, I think most of us think of a bad product or service or in our case, system or solution. And yes, you are totally correct. For me, I toss in some terms that need to go or be stopped in their tracks before confusion does more to hurt than help.

Learning System Awards – Reqs, Specs and Information

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Well, hello there. I’m a bot named Zerblock. I’ve been asked to explain the process, approach and criteria for the 2022 Learning System Awards and the 2021 Platinum and Diamond Picks. I’m happy to answer any of your questions, with statements such as “What are you asking?”,

Authentic eLearning Localization: Challenges and Best Practices

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

People prefer to learn in their native language, so localizing eLearning helps genuinely engage learners and gives them that much-needed sense of inclusion. In this exclusive webinar with Chris Paxton, learn how to ensure that authentic translation and localization work for your organization!

LXP – Are Times Changing?

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Let me tell you a little story, it is about this kid named LRS, okay, it’s a nickname. The real name? Learning Record Store. I’m sure you have heard of this kid, LRS. LRS is seen in a lot of places, various learning systems, heck even standalone.

Let the Rants Begin – Learning System Edition

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If anyone has had a concussion and then suffered through post-concussion, you will likely bounce over onto the internet and see all those “medical experts” Apparently, it can be resolved in one month. Wait, no, three months. Hold on. Perhaps a year or more.

Skills for the Future

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The Future of Skills. I’m sure you have heard this phrase. It’s everywhere. Some sites provide the answer to the question – “What are the skills of the future?” ” Yet, that shouldn’t be the question.

Where the Corporate LMS Market is Heading (2022 and up)

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Do you ever sit there and think to yourself, okay, I have to write this, I’m not sure where to start, where to begin, but I know in my heart, this is where it is going.

Localization: Revolutionize Your Global Content Strategy

Speaker: Zak Haitkin, Localization Manager

From broad communication to eLearning and virtual content distinctions to understanding the unique cultural nuances of a new demographic, there are many factors at play when it comes to localization projects at scale. Join this webinar with localization manager Zak Haitkin to dive into the details!