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Reaction to IMS Learning Impact 2012 Conference


We may have all been drinking the same cool-aid, but at the IMS Global Learning Consortium Learning Impact Conference in Toronto, there was a meeting of the minds. The IMS is at the cutting edge of web 2.0 With the ability to easily create learning applications that seamlessly mash-up the best content, and with the tools available, it is no wonder that some innovative vendors have already seized on this new opportunity.

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Why an LMS Needs Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) Functionality


This may sound like small potatoes, but to a busy employee it is significant and will make the difference between an LMS being utilized regularly or not. Our article Learning Tools Interoperability: The LMS Feature That Can Save You Money explains, “Learning Tools Interoperability can save you, a business owner, big bucks. There is no company leader that would not like his or her employees, volunteers, and members to have better online learning experiences.

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2017 eLearning Predictions: Updated Hype Curve

Web Courseworks

IMS Caliper: Caliper is the latest standard from IMS. To understand the difference between the two standards, it’s important to note that IMS and Caliper are driven by higher ed and thus of particular interest to the Educause crowd. IMS’s best known standard, LTI, allows textbook companies to package online course content and ship it with their textbooks, regardless of the implementing university’s LMS.

The ongoing work of learning standards


And then the IMS (an initiative of Educause before being spun out as an independent effort) started creating standards, as did the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the major body in the US responsible for computing standards. The problem with committee work is well known; in this case vendors who participated wanted the standard to make it easy for their content to be made compliant. Vendors got on board, and SCORM became a more-or-less viable mechanism.

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, some systems are now offering custom domains so that your learners see whatever name you and remove the vendor name. SCORM/AICC/PENS/IMS.

The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market

eLearning 24-7

I am still surprised on how vendors who are offering assessment only tools are staying in the game. Some vendors push heavily on PPT, implying that a great WBT is really a PPT converted to Flash. The latter is slowly gaining speed, which is an advantage to LMS vendors who have a CAT in their own product – which is SCORM,PENS/IMS compliant. One vendor focuses only on Blackberry (not just Playbook but their smartphone like product). Vendor adoption is slow.

Product Review: Saba Social

eLearning 24-7

IM icons under profile – who is still using these things anyway? Profile – Where you add information about yourself, including email address, current employment, title, short bio, current business address, employment history, education – with breakouts for institution, type (whether it was a college, university.), the Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, External blog, IM connections – Yahoo, AIM, etc.,

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Other Open Source LMS Solutions

eLearning 24-7

Here is a list of other Open Source LMS vendors, besides Moodle. Open Elms - Support for articulate, captivate, targets business. Olat - IMS Learning Impact ‘Leadership Award’ 2009 for best open source learning platform. This is not an all encompassing list, rather I have listed a wide swath, that you may wish to consider, including ones that are intriguing. Nor are they in any specific order. This is part one.

What is a Learning Management System? (2019 Update)


A Learning Platform empowers L&D departments to drive business growth through their efforts, and a key pillar of this solution is the Learning Management System (LMS). There are many benefits and advantages to both businesses and their learners when implementing an LMS. Reporting: One of the most important features an LMS should include is the ability to track and measure the impact that your learning programs are having on your business.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Value of Instructional Designers

Learning Visions

But Im not sure I can get people to hold their answers back. Sorry Tony, but Im going to jump into the conversation now. Dont worry though; Im sure Ill still have more to say if you do this for the Big Question for February. Im on a smaller team though, so we are basically the "one-stop shop." If Im giving someone job advice on how to get into the field of instructional design, Im still going to tell them that additional technology skills will help.

Excellence in Content

CLO Magazine

Excellence in Content recognizes vendors that have created superior customized and/or off-the-shelf learning content. To do this, it needs to be diligent when dealing with Export/Import, or EX/IM, regulations, especially with the U.S. Noncompliance can negatively impact the success of the business by driving up costs, slowing its responsiveness and, in the worst case, preventing international business.

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A Complete List of Free Stock Image Sites for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Here are some searches that may help for elearning: desk , business , and workspace. Here’s a list of free stock image sites that require some sort of registration or are supported by commercial vendors. Tied to commercial vendors. Pixabay : they pull in a lot of the other free sites but are sponsored by a commercial vendor. IM Creator : many free for commercial use; some require attribution.

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Day 5: xAPI and more – what next for SCORM?


While many eLearning vendors still support AICC, the standard is usually a legacy of older platforms and businesses. From the perspective of an LMS vendor, the original white paper was received as the definitive word from the xAPI crew and quickly became set in stone. The IMS Global Learning Consortium have focused on these standards in particular. That’s one exciting aspect of CC for LMS vendors.


UPDATED: Other Open Source LMS Solutions

eLearning 24-7

A list of other Open Source LMS vendors, besides Moodle. Open Elms - Support for articulate, captivate, targets business. Olat - IMS Learning Impact ‘Leadership Award’ 2009 for best open source learning platform. They are not in any specific order. These are the newest listings (6-2-10). Ectolearning – Open learning environment, with collaboration tools plus LMS – for Education/academia. offers test capabilities based on rubrics.

The 19 Best Learning Management System (for 2021)


An LMS can be used by an individual, a team or a business to create unique digital learning experiences. It can help to create course material and learning programs in any subject that can be taught or is related to your business. Offers third-party integrations with key business tools.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Market Differences in eLearning

Learning Visions

Monday, March 23, 2009 Market Differences in eLearning Im a fan of the number 42. Microsoft in India, just hires content development managers, whose core skill sets is ID, but their role turns out to be that of a vendor manager and content reviewer, as Microsoft (in India) outsources elearning work to 3rd parties. You have to stick to the approved models and if you have ideas other than those you have to go through a long chain of approvals spanning different business units.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: My Job Description

Learning Visions

So, what do I do if Im not doing that? Im not such an anal person, so this isnt my favorite thing in the world. What strategies are helping other vendors succeed? And Im really excited about the project Im working on. Im sure its not an insult, but I just dont think Id be so comfortable having that on my business card :) 9:03 AM ahsigmon said. Im on the fence if I want to get into Instructional Design or be an Eduction Advisor.

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LMS Selection Checklist: How To Choose The Best One?


Moreover, there are so many things that need to be kept in mind, like – Does it include the features your business is looking for? According to Brandon Hall Group’s report on LMS Trends in 2015 , businesses that use LMS’s (mainly the ones that are into installed software) have displayed their inclination towards adding more features to its elearning tool. Are you aware of the needs of your business? Every business is unique and so are the requirements.

9 Top eLearning Trends of 2017 from 49 Experts


Those future trends include Spontaneous Learning Systems (SLS), Intelligent Mentoring Systems (IMS), and highly personalized learning services. Google first has become the mainstay of research for business pros and we’ll see a rise in solutions that support auditing, rating and sharing relevant professional resources within organizations that aligns with social and user generated content offerings. What does the future of eLearning hold? Where do you even start?

Five Myths of Social Learning


Leading social media vendors like Jive Software are integrating with the top ECM platforms to provide unified search, workflow, and storage of enterprise and social content, proving a cohesive environment where formal content is supported by an ecosystem of users that contribute expertise and relevant information. While many learning vendors have thrown their hat into the Web 2.0 This is why we are seeing LMS vendors merge social media tools into their platforms.

Q&A - eLearning Standards Especially SCORM

Tony Karrer

There are a bunch of other standards by ADL (who is responsible for SCORM ), IMS , IEEE LTSC including CORDRAâ„¢ , LOM , Meta-data , etc. Note: ARIADNE, AICC, IEEE LTSC, and IMS all participate in ADL's work on SCORM). So, when I've been consulting with vendors who are working on any kind of authoring system, that was a particularly interesting standard. Do you plan to develop content in house and also purchase content from one or more third-party content vendors?

The Learning Polemic [Guest Post]

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

To date, the publishers have had a difficult time disaggregating their content and have continued the “swallow it whole” business model of exclusive lock-in deals. The IMS Global Consortium is defining the next generation of standards that make this market transformation possible. Open Content - Content exists in the cloud where vendors stand should-to-shoulder and compete on a level playing field.

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''m only going to say this about 1,000 more times.

Mark Oehlert

Im tired people, so Im only going to say this about 1,000 more times. Sell hardware or software but dont tell me you sell learning - because I swear, the next person/vendor/guru tells me something about learning that implies a lack of understanding regarding the conditions above.Im Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Im tired people, so Im only going to say this about 1,000 more times. e-Clippings (Learning As Art).

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

Learning Visions

Im a linear reader in recovery and have been actively learning how to skim books and not feel guilty about it. Although Im not in active instructional design mode for any projects right now, I did jot a bunch of ideas. those born between 1991-2000), Im a bit of an ape (no offense to apes, mind you). Im a Gen Xer and a Gamer 1.0er. I feel like Im floating in this liquid generational gap between the boomers and the gamers.

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2011 LMS Award Winners plus a quick note on m-learning

eLearning 24-7

What has been applying is the term mobile learning and how it it pitched to consumers in the e-learning sector, especially with LMS/LCMS/Learning platform vendors. Under this mobile learning misrepresentation, I can tell you that nearly every system out there – can make this argument – because if you can open up Safari and go to the vendor’s web site and then into your SaaS based LMS – then guess what? AICC/SCORM/IMS.

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

Learning Visions

Im going to quote heavily from the article here, inserting my own thoughts along the way. Why should companies go with e-Learning vendors when rapid e-Learning tools are available? Have the e-Learning vendor create the first few custom programs. Vendors create solid relationships with their customers this way -- creating an environment of collaboration and respect for mutual expertise. Granted, Im not commenting on the design nor the quality of the material.

What is informal learning, anyway?

The Learning Circuits

There is often some graph of how large something is (dot-com companies loved showing how fast Internet access was growing as a justification for their own business model), no matter how indirectly related. The "largeness" of that number (like the dot-coms referring to the largeness of the Internet) does not a case make, as plenty of knowledge management vendors can attest. And much more specifically, unless you work at Google or an IM vendor, what is your "value add" to it

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: DIY vs. Formal Learning

Learning Visions

I check em out on line in the name of professional development -- see what all the other vendors are doing. Im getting a Masters Degree in Instructional Design. But Ill have the knowledge and the confidence that I know what the hell Im talking about for once. On the other hand I guess you could be speaking metaphorically - Im learning more, and faster, interacting with the blogs than I got in my actual degree!

Augmented Reality and M-Learning

eLearning 24-7

While there are vendors who tout mobile LMSs and courses that can be seen on smartphones, I’m not too keen on taking an actual course on my smartphone. Mobile LMS or LMSs and courses that work on tablets is another story, but most vendors today focus squarely on the smartphone arena. Yes, you can take a quiz on your smartphone and then depending on the vendor have to tie back into your LMS, but really – you want a tad more interactivity and excitement.

Augmented Reality and M-Learning

eLearning 24-7

While there are vendors who tout mobile LMSs and courses that can be seen on smartphones, I’m not too keen on taking an actual course on my smartphone. Mobile LMS or LMSs and courses that work on tablets is another story, but most vendors today focus squarely on the smartphone arena. Yes, you can take a quiz on your smartphone and then depending on the vendor have to tie back into your LMS, but really – you want a tad more interactivity and excitement.

The Ultimate Glossary of eLearning Terms


Here at LearnUpon, we’re all about helping businesses better understand eLearning so they can get better results from their training. Integrating with a vendor’s API can speed up the eLearning processes by automating time-consuming manual tasks like updating, deleting, or exporting lists of users. By furthering their success, you are, in turn, facilitating the success of your business.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): OpenSocial, UWA and Facebook: What do the tabs tell us?

Mark Oehlert

Im still working on that but maybe next week while I am at I/ITSEC, Ill wander the expo floor and ask some of the e-learning vendors what their plans are to help their clients move toward an Enterprise 2.0 We are plainly witnessing a restructuring of the music and newspaper businesses, but their suffering isn’t unique, it’s prophetic."--Clay

LIVE BLOG - Craig Weiss 'eLearning 2020' Seminar

Unicorn Training

Colloboration/social media & MOOCs and the future of learning Social media in business - 3 types of software people use Bloomfire, YaMma, Needs buy in from top - if CEO does it people follow. Difficult to fit into programmes - off the cuff in business environment how do you say people have learned what. A: Sees enterprise space, there are eLearning vendors coming in and will be a bigger market as it's money. Couple of LMS vendors coming out with MOOCs as part of platform.

Let's Junk the Jargon

Breakthrough eLearning

If you want proof, just go to the website of an eLearning software vendor, or attend an eLearning conference, or read an eLearning magazine or journal. Our plug-and-play open architecture approach facilitates interoperabilty and is based on industry standards for Web deployments (XML, SOAP or AQ) and supports major learning standards (AICC, SCORM, IMS, and IEEE)." If they can't, don't do business with them.


Summary of Original Snake Oil Post

The Learning Circuits

Contextual Collaboration (IM, chat, webconferencing, expertise mining or presence awareness) 40-50% of knowledge needed is on the heads of other workers. Wireless - handhelds had initial success in streamlining business processes causing efficiency gains and eliminating error rates. Workflow Learning - business process management systems were selling like hotcakes while courseware products were suffering from lower demand and cheaper outsourcing offering.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Wow.Has it been almost a month?! Lets Talk 2008.

Mark Oehlert

" Turns out Im feeling a little grumpy as I start back into blogging, so Ill say that as far as "learning" goes.I Organizations will continue to fail to appreciate the strategic and differentiating nature that rich training and learning opportunities provide, that part of that failure will continue to rest with training departments inability to articulate their alignment with the larger business goals.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Heading Home from I/ITSEC 2007

Mark Oehlert

But thats OK because Im sure you all (all conferences that do this) share some of these revenues with the authors right? IITSEC really is a unique experience since all the audience is not just developers and vendors, all the decision-makers in this realm also attend the conference. We are plainly witnessing a restructuring of the music and newspaper businesses, but their suffering isn’t unique, it’s prophetic."--Clay

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Oh.this does not bode well for Microsoft.

Mark Oehlert

Instead of a man with no country, Im a man with three computers and three operating systems. Im serious. And I run a two-button mouse on my MacBook Pro when I'm at home, you can get them from a number of vendors. We are plainly witnessing a restructuring of the music and newspaper businesses, but their suffering isn’t unique, it’s prophetic."--Clay

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The A to Z of eLearning Acronyms Part 2


Learning Tools Interoperability is a standard created by the IMS Global Learning Consortium. Expanded to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard this acronym describes whether or not a vendor is adhering to the appropriate industry standards of payment information collection and processing. A Request For Proposal is a document which asks a vendor to create a proposal so that it can enter into a bidding process for organizations looking to procure a software.

TOPYX LMS is a Member of the IMS Global Learning Consortium


Did you know that being a member of the IMS Global Learning Consortium distinguishes a learning management system (LMS)? If an LMS is affiliated with the IMS Global Learning Consortium, it is a quality eLearning system that was designed with the highest standards of performance in mind. This explains why consumers should seek a social LMS that is affiliated with IMS Global. What is the IMS Global Learning Consortium? What are the Benefits of Membership with IMS Global?

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