White-labeling Your Training Portal: The What, Why And How

TalentLMS

To “white-label” an online service (in our case, your online training portal), simply means to put your own logo and branding on it. With a good white-label LMS it should be trivial to drastically alter the look and feel of your training portal, and have it fully respect your corporate identity. (We’ll We’ll get back to this in the next section, where we’ll see how easy it is to white-label your TalentLMS portal). – Hides vendor ties.

The Content or the LMS? Which Comes First?

Association eLearning

The process of determining LMS requirements, narrowing down vendors, getting stakeholders to review demos, and debriefing on the different options can take weeks or months. You need both. Without content the LMS is an empty cookie jar. It’s pretty looking but frustrating every time you open it. Then again, content without an intuitive platform for delivery is a treasure hunt, often without a treasure map to guide you. But wait, don’t order yet, there’s more.

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Learning System Vendors Support Ratings

eLearning 24-7

There has never been an accurate number of how many learning system vendors actually have a training department, let alone trainers who provide said training, or customer education. Every vendor will state to you, if asked, how great is their support. However, behind the scenes, some of those vendors who say we are above 90%, are well, lying ( I can find no easy way to say this). Not every vendor has bad or average support. It asks for metrics from the vendor.

What’s the Difference Between an LMS and an LCMS? Hint: It’s Not Just the Letter “C”

Association eLearning

Your association pays a vendor to create an interactive course that goes over the features of this new product. Now suppose the association wants to save money by making the course themselves and decides not to hire a vendor. It can be difficult to understand eLearning terms when they’re used interchangeably. Which is which and how do you know when to use them?

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Getting Started with Online Member Education

Association eLearning

It is critical to have your vendor’s support in the implementation of your learning program. Way back when I was just a marketing minion working in development at a nonprofit, I used to attend workshops and classes that would help me learn more about my industry. 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.

eLearning Portal Integration

Tony Karrer

Initially, the conversation was about having learning content appear on the enterprise portal. Many LMS vendors provide portlets, gadgets or widgets that allow for access of learning content (most often meaning courses and courseware) through the corporate portal. It's certainly better than putting a static link to your LMS somewhere on the corporate portal / intranet. Many LMS vendors provide this capability.

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From the Vendor: Degreed on the Evolution of E-learning

CLO Magazine

The behavioral data from our systems is showing that people read articles and blogs much more than they watch videos. CLO: What problem do CLOs come to vendors like Degreed to solve? People stitch together all sorts of learning experiences over time: courses and books here and there, articles, blogs, videos in between, reflection, feedback, coaching along the way, and then plenty of practice, trial and error on the job.

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

eLearning 24-7

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.

Bring power to your organization with a Training Portal Software

Paradiso

The training and onboarding of your employees are carried out effectively through training portal software. With training portal software, you will obtain the power to simplify and automate your training processes for employees, customers, vendors or associates. Also, you will be able to train, onboard and certify faster your customers and partners through our training portal software. Paradiso Training Portal Software features.

Build a Learning Portal Using WordPress

eLearning Weekly

I’ve written before about learning portals and how they can be a great way to improve access to learning materials for users. I wanted to provide a more in-depth post that shows how you can create your own learning portal using the freely available content management system, WordPress. So, let’s get started… Refresher: What is a portal? This tutorial will show you how to get a basic learning portal set up.

Questions to Ask Client References Before Selecting Your LMS

Association eLearning

Once you have narrowed the list of vendors that seem to fit your needs, watched demos to see the Learning Management System functionality, and narrowed the field, then comes the reference checking. Customers that have stayed with their LMS for long periods of time can give you an idea of the stability and longevity of your potential vendor. Selecting an LMS can be a very involved process. First you have to understand the requirements of multiple stakeholders. What do the users need?

Social Learning – What’s the Point? Time to turn the tables on the naysayers

eLearning 24-7

For vendors, they could make it happen and generate revenue. LMS/LCMS/Learning Portals (commercial & free), Social Learning stand-alone systems, hybrid system, content authoring tools, m-learning, web conferencing (already exists in many systems), virtual worlds, virtual meeting systems (already exists in some systems), marketplace exchanges (not affiliated with a system). LMS/LCMS/Learning Portal (commercial or free), e-readers, any mobile device(i.e. ditch the blog).

Why an Open Source LMS Isn’t Always the Best Option

Association eLearning

A proprietary LMS vendor. You’re shopping for an LMS and behold FREE OPEN SOURCE LMS pops up. you say excitedly. Yes, indeed. Free and open source. Well hold the phone because if it sounds too good to be true, it’s because open source isn’t all it claims to be. Yes, it sounds like a good idea, but if you own a business or run an association, you might want to think twice about open source. What does open source mean?

2010 LMS Products of the Year

eLearning 24-7

I include Learning Portals, LCMSs, as part of the mix. Please remember for TM or as some vendors like to pitch as “performance management or knowledge management&# , the modules are extra and are not part of the system (at least for now). the ability to have their own system off that initial system, with own look and feel, and features that can be turned on or off at the top tiered level or at each sub system level (depending on the vendor’s system).

How Do E-learning Vendors Price Their Services

CommLab India

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. You can put it on a website, intranet site, or an online portal. If you don’t have an LMS, your e-learning vendors can help you set up one and customize it based on your requirements.

Learning Technology Blogs: An Analyst’s Reading List

Talented Learning

When you need solid advice about learning strategy and technology, which blogs come to mind? Are any LMS vendors on that list? If you’ve been ignoring LMS vendor blogs, it’s time to take a closer look. I’m not an LMS vendor. And I’m increasingly impressed by the quality of content in some LMS blogs. LMS vendors offer a goldmine of thought-provoking guidance, if you’re willing to look for it. 75 LMS Vendor Profiles.

Answering your LMS Questions

eLearning 24-7

How many of you have seen vendors respond to your questions? A: Virtually every LMS vendor out there in the marketplace provides these features. Congrats, you are probably looking at less than 10 (based on my LMS directory which contains 475 vendors). Custom domains – rather than have yourcompany.vendorname.com, some systems are now offering custom domains so that your learners see whatever name you create.com and remove the vendor name.

LMS Stories – Fantasy or Reality?

eLearning 24-7

As I have noted numerous times, if you listen to vendors, everyone loves their system, they have retention rates in the plus 90%, yet, somehow the number one thing they hear is that people are looking for a new system, they are unhappy with their current system. If everyone is content with your system, and there are 450-500 vendors out there, then how is it, people are leaving? Virtually any vendor will do heavy customization for you – but there are additional costs to it.

E-Learning End Users Have Spoken – time for the industry to listen

eLearning 24-7

billion dollars (USD) by 2015 and an increase in competition in the space, it is time for vendors to act. Interestingly, a large portion of LMS vendors have not optimized their products for the iPad/ iPad2 and with the exception of two content authoring tools, HTML5 capabilities, specifically the ability to output a course in HTML5 does not yet exist. I know of one vendor who gives end users the flash files after building the course.

5 Trends to Watch 4 n 2011

eLearning 24-7

One vendor with 750 users, priced out at nearly 24K a year; another close to 11.5K – thus depends on users is a factor. If you are an e-learning vendor exploring the SBM do not take them lightly, a few are slowly entering my 2nd trend. LMS vendors are targeting companies who have distributors/wholesalers/resellers/sales agents/etc. Marketplaces & Exchanges by LMS/Learning Portal Vendors. Vendors will continue to explore and enter more niche markets.

LMS News. Directory. Plus E-Learning Notes

eLearning 24-7

Several vendors have left the space, a few have entered. Vendors are hearing us and are making changes. Newest Version – LMS/Learning Portal Directory. Added Demo Column (Y/N) – If the vendor enables you to view a demo of their product without having to register or provide any information upfront, it is identified as “Yes&#. Bolded Vendor Names – There are vendors whose names are bolded. Fear Factor: Vendor Pricing.

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Something is Going on Down there in the LMS Market

eLearning 24-7

LMS Vendors and Tablets Update. That said, why is this happening: A significant (over 90%) of vendors are holding off this year and at least part of next year from optimizing their solution to the iPad. But with LMS vendors jumping into the mobile learning sector, at least in some cases, it may be a tad misleading. The bandwagon rage are LMS vendors stating that their product/solution is optimized for tablets, specifically mentioning the iPad. LMS/LCMS/CMS Vendors.

Social Learning and LMSs Marketplace

eLearning 24-7

As social learning continues to grow, LMS/LCMS vendors are taking various approaches. LMS/LCMS vendors are following one of three approaches when it comes to social learning. In any other market, the goal is to be number one, yet for whatever reason, in this market when it comes to social learning, there are a significant number of vendors, who would rather just sit on the sidelines. Time for these vendors to wake up, or see your audience share disappear.

APIs and Mashups r ur new ABCs for E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

Unfortunately, too many vendors in the e-learning space have failed to see the power and potential of this capability, and have decided to ignore them. However there are vendors who sell their API solution wrapped in a piece of software. SCORM Player communicating with your vendor’s solution, for example, if you were creating your own LMS and Rapid Intake’s rapid e-learning authoring tool, it includes a SCORM Player API. Locate some micro-blogging APIs.

Hidden costs of an LMS: What to expect

Matrix

Why don’t LMS vendors list every single cost related to their product? Some vendors charge an extra fee for setting up your system, others don’t. Some vendors give a license for a limited period of time — 6 months, one year — and demand a recurring fee after that. Unfortunately, some vendors still demand it. Let’s say you can customize your learning portal with a number of color themes.

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E-Learning Innovative Products – They are Out There

eLearning 24-7

When they hit stride, other vendors take notice and soon, the lemming revolution begins. Provides social learning features including shoutbox, photos, discussion boards, blogs, events, polls, articles. Nor, a LMS vendor who enable their customers to sell their courses, but only people who have the same LMS vendor can buy and use them. 2011 will show profitable gains for a large portion of vendors across the sector. I love innovation.

Product Review: Mzinga OmniSocial

eLearning 24-7

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. After all, how many of us, select “blog&# and then are given only a few choices and if you want to do something else, you can’t. What to limit the number of comments on the blog?

Something is Going on Down there in the LMS Market

eLearning 24-7

LMS Vendors and Tablets Update. That said, why is this happening: A significant (over 90%) of vendors are holding off this year and at least part of next year from optimizing their solution to the iPad. But with LMS vendors jumping into the mobile learning sector, at least in some cases, it may be a tad misleading, especially with smartphones. Two years ago, lots of LMS vendors were saying their systems were browser agnostic. LMS/LCMS/CMS Vendors.

Customer Complaints, How to Avoid the Traps

eLearning 24-7

When it comes to the e-learning market, specifically the LMS space (and you can toss in LCMS, CMS, Learning Portals as well), there are a lot of traps that customers fall into and can’t get out. Sometimes it is a result of the vendor, other times it is a failure of due diligence on the part of the soon to be customer. The vendor’s salesperson tells you want you want to hear. I expect nothing less from the vendor. For your current vendor – sure.

2020 LMS pricing guide: Here’s what makes up the cost ??

Docebo

Each LMS vendor does things slightly differently, so each vendor is likely to go by a different pricing model, have features listed as add-ons, and create different pricing plans that can either be itemized or bundled. Some vendors refer to this “multi-portal” functionality.

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Social Media and Social Learning – Where R We now?

eLearning 24-7

There are over 25 social media types – types include social networking, live casting, game platforms, virtual worlds, web conferencing, social bookmarking, social network aggregators, social news aggregators, blogs, app sharing (inc. not working for a vendor). Vendors: People who work for a vendor (i.e. That there are people out there including vendors who are not on the social media scene. I know of only one LMS vendor Absorb that is on FourSquare.

A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

eLearning 24-7

LMSs – Finally vendors took notice. Authoring Tools – With only a small sample of vendors that are SaaS based, pickings are slim. Sure there were exceptions on the desktop side – most notably Articulate Storyline, but overall until desktop vendors see the advantages of SaaS, especially with real time collaboration and peer review, tablets will be slow going. CertPoint VLS Portals – but only to a laptop or CD Rom – so not a mobile device.

Tips for Developing an LMS RFP

Association eLearning

Like we learned from our last blog post , not all LMSs are created equal. As mentioned in the whitepaper, “8 Steps to Selecting Your Association LMS” , we’re reminded that “typically, the more features you add, the greater the likelihood that the vendor will need to customize their product to meet your requirements. After all, the better you are at expressing your requirements, the easier it will be for LMS vendors to understand and meet them.

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User Friendly or Hype?

eLearning 24-7

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. Learning Management Systems, LCMS, Learning Portals. If I am vendor, whose product is paid (i.e. We are user friendly.

LMS & LCMS Directory

eLearning 24-7

CMSs, learning portals geared only are not on the list. The market continues to grow it is nearly impossible to see every vendor’s latest solution. Additionally, vendors can cease to exist quickly. There are a large number of vendors who support ERP systems, inc. SAP, Peoplesoft, Oracle and HRIS systems; thus if you have one of those systems you are now open to a greater number of vendors, rather then staying with your ERP or HRIS provider.

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Best of FocusOn Learning DemoFest 2016: Award-winning Learning in Action

mLevel

Best of Show Vendor. Customized Portal and Apps for Next-gen Workers”. Best of Show Non-vendor. Blogging E-Learning ED Tech Events Learning Technologies NewsRecap from: The eLearning Guild’s News Article. Wednesday, June 29, 2016 | 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Pacific Time. Free Webinar, eLearning Guild Membership Not Required.

Learning analytics examples: 5 case studies of data insights in action

Learning Pool

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