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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. Try different scenarios and see if online learning is right for your association.

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. 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. Clients expect me to help them avoid RFP missteps. What is an LMS RFP?

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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.

Debut: My LMS RFP Template – The only one you will ever need again

eLearning 24-7

Speed up the process – Who has time today to spend days putting together a RFP and on the flip side from the vendor perspective who has weeks to complete them? Pricing calculator – A simple wizard the vendor completes. What I can guarantee about this LMS RFP template. Speed and Efficiency – For everyone – you and the vendor. I believe that this LMS RFP Template will become your new BFF (Best Friend Forever). Feel free to name it.

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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. But, what I see as the most common problem in LMS RFP documents are the requirements.

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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?

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.

Free learning & development webinars for April 2017

Limestone Learning

If you’re hanging out indoors these days, why not check out a free webinar or two? Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 11AM – 12PM PT: The Leadership Challenge: Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations (Free for ATD members) A good leader gets things done; a great leader aspires, inspires, and achieves more. Free for ATD members) Do you ever wonder what hiring managers are looking for in talent development professionals? " Lily, Flowers, Macro " by aniasi is Public Domain.

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

Talented Learning

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. It starts when you misunderstand a vendor’s pricing strategy.

The LMS Sandbox: How to Play For Keeps

Talented Learning

2) Vendor Identification. 5) Vendor Qualification. 6) Request for Proposal (RFP). Instant “Free Trial” LMS Buying Cycle. Invented with the birth of the cloud, the “free trial” compresses the traditional buying cycle. These “free trial” options are designed to simplify the purchasing process while simultaneously illustrating the simplicity of the LMS. Why Sandboxes Keep Traditional LMS Vendors Up at Night.

Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

Talented Learning

How do associations develop profitable learner-centered online education programs? As soon as we finish our monthly live webinar events, we post the recordings in the Talented Learning Center – a free library of low-hype, high-value, on-demand resources. What can associations do to develop more profitable learner-centered online education programs? You may be ready for a specialized association learning system. When and how to use an RFP (or not).

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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. The average five-year vendor bid for all licenses and services was $725K. One vendor even sent a handwritten follow-up thank you note via snail mail.

LMS Selection Roulette: Who Can You Trust?

Talented Learning

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. They’ve hit a wall with features that don’t accomplish what a vendor promised. Previously, before a multitude of specialized solutions burst onto the landscape, LMS choices were limited to a handful of “one-size-fits-all” vendors. It happens at least once a week.

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How to Select an LMS

Web Courseworks

CourseStage LMS is targeted to the association marketplace and corporations who train or educate adults that are not their employees.). This free webinar is presented by Celisa Steele and Jeff Cobb, co-founders of Tagoras. Assess any technical considerations, including integrations with association management systems (AMS), CRMs, and other ERPs. After receiving your responses to the RFI you can start to rule out some of the vendors.

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How to Select an LMS

Web Courseworks

CourseStage LMS is targeted to the association marketplace and corporations who train or educate adults that are not their employees.). This free webinar is presented by Celisa Steele and Jeff Cobb, co-founders of Tagoras. Assess any technical considerations, including integrations with association management systems (AMS), CRMs, and other ERPs. After receiving your responses to the RFI you can start to rule out some of the vendors.

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Successful Learning Management System Implementation eBook

WBT Systems

Recently, eLearning Industry invited WBT Systems to contribute to the publication of a free eBook which addresses one of the biggest concerns faced by organizations – the complexity and difficulty of Learning Management System implementation. To ensure clarity of communication, it is a good idea to nominate one person to be the main contact for the LMS vendor, such as a project manager.

Got LMS Implementation Questions? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

However, it’s not the instant slam-dunk that some vendors may want you to believe – especially for extended enterprise learning. To learning systems vendors, it suggests that you want to change the underlying software code. 6) As an LMS selection consultant, do you ensure that vendors deliver what they promise? Unfortunately, vendor amnesia happens. That’s one reason why we clarify buyer requirements in a formal RFP. When to issue an RFP (or not).

3 Priority Questions for your LMS Feasibility Study

Petra Mayer

Typically, this is done through a “Request-for-Information” (RFI) process or through a “Request-for-Proposal” (RFP). Again, most LMS providers will allow for a free test period. Implementation costs by the vendor or related third party. System integration costs by third party vendors with other systems. Free/Freemium (open source). The ROI calculation compares the benefits with the costs associated to obtain those benefits.

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Stop Evaluating Training!

Upside Learning

" As a learning solutions vendor, I’ve been asked this question countless times and have also encountered it in many an RFP. Consequently, while many of our clients do ask, not many venture into it; and requiring organizational commitment and action as it does, it’s not something only we, as vendors, can entirely influence. Clearly communicate strategic goals and associated linkages throughout the organization. FREE eBook.

2019 Turkey Awards

eLearning 24-7

Once a darling of vendors who used it to show their demos, now? In fact, in 2019, I did not see one demo from a vendor on Adobe Connect. Personally a vendor can call their system whatever they want, but there are a few factoids to remember about micro-learning. Welcome.

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EdCast vs Degreed vs Fuse – The Analysis

eLearning 24-7

How do you explain why these three vendors were selected, how the process for analysis was conducted, and what are the results? Why these three vendors? From the vendors themselves and even in conducting my own research into vendor comparisons. Where do you start?

How to Pick the WRONG Learning System

eLearning 24-7

I understand you do not want to hurt other people’s feelings or you have been notified that you have to ask all these departments for their suggestions, but no one ever says you have to take all that stuff and stick it into your RFP or documents or make it an important component of the decision making process. The future is vague, just like that roadmap the vendor tells you, their feature will be in, in the wait for it, future. Vendor cannot follow their usual script.

LMS Review: Docebo 7

Talented Learning

See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. Three years ago, this vendor was happy to gobble up even the smallest LMS customers who educated and sold themselves via a free trial. This connector marketplace emulates the Apple or Android store, where you can shop for free or paid apps, download, install and use immediately. Among Docebo’s third-party connectors, I didn’t see any productized Association Management System (AMS) integrations.

Virtual Learning: Rewriting the Playbook in Turbulent Times

Talented Learning

Below are tips and action items from three different viewpoints: 1) Tips for Learning Systems Vendors and Consultants. 1) Tips For Learning Systems Vendors and Consultants. The market clearly needs vendors who specialize in helping organizations efficiently move from one stage to the next – or through the entire migration cycle. • Offer a Path to Extended Enterprise Learning. Just like vendors, you need to plan for immediate needs, as well as for the coming months.

Extended Enterprise LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

Recently, we helped association leaders answer that question with a special “LMS Buyers Companion” post, filled with free resources for continuing education providers. But if you need direct guidance at any point, feel free to contact me to request a preliminary phone consultation at your convenience. Digital transformation consultant Daniel Newman weighs in… 11) Should you use an RFP when choosing an LMS? When to issue an RFP (or not).

Digital Learning Platforms In, LXP out

eLearning 24-7

If after a few years, nobody can recall your name, or remember your name or even associate your name with the type of product you are, then you need to change your name. There are quite a number of learning system vendors who say on their web site or in their marketing literature, “learning experiences”, when they are not an LXP, rather they are a learning platform or an LMS. It is no wonder, LXP vendors are receiving LMS RFPs and LMS vendors are receiving LXP RFPs.

LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

Talented Learning

This new “specialist” technology landscape benefits LMS customers and vendors, alike. LMS vendors aren’t just talking about what’s possible – they’re delivering. Organizations are making purchasing decisions based on boldly redefined expectations, and LMS are vendors rising to those expectations. Over the past decade, as the LMS market ballooned from 12 to 700+ vendors, consolidation became inevitable.

18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

Among the more than 700 vendors participating in today’s LMS marketplace, we continue to see a wave of learning solutions designed to solve “niche” business challenges. Despite competitive pressure to keep price points lower, we expect licensing levels to continue drifting upwards, as vendors attempt to demonstrate value-add that differentiates their offerings. Video-centered training is going mainstream and every vendor seems to be pushing new boundaries.

Halloween Edition – Tricks and Treats

eLearning 24-7

100% FREE. . On each Vendor listing – as you see in the above catalog example, if the vendor is in my Top 50 rankings for 2019, they will have an icon identifying them, Purple – Top 50, Dark Blue – Top 20, Green – Top 10. . You can now save any vendor listing as a “favorite”, by clicking on the star icon in their listing. In the area of transparency, these are vendors who have purchased additional options. LMS vendor calls.

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

Author, professor and perpetual fan favorite, Dr. Karl Kapp , makes it easy to understand in this free-wheeling Q&A session. 2 Association Learning Tech Innovation: Reality vs. Hype. Take a closer look from the front lines of the association learning solutions space. #1

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LMS Review: Adobe Captivate Prime

Talented Learning

See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. Since I was already logged-in as an Adobe user, I initiated a 30-day free trial of Adobe Captivate Prime with just one click. Strengths of Adobe Captivate Prime include: Free trial. Plenty of clear self-service tutorials and free support. Simply register for free , you have full access to all the LMS video reviews, webinars and other resources we develop for Learning Center members. See More Vendors in our LMS Directory.

Continuing Education: Will You Sell More CEUs With an LMS?

Talented Learning

For voluntary lifelong learning enthusiasts, a diverse spectrum of free content is already available online. For-profit training companies, associations , academic institutions, corporations and even entrepreneurial subject-matter experts all create, sell and deliver continuing education content. Workforce-oriented LMS vendors are built and supported by HR and training experts who understand a “compliance” mindset. Continuing education is a big business.

2015 LMS Rakings for K-12, HE and Report Criteria

eLearning 24-7

Countries showing off their latest e-learning (often under the words – distance learning , which should be booted as a term), and vendors showing their products, making their pitches and eating their food in their booth. And yes, I’ll be there to – checking out some sessions, mingling among the attendees and chatting it up with the vendors. Support – Free or Fee or both? If free includes the basics, if fee does cost reflect benefits?

Podcast 19: Customer Education 101 – With Dave Derington of Azuqua

Talented Learning

EPISODE 19 – TOPIC SUMMARY AND GUEST: On our previous episode , we talked about the increasing popularity of customer success programs among high-growth companies – especially software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors. They needed to streamline their RFP response process. You buy, you sign-up for a free trial, and you start working with the product. I do a product demo with a use case and it’s free, so you can learn a lot about the product that way.

E-Learning Q&A November Issue

eLearning 24-7

It downloads fast for end users, offers a real nice set of features, works on tablets – and does it well and offers as options a toll free number as well as international numbers. VOIP is free. . Top 3 rankings for the verticals of education, association, SMB, under 500 employees and plus 10,000 employees. LMS vendors had the option to create a video demo of their product without any sales pitch whatsoever. At last count, 25 vendors created such videos.

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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. It also describes the association of new information with pre-existing knowledge. FAQs allow learners to get the information they need without having to contact the vendor directly. . One of the main benefits of open source platforms like Moodle is that they’re free and can be highly customized.

Best LMS? 2016 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards

Talented Learning

In years past, the same dozen or so vendors competed for all the LMS market share. Nearly every vendor earned its bread and butter by selling to employee-minded buyers in HR. We have spent the last three years meeting more than 125 vendors — learning who they are, what they do, why they are unique, and who their customers are. Every day, we see LMS vendors in action, selling their products. BEST ASSOCIATION LMS.