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Top 10 LMSs for 2013

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Back again to bring this first in a series of rankings for the top ten learning management systems for 2013. That said, just as a reminder: Here is how these new rankings will work throughout 2013: Debut this month, update in July, final top 25 in Dec. Vendors can move up, down or out of the rankings – after all it is on-going. Still listed as a social learning management system, they have made some new strides that really work for me. E-commerce fee per year.

Video Learning Platforms

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People who bought HD-DVD players – learn that they make great flying objects out of five story buildings. 2013 - LMSs are not the only learning system in town. The new kids of the block (please no jokes here) are Video Learning Platforms. Video in e-learning means something quite different than video in its usual term. Other options – depends on the vendor. M-Learning support – all devices including iPad and other tablets.

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ASTD International Conference Day 1 Wrap-Up

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It was an exciting first day, with lots of vendors hitting the entire training spectrum. Comes with online/offline synch. You can track number of times people open it, use it and even add folks to it. Here are my favorites: Numerous vendors were unhappy that they had to pay $700 a day for Wi-Fi, that didn’t work most of the time or was slow. One vendor who spent $5,000 on their booth, thought the $700 a day fee was obscene and declined. E-Learning 24/7.

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LMS Ecosystems – The next big thing

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When you think of a learning management system you immediately focus on the features, ease of use (ideally) and more importantly how it ties directly to what you want to do in the short and long term as related to learning or learning/performance management. Maybe you see it as a component within a blended learning environment. billion (Walmart, end of fiscal year ending in January 2013). E-Learning 24/7.

Features that are must haves in any LMS

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Learning environment. Assign x users to one group, assign “y” to another group – with each group having different courses, learning content, etc. The problem though is what should be universal standards – and for the vast majority are – there are still learning management systems that just fail to grasp that concept. Super Bonus – Great for retail locations where stores may not have e-mail, SMS removes that. Learning Environment.

How to Buy a LMS

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LMS – Learning Management System – most commonly sought out by folks. LCMS – Learning Content Management System – going the way of the dodo bird. M-Learning- Mobile Learning. It does not mean that the system comes with a native app nor offers online/offline synchronization. E-Learning – Online Learning. This is a product where you build e-learning courses. LRS – Learning Record Stores.

#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

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10 eLogic Learning - Essential LMS. TinCan with online/offline synch. surveys/assessments, e-commerce, transcripts, ad-hoc reporting and the other standards in the industry (90/10). I have been told the new UI will launch in early 2013. TinCan support with mobile learning, however no on/off synch. Mobile learning support, but no TinCan nor on/off synch. In fact, recent surveys are showing that college students prefer SMS over e-mail notifications.