Choosing an E-learning Vendor? Review this Checklist First

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If you have decided to buy your e-learning course or outsource it to a customized e-learning solutions provider, the next step is to choose a reliable e-learning vendor. You have to choose carefully because there are many companies out there claiming to provide quality e-learning. The best way to do this is to focus on some key areas of e-learning development and ask the right questions from a potential e-learning vendor.

How to choose an external e-learning vendor ?

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Interaction with a prospective vendor can show and shed more light than reading up about them or viewing their work online. What skills does the e-learning vendor offer? Are the skills that the vendor brings, something that is complementary to your team? There is comfort in knowing that a vendor can work on a particular skillset, but can also work with aligned skill sets? Is e-Learning their major line of business? Pick up the hints.

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

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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 second vendor proposed simulations, videos, and a gamified assessment at a staggering cost of $250,000.

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Working with E-Learning Vendors: Creating a Request for Information (RFI)

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The selection of an e-learning vendor can seem challenging. Maybe you don’t know what vendors can provide the exact product or service you need, or it might be that you aren’t even sure WHAT you need. My next few blog posts will give some tips I have found for selecting and working with vendors. First, let’s focus on how to get the information you need from a vendor using a Request for Information (RFI).

Y R Some Vendors confused about e-learning?

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Are there vendors in the e-learning space who lack basic understanding around e-learning? Lastly, if the vendors, organizations and firms whose whole background, expertise and existence is tied to e-learning and they themselves are not fully understanding it, does this bode well for the industry as a whole? (I’ll E-Learning is E-Learning and not some magical dust. Hello, it fits under e-learning.

5 Practical Tips to Minimize Your Online Training Outsourcing Budgets

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Budget will always come in the way of employee training. Though a major chunk of training has moved online, learning and development teams still face a major crunch in their budgets. Training Managers are asked to make the best use of the budgets available to deliver training. Here are five practical tips to reduce your online training outsourcing budget. E-learning outsourcing in hard dollar terms. eLearning Design e-learning outsourcing

How to choose the right LMS

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The same thing applies to the learning management system market. The minus: vendors come out of the woodwork to tell you their system meets those needs. I mean if you say you need “e-commerce for 500 users, certificates, ability to add users to groups for courses”, that would cover about 550 systems. No vendor could say honestly that their system is the best for you, because they are missing a lot of information. Whichever sticks – is your vendor.

Latest LMS Directory Plus August rankings for LMSs in EE space

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422 vendors. Identification of mobile learning, if yes – details on devices (when applicable). Why has total vendors dropped? Good price point, again not a budget killer. . eLogic Learning - What I love about this system is its strong multi-tenet feature set, especially that each client has their own database, rather than shared (which is common). On a side note, I expect to be bombarded with vendors who say their system should be included in the rankings.

When your LMS BFF is no longer

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The big elephant in the room that we hear so many times and vendors love to pitch (to get you to their system), but rarely the vendors themselves will admit to – many have only themselves to blame. Sometimes, it is the client’s fault and sometimes it is the vendor’s fault. I know, I know it is never your fault (client) – its those nasty LMS vendors, but as with the failure to recognize, often more than not it is duality, at least at some level.

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Q&A from Blog Readers on E-Learning

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Every e-learning consulting/research firm, etc. My latest take on those three vendors (plus one) are: Cornerstone On Demand – I have seen the new UI and I like what I saw. While the learning cloud and extended enterprise cloud are purchased by folks, I still see the platform – assuming you get all the modules as a HCM. That said, they are in my top 40 for learning/extended enterprise cloud. Any vendor will do that – regardless of setup fees.

Trade Show Circuit 2013

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In just one month, the e-learning trade show season will be upon us. Too many e-learning shows. Vendors are assessing as well. The show is solely focused on e-learning and the vendors come from all over the world. On the vendor side, nice set to select from although on the freebie side – always is lame. Vendor Angle. A must for any e-learning vendor. Learning Solutions. Vendor Angle.

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Fears of the Course Authoring Tool Market

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Long has tools such as Studio and Captivate been on the higher side, the same can be said for vendors such as Rapid Intake and dominKnow. Because other vendors are getting into the act as well. With budgets at an all time low – granted some are going back up – the pricing seems to be out of alignment. Captivate 6 – $899 (per license), you want the full e-learning suite? one vendor debuts PowerPoint the entire market adds PowerPoint.

Review of ASTD International Trade Expo

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Lots of vendors, lots of potential. There were vendors that had nice LMSs and cool features. It just wasn’t me thinking this, I heard it from attendees and even other vendors who were trolling the floor. E-Learning has been minimal. I would estimate that there was a 60-40 split, still instructor led driven, but even a significant number of the ILT vendors were offering subsets or capabilities to turn their ILT into online via webinars or online courses.

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Break it down! (No it’s not Hammer Time! Yet)

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I’ve also learned firsthand, how to make it work in any vertical and any industry. Learning Management Systems. Mobile learning platforms. Social learning platforms. If you want to track in a learning management system or learning platform that supports SCORM then you want it. May offer the ability to take a course via an e-mail link or twitter link or in another fashion. Why do some vendors have trials and others do not?

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The grades are in for Education focused LMSs

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Most systems in the education space are still strongly focused on synchronous based learning. Nor is it likely that their departmental budget will have the dollars as well. SaaS – I would prefer a vendor who offers SaaS only and not a SaaS or client hosted or G-D forbid client hosted only option. Example of Primary: Active directory, assessment tool, social learning features and SCORM are all bonuses. Learning activities. E-Reader platform.

What’s hurting the LMS market

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Make no mistake, there are plenty of vendors out there who believe in the concept of focusing on features and forgetting about usability, under the guise that people would rather have lots of cool blinky things rather than usability. While this is a great concept for party decorations, it is not for a learning platform. There are a plethora of vendors out there, with blinders on. . My budget wasn’t huge, and I had to go in front of a committee to request the funds.

LMS News. Directory. Plus E-Learning Notes

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Several vendors have left the space, a few have entered. Vendors are hearing us and are making changes. More multilingual options to their web sites, trials and social learning. 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&#. Fear Factor: Vendor Pricing.

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Product Review: BlueVolt

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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. Of course, you have to have a budget for the gift cards. E-Learning 24/7.

RFPs: Eliminate the Agony, Embrace the Success

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It is a necessity to identify the vendor that is going to provide you with the best system for your solution. It is a time saver, but pulling down a RFP, especially if it comes from a vendor’s site (even if that is not the vendor you are going to submit it to), can define your approach, without you even realizing it. The RFP may be geared actually to the vendor whose site you have pulled it down from. Many vendors are in the three or less years category.

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2010 LMS Products of the Year

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I include Learning Portals, LCMSs, as part of the mix. Extended Enterprise – System must have e-comm, multi-tenet – fully skinnable, additional functionality. Social Learning – must have social learning functionality beyond just the standards FB like page, microblog, RSS feed, upload video, follow me thing, these are systems that either advertise themselves as SLMSs or have a significant strong set of SL features. Social Learning is limited.

Is Your Vendor Qualified to Convert ILT Material to E-learning?

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But not many organizations specialize in developing online training; they look for a vendor who can convert their classroom training to e-learning. But a good e-learning vendor is not an easy find. Are you looking for a reliable vendor who can meet your training requirements and convert your classroom training material to e-learning? I’ve listed the 5 must-have qualities such an e-learning vendor must possess.

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In-House or Outsourcing eLearning development

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These include your company’s budget, its available resources, time availability, your in-house team, and many more. Apart from that, it’s also worth noting that before outsourcing your e-learning development to a vendor, you also need to consider some factors.

The Lesser-known Benefits of Outsourcing E-learning to India

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If you are planning to implement e-learning in your organization and decide to outsource its design and development work, then your first preference must be India. You can find the answer from some of the following lesser-known benefits that Indian e-learning partners offer to overseas organizations. If you are looking for a budget-friendly vendor to develop eLearning courses for your company, Indian vendors are the best bet.

Tips to Efficiently Manage Outsourced E-learning Projects

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If you’ve made the decision to outsource your e-learning projects considering the benefits outsourcing provides and have made your choice of vendor after going through a checklist , you are well on the road to successful e-learning implementation. But before you pat yourself on the back, are you sure you can manage the e-learning projects successfully with your outsourcing partner? Working with a vendor is a learning experience.

ILT to E-learning Conversion – How to Get Started?

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In 1999, IBM managed to save a whopping $200 million in their training budget when they delivered five times the learning at one-third of the previous cost. With a 25% conversion rate to e-learning, Rockwell Collins reduced training expenditure by 40%. There are many more such success stories attributed to effective ILT to e-learning conversion. A need analysis will help you list the tangible benefits of moving to e-learning, as compared to ILT.

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Advantages of Outsourcing E-learning Development

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To develop effective training modules, it is important they are customized to meet the distinct learning needs of the workforce. Creating and maintaining e-learning in-house can be an important investment for employee development and your brand’s future. You will have control over employees’ learning plans and the LMS. Changing learning needs based on employees’ performance. However developing e-learning in-house comes with its requisites.

Emerging technologies & challenges in e-Learning content creation: Global resourcing to rescue

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The dynamics of e-Learning Industry have recently witnessed swift changes due to emergence of new technologies in recent past. Emerging Platforms - Pressure on e-Learning Development. The emergence of new technologies requires the organizations to quickly arrange for skilled workforce that can develop quality e-Learning content on the new platforms to satisfy the Learners’ needs. e-Learning Tools & Technologies

Overcoming 4 Common Concerns of Outsourcing Training

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Even though the market for learning and training outsourcing is doing quite well, organizations still hesitate to outsource their training requirements due to various reasons such as concerns on: The quality of work. Meeting timelines and fixed budgets. Uncertainty about the Vendor’s Expertise and Quality. Objection: You may have concerns about the vendor’s expertise in learning design. You can ask the training vendor for sample courses to assess quality.

14 Best Practices for Successful E-learning Implementation

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E-learning is no exception. Here is our compilation of 14 best practices to ease your e-learning implementation efforts, gleaned from years of experience in the e-learning field. Identify your e-learning needs. As a first step, identify your training needs that can be met with e-learning. Have a formal process to collect and document e-learning needs. Assess e-learning readiness in your organization.

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.

6 Benefits of Outsourcing E-learning

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E-learning has become an integral part of the training initiatives in organizations today. Many organizations are turning to the outsourcing option to meet their e-learning needs. ” E-learning development requires the design and development of training modules for different verticals. Cutting edge being the norm in learning and its delivery methods, e-learning too has become a specialized function.

Turn Training into a Profit Center – Here’s How

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Tell people at your company, business, firm, association that you can make money with e-learning and make training a profit center, many times, you will get a “sure, sounds great”, with snickers behind the go for it. . I’m here to tell you, not only can you establish revenue with B2B/B2C training via e-learning but do it in such a way, that it becomes RR – recurring revenue and customers/clients/members/partners into repeat buyers. . L&D.

Why You Should Outsource E-learning to India

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Developing your e-learning course in-house might seem like a good idea. Outsourcing the development of e-learning courses is the way to go for most organizations. You gain the benefit of the immense skill and experience of the e-learning development company. By utilizing the time-zone difference between your country and the offshore e-learning vendor, you can significantly reduce the development time, resulting in quicker turnarounds.

Checkpoints That’ll Keep Your Outsourcing Fears at Bay

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Let’s say a company wants to outsource its e-learning project to a vendor but the shocking stories of outsourcing experiences gone sour compel them to think twice. The first concern would be the expertise of the vendor in developing e-learning projects. Ask for samples: Address this concern by asking the vendor to develop a sample prototype based on your requirements. This legally binds the vendor to ensure confidentiality is maintained.

5 Reasons Why Outsourcing Corporate E-Learning is a Smart Move

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The key features of corporate e-learning courses are that they should be consistent, easy to follow, and create employee engagement. There is a good chance you have people working for you who have the necessary knowledge that needs to be shared, but might lack the skill or time to develop a complete e-learning course. When you hire an external company for developing your employee e-learning course you pay one price for the final product.

A Review of the Elearnity 9-Grid

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In the first of a series looking at published research findings and statistics in the e-learning space, Peter Phillips takes a look at the Elearnity 9-Grid™ True Grid? Elearnity are a long established and well-known learning analysts and consultants, who provide independent research in the UK and European Learning and Talent market, “drawing upon the insights and experience of our Corporate Research Network”. Here is another 9-Grid™, this time for LMS vendors.

Show Me the Money: Building a Rock-Solid Business Case for E-Learning

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By now hopefully your company’s leadership team has bought off on the concept of e-learning as a cost-saver. We know it reduces time spent off the job, eliminates costly travel costs to attend instructor-led training, and allows us to learn the same amount of content in a shorter amount of time. But what do you do if you’re still not getting the financial and personnel resources you need to make your e-learning projects come to life? Nano-learning or gaming?

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Less Time? Less Money? Think ELearning Authoring Tools

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Budgets are not always generous. In this case, it is e-learning or online training. In other words, e-learning authoring tools provide you a framework to collate all your learning objects – text, graphics, videos, and other multimedia elements into an instructionally sound format that is interactive and engaging to learners. All these form the raw material for developing your e-learning course. Learning Technology rapid authoring tools

3rd Party Contractors – Course Builds and Costs

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3rd party contractors/vendors – Creating a Course 4 U. You can find someone who will achieve the above at a nominal cost or variant cost, without destroying budget. Key Point : Always search around to find the 3rd party vendor that will design, develop to your specific requirements and not to theirs. Some vendors will charge you extra if you are a day late with the turnaround. If you think a vendor can build you a 3D world in 30 days, it is not going to happen.

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3rd Party Contractors – Course Builds and Costs

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3rd party contractors/vendors – Creating a Course 4 U. You can find someone who will achieve the above at a nominal cost or variant cost, without destroying budget. Key Point : Always search around to find the 3rd party vendor that will design, develop to your specific requirements and not to theirs. Some vendors will charge you extra if you are a day late with the turnaround. E-Learning 24/7

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