Getting Started with Online Member Education

Association eLearning

Although I didn’t join the associations that put these things on, I voraciously ate up the content they were offering, as often as my employer would allow me to attend. I have since moved on, from marketing minion to marketing maven, but have never forgotten the associations that taught me a thing or two. In short, associations, I was your target audience. Will I need an LMS? Try different scenarios and see if online learning is right for your association.

How to Write an RFP for LMS Vendors

Web Courseworks

An RFP, or Request for Proposal, allows you to outline what you are looking for in your ideal Learning Management System vendor and creates a standardized form or checklist for all would-be vendors to follow. A typical software system RFP has multiple sections; once you complete one you like, you can use it as a template for other requests and programs. Some buyers will actually use the RFP sections to “score” vendor written responses or demo presentations.

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LMS RFP Tips: How to Find Your Best Learning Technology Fit

Talented Learning

Is the LMS RFP a Necessary Evil? A Request for Proposal (RFP) is one of the most widely used yet controversial tools for learning management systems buyers. Either way, it’s usually foolish to buy an LMS without one. The LMS RFP has developed a bad reputation because it is easily misunderstood. RFPs help buyers get organized, formalize requirements, evaluate vendors logically, create a historical record and show vendors you are serious.

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Tips for Developing an LMS RFP

Association eLearning

So, you’re ready to take the initial plunge into eLearning, and you’re thinking of issuing a request for proposal (RFP). Distributing an RFP is a wonderful way to “set the stage” for your ideal learning management system (LMS). If you have itemized your requirements in writing, you are increasing the odds of finding the best LMS for your organization— at an affordable price. When the going gets tough, it may be tempting to copy another organization’s RFP requirements.

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Top 10 Association LMS Features – 2020 Edition

Talented Learning

Prior to 2020, many associations relied heavily on in-person tradeshows, seminars and on-site training because they were historically popular offerings for both the association and the member. Many associations are discovering they are now behind their for-profit competitors.

How to Create a Really Good LMS RFP

WBT Systems

You finally got the budget to purchase a learning management system (LMS). Ask around for request for proposal (RFP) samples and send one of them to a dozen LMS vendors? You know the answer already if you read last week’s post : an LMS RFP is not the first step of the selection process, it’s the result of the first step. The first step is gathering and prioritizing your requirements for a new LMS. Narrow down the field before sending out an RFP.

LMS RFP

Tony Karrer

Continuing on from my earlier posts: LMS Selection Presentation Reformulated LMS Selection Team and Stakeholders LMS Selection Process From several comments and from looking at my list of issues, I realize that writing a good LMS RFP is challenging and it's easy to make lots of mistakes. LMS RFP Resources John Theis wrote a dissertation on the contents of 25 RFPs submitted to an LMS vendor. Pretend you are the vendor.

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How Can Associations Improve Member Education? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

In this environment, you’d think associations would be bursting at the seams with participants in member education programs. Not surprisingly, a 2018 survey of more than 1000 association members confirmed that career development is now the primary reason why most people join associations. However, only 53% relied on their association for those educational experiences. How can associations reverse this trend? What does this mean for associations?

How to Get the Most out of Your LMS Demo

Association eLearning

If you’re in the beginning stages of selecting a learning management system (LMS) for your association, you might be feeling overwhelmed by all the choices and information from various vendors. To help you make the most of your time, and land at the best solution for your association, here are the “Do’s and Don’ts” for LMS demos: Do. Most LMS demos are scheduled for 1 hour. If you and the vendor can spare an additional half an hour or more, great!

How to Choose an LMS That’s Right for Your Association

Abila

However, implementing a learning program with a corresponding learning management system (LMS) is easier said than done. Associations may struggle to find the technology that’s right for them, in part because they’re unsure about what they need in an LMS. This will help you avoid focusing your energy on what an LMS could do, instead of what it has to do. . Pre-vet and shortlist vendors. Develop and issue a request for proposal (RFP).

How Does LMS Selection Work? This Case Reveals All

Talented Learning

At Talented Learning, we help all kinds of organizations big and small find the right LMS for their needs. With 13 years in LMS sales and now nearly 3 years as LMS selection consultants, we’ve been directly involved in $65,000,000 worth of LMS selling and buying. People often ask me, “What exactly should I expect from your LMS selection process and services?” LMS Selection: The Challenge. LMS Selection: The Process.

Open Source LMS: Hidden Costs for Associations

WBT Systems

Many associations have, at some point, considered the benefits of choosing an open source LMS for delivering their education programs. This is especially true of associations that may be considering implementing an online learning platform for the first time, or those with a limited budget. Hidden Costs of an Open Source LMS. This may also impact on the availability of staff resources for other projects, resulting in delays and other costs to the association.

10 Ways to Lose at Selling Learning Systems: For LMS Vendors

Talented Learning

LMS vendors, I owe you a post. But since the LMS market is on fire, you’ve probably been too busy to notice. This year, in addition to launching “The Talented Learning Show” podcast, writing 20 in-depth articles, hosting 5 webinars and developing several commissioned industry reports, we’ve been up to our eyeballs in an endless series of comprehensive LMS selection assignments. The LMS Sales Process: What Counts?

How to Develop Really Good LMS Requirements

WBT Systems

The request for proposal you send to learning management system (LMS) providers is only as good as the process you use to develop your LMS requirements. If you don’t accurately and completely identify and prioritize your real needs during that process, your new LMS will fall short of expectations. Before you even think about creating a request for proposal (RFP), you must spend time on the LMS requirements gathering and analysis process.

The Extended LMS – The John Leh Report

Web Courseworks

John Leh runs a firm called Talented Learning and he is quite the talented guy when it comes to speaking about Extended Enterprise LMS. His weekly blog and webinar publishes best practices, vendor reviews, education and case studies that are useful to professionals involved in channel, customer, association, academic and public sector learning. John then explains his business model and what he plans on doing to continue to enhance the term extended LMS.

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4 LMS Features That Were Hot and Now Are Not

Absorb LMS

Make sure your team is buying an LMS for the year you’re in. I also had the chance to sit in on three or four demonstrations by LMS vendors per week. In my current role with Absorb, I help organizations reduce the effort associated with managing learning by demystifying LMS technology. In the LMS world, what was hot a few years ago rarely appears in a list of requirements today. So what features should you look for in your LMS?

Got LMS Implementation Questions? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

Today, let’s move to the next step – LMS implementation. Choosing an LMS isn’t the end. Here’s how… Ask Me Anything: About LMS Implementation. 1) How difficult is LMS implementation, really ? LMS implementation is generally much faster, cheaper and easier than it was a decade ago, thanks largely to the massive shift toward cloud-based applications. A decade ago, the LMS space was defined by a handful of well-known employee learning platforms.

LMS Review: Docebo 7

Talented Learning

See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. The Docebo LMS has come a long way since we first reviewed it in 2014. Here was my assessment at that time: Docebo is an excellent option for your first or second internal or extended enterprise LMS. Three years ago, this vendor was happy to gobble up even the smallest LMS customers who educated and sold themselves via a free trial. Docebo has built a pure cloud LMS that now supports over 1200 customers. (By

Top 5 Reasons You Will Leave your LMS – and How to Switch Successfully

Association eLearning

There was quite a bit of focus at the 2012 Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando on Learning Management Systems (LMS) and how dissatisfied many users are. Digitec presented a session on “ Making a Successful LMS Switch ” which drew a crowd of conference attendees. Some attendees were the victims of an LMS that had been acquired from a merger which had affected the product support. But with so much dissatisfaction, how can they make sure they choose a better LMS?

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3 Priority Questions for your LMS Feasibility Study

Petra Mayer

When clients talk to me about their Learning Management System (LMS) project , above all, they typically ask three priority questions as part of their LMS Feasibility Study : Is what we want available? In this article I will dive into these questions and how your LMS Feasibility Study will answer them. Let us go back to your LMS Needs Assessment , which I covered in a previous article. Many LMS providers will offer a product demo.

How to Select an LMS

Web Courseworks

Let’s get right down to brass tacks: I have a lot of experience dealing with LMS requests for proposals. (As CourseStage LMS is targeted to the association marketplace and corporations who train or educate adults that are not their employees.). That is why we are excited to sponsor Tagoras’ perennial favorite webinar, “LMS Selection: Mastering the Process, Avoiding the Pitfalls,” on Tuesday, February 23, at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST.

The Extended LMS – The John Leh Report

Web Courseworks

John Leh runs a firm called Talented Learning and he is quite the talented guy when it comes to speaking about Extended Enterprise LMS. His weekly blog and webinar publishes best practices, vendor reviews, education and case studies that are useful to professionals involved in channel, customer, association, academic and public sector learning. John then explains his business model and what he plans on doing to continue to enhance the term extended LMS.

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LMS Selection Roulette: Who Can You Trust?

Talented Learning

I bump into LinkedIn posts from learning professionals who are overwhelmed by LMS challenges. Often, these posts have 287 or more responses from LMS vendors, each claiming they offer the best solution, given the overwhelming evidence provided in the original 2-sentence help request. Many LMS owners are frustrated with the limitations of their current learning infrastructure. They’ve hit a wall with features that don’t accomplish what a vendor promised.

Is Your LMS License Model Misaligned? How to Avoid Costly Mistakes

Talented Learning

Making Sense of LMS License Models. Throughout the last month, I’ve reviewed 12 RFP responses for 3 different LMS business scenarios: association learning, commercial training and corporate channel/customer education. These buying organizations are working with us as LMS selection consultants to define their learning technology requirements, identify the best vendor options and then conduct a formal proposal-based buying process.

LMS Identify

eLearning 24-7

Well, I am here to tell you about an amazing product that can answer your LMS questions. That’s right your questions when it comes to identifying a LMS. Anyway, with my LMS Identify device, you simply hold the device, ask it a LMS question and whalla the answer magically appear s. I am interested in a LMS, but there are so many out there, what do I need to do first? A friend of mine, got a RFP template from a LMS vendor’s web site.

How do I get the most out of an RFP?

eLearning Blender

Writing an RFP - What a Conundrum! All the articles say that a crucial part of the LMS selection process is writing a quality RFP, but nobody goes on to tell you how. In my own interest, I am going to attempt to answer the question of how to write a quality RFP. Oh yeah, it took me a while to figure it out and you may be wondering the same thing; RFP means "request for proposal." What is an RFP?: In my case, it is for an LMS. Why write an RFP?:

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LMS Demo Do’s and Don’ts

Talented Learning

. In the last two weeks as an LMS selection consultant, I have been on the receiving end of 24 hours of live LMS demos from eight different vendors. The vendors were competing for two unique, extended enterprise LMS opportunities. Selling LMSs is very tough in 2016 because of the plenitude and parity of vendor options. LMS Buyer Background. The average five-year vendor bid for all licenses and services was $725K. LMS Demo Do’s.

New Year Resolution: Invest in Association Learning Technology

WBT Systems

Back at the office, this process is paralleled as the new year kick-starts strategic planning sessions to set goals for association management, covering everything from membership growth and retention to updating education and certification programs. Whether your association is planning to launch new education or certification programs, or revitalize and restructure existing programs, our suggestion for your new year resolution is to invest in association learning technology.

How to Select an LMS

Web Courseworks

Let’s get right down to brass tacks: I have a lot of experience dealing with LMS requests for proposals. (As CourseStage LMS is targeted to the association marketplace and corporations who train or educate adults that are not their employees.). That is why we are excited to sponsor Tagoras’ perennial favorite webinar, “LMS Selection: Mastering the Process, Avoiding the Pitfalls,” on Tuesday, February 23, at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST.

Learning System Buyer’s Guide

eLearning 24-7

Never assume that they know the terminology in the industry, nor assume that what you think one term means, doesn’t necessarily mean what the vendor thinks it means. Enterprise means whatever the vendor wants it to mean in employee (end-users) numbers. LCMS and LMS were the kings.

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Select an LMS Consultant Before Beginning Your LMS Selection

WBT Systems

With more than 700 learning platforms on the market, how do you narrow the field down to the best learning management systems (LMS) for your association’s needs? Or, to ensure you absolutely get the best LMS for your association, hire an LMS consultant to help you with requirements, selection, and implementation. Benefits of Working with an LMS Consultant. Their knowledge of LMS providers goes beyond a company’s reputation.

The LMS Sandbox: How to Play For Keeps

Talented Learning

Why does everything about the LMS market seem so complex? In this environment, no one can afford to make an LMS buying decision without understanding what’s “inside” a learning platform. But I’d like to help by shining a light on the LMS sandbox — another aspect of LMS purchasing that has changed dramatically with the dawn of the cloud. The LMS Sandbox: Blessing or Curse? 2) Vendor Identification. 5) Vendor Qualification.

LMS Review: Adobe Captivate Prime

Talented Learning

See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. Somehow I made it through more than 3 years without reviewing Adobe Captivate Prime LMS. Immediately, I was directed to my own dedicated area of the LMS and presented with friendly “getting started” video tutorials to learn about key concepts and features before giving them a try. Although this LMS is designed for small-to-medium sized organizations, it is more powerful than I expected.

Essential Steps BEFORE Planning for an LMS Implementation

WBT Systems

Similarly, it’s usually at this time of year that associations and other organizations start to review their training requirements and inevitably their delivery of that training. It’s during this time of evaluation that the organization’s learning management system (LMS) can come under scrutiny. Has your organization outgrown your LMS? Once completed the RFP is sent to those that the organization believes will meet their needs.

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LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

Talented Learning

In January, I outlined “ 18 LMS trends to watch in 2018.” Although the list isn’t exhaustive, it is based on my experience with hundreds of LMS solutions I track and dozens of recent purchasing opportunities I’ve managed. Here’s my latest snapshot from the front lines of the learning technology space: LMS Trends Update. UPDATE: Some people say the LMS is dead. I say the LMS is not just alive but thriving.

LMS License Models: What in the World is Going On?

Talented Learning

“How much does an LMS cost?” ” As an LMS research analyst and vendor selection consultant, I get a version of that question often from both LMS buyers and sellers. ” With over 650 LMS solutions in the world there is no universal LMS license model nor commonly accepted standard price ranges. Many vendors require three year contract s and many more are monthly. LMS License Models. SaaS LMS License.

Extended Enterprise LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

If you’re familiar with Talented Learning, you know we’re fiercely independent consultants focused on one goal – to help you choose the best extended enterprise LMS for your needs. EXTENDED ENTERPRISE LMS AUDIENCES. Recently, we helped association leaders answer that question with a special “LMS Buyers Companion” post, filled with free resources for continuing education providers. 3) How does a modern LMS support franchise success?