LMS, LCMS, Content Authoring: Exploring eLearning Tools

WBT Systems

It is software that sits on an organization’s server or in the cloud , allows managers to enroll employees in courses (or lets employees self-register), and presents the learner with a menu of lessons from which to choose. A Learning Content Management System (LCMS) typically is an LMS to which the LMS vendor has added an authoring tool. The post LMS, LCMS, Content Authoring: Exploring eLearning Tools appeared first on WBT Systems

LMS/LCMS Puzzlers

eLearning 24-7

Just some thoughts that puzzle me on why some LMS/LCMS vendors (okay over 98% of them) are still in some time warp from the Eighties when it comes time to enhance their services and technological solutions. So why do vendors refuse to do this? Unfortunately, we do not have that luxury when buying YOUR LMS/LCMS. Hmm, we are in a global marketplace, so why are a large number of vendors still believing that everyone is on EST?

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Questions to Ask Ur Prospective LMS Vendor

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Vendors who have partnerships with WebEx or whomever they use, typically require you to purchase a license, which is separate from the system. Many will offer or have the ability to purchase the license for you, rather than you having to go to the vendor themselves and purchase it. Rather, “partner&# is a dual revenue steam for the vendor and their partner – a business relationship deal. If the vendor offers it, they say yes – but here is the twist.

SAAS LMSs and Vendor Client Lists Questions

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What is SAAS and why is hosted better than having it on your own servers. The bottom line without getting technical or overly detailed, the solution is hosted on your vendor’s servers and not hosted on your internal servers. So in the case of a LMS/LCMS, it is hosted on your vendor’s servers and can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection and a browser (that they support), anywhere in the world.

LMS vendors: R u hearing us?

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LMS Vendors. I must admit I am still in a daze on some shocking data, I saw in the last few weeks (on a side note: the new and updated version of my LMS/LCMS directory will be available for download this upcoming Tuesday). 30% vendors offer at least one type of social media – from my latest LMS directory. Over 90% of LMS vendors had their sites available only in English; so the potential customer could not view it in any other language. on their server.

SAAS (Hosted) LMS and Vendor Questions

eLearning 24-7

What is SAAS and why is hosted better than having it on your own servers. The bottom line without getting technical or overly detailed, the solution is hosted on your vendor’s servers and not hosted on your internal servers. So in the case of a LMS/LCMS, it is hosted on your vendor’s servers and can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection and a browser (that they support), anywhere in the world.

LMS Setup Fees: For some vendors it’s a cash cow

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Just as a seriously doubt many of the LMS vendors who feel it is their duty to charge one time setup fees that break your budget bank. At one time they are were all about implementation, since in the early years, 90%+ of implementations were on the client’s servers. Implementation, training, project management and support were common components of a client side server LMS – and huge revenue generators. it sits on your own servers), up to $25,000.

Answering your LMS Questions

eLearning 24-7

How many of you have seen vendors respond to your questions? A: Virtually every LMS vendor out there in the marketplace provides these features. Congrats, you are probably looking at less than 10 (based on my LMS directory which contains 475 vendors). Custom domains – rather than have yourcompany.vendorname.com, some systems are now offering custom domains so that your learners see whatever name you create.com and remove the vendor name.

Confused with learning technologies? Choose your best option

CommLab India

LMS or LCMS? Learning Content Management System (LCMS): In addition to what LMS can do, it also helps you create training content in the application itself. To learn more about the LMS and LCMS differences please read Difference between an LMS and LCMS. Selection of server: Software as a service: In this option application will be hosted on vendor server and administration access will be provided.

LMS Modules – The “Add-On” Facts

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LMS/LCMS vendors are notorious for offering the amazing “module&# in their marketing and advertising pitches – whether it is on their web site, at trade shows, white papers, e-mail marketing, whatever. A module – is an add-on to your LMS/LCMS. Now, we are talking about your base LMS, not their super duper LMS (if they offer such – and not all vendors do). If you want to purchase it, the vendor simply turns it on.

Pricing for Up and Coming LMS Providers

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I want to stress that I selected these vendors as up and coming, not based on any revenue cycle nor any compensation from them. I AM NOT RECEIVING ANY COMPENSATION FROM THESE VENDORS. Pricing – as provided to me by the vendors (as of 3-30-2010). To host on their servers $400 per month for hosting. Absorb Anywhere : Hosted on their servers. No additional charge for hosting on their servers. Pricing for having the system on your servers is available.

SCORM Cloud

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No matter where you are, no matter what you are – portal, learning community, LMS/LCMS (open source), group, web page with links, API integrated solution, etc. Can download your SCORM courses from the “cloud&# to go into your LMS/LCMS (open source/vendor or proprietary – hosted on your own server – behind your firewall, on your vendor’s server or on any server on the net or wherever).

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Here Data, Data, Data – LMS

eLearning 24-7

We all want to have the perfect LMS/LCMS when we purchase it and implement it into our workplace. Questions to Ask your Would-Be LMS/LCMS vendor. I say IS/IT, because typically the HR person inputs the employee data, it gets housed on a server, and your IS/IT person can extract the information you want for your file (be consistent though, or they will really hate you –hahah) and send it you via.csv. They work with your new vendor to transfer the data.

Product Review: Mzinga OmniSocial

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content server. The vendor pitches it as a “partnership&# , which really means, “a split revenue opp&# , for them and the web conferencing vendor. Either give it to me free, create your own and include it free, or at least give me numerous options – i.e. multiple vendors to select from, and include it for free. What vendors fail to tell you, unless you press them, is you can actually use an API (open source) solution and integrate it yourself.

Out with the old LMS in with the new: Part I

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If you have neither and are stuck in a contract that lasts more than 1 year, contact your vendor – your sales person to be exact and let them know that you want to leave your contract at the end of the year for that contract (i.e. If you are unsure on how to do the above, contact your new vendor and explain to them that you need assistance on this, they will provide someone to you – via the phone of course, to help you.

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Moodle Mayhem

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More of a course management system, than a LCMS/LMS as they try to push it. Unlimited users (BTW, some paid LMS vendors – smaller ones with robust features are moving into the unlimited users space). You can host it on your server or on an outside server (can also be seen as a con). If you host on an outside server, many will install it ahead of time for you and have the experience in doing so.

LMS and Learning Portal Directory Plus HTML5 Course

eLearning 24-7

Latest: 303 LMS & Learning Portal Vendors. 28 free open source vendors – on 2nd tab. Vendors are listed from all over the world. List includes Lite LMSs – which is a new trend and LMS vendors who enable you only to upload their course content i.e. content created in their products into their system. They do not allow you to use any other 3rd party rapid content authoring tool vendor. LCMS – dead.

On Fire in 2013 – What’s going to be hot in e-learning

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One vendor already offers it in 2012, and knowing this industry – if something takes off and works, others will follow. Right now, you have to upload the course as you would with your SCORM wrapper, where you self-upload or use the course within an online mobile platform from your authoring tool vendor. Whether it is a mobile learning platform, authoring tool or a LMS/LCMS – TinCan will be huge.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools Directory

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Features 102 vendors. If vendor does not listing pricing on web site, you will see “Not Available on Site&#. Vendors who offer multiple price points based on edition/version Or by sector: individual, corporate, academia, non-profit, government (when applicable), is listed in the pricing info. It is in the “Cloud&# on the vendor’s server – everything is done in the cloud. Listed below is the RCAT (Rapid Content Authoring Tools) Directory.

4 LMS Features That Were Hot and Now Are Not

Absorb LMS

I also had the chance to sit in on three or four demonstrations by LMS vendors per week. Locally-Installed Software About a decade ago, many organizations shunned cloud-based software and demanded that the LMS be installed on their internal servers. As an added benefit, new features regularly and magically appear in the LMS without the need for Jim in IT to load CD-ROMs onto a server every couple of months. Make sure your team is buying an LMS for the year you’re in.

Latest E-Learning Trends – Some good, some bad

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I mean ever&# , from a senior executive at a mid to large size vendor that has been in the market for several years. Across the board, a large number of vendors (from small to large) saw increases in their quarter numbers. Especially, when vendors released their 2010 final numbers and saw big increases from the previous year. One vendor is months behind their release schedule. Another vendor is suffering Q/A issues. Identify the problem, the vendor too.

Latest LMS Trends – The Truth is No Longer a Stranger

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The LMS/LCMS/Learning Portal market continues to be strong. In my latest directory, 393 LMS vendors – global, of which 34 or so are open source systems. In a market this size, and with so many vendors overly focused on the U.S. and not necessarily worldwide (which should be the case), there is bound to be those vendors who are seeking new opportunities. Acquiring another LMS or e-learning vendor. Outside of the industry purchasing vendors in the space.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality

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This is a growing market with new vendors showing up, but at the same time, others disappearing. If a RCAT vendor tells you they have been in business for over 10 years, they are somewhat misleading, since WBT courses really didn’t start to hit the mark until 2000 and then you have limited choices on how to build. Sure there are over 100 vendors in this industry and probably 95% you have never heard of and whom have great products that can meet or beat the big players.

The top 10 elearning LMS platforms & software available right now

Elucidat

Cloud-based vs. Locally hosted: Choose between a SaaS (Software as a Service) LMS or storing your data on your own servers. If you host the system yourself, you’re responsible for all server specs, uptime and security. LMS or LCMS?

Dreamweaver Slayers

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Nice editing capability and includes FTP (File Transfer Protocol – so you can upload your files directly into your server or your LMS server, if you know the FTP IP, password, user name). Next Week: LMS/LCMS – If you build it, they will come. Tags: Open Source Product Review authoring tools e-learning e-learning vendors elearning Dreamweaver

The Revolution is Coming: Consumer Tablets and E-Learning

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E-Learning and all forms within are normally taken via your desktop computer and either hitting your company’s server with your browser or going to a hosted LMS vendor’s solution. If you wanted to work on creating content, for many people, the route would be and still is creating courses via a desktop based rapid e-learning authoring tool, or via your LMS/LCMS vendor’s tool (hosted or not) or via Dreamweaver or some other type of solution.

LMS and Learning Portal Directory Plus HTML5 Course

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Latest: 303 LMS & Learning Portal Vendors. 28 free open source vendors – on 2nd tab. Vendors are listed from all over the world. List includes Lite LMSs – which is a new trend and LMS vendors who enable you only to upload their course content i.e. content created in their products into their system. They do not allow you to use any other 3rd party rapid content authoring tool vendor. LCMS – dead.

Encore – Moodle: Pros, Challenges

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The new article on a side note: focuses on emerging technology, but with a twist – something vendors in any e-learning space should be doing or exploring, but have not yet. More of a course management system, than a LCMS/LMS as they try to push it. You can host it on your server or on an outside server (can also be seen as a con). If you host on an outside server, many will install it ahead of time for you and have the experience in doing so.

Moodle: Pros, Challenges

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More of a course management system, than a LCMS/LMS as they try to push it. You can host it on your server or on an outside server (can also be seen as a con). If you host on an outside server, many will install it ahead of time for you and have the experience in doing so. The biggest challenge you will face with Moodle, and in many cases with open source LMS/LCMS solutions is that you need to have strong technical skills.

State of the Authoring Tool Industry 2015

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Yes there are vendors doing some new stuff, okay many, but a few items are not new, rather they have been around for a long time. SaaS boost – Finally more vendors are on the appropriate path for their consumers; but the big folks are not – why? Mobile Friendly – It has taken a bit of time, but go anywhere and you will see “Responsive” and “HTML5″ xAPI – Another why wasn’t this done a year ago for many vendors?

Top Six E-Learning Tools for 2015

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5 Degreed – It shows off beautiful, and yes it lists thousands of courses, but it is not an LMS nor LCMS nor learning platform (in case you were wondering). So, one server goes to another server on another vendor’s site. I always hate where vendors think they know more than the client when it comes to these algorithms. Well it is that time of the year. For what?

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Rapid (Collaborative) Authoring Tools for developers/SMEs in multiple locations

Janet Clarey

Collaborative across locations = Server-based authoring environment that one or more content developers access simultaneously using their browser for collaborative authoring. Authoring tool vendors sometimes get ticked off about being excluded from this type of filter when their primary type of content is excluded but their secondary type content is not. Note to vendors: If you fall in that category, feel free to make comments with information about your authoring tool.

The Ultimate Glossary of eLearning Terms

LearnUpon

Integrating with a vendor’s API can speed up the eLearning processes by automating time-consuming manual tasks like updating, deleting, or exporting lists of users. CDN is a global network of proxy servers deployed in multiple data centers to enable the high availability and high performance of content being viewed by the learner. FAQs allow learners to get the information they need without having to contact the vendor directly. . LCMS (Learning Content Management System).

Benefits of Having a 3rd Party Authoring Tool

Inquisiq

When you develop courses within a 3 rd party Authoring tool you are able to publish and keep those courses under your safe umbrella/on your server, outside of your LMS. For example, there is an LMS vendor/provider on the market that has purchased a 3 rd party Authoring Tool (one you could buy yourself), and have White Labeled and implemented that Authoring Tool in their LMS. The best LCMS for you may not contain the best Authoring Tool and vice versa.

What about UR infrastructure? Questions 2 Ask B4 Implementing a LMS

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Is your LMS going to be on your servers or on the vendor’s servers (i.e. Internet: If your solution is going to be hosted on the vendor’s site, and you plan to have your end users access at work or at home: you still most ask yourself the questions in #2 for the workplace and then even at home. What does your LMS vendor recommend for a computer? What about home computers: Again, does your LMS vendor work with Macs?

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What about UR infrastructure? Questions 2 Ask B4 Implementing a LMS

eLearning 24-7

Is your LMS going to be on your servers or on the vendor’s servers (i.e. Internet: If your solution is going to be hosted on the vendor’s site, and you plan to have your end users access at work or at home: you still most ask yourself the questions in #2 for the workplace and then even at home. What does your LMS vendor recommend for a computer? What about home computers: Again, does your LMS vendor work with Macs?

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Top 68 eLearning Posts from April - Hot Topics iPad Google Buzz

eLearning Learning Posts

OpenSimulator is a 3D Application Server. Other Open Source LMS Solutions - eLearning 24-7 , April 14, 2010 Here is a list of other Open Source LMS vendors, besides Moodle. LCMS (22). Other Open Source LMS Solutions - eLearning 24-7 , April 14, 2010 cons on Moodle and open source LMS/ LCMS in general. While some vendors in the LMS/ LCMS space will argue that they offer similar “real life” social media offerings in their solution, the key here is “similar”.

Creating an e-learning strategy that works

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A LMS/LCMS/Learning Platform – Regardless if it is open source (free, but not really) or commercial. I know people you just use a web server, but honestly, that won’t achieve long term success. . your own people) – the vendor will either have a PM and a PM team or not – just depends on how they operate. . The Conversation. A: “We need to have online learning” B: “Huh? ” A: “I was told we must have e-learning.

My 2012 Enterprise mLearning Predictions Recap

mLearning Trends

Interest in the mobile web app approach remains strong with many organizations especially from those wading into the mobile learning pool for the first time (from both the customer and vendor perspective). And learning vendors (e.g., Part of this shift was driven by the fact that Flash-based content actually didn’t perform/behave well on most Flash-enabled handsets and tablets especially when the content was local rather than on a server.

The A to Z of eLearning Acronyms Part 2

LearnUpon

An LCMS can be considered to be an LMS that includes an authoring tool. If you need to create materials from scratch (rather than the upload of pre-existing materials such as documents, video, audio, SCORM or xAPI), you should choose an LMS and an authoring tool or an LCMS. Expanded to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard this acronym describes whether or not a vendor is adhering to the appropriate industry standards of payment information collection and processing.