How Do E-learning Vendors Price Their Services

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With growing workforce and increased frequency of training programs, instructor-led training is no longer viable. You have heard about e-learning and are looking to contact vendors for a quote. But before doing that, it is a good idea to understand the typical services e-learning vendors provide and how they price those services. Services provided by e-learning vendors and how they are priced.

E-Learning Screen recording and video solutions – Should b simple, so why isn’t it?

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Audio Recording and Editing. The ability to record audio in real time or post time makes a lot of sense and eliminates the need for using Audacity (albeit it is a wonderful and free product). However, just placing the ability to record audio pre or post is not enough. There are more vendors who do not offer the ability to post – i.e. add audio afterwards it is quite amazing. Editing Audio. People want to edit their own audio, but here is the thing.

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A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

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Mobile Learning. LMSs – Finally vendors took notice. Sadly though many still are in the dark on true mobile learning – i.e. not accessing their platform via a mobile web browser. Authoring Tools – With only a small sample of vendors that are SaaS based, pickings are slim. Those who aren’t are either offering native apps with online/offline synch or performing the shell game via the mobile web browser and calling it mobile learning.

Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses

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Geared toward e-learning developers and instructional designers. The biggest problem facing the industry in the past few years are the lack of course authoring tools for e-learning developers and instructional designers. elearning maker - another product form e-doceo; screenwriting, storyboards, media inserts, selection and moving of elements plus more; a beginner could use some of the features, but a developer has some additional capabilities and flexibilities.

What I am hearing and seeing in E-Learning

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It comes from fellow readers who send me e-mails or talk to me via social media. It comes from me talking to vendors, buyers, monitoring the industry all the while taking notes and seeing the trends/patterns appear right before my eyes. What has always amazed me are number of e-learning vendor web sites whose design looks like it came from 1995 when Netscape ruled the land. Upside Learning. This is an exciting time to be in the e-learning space.

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Authoring Tool Market – What I am seeing

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Because the industry as a whole is a lemming, I expect more vendors to come on board. If you are an e-learning developer or instructional designer this has always been a favorite feature of authoring tools. In just the past month, I have seen quite a few vendors add this capability in their product – and for the most part they are all RCAT products. Audio Editing. Well some vendors have more than 15 come with their product. E-Learning 24/7.

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.

Product Review: BlueVolt

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Ability to have video with audio on the main screen, whereas end users enter – after logging in. 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. E-mail notifications and reminders. Mobile Learning – yes you can view it on tablets and smartphones. Social Learning – No. Offers e-commerce module: Yes.

Open Source Web Conferencing Solutions – FREE

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I have a real issue with vendors who charge extra – via a license with their “partner&# or otherwise for a web conferencing – and thus ability to offer webinars, in their solution. Very very impressive, with mega features including desktop sharing, audio/video, whiteboards, along with remote administration tools, a moderating system, and a tool for importing documents in 32 different formats, integrates well with Moodle, but you do not need to have Moodle.

LMS Vendors: U Can Survive – Innovate, Invigorate and Invent

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It was within these comments, that afterwords, I decided to expand a bit plus identify other areas that I see, LMS vendors must explore – which they have not yet done so, to re-energize themselves. Thus, the LMS vendors are creating a Bogeyman – their own bogeyman, and it does not have to be that way. Majority of employees access a LMS or Learning Portal out of the workplace. Far too many LMS vendors are stuck in a rut. Social Learning.

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. A trend that is happening in the LMS market more so than in the other e-learning markets, is the failure to follow their path of success.

Product Review: EasyGenerator Rapid Content Authoring Tool

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Vendor can create a component so you can push directly into your LMS, without having to upload it directly (extra cost). The “Files&# area contains all the images, video, audio, etc., I will say this about EasyGenerator, the properties is so extensive in this program, that you should not have any issue on what the outcome or desired effect should be. Even with a learning portal, many people have some type of database on the back end for tracking purposes.

Top 10 LMS/LCMS Trends and Forecasts

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The trends apply to both LMS/LCMS vendors. Extended Enterprise - Vendors are expanding into the wholesaler/reseller/affiliates/sales agent sector with their solutions. The note of interest is that it is occurring with all size of vendors, albeit the charge is being led by mid size vendors. Not all of the big dog vendors have entered this space, despite it being a huge revenue opportunity. and European vendors interestingly enough, do not follow suit.

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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.

One Step Behind

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Back in the day, a punk rock group called Madness released a wonderful tune called, “ One Step Beyond “, sadily if you were to look at the state of the e-learning industry as a whole today, perhaps the song should have been called, “One Step Behind&#. A LMS that came with a e-commerce, a chat room, discussion boards, front end look that did not appear to a be a LMS, library, bookstore (capability), art gallery (I used it for sponsorship purposes).

Web Conferencing 201

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Audio In Web Conferencing. A little known secret and often overlooked involves audio tied to recording. If the presenter is using VOIP, then audio is recorded during the presentation, because the audio is coming through the computer’s speakers. If the presenter is using a telephone, 98% of systems will not pick up the recording of the audio from a phone. Most systems do not record the audio from attendees, even if they are using VOIP, but some do.

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Product Review: Saba Social

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So, when I went and checked out Saba Social, Saba’s new social learning platform, I had very low expectations. Bookmark feature is interesting, but with this one item – Saba’s past UI issues appear – too bad, it has an spin on the bookmark concept.epub file upload that worked, which is rarely seen in any file acceptance of other social learning systems and even the majority of e-learning solutions to begin with. Learning. Learning.

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User Friendly or Hype?

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The number one reason people leave their current system or purchase a different e-learning product? If I am a potential customer, I would expect nothing less to come out of the vendor’s mouth on their product and user friendliness. I have seen over 150 systems, 80 plus authoring tools, dozens of web conferencing products, mobile learning, quiz assessment tools, CMSs and learning portals, and not everyone of them meets those two statements. E-Learning 24/7.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality

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As the evolution of e-learning continues, the rapid content authoring tools (RCAT) market follows suit. This is a growing market with new vendors showing up, but at the same time, others disappearing. Templates with some learning objects? A robust learning solution of multiple capabilities and outputs? It was difficult to say the least and learning it wasn’t much easier. Break it Down – DATA (based on my directory of vendors).

Rapid Content Authoring Tools 2010 – Innovators, Winners and Updated Trends

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2010 E-Learning 24/7 Awards (No official icon logo handed out to winners, rather just a “WHOO-HOO&# – uh, you can make that sound to yourself.thank you). Offers optional screen recording program ($99). Sure, other vendors will say you can do that too, but you have to open each object file to get it. iPod, mobile phones, YouTube, message boards, e-mail. Clever and logical features, especially when it comes to emerging technology with e-learning.

LMS vendors: R u hearing us?

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LMS Vendors. 30% vendors offer at least one type of social media – from my latest LMS directory. Dozens of LMS vendors, had typos on their web pages, zero screens of the system, links that went nowhere and two kicked up my Firewall warning of possible privacy collection and one had a Trojan Horse (I use a hardcore firewall and A/V). Over 90% of LMS vendors had their sites available only in English; so the potential customer could not view it in any other language.

Product Review: Mindflash.com

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What I found was a solution that is a rapid e-learning authoring tool that offers easy to use functions as uploading learners and basic tracking results. For example: your first PPT slide is on the timeline then you add a word document, next an image file, another slide (your 2nd one in the deck u uploaded), then audio/movie and so on. You can upload the photo of the person (listed as trainer) for the course, which end users will see, their name and e-mail address.

LMS Vendors: U Can Survive – Innovate, Invigorate and Invent

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It was within these comments, that afterwords, I decided to expand a bit plus identify other areas that I see, LMS vendors must explore – which they have not yet done so, to re-energize themselves. Thus, the LMS vendors are creating a Bogeyman – their own bogeyman, and it does not have to be that way. Majority of employees access a LMS or Learning Portal out of the workplace. Far too many LMS vendors are stuck in a rut. Social Learning.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Mindflash.com Version – Product Review

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I would be afraid to enter, seeing the words, “trainer and trainees&# in the same sentence for an online learning solution. Ease of use – No tech skill required, no knowledge of online learning required (but.see further down). E-Mail template option that enables you to tweak it or leave as is and send, along with step by step options for follow up. Trainer section – Photo optional, name/e-mail address required. Trainees, Courses, E-Mail.

Web Conferencing: Features U must Have and Nice Options

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It used to be that every WC vendor went the seats route. Typically with licenses - a lot of vendors do not enable you to have the multiple rooms at the same time – i.e. the multiple seminars going on at the same time offer. Really it comes down to what else does your vendor provide, what type of agreement you are seeking, features, what do you want to do with your webinar – web conferencing solution. I love the new option some vendors are pitching “HD&#.

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Product Review: SoftChalk 6 – Rapid Content Authoring Tool

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Easy to insert and delete learning objects. So, even if the second learning object or text has nothing to do with the activity it is connected. One of the irritants with RCATs and frankly many e-learning vendors in assessment and other groups, is that you have no idea what image format is acceptable, until you go into the select image function. Audio – mp3. The programs opens up to where you can create a lesson, not a course. E-Learning 24/7.

Why you must Outsource your Compliance Course Development to an E-learning Company

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Need to provide periodic training programs within limited budgets. This blog tells what a compliance officer and his team won’t have to do when they outsource their compliance course development to the right e-learning company. When you outsource your compliance course development, the e-learning partner you select will go through the heavy law manuals and come up with a Detailed Content Outline (DCO). Evaluate the learning.

Know All about The Players in the E-learning Outsourcing Process

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The success of outsourcing in e-learning depends on the quality of people management on both sides, especially the vendor side. This blog explores the roles and responsibilities of each individual involved in e-learning outsourcing. If they provide a clear direction to the team members, their outsourced e-learning project will take off without hindrances. Trainers or Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) play a crucial role in e-learning outsourcing.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Rise of Rapid e-Learning

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Wednesday, June 27, 2007 The Rise of Rapid e-Learning Mike Alcock, MD of Atlantic Link Ltd has written an article over at Trainingzone.co.uk: The Rise of Rapid e-Learning. Subject matter experts are embracing the more sophisticated rapid e-learning tools which allow server side development with international collaboration and “instant&# course deployment.

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.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Designers Tools

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Friday, June 08, 2007 Instructional Designers Tools Theres been a good conversation going on over at Christy Tuckers Experiencing E-Learning blog about instructional design. I dont do any programming. Rapid e-Learning tools, like Articulate , change the amount of actual technical skill an ID would need within such a group.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: ADDIE: Its a Process

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Tom says, (By instructional design, I mean a design model that typically prescribes elements such as learning objectives, presentation of information, practice with feedback, and evaluation that ties back to the objectives. Theres nothing in ADDIE about learning objects or the presentation of information. Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: e-Learning Content & Version Control

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Wednesday, August 01, 2007 e-Learning Content & Version Control Earlier this week, Janet Clarey wrote about the " Preservation of e-Learning Content." She raised the question about e-Learning content and how well companies keep track of content updates. Can you prove when and how your e-Learning content has changed?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Wednesday, September 12, 2007 Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning Welcome to stop #3 of The Karl Kapp Games, Gadgets, and Gizmos Virtual World Book Tour. Im a linear reader in recovery and have been actively learning how to skim books and not feel guilty about it. p.157) Gamers learn to play by the letter of the rules and not the intent.

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

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Best of eLearning Learning. Key Social Learning Roles - Daretoshare , April 4, 2010 Premise : Learning communities or networks thrive because its members possess certain skills and capabilities. The road ahead : I am presently developing detailed role descriptions, community guidelines, role assessment tools, and the identification of appropriate learning products and offerings. Can You Learn from a Recording? How useful is strategic planning for e-learning?