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18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

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Welcome to our 4th annual LMS and learning systems “Trends” post! What is a trend, anyway? And how much do trends matter? As fiercely independent learning technology analysts, we think a trend isn’t just a fleeting idea that comes and goes like fashion, or a social media hashtag.

Learning Technology Blogs: An Analyst’s Reading List

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When you need solid advice about learning strategy and technology, which blogs come to mind? Are any LMS vendors on that list? Or do you dismiss them because you assume they’re too self-serving? If you’ve been ignoring LMS vendor blogs, it’s time to take a closer look.

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The LMS Meets 2017: Top 15 Learning Tech Predictions

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Hands down, our learning technology “predictions” list is our favorite post to develop each year. These aren’t Nostradamus-style prophecies.

LMS Review: Adobe Captivate Prime

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See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. Somehow I made it through more than 3 years without reviewing Adobe Captivate Prime LMS. Recently, several clients asked me about it by name, so I headed to the Adobe website for a first-hand look.

2018 Customer Training Goals

Are your customer training goals actually achievable? Or will they be cast aside as your team gets caught up in their daily tasks? If you’re not sure, this guide can help.

Five Ways to Buy an LMS You Will Hate!

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You hear a lot of chatter over the last decade about how everyone hates their learning management system. Some people even think customer dissatisfaction is the reason there are 700 LMS vendors. I don’t think that is the case.

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LMS Technology Trends: Why Focus Is The Next Big Thing

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I have now formally reviewed 125 of the potential 700 learning management solutions available in the world. As I get deeper and deeper into the industry, I’m more convinced than ever that “focus” is the key LMS technology trend of today’s winning vendors.

LMS Market Trends: Issues and Opportunities

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LMS Innovation: Where’s the Value?

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If you follow my writing — even casually — you know how excited I am about the direction of LMS innovation and its ability to help organizations create business value.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

4 Corporate LMS Flavors: Which Do You Choose?

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If you’ve been following the news and analysis from Talented Learning, you know that the thriving 2016 LMS market is comprised of almost 700 vendors, whose solutions can be grouped unequally and imperfectly into corporate, academic, association and continuing education type LMSs.

LMS Gamification: Are We Having Fun Yet?

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What is LMS gamification ? It’s not about playing games in a learning management system. But it is about leveraging game-oriented mechanics to drive interest and involvement in online training content.

2016 LMS Market Trends, Observations and Predictions

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The 2016 LMS market is not what you think. We have spent the last two years interviewing hundreds of global learning technology professionals on both the vendor and practitioner sides of the fence.

LMS RFP Tips: How to Find Your Best Learning Technology Fit

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Is the LMS RFP a Necessary Evil? A Nice-to-Have? Or Something More? A Request for Proposal (RFP) is one of the most widely used yet controversial tools for learning management systems buyers. Some people hate them. Others love them. Either way, it’s usually foolish to buy an LMS without one.

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State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.

The LMS Sandbox: How to Play For Keeps

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Why does everything about the LMS market seem so complex? To find the best learning technology fit , we must sort through various learning platform types, license models , functionality, integration capacity , implementation services (or lack of) and overall costs.

Top Social Learning LMS Features

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In 2016, most people are accustomed to social media and the conventions associated with profiles, friends, posts, liking and sharing. But how are these new social business behaviors influencing social learning features of today’s learning management systems (LMS)?

Extended Enterprise Learning Takes Center Stage

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When we founded Talented Learning nearly four years ago, we set out on a mission to map the world of learning management technology. Hundreds of new platforms were flooding the market and as a former long-term LMS sales executive , I knew this landscape was changing fundamentally.

LMS Review: Docebo 7

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See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. The Docebo LMS has come a long way since we first reviewed it in 2014. Here was my assessment at that time: Docebo is an excellent option for your first or second internal or extended enterprise LMS.

Content Planning Map: A Template for Training Teams

Are you delivering disjointed feature-based training? Rather than looking at small tasks, focus training content on goals that you want your students to achieve. Download the template to learn how!

LMS Implementation Pricing — Take 2

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Bloggers know instantly when we’ve hit a good topic that deserves further exploration. It’s easy to see in the volume and variety of feedback from readers. Recently, I wrote a post entitled “ Shrinking LMS Implementation Fees Drive Market Expansion.”

Why So Many LMS Vendors?

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Nearly 700 LMS vendors compete in today’s LMS marketplace. These LMS vendors range from global software companies to tiny cloud vendors. Why are there so many? How do they all survive? Who is doing all this buying?

LMS Demo Do’s and Don’ts

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. In the last two weeks as an LMS selection consultant, I have been on the receiving end of 24 hours of live LMS demos from eight different vendors. The vendors were competing for two unique, extended enterprise LMS opportunities.

How Does LMS Selection Work? This Case Reveals All

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At Talented Learning, we help all kinds of organizations big and small find the right LMS for their needs. With 13 years in LMS sales and now nearly 3 years as LMS selection consultants, we’ve been directly involved in $65,000,000 worth of LMS selling and buying.

The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.

Custom Learning Experiences: Next Commercial Training Trend?

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I may in fact be obsessed with learning technology. I spend my days anticipating, tracking, understanding and interpreting learning technology trends so I can help organizations make better buying decisions. Life in the “trend zone” is certainly exciting though often frustrating.

Continuing Education: Will You Sell More CEUs With an LMS?

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Continuing education is a big business. Thanks to a surge in learning technology innovation and greater demand for a workforce with proven professional skills , the business of selling continuing education units ( CEUs ) is growing bigger each day.

LMS License Models: What in the World is Going On?

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“How much does an LMS cost?” ” As an LMS research analyst and vendor selection consultant, I get a version of that question often from both LMS buyers and sellers. The true yet unsatisfying answer is that “it depends.”

The New Corporate Learning Ecosystem: Coexistence at Work

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Long ago, I decided to hang a poster on my college room wall, featuring a quote from an unknown source: “If you can’t beat them, join them — then beat them.” ” Who knew that years later, this quote would become a battle cry for what I see happening in the LMS market?

The Essential Template for Your Customer Training Strategy

Looking to build your customer training strategy? The process can be overwhelming, if you don’t have a set plan from the start. This template can help.

Want to Sell More Content? Put More Lines in the Water

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“How can we sell more content?” ” That’s the number one question on the minds of everyone who develops and sells learning-related content.

5 Must-Have LMS Integrations for Commercial Training Companies

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What is the best learning platform for a commercial training provider? As a learning technology analyst and consultant, I’ve been asked that question more than a few times. Honestly, there is no obvious “silver bullet” answer. But there are definitely viable solutions.

2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

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Learning management systems didn’t die. They evolved, and today we recognize them. Quick LMS History. Corporate LMSs were invented almost 30 years ago to manage and report on the training and compliance of their employees and contractors.

Online Courses Are Golden: Can an LMS Help Your Business Cash In?

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Do you sell learning content online ? If you don’t, chances are you will soon. And if you already offer online courses, you’re probably looking for ways to expand this line of business. Why Are Online Courses So Attractive? What’s driving new interest in digital learning?

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

How Associations Bridge the Skills Gap With Digital Badges

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Co-authored by Linda Bowers, CTO, WBT Systems. Associations around the world face a common challenge — how to remain relevant and expand their footprint in their particular domain. Success depends on the ability to create value for their brand.

Association LMS Buying Companion

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For most of us, August means vacation. It’s the ideal time to get away and recharge before fall kicks in. But for association professionals, August brings another kind of opportunity.

LMS Vendor Eyes Only: 10 Tips to Boost Sales

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With almost 700 LMS vendors in the world, competition for every sales opportunity is fierce. I know because I spent 13 years selling learning management solutions. For the last 2.5 years, I have leveraged that software sales experience as an independent LMS selection consultant.

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Extended Enterprise Learning: Can You Get There From Here?

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Are you an HR or L&D professional trying to figure out how to expand your training programs to customers, channel partners or others outside of your organization’s walls? Are you asking yourself, “Where should I start? What should I know before I begin?

Aligning Customer Training With Certifications

Want to deliver a cohesive customer training certification program? From strategy to systems to job functions, it's time for us to reassess how learning and certifications are delivered together. Download the guide to see how!