Learning Systems RFP and Tier4 NexGen

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I note this, because this post covers my new Learning Systems RFP Template , which includes the latest NexGen Tier 4 feature sets. Why one RFP instead of specific ones for LXP and LMS? When see the template you are going to be like “this is a lot of features and categories, no vendor will complete all of this.” This is far better than them receiving a 20 page RFP or 100 page RFP. The features contained within, not every vendor will have.

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LEP/LXP RFP Template

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Yeah it is a peeve of mine, which is why, I decided that LEPs needed their own RFP template. Anyway, after studying the market in-depth – the LEP market that is, I felt an RFP specifically for that market made sense. . This is why when you see the RFP, the LE and Admin functionality is nearly identical, but with some changes (more on that in a sec.). LEP RFP Template. First off, here is the LEP RFP Template – everything you need in one document.

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How to Write a Winning RFP to Hire the Best E-learning Vendor

CommLab India

Have you, as a training manager or L&D professional, shortlisted e-learning vendors to develop customized learning solutions for your organization? A training manager followed certain e-learning vendor selection criteria and received the following proposals from two different e-learning vendors. The first vendor proposed a simple e-learning solution with a set of multiple choice questions for assessments, at a cost of $20,000. If yes, specify that in the RFP.

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How to write a great RFP for your eLearning Platform search

Academy of Mine

Thankfully, there are tools at your disposal you can use to make your buying journey as smooth and organized as possible. One buying tool we recommend when shopping around for a new eLearning platform is the Request for Proposal (RFP), which can be utilized to streamline and simplify the purchase process. By using an RFP you can: Organize and prioritize your business needs and desired solutions. . Purpose and specs of the RFP. How does the vendor bill?

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Getting Started with Online Member Education

Association eLearning

I often lament that “if only I’d had more time and access to the tools that would have helped, I could have made a bigger difference.” Will I need a tool to do that? Submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) outlining your association’s goals and needs. Will you need a separate content authoring tool? It is critical to have your vendor’s support in the implementation of your learning program.

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.

Halloween Edition – Tricks and Treats

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Makes me thrilled to know that this system, tool, solution, content really does what it says it does, it works, it delivers, it provides people with the essentials, to make their learning and training exceptional. . 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. . LMS vendor calls.

Latest Negative E-Learning Trends

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I talked about this, in my newsletter, but for those who have yet to subscribe/had a chance to read it, there are vendors out there whose algorithm is flawed. What this tells me, is that the vendor thinks they know more about how to train your employees/customers then you do (actually, it also tells me they had no idea on why WBT was designed in the first place. . Authoring Tools going everywhere but nowhere. See PowerPoint as an authoring tool. Trends.

Step right up to the LMS Sideshow

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Act 2 – Select only a vendor who is well known (name recognized). What it does mean, is that the vendor is strong in marketing and getting their name out to the general public. You know that car you have in your driveway, the microwave oven you have in your kitchen, the golf club or basketball that you own, the authoring tool you are using, the cookies you are eating? If you are interested in seeing the basics, then check out my LMS RFP template.

Product Review: Mindflash.com

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Reports – very basic, but this is more a content authoring tool hybrid – which is becoming more prominent in the industry, so the minimal report is equally being seen. It is also nice, because it aligns to what many people see when they are editing videos in their video software. I’m a big time fan of vendors who post their pricing on their site. I have been following Mindflash since it started as a beta.

LMS Identify

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What about a payment gateway – does the LMS vendor assist you with this or do you have to find your own? Drilling down, will provide you with additional information you need to ask and know, and as a result, even when looking at a potential vendor’s site, you will be able to see what they offer in this area. Course Authoring Tool . A friend of mine, got a RFP template from a LMS vendor’s web site. Welcome, Welcome. How are you today?

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How to Buy a LMS

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RCAT – Rapid Content Authoring Tool. Some tools offer more advanced capabilities and features for folks who have a strong ID (instructional design) or e-learning developer skill sets. Sim Tool – Simulation Tool. Authoring Tool. Some vendors (and it is gaining steam) offer “active users” Active users – People who are taking at least one course during the month. Try to avoid using a RFP template.

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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18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

Callidus Software acquired Learning Heroes and Learning Seat. 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. Instead, these are precision tools, aimed at customers who are grappling with well-defined issues. We’ve analyzed results from LMS vendors who publish outcomes of their customers’ extended enterprise learning initiatives.

LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

Talented Learning

Others say it’s become nothing more than a back-office administrative tool. 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. 6) Integrated Content Authoring Joins the Modern LMS.

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. Increasingly, I’ve noticed a trend among rapidly growing SaaS LMS vendors. When I talk with learning technology vendors, I always ask who they see as a competitor. High-Technology/Software. Editing tool lets you customize and fine-tune each language localization.

September E-Learning Trends

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No surprise that some vendors are also waiting to see what happens. M-Learning with a native app – slowly trucking along, but I am hearing quite a few vendors who are either in development or getting going in 2014. One vendor is focused only on SaaS products including social media. I recall one vendor telling me that they are including this new approach – only to find out – after I told them, that they are one of many.

LMS Potluck

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The book goes on sale the first week of October and will be an ebook only. As a bonus – buyers will receive my newest LMS RFP template (not available to others at this time), and access into a special site off the blog, with some very cool stuff. As micro-learning gains more attention and more people are starting to utilize the methods in creating such courses, vendors who are aware of this new opportunity are making sure that people know that their system supports micro-learning.

Psst. You wanna buy some features?

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LMS vendors are continuing to add some very unique features in an effort to set themselves apart from the competition. Desktop sharing (appears with a few vendors). Assessment tool with plagiarism detection (education system). Section 508 (still shocking at the lack of vendors that fail to offer this feature). more common is partnering with a web conferencing vendor). Tutoring, mentor tools. Guess what some vendors do.

4 LMS Features That Were Hot and Now Are Not

Absorb LMS

Fresh out of university, I worked as a content developer and designed and authored hundreds of hours of online courses. As an analyst a decade later, I wrote industry reports about learning management systems, authoring tools, and other technologies. I also had the chance to sit in on three or four demonstrations by LMS vendors per week. Installed software was hot. If it does show up, the organization is likely using an RFP template from the disco era.

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Your LMS criteria can make or break your buying process – here’s how to win

Docebo

Before you get all jazzed and start writing down the things you want in your LMS software , pump the breaks a little. These will give you a good roadmap for where you want to head, and help you decide whether the LMS vendors you’re considering can get you there.

Making The Jump Into eLearning

ICS Learning

The system that provides this infrastructure is generically called a Learning Management System (LMS) and is a software program or web application that you will either develop or purchase. The development of the SCORM specification is essentially what has allowed the e-Learning industry to make a clean division between LMS solutions and content/authoring solutions. New SCORM compliant content authoring tools.

What you can expect in 2019

eLearning 24-7

Cost is a key factor, and while authoring tool vendors are jumping into VR with new functionality, the truth of the whole matter is that VR headsets haven’t punched thru the L&D and/or training departments across the globe. . So far, my expectations as a whole, have not been met with VR for training thru the use of SaaS authoring tools or e-learning VR tools. If a vendor declines to provide this information to you, then move on.

Benay: “Not enough innovation is being developed in Canada”

Trajectory IQ

I thought it might be useful to try and break down the reasons why Ottawa keeps failing to understand how IT projects work and how to go about procuring the right Canadian vendor (tech speak for finding the right Canadian tech partner). They’ll insist that they are under the same rigid procurement or Request For Proposal (RFP) process as any small/medium IT company in Canada. IT firm to write the definition around the RFP to save some time and effort.

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“Not enough innovation is being developed in Canada”

Trajectory IQ

I thought it might be useful to try and break down the reasons why Ottawa keeps failing to understand how IT projects work and how to go about procuring the right Canadian vendor (tech speak for finding the right Canadian tech partner). They’ll insist that they are under the same rigid procurement or Request For Proposal (RFP) process as any small/medium IT company in Canada. IT firm to write the definition around the RFP to save some time and effort.

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Extended Enterprise LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

Independent advice from our analysts and expert guest authors: 1) Top learning systems trends: 2019 extended enterprise market guide. Digital transformation consultant Daniel Newman weighs in… 11) Should you use an RFP when choosing an LMS? But here’s why you’ll probably want to use an RFP the next time you select a learning system… 12) Define your LMS requirements like a pro. When to issue an RFP (or not).

Ultimate eLearning terms you should know: Part 2 (M-Z)

LearnUpon

Companies should be wary of the value a “free” learning platform can deliver and alert to the costs quickly accrued in maintaining, updating and supporting an LMS without a vendor. Open source software: Software for which the source code is publicly available for use and development free of charge. Moodle is an example of open source software that’s used widely in specific kinds of eLearning environments, like universities.

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). This includes your trainers or curriculum designers or course authors as well as your other uses. Implementation costs by the vendor or related third party. System integration costs by third party vendors with other systems. According to the author, the key is to determine a realistic budget for your LMS.

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Meet the Hero of the Technical Sale: The Sales Engineer

Cloudshare

Chris White, author of The Six Habits of Highly Effective Sales Engineers , defines the role as, “Engineers and technical experts within a software company that give product demonstrations in the context of a sales opportunity.”. Ability to contribute to the RFP process.

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Moodle Services Provider – How would you Choose the Right One?

Paradiso

Draft a good RFP (Request for Proposal). Next, download an RFP template! Yes, there is a proper format for an RFP! The template you choose should enable you to document your exact needs and specifications, in order for the vendor to clearly understand your requirements and caters to it correctly. A team that has a sound technical expertise in eLearning (for example – authoring tools) will be able to cater to your training requirements in a much better way.

Trials – Learning Systems

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I’m referring to software trials, where you get to test out the product, before you buy. . Authoring tools? Assessment tools? Other e-learning tools? Not every vendor offered them, but more than enough did and consumers liked that. In the good ol’ days vendors listed trials on their web sites OR if you liked what you saw in the demo, you asked them via the phone or e-mail for a trial. Why Vendors are holding back from trials.

Top 50 Learning Systems for 2019 (50 to 30)

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Every vendor, with the exception of Blackboard (who is coming soon) can be found on FindAnLMS.com , my learning system search engine platform, an independent and trusted source to search, compare and engage with vendors in the learning system space. Rankings are based on 1,000 vendors across the globe. This includes vendors who have a content marketplace over those who don’t, thus they received more points on that feature, for example.

Latest E-Learning News and Notes

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Ecosystems for authoring tools – I’m not talking about it in the same scope of the LMS space (which I foresaw and which is occurring), rather think of it as a one stop shop for all your needs – I see this coming more by 2016, but there are already vendors doing it. Tin Can is not going to be a mature level in 2015 and some vendors have even decided to do their own thing (similar to Tin Can) and go from there. Built-in authoring tools.

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LMS Q and A

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Everything from which one should I pick, to what do I think of X or Y to whether or not, they should have use a RFP. Questions on whether there are any good systems for under 50K (yes, plenty), what systems offer batch uploading and curriculum paths (nearly all of them), do I need a content authoring tool built in (no), it is better to have a SaaS system or on my own servers (SaaS), and many more. When should I use a RFP? If the vendor only says seven, walk away.

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What is an LXP and why do I want one?

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These two vendors are EdCast and Degreed. Getting back to being unaware, I find the same issue with a few vendors in the learning system space who are really LXPs, but have no idea. It reminded me of the vendors in the space who scream they are not an LMS, even though they hit all the standards of an LMS. . The difference here though, is that those two vendors specifically, really had ZERO idea where they slid into.

Forecasts for 2020

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I mention this because there are vendors who continue to push towards adding performance management functionality to their learning system, with many people assuming these vendors to be, LMS vendors when it just isn’t universally true. Assessment tool market? Authoring Tools? Cornerstone and SumTotal already note they have a content-first strategy, and just in the past few weeks, even more, vendors are adding this to their repertoire.

Latest Positive Trends In E-Learning

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Over 1,300 vendors in the industry (inc. Significant increase in the number of VCs and Private Equity firms seeking out LMS vendors to invest in and/or acquire. Seeing a plus rate of folks switching from one vendor to another (plus means above average – beyond normal). Vendors boosting in total sales as a whole. New range of gross sales average by LMS vendors (3M-15M), previously it was (2M-10M). One vendor is already tying it into the assessment piece.