Highlights of the ASTD International Conference and Expo 2012


Recently, I had the opportunity to be part of the Harbinger Team that exhibited at the ASTD International Conference and Expo in Denver, Colorado from May 6-9, 2012.

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6 Mobile Learning Trends That Grew in 2012

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All of these trends saw significant uptake in 2012… and look to continue. It’s launching at DevLearn 2012. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have heard by now that mobile learning is no longer the next big thing – it IS the big thing.

A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

eLearning 24-7

The year kicked off with lots of potential, lots of excitement in the air and lots of customers gearing up to purchase new systems, despite global economic woes. My Forecasts for 2012. Considering that the number was zero at the start of 2012. I love the end of the year.

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#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

eLearning 24-7

Custom domain option. Support is fantastic and what I have found is they really care about their customers, a rarity in today’s space. I’ve never heard them say, “nope, we can’t do that” From a customer standpoint – that’s awesome.

6 Trends in Rapid eLearning Tools to watch in 2012

mLearning Revolution

Since it’s still January and people are blogging about trends or predictions for the new year, I thought I’d share some areas I believe Rapid eLearning Vendors should focus on in 2012 in order to stay ahead of the curve or worse, have a small startup eat their lunch.

Product Training vs Soft Skills Training

Your Training Edge

can be taken as “good to have” instead of vital component, and product training like quality control skills are usually viewed as a box ticking exercise, not always monitored at the workplace to assess value. Differentiating Between Soft Skills & Product Skills. Product Training.

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The State of E-Learning in Australia in 2012

Connect Thinking

This question led me to think about a much larger question – the state of e-learning in Australian organisations in 2012. A Code that welcomes collaboration between client and provider, and provides a process if the customer’s experience is not favourable.

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ISTE Conference 2012

TechSmith Camtasia

The 2012 ISTE conference will be taking place June 24-27 in San Diego, CA. We are thrilled to have our customers present their Flipped stories in order to help other educators make the initiative to flip their classrooms.

#25 to #11 LMSs of 2012

eLearning 24-7

Next week, 12-12-12, will be #10 to #1 learning management systems for 2012. New features include m-learning on the iPad with native app (no on/off synch), integrates with Yammer, themes, custom URL, assessment tool, the authoring tool is the key component, help and feedback tab. While their UI is very user friendly, they really haven’t done much in terms of new cool features in 2012. Feature wise the product is impressive.

State of the LMS 2012

eLearning 24-7

Product – 54.2%. Product training reigns supreme. Not a real surprise here, when you consider that for many organizations, especially in certain industries, knowing the product inside and out, would be highly advisable.

Look for TechSmith at South Carolina EdTech 2012

TechSmith Camtasia

TechSmith is excited to hit the road this week and attend South Carolina EdTech 2012 ! At EdTech we look forward to meeting some of our current customers and introducing ourselves to potential new ones. We know our products and services are better because of you and your input.

The End of the Road for me at Adobe. 2012 and Beyond.

mLearning Revolution

I still remember my excitement six years ago when I received an email from Karl Matthews, then Director of Product Management at Adobe, asking me if I wanted to join his team as Product Evangelist for FrameMaker, RoboHelp and Captivate. 2012 and Beyond?

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Product Review: Totara

eLearning 24-7

Blog – This was on the trial and for a nice product like this – it should be removed for the trial. While that makes sense, what hurts the product is the overkill of information. Custom Themes. the product as a whole is of great value.

Product Review: BlueVolt

eLearning 24-7

Ability to offer ads for products or ads to specific sections for folks to visit – for each child (sub-portal) - yes – every child can be skinned to look a different way then the parent. While it offers some customizations, in general it typically lists.

Project Spotlight: The Art of a Custom Android App

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Are mobile applications a viable solution to improve workflow and productivity in your organization? Mobile app developers know the mantra: make sure it works on every platform! It can be difficult to make an app work on every version of iOS, let alone every Android tablet.

My 2012 Enterprise mLearning Predictions Recap

mLearning Trends

As 2012 draws to a close, its time to evaluate how in focus my lens on the future of enterprise mobile learning proved to be this past year and how many of my year ago predictions hit their targets. There will be more types of devices and ways to connect with our mobile learning world in 2012.

TechKnowledge 2012 – Post Assessment

eLearning 24-7

Last week, I attended TK 2012 in Las Vegas. This was my third TK in a row to attend, and as usual it contained some WOW on the part of some products, some “huh” on others and even a few “boos” Overall Expo Analysis. More vendors showing off their products then in the past – still a couple believe that a poster board will do the trick. Significant increase in custom development shops – the most I have seen ever at TK12. Product Time.

EDUCAUSE 2012 Presenter Profiles: Rob Mowid

TechSmith Camtasia

Rob Mowid is the Product Manager for Camtasia Relay here at TechSmith. He’s been working at TechSmith for four years, having started on the Sales side before becoming a Product Manager. I try to participate in sales calls and demos to hear what non-customers have to say.

OpenSesame Announces New Hires in Product Development & Customer Support


Today, we are proud to announce that we have made three major new hires to continue expanding our product development and customer support teams. Dave Depper, Edward Irby and Alexandra Hernandez will join the OpenSesame team to focus on improving site usability, expanding the functionality of the OpenSesame API and providing excellent customer service.

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2012 LUC Exhibitor Showcase: LinguaLinx Translation Services


Products. Custom Development Services. Custom Content Creation. Live Product Demonstrations. Customer Support. Product User Guides. March 15, 2012. 2012 LUC Exhibitor Showcase: LinguaLinx Translation Services. Products. Forum. Logins.

ISTE 2012 Presenter Profiles: Troy Stein

TechSmith Camtasia

He also helps capture our customers’ success stories by filming, editing, and sharing these stories on the TechSmith YouTube channel. Connect with Troy: One of the customer stories captured by Troy: Find out more: TechSmith Products: [link].

Customer stories: Lenzing


Lenzing AG is a global market leader in the production of man-made cellulose fibers with headquarters in Austria, production sites in all major markets as well as a worldwide network of sales and marketing offices. Background.

Get the 2012 Lectora User Conference Mobile App


Products. Custom Development Services. Custom Content Creation. Live Product Demonstrations. Customer Support. Product User Guides. May 16, 2012. Get the 2012 Lectora User Conference Mobile App. Products. Product User Guides.

Mobile Learning And The BYOD Movement

Upside Learning

In its Technology, Media & Telecommunications Predictions 2012 , Deloitte predicts that by the end of the year 2012, 500 million smartphones with a retail price of $100 or less will likely be in use worldwide.

Customer Video Stories Serve Multiple Purposes

dVinci Interactive

When you capture a story about the impact of your product or service on a customer, you have a valuable asset you can use for training, internal communications and marketing. Especially for B2B firms, it’s not always easy to explain the value of your services or products. A good story that shows your product or service in action can concisely bring it all together for almost any audience. A customer video story illustrates success for your product or service.

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Why Learning Games Succeed Where Traditional Training Fails

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With traditional training, there is no opportunity to apply what we’ve been preached – we are simply taking it in and spitting it back out at our customers. Jane McGonigal coined the term “blissful productivity” when talking about how happy playing games makes us.

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How to Use a Learning Management System for Performance Support

Absorb LMS

Also, software and hardware makers realized that more people would buy their products if they made them easier to use. We’re likely now approaching the Plateau of Productivity for performance support.

What Do You Mean?

The Performance Improvement Blog

One of these comments is a perfect way to begin 2012. While we as a customer-centric longtail company are still on the runway, we need to each firewall enough time to allow out-of-the-box thinking and strategize the low-hanging fruit in the marketplace.

Eight Successful Years Of Providing Innovative Learning Solutions

Upside Learning

Today, in 2012, we have come a long way, but still treading the same path of providing innovative learning solutions. 2 world-class products – UpsideLMS & Upside2Go. Award-winning Custom Learning Solutions.

5 Tips To Maximize ROI Of Your LMS

Upside Learning

To ensure that learner spends quality & productive time on e-learning portal, it is important to implement instructionally sound, easy to navigate content that is relevant to an employee’s job and essential skill set.

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Everyone Is Talking Mobile Learning. Brilliant!

Upside Learning

Last week we were at Learning Technologies 2012 in London braving the winter chill here in London. Just as we expected this is probably the best show for the sort of products and services we offer. I’m happy as our cross-platform product Upside2Go is based on the same concept.

Creating “Mind-Blowing” Learning Games for Social Impact and Business Results

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We created a game using our Knowledge Guru game engine for Scott to support a new product they were rolling out. The goal of the game was to help employees and partners better position the product with customers and gain knowledge of a new industry for them: mobile marketing.

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How can we help you? Customer Service at TechSmith

TechSmith Camtasia

Here at TechSmith we pride ourselves in our Customer Service. Here are the questions that we most commonly hear in Customer Service and where to find the answers… I lost my software key! It also helps us tremendously with customers who purchase from resellers in our channel.

Camtasia through the eyes of a musician: a customer interview with David Brooks

TechSmith Camtasia

Brooks used Camtasia to demo this application, as well as teach customers how to use it. Matt: what products do you use on a semi-daily basis besides Camtasia? “I David: In college I was trying to do some music production on the side.

Is It Time To Move Onto A Unified Learning System?

Upside Learning

Not only is such an experience frustrating for the end learners, but also for training administrators as the system is inefficient and can prove to be counter-productive.

7 Key Components Of The LMS Switching Process

Upside Learning

Jason lists the Product or the Vendor or the Cost as possible reasons. Ultimately the reasons would be a mix of the product, the vendor and/or cost. In a previous post my colleague Jason Clymer explored 3 key reasons to switch LMS.

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Help For the One Person Instructional Design Team

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2012 is almost over and now is the perfect time to gear up for next year’s eLearning projects. If you see a cool tool or product that might work well at your organization, chances are it’s well beyond your budget.