CIPD’s HRD 2011 – Good Show!

Upside Learning

Last week we had an exhibition stand at CIPD’s HRD 2011 at Olympia London – our very first ‘outing’ in the UK. We were pleasantly surprised to be adjudged the Runners Up on the People Management Sponsored Best Stand 2011. Custom eLearning. Check out our Custom eLearning Showcase.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

This month's LCBQ is What are your Predictions and Plans for 2011? Tony Bates - eLearning Outlook for 2011 1. Of course, you can’t look at learning in 2011 without mentioning mobile learning. Some Mobile Learning Predictions for 2011 Mobile learning will get its own identity.

Better Productivity with Raptivity: A Story of Customer Centricity

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

It is no different with product design. You design products in a flash of inspiration, and keep making them better by listening to your customers. release is full of productivity features that are based on ideas that come straight from the trenches. Raptivity now shows helpful information such as recommended image size, sound bit rate, video format, size, frame rate etc alongside the customization window.

20 Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 13

Upside Learning

Read this article to know how blended learning will empower hundreds of millions of youth to lead healthy and more productive lives. E-Learning Trends 2011. Learning Tools Directory 2011. TechKnowledge 2011: Why Learning Professionals Still Have a Lot to Learn.

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Best Customer Education Blogs: 25 Must-Reads for Learning Professionals

Talented Learning

Which blogs offer the best advice about customer education practices, strategies and technologies? But with such phenomenal recent growth in the customer experience market, there is no obvious answer. The thirst for tools that drive profitable customer relationships seems unquenchable.

Vote for The Best of ELearning 2011 Awards


Are you going to vote for The Best of Elearning 2011 Awards? Each year the Elearning Magazine allows professionals involved in the eLearning industry to nominate eLearning products and services.

2011 LMS Award Winners plus a quick note on m-learning

eLearning 24-7

Award winners for 2011. The 2011 Open Source Commercial System of the Year goes to . To see the modules, select “products” Ideal for higher education and academia, it packs a whallop. The product offers a nice set of modules, but alas, only the two above are free. When I saw how you could customize the front end for K-6, I feel in love. From a feature standpoint the product is slick. That said, it is the product to beat.

Enterprise mLearning Predictions for 2011

mLearning Trends

It is time once again to ponder the research, extrapolate on recent experience, and attempt to read the tea leaves so we can predict the future of enterprise mobile learning in 2011. If 2010 was the year of the pilot, then 2011 will be the year of the deployment. I speculate RIM’s first generation PlayBook tablet will also ship to mixed fanfare with enterprise learning customers due to the lack of available applications supporting off-grid learning.

Product Review: Saba Social

eLearning 24-7

Saba Social is a very solid product, that despite a few hiccups and “huh&# moments, achieves what it sets out to do, provide a user friendly social experience. Would a customer want to share that information with another customer of yours?

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Product Review: Cornerstone OnDemand

eLearning 24-7

The hype on the product was huge, after all, the company’s revenue has increased significantly over the past two years. Search Connect – their search capability within the product. Product in general. You can customize it with your own look and feel.

Product Review Raptivity

eLearning 24-7

Product: Raptivity. Don’t get me wrong, this is a product that offers some really great features, but it constant pitching within the product to upsell, becomes irritating, so much so, I can easily see someone blasting the product into recycle bin space.

Product Review: Litmos LMS

eLearning 24-7

Can create custom themes within the system, all the way down to the color of the mouse click “hover&#. It should be noted that “custom themes/branding&# is not available in their “Starter&# package. So what makes a Lite LMS different from a Standard LMS?

Not Everyone is a Social Customer | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

Are people still just people, customers still customers, and social media simply tools we can all add to our ever-growing belt? Your customers deserve to be considered seriously, so does your business.”

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Adobe Captivate Customer Road Show – Meet with Product Management

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate, Presenter and eLearning Suite Product Management team will meet with customers in the US during the weeks of March 21 and March 28. Adobe’s objective To better understand your eLearning needs, and tailor our future products to better meet [.]. These are amazing opportunities to participate in the development of your favorite eLearning tools.

Devlearn 2011: our US launch


At easygenerator we work from a shared vision on e-Learning and we hope to bring more to the stage than just a product. Trying to sell that idea is a lot more difficult than just promoting a product. Since DevLearn we had a crazy period.

Captivate Customer visits in London, UK – Jan 24-28, 2011

Adobe Captivate

On the sidelines of the Learning Technologies conference, we are also meeting Captivate, eLearning Suite and Adobe Presenter customers in and around London actively doing eLearning or interested in getting there. Our Product Management and Marketing teams will be available to meet on Jan 24, 25 and 28.

Product Review: EasyGenerator Rapid Content Authoring Tool

eLearning 24-7

Preview window can be seen in Chrome, IE, Firefox and Safari browsers, and when choosing preview will do so – based on your set criteria of what browser to do so (within the product). and again, if you decide to change one of the defaults, your type switches to custom. .

20 Signs of Employee Disengagement

The Performance Improvement Blog

Poor product and service quality – employees are not doing their best work, are not paying attention to customer needs, and are not showing a high level of concern for quality. Employee engagement seems to be the current hot topic of survey organizations.

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Brain Rules for Learning: Who Knew? We All Did. | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

What if we could customize training programs for each learner using adaptive software technology? I believe that same kind of technology will be utilized down the road to help us efficiently customize learning programs for individuals.

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Our Takeaways from DevLearn 2011

E-learning Uncovered

We saw a lot of our favorite vendors displaying our favorite products, especially Articulate, Captivate, Lectora, and ZebraZapps. This week I attended my first DevLearn, and as hyped as it was in the months prior to the event, it did not disappoint.

Upside2Go – Now On BlackBerry!

Upside Learning

It has also been recognized as ‘Best New Product Debut’ at ASTD TechKnowledge 2011 by an independent ex-Brandon Hall consultant. The mobile learning market has undergone a complete facelift in the past couple of months, with new players and new products entering at a fast pace.

Want ‘Facebook’ In Your LMS?

Upside Learning

I find such interactions extremely rewarding as they give an insight into whatthe real customer demands are and what we need to focus on. It also helps in creating material that educates customers and addresses their needs in a more organized fashion.

Barriers to Learning in Organizations

The Performance Improvement Blog

Focus on short-term, simple solutions – managers taking the most expedient course of action without solving the long term problems within their organizations, e.g., doing multi-person layoffs to reduce costs when the real problem is not offering products and services that customers want.

Performance Management is Broken

The Performance Improvement Blog

Industrial and Organizational Psychology , 4 (2011), 146–164.). What is intended to pass for performance management in too many organizations today is the annual compulsory performance review.

18 Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest –12

Upside Learning

A must-read for those venturing into custom e-learning business or people who are getting started with their first e-learning project. A guide and tips and tricks for designers to improve their productivity and cost effectively using time management techniques.

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Avatars in eLearning: Best Practices

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

Here are the top 4 reasons, according to Janhavi Padture, Director - Learning Solutions at Harbinger Knowledge Products. Give course authors (and possibly learners) the ability to customize the avatar. Avatars are interactive animated pedagogical agents.

This LMS Has No Traps!

Upside Learning

Customer Complaints, how to avoid the traps makes for an interesting read; especially so because it looks at the LMS sales process purely from a customer’s perspective. Additionally, we invite our customers to upload sample courses themselves on the sandbox we set up for them.

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E-learning In Automobile Industry – New Report

Upside Learning

Drivers for the sector to invest in learning technologies are efficiency improvement in L&D, Improved quality of learning and learning outcomes, and improved business agility (response time, product roll outs, etc).

Customer Spring

Jay Cross

In this, and a related post , Dion describes Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff saying that customers and society are social, but corporations are not. Two weeks ago I wrote our advisory board that I foresaw a customer spring: Business organizations are lagging reality.

Snap! by Lectora Review

Integrated Learnings

While the product isn't revolutionary and at times leaves more to be desired, with a $99 price tag, Snap deserves a closer look. However, Snap isn't the first product of its kind, and other vendors have had comparable software on the market for some time. By Joseph Suarez.

Gamification of Military Problem Solving

Kapp Notes

Could crowdsourcing in a massively multiplayer game produce better products, more engaging customer interactions. Image from the video game Call of Duty showing what the Navy's new Multiplayer game might look like. The military has always been a huge advocate of games for learning.

‘Mobile learning, just for the sake of it, is definitely not a good idea!’ – Some insights on Mobile Learning


Product training for the sales force is one kind that truly benefits from the ‘Just-In-Time’ training that mobile learning delivers. For big companies, with multiple product lines and a changing audience, this is a way to reach the entire sales-team in one go.

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A Conversation with Andrew Hughes

Kapp Notes

Based on this project, we have launched a web-based product called “3D Virtual Campus Tours” for college recruitment. Avatar customization. We are currently aiming to achieve 1,000 students within this large complex grid by October 2011.

Improving Communication in High Performance Organizations

The Performance Improvement Blog

Lack of productivity, lack of efficiency, failure to meet budget requirements, failure to meet market demands, delivery of products to customers that are out-of-the-box failures, and a whole host of departmental, team and interpersonal issues are all attributed to a “communication problem.”

Book review: REWORK. 12 quotes and comments

Challenge to Learn

They build products like Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, Ruby on Rails and more. The fact that 37signals is able to build and support so many products and support so many customers is amazing. Interruption is the enemy of production. It is a productivity boost!