Skillsoft – An Analyst Perspective

eLearning 24-7

A vendor who made not only poor business decisions with the likes of Percipio, but also with the monumental blunder of acquiring SumTotal. . The buy was a bad relationship in the making, one where the owner – “Skillsoft” and ownee “SumTotal” never seemed to get on track with one another. Layoffs meanwhile started at Skillsoft in November 2019, then again in February 2020. Skillsoft Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Skillsoft content.

Skillsoft enters restructuring agreement with lenders

CLO Magazine

Education and training software company Skillsoft Corp. As the restructuring agreement carries out, Skillsoft will continue to operate normally and without material disruption, according to a Business Wire press release , and will remain focused on providing its customers with corporate learning solutions, support resources and live events. While our core business remains strong, with attractive profitability and cash flow characteristics, our debt levels are too high.

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SkillSoft's inGenius: About adding meaningful context.

ID Reflections

SkillSoft recently (about 3 weeks back) announced the launch of inGenius. This social learning layer will integrate with SkillSoft's Book 24X7, a vast repository of technical and IT-related literature that many organizations use as off-the-shelf content to enable their employees. eLearning Technology , while applauding the effort SkillSoft is making to integrate Social Learning, does criticize the fact that they are tying this to SkillSoft and to books as learning resources.

Free learning & development webinars for September 2020

Limestone Learning

It’s a busy time of year, even during normal times. If you feel like your year is whizzing by but you haven’t had much chance for personal development, how about taking a quick hour to view a free webinar? Independent consultants saw their business dry up.

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12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

investment if businesses are to enrich engagement. Skillsoft (2018), ‘Storytelling in Video–based Leadership Training and Development’ 4. As a busy L&D professional, you want to spend more. for a free trial so that your team can test how easy it is. true business impact.

Covid-19 Aid: Free Tools and Resources for Virtual Learning and Remote Work

Talented Learning

So we’ve compiled a list of free tools and resources in 7 categories: 1) Learning Technology Offers. 3) Learning and Business Services. 6) Business Continuity and Management Resources. So feel free to bookmark this page, so you can return periodically for updates. NOTE: Although we don’t receive compensation from any of the sources mentioned below, feel free to tell them I sent you. Contact Randy Jones , VP of Business Development & Strategy.).

Free L&D webinars for January 2020

Limestone Learning

As ever, January is itself a prompt to rev up your business strategy and your learning. And there’s no better way to grab a quick hour of inspiration than a free webinar. Thursday, January 2, 2020, 11AM – 12PM PT: Accelerate the Development of Emerging Leaders (Free for ATD members) There’s an urgent need for effective leadership in our institutions of higher learning, government and corporations. “ Animals, mammals, cat ” by katya10 is licensed by Pixabay.

How to Prepare for Active Shooters in the Workplace

CLO Magazine

According to Covenant Security Services Vice President James McGinty in a 2016 NPR report , 75 to 80 percent of businesses are looking to do some type of active shooter policy procedure and training. In addition to the popular but graphic Houston training video, a few companies offer free online training videos. Education technology company Skillsoft, for example, offers an online active shooter training course that is free to all.

Free L&D webinars for June 2018

Limestone Learning

June is chock full of free webinars to help you find new solutions. Monday, June 4, 2018, 10AM – 11AM PT: The Well-Connected Employee: Networking Competencies That Foster Engagement, Collaboration, and Business Results (Free for ATD members) In a survey of 2,000 employees from many different organizations, only 20% said, “Yes, I have the network I need to get the job done.” Four ways unconnected employees hurt your business.

Free L&D webinars for January 2018

Limestone Learning

Monday, January 8, 2018, 10AM – 11AM PT: 4 Keys to Enhancing Your Healthcare Culture (Free for ATD members) A healthcare company’s culture has a tremendous effect on the patient experience, and ultimately your survey scores. Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 11AM – 12PM PT: Connecting Compliance to Business Strategy (Free for ATD members) Are your compliance training programs strategic and aligned to business, or simply an obligatory duty with a check-the-box mentality?

Free learning & development webinars for September 2017

Limestone Learning

Why not try one of the free one-hour webinars being offered this month? Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 11AM – 12PM PT: Using Team Coaching to Maximize Performance (Free for ATD members) As executive coaching develops into a mature practice, the transfer and use of coaching skills with entire teams is a necessary area of growth. It is still harder to measure the learning that occurs and determine whether it’s helping the organization achieve business goals.

Free learning & development webinars for August 2020

Limestone Learning

And when it all gets too confusing in the outdoor world, we have the great indoors and a packed menu of free webinars to keep us busy. Owens on Designing for Modern Learning (Free for ATD members) Join Crystal Kadakia, Founding President of Training Design Strategies LLC, and Lisa M.D.

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Extended Enterprise Compliance: Mapping the Ecosystem

Talented Learning

Insurance and Procurement Records – Proof of minimum and mandatory insurance coverage , as well as other hiring-related documents such as W-9 tax forms, business licenses and special certifications for veterans, minorities and other relevant affiliations. But extended enterprise compliance is a highly strategic business issue that requires know how. In this fast-paced one-hour session you’ll learn: Which compliance training challenges pose the biggest business risks.

Using MOOCs: Self-Directed Development and Workforce Training

Your Training Edge

One of the major reasons millions of people spend their free time taking online courses is to enhance their job-specific knowledge and skills to advance their career. I’ve written before about how companies can reward employees who take personal initiatives toward professional development , and in the roughly nine months since I wrote that article, many businesses have started doing exactly that. MOOCs used in this way are essentially free training for organizations.

Upcoming Webinar: The Future of eLearning Content

Kapp Notes

Short Description If you’re responsible for buying or managing your organization's training content, don’t miss this free, 45-minute online discussion. This Thursday I am on a great panel doing a webinar for Meridian Knowledge Solutions. I hope you can join me and this exciting panel. The Webinar is called " Future of eLearning Content " and is scheduled for December 17, 2009, at 2 p.m.

You May Be Training, But Is Your Team Learning?

As the job market tightens and businesses demand new skills at an ever-increasing rate, many companies are realizing the importance of training. According to Skillsoft’s recent research , employees mainly want training to help them get better at their jobs and reach personal goals, which includes promotion. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review, lists three keys to technical training – hands-on experience, accountability, and time to practice skills.

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The NEXT Big Thing in eLearning

eLearning Alchemy

Expensive digital assets like fonts, images, and graphics have been replaced by free and inexpensive resources. Entrepreneurs quickly saw the potential for profit and course libraries like , CBT Nuggets , and Skillsoft sprung up with massive content offerings. Focusing on cost savings as the reason to invest in eLearning positions it (and all learning) as a cost, rather than a strategic business investment. Length: 876 words. Reading Time: ~4 minutes.

E-Learning Today: High-Tech and High Touch

CLO Magazine

E-learning also has changed and adapted in response to the demands of a rapidly changing global business environment with high levels of connectivity, interactivity, speed and agility. People don’t want the go-slow-to-go-fast learning strategy to make a demonstrable impact on people and the business, Anagnostopoulos said. With this in mind, Skillsoft introduced a new learning content platform this year, as well as new content to deepen its corporate learner engagement.

2020 – The Year of the Hub

eLearning 24-7

Then the client selects the content (most is fee-based, although some is free), and then the content is added or placed into the learning system. The end users (learners) can access it for free. 3rd party content providers include Open Sesame, LinkedIn Learning and Skillsoft to name a few. . Business Intelligence tool (a hot trend for 2020 and yes, some learning systems have built-in ones). Mid-market, SMB and Small business too. .

‘Best of Elearning! ’ Awards Honor 100 Top Solutions


These honorees are: Skillsoft; Cisco; SuccessFactors, an SAP Company; Inxpo; IBM; Adobe; and Oracle. 285 Chesterfield Business Parkway Chesterfield, MO 63005. Access a variety of auto-graded question types or free-form response options, like long-text answers and user-recorded video responses, which can then be graded by instructors or peers. With SumTotal Talent solutions, you can unlock hidden potential in your people and watch your business soar.

Courseware LMSs – Good or bad for the industry?

eLearning 24-7

Maybe you purchased it via Open Sesame, or Skillsoft. What if instead of focusing primarly on the LMS, you went courses first from a vendor and in return got the LMS for free. Lastly, there are courseware vendors who focus on courses, and may give you the LMS for free or charge you for it, without your knowledge that it could be free (a big name courseware provider does this). . This isn’t the fault of Open S, rather it is just well, a reality of the business.

Time for Change: MOOCs and Learning Technology

CLO Magazine

These new businesses started developing expert-led courses that cover typical university or college-level topics like introduction to computer science, psychology, history and many more. Companies such as Blackboard, CBT Systems — now Skillsoft — Saba and Docent were born. It’s inevitable that vendors that develop free, fee or accredited programs will look for opportunities there. Massive open online courses are transforming learning technology.

What you need 2 know: 3rd Party Content

eLearning 24-7

You can find free content all over the internet and you can purchase 3rd party content from a content provider. And not only do they provide the “course marketplace or content marketplace”, but they are adding content for free, to when you buy the LMS or other type of learning system. Then – Client contacts their new LMS vendor or current one, says they need courses in Business, Safety, Software. Skillsoft too.

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Learning Audiences Are Not Created Equal: Employees vs. Extended Enterprise

Talented Learning

Now, businesses large and small are expanding their internal training programs to serve the serve the needs of learning audiences outside of organizational walls. But extended enterprise business decision makers can’t afford to wait. ” You can create distinct experiences for each domain by configuring branding, language localizations, content libraries, integrations, personalized learner home pages, notifications, features, and business process workflow.

The New Corporate Learning Ecosystem: Coexistence at Work

Talented Learning

Imagine that your organization is informed in real-time about individual and program progress, as well as relevant business impact. Their position in the business gives them some leeway to “go rogue” if needed, to support their learning programs. If you don’t empower your sales teams to sell, your business is nothing but an idea. But salespeople are notoriously busy and they don’t have time to sit in classrooms for hours.

2016 LMS Market Trends, Observations and Predictions

Talented Learning

We ask them all about business drivers, trends, market opportunities, use cases, demand, competition and measurable successes. 8 – Free Trial, Cloud LMSs Disrupting the Market . Today, based on our recent survey of 75 LMS vendors, 37% of LMS vendors offer an instant free trial of their LMS directly from their website without speaking to a sales professional.

10 Mobile Learning Trends to Adopt in 2020 – To Drive Employee Performance and Behavioral Change

EI Design

According to a survey by the Brandon Hall Group, Mobile Learning now features among the top three business development priorities for companies and ranks only behind the need for seamless business alignment and improved data mining. However, before I list the trends, I want to highlight the changing learner and business expectations and how you can use various trends to meet them. I use this lens (changing learner and business expectations) to make my recommendations.

Top 50 LMS Report for 2016 – What you need to know (criteria, approach, and yeah some vendors)

eLearning 24-7

I identify the Big Dogs as SumTotal by Skillsoft (yes, that is the actual name), Cornerstone OnDemand, Saba, SucessFactors and Oracle Taleo (although, I ask myself who is using this and if you still are why?). These are vendors who have been around a long time, build share of the market and generally speaking had early name recognition which has helped them in build business. SumTotal by Skillsoft – the 2016 re-haul is a huge plus. SumTotal by Skillsoft.

A Conversation with Bryan Austin of mLevel


Bryan has had a distinguished career in corporate Learning & Development, including leadership roles with Skillsoft, Kaplan, AchieveGlobal and NETg. Austin: Corporate learning functions are often stretched too thin by the business’ increasing demand for learning programs coupled with the increasing pace of change. Either way, the service level of the Learning and Development (L&D) function suffers, as does its perception by the business and employees.

Storytelling and Video Solutions at ATD TechKnowledge 2018


Frost has a team of three people to manage the program – a manager who works with the divisions to uncover the business needs, a videographer who creates and edits the videos, and an administrator to manage the system. The platform has been integrated with many brand name LMSs, and the company offers a free trial and publishes pricing on its website. Next door Skillsoft was showing off its learning experience platform, Percipio , which we also covered in our LXP reports.

CLO Symposium

Jay Cross

The buzz on Friday was Skillsoft’s acquisition of Element K. Some of us speculated that perhaps the acquisition came about to shut up Element K, whose attack ads were irritating Skillsoft mightily: At a lunch sponsored by Knowledge Advisors, David Vance gave an overview of Talent Development Reporting Principles. This is a framework for reporting the business results of learning in a rigorous, structured manner.

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Top Picks for 2016 – E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

No, but then again, this is an issue with many course providers including and Skillsoft. . As noted earlier, I see this with a lot course providers (and aggregators) including, Skillsoft and even the MOOC freebies via Coursera (for example). Course categories include business skills, compliance, certifications, industry-specific. They offer a free version and a paid version. The free is slick, the paid is rock n roll awesome.

Gender in the Workplace Study

eLearning 24-7

It will be 100% free and available for download on It is great to see vendors in the learning system space who wanted to participate in what we believe to be important and relevant in today’s business environment. .

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NexGen Learning System Grid 2018-19

eLearning 24-7

And yes, it is 100% free to search, compare and use. . But, in business, well, at least for this grid, not everyone is a winner. A major accomplishment, and while I have zero proof here, to me, Skillsoft is a key factor in this IMO. Bonus – A list of all the vendors in FindAnLMS , always 100% free to use. Welcome. Welcome. . To the 2018-19 Learning System Grid,identifying the Leaders, Risers, Steady and Slow vendors for NexGen functionality. .

A Conversation with Bryan Austin of mLevel

Kapp Notes

Bryan has had a distinguished career in corporate Learning & Development, including leadership roles with Skillsoft, Kaplan, AchieveGlobal and NETg. Austin: Corporate learning functions are often stretched too thin by the business’ increasing demand for learning programs coupled with the increasing pace of change. Either way, the service level of the Learning and Development (L&D) function suffers, as does its perception by the business and employees.