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Standalone Quiz/Assessment Tools. I love Questionmark, its a wonderful product and it can use a “connector” to integrate into your learning platform or system. However, times are continuing to change in regards to the overall standalone quiz/assessment tools market. Greater increase in the number of learning management systems offering quiz/assessment tools. The same can be said for survey tools. Robust data analytics – which is ideal.

5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

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They involved talent management, “hello and goodbye” with vendors, social learning, upswing in mobile learning, new feature sets in the authoring tool space, flat lining in web conferencing and standalone platforms. LMSs/LCMS/CMS/learning platforms in commercial and open space continued their presence. I have seen continued interest and downloads for open source AR tool kits. For the mobile learning space – it is a necessity.

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May Edition: E-Learning News and Notes

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The partner approach works this way: vendor A integrates Vendor B’s solution into their product. Some times, it is nothing more than a link – hidden from the end user – the screen shows a popup or goes to the “page” but in reality the end user is now in the other vendor’s solution. One of eLearning Brothers’ products is showing up in other rapid content authoring tools. I believe a new sub-genre of e-learning is upon us.

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Break it down! (No it’s not Hammer Time! Yet)

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I’ve also learned firsthand, how to make it work in any vertical and any industry. Authoring Tools. Learning Management Systems. Mobile learning platforms. Social learning platforms. Do I need an authoring tool if I have a LMS? Do I need to get an authoring tool that is SCORM or can it just be proprietary? If you want to track in a learning management system or learning platform that supports SCORM then you want it.

DevLearn Day 2

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One of the wonderful things I love about attending expos is the ability to see new products and new vendors. For example, there were several vendors making their debut – as in their solution – at DevLearn. Not only does it show that this industry, i.e. e-learning is continuing to grow an enhance, it also shows the naysayers – we are not going anywhere – so go after the ILT people and leave us alone. Very cool analytics. E-Learning 24/7.

TechKnowledge 2012 – Post Assessment

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Nice selection of vendors – in general. More goodies then in the past, but the vendor with the awesome monkeys – it was nearly impossible to get one – you had a better chance of allowing them to stick leeches on you, then getting one – what’s the point of marketing – if the product you want to show – yours – isn’t walking the floor with folks. Less vendors scanning people’s ID badges, which I found interesting.

E-Learning Zombie Edition – includes trends and duds

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Looking into everything that is e-learning and I’ve seen a lot. Social Learning Platform. Just last week, I saw the best social learning platform ever. From a social learning standpoint. Can be also a standalone and/or interfaced with any learning management system or learning platform. Comes with analytical graph. Learning Management Systems. Reduces costs to vendor, which is big because everyone knows that support inc.

How to choose the right LMS

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The same thing applies to the learning management system market. The minus: vendors come out of the woodwork to tell you their system meets those needs. I mean if you say you need “e-commerce for 500 users, certificates, ability to add users to groups for courses”, that would cover about 550 systems. No vendor could say honestly that their system is the best for you, because they are missing a lot of information. Whichever sticks – is your vendor.

#25 to #11 LMSs of 2012

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It is the holiday season and for those who see me as the grinch (okay a few vendors do, but I digress) here is a special post. 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. Video learning platforms. E-Learning 24/7.

The grades are in for Education focused LMSs

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Most systems in the education space are still strongly focused on synchronous based learning. Built in authoring tool – never hurts. The teachers I know, do not have several hundred or even a thousand dollars around to purchase a 3rd party authoring tool. After all, there are more important things to buy than a 3rd party authoring tool (from the teachers’ perspective). I love the graphical charts and the analytics are solid.

State of the LMS 2012

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For the past month, I have been conducting a survey on learning platforms and specifically learning management systems. . The data shows that what many vendors assume end users want is far from accurate. Too many vendors are focusing on talent/performance management as the next feature/component in their systems. Do you have a LMS/LCMS/Learning Platform. Today, however more and more learning management systems are bringing into content management features, inc.

ASTD TechKnowledge 2013, Day 2

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IMO this is not an authoring tool, although I’m sure you can spin it that way if you want to. How about – Litmos actually skinning the product themselves – as the majority of vendors do – at no additional charge or more simple click customization options. When talking to some of the folks at the booth, they said that there are discussions around the authoring tool and how it will play with the Litmos system, but nothing is defined.

Selecting a LMS: Which one is the right one for you?

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In the e-learning world, the size of the business is essential. Some vendors consider 300 or less, but the vast majority are 500 or less. Enterprise ( a term that some vendors use, others just say Large) 50,000 or more employees. Think “Big Whale” If a vendor lands this size of a client, it is like winning the lottery. There are hundreds of vendors who do not try for this space and that makes sense. Class tools. Do not offer e-commerce.

Latest E-Learning Insight and News

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Well, a lot has been happening in the past three months, from SaaS driven to talent management to course authoring to name changes and everything in between. There is a growing list of vendors, including small/mid size that are adding talent management components that match the Big Dog systems. A couple of vendors have added HRIS modules. What is nice is there are still a significant number of vendors who have not added it. E-Learning 24/7.

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Product Review: BlueVolt

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File repository – another reason to boot LCMSs once and for all, this feature includes version updates and some analytics. Ability to e-mail a group of people or an individual within the product – ideal for classroom, webinars or even admin to send specific notifications without having to sent it to everyone. Assessment tool/survey. E-mail notifications and reminders. Works with any 3rd party authoring tool as long as its SCORM compliant.

Product Review: Litmos LMS

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Less functionality and features than their standard counterparts, but these features may be “social learning&# , or “ability to tie a user to a course&# or “creating learning paths for each user&# or “assessment tools&# , etc. Analytics and thus reports are not as robust as some of the standard systems, typically lesser amount of reports than a standard system. Segment as a whole is growing in terms of vendors. Vendor: Litmos.

Product Review: Mzinga OmniSocial

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I’m on my way to get a car that enables me to launch a robust social learning system. OmniSocial is a social learning platform, with learning management capabilities and with the ability to select individual apps in the system and only use those you select to install onto your web site or learning portal. Because it offers the capability to start out using it either as the robust social learning product and ignore the LMS part (inc. Analytics.

ATD ICE 2016 – Post Review

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Lots of folks interested in my Find an LMS service (I find three LMSs for you) and my new e-learning strategy services (contact me if interested). . I saw a lot more folks than in previous shows and more e-learning vendors too. Equally there were several ILT vendors who had some type of online learning thing going on. The key I found is that these folks are unaware of the potential of e-learning and what it can do. . The vendor?

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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. 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. Some vendors offer this and it is becoming more popular). E-Commerce.

ATD2015 Conference Post – Review

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That said, there were some hiccups and from an entire vendor wise (expo here) angle, some unique and some, uh. Okay, before jumping in, I want to thank all those who attended my session, E-Learning 2020. . I can honestly say, the ATD show is changing from ILT driven (it has always been that way) to e-learning improvement. This year, I estimated a 55/60% e-learning, including some ILT vendors offering some type of e-learning component. .

Video and LMSs – Why changes will need to be made in 2014

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With 2014 already in play, it is time for many LMS vendors to awaken by the trumpets playing the background – you might think it is Muzak, but no it’s trumpets. In 2014, I believe it will be the year of video for consumers in e-learning, specifically with content and as a one off on that – in the LMS. Right now, folks are fine with video usage, but I am surprised how many want those analytics that LMSs offer in terms of course data. E-Learning 24/7.

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Online Educa Berlin 2014 Conference Review #OEB14

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The Final Frontier of E-learning. To boldly go where no e-learning speaker from Los Angeles in the last few years has presented at… Wheeee Wheee. E-Learning Date. For those of uninitiated, Online Educa Berlin, is an e-learning conference geared towards higher education and with some corporate. If you are an e-learning vendor in the higher education space and doing or planning on doing business in Europe, this is the place to be.

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