Working with E-Learning Vendors: Tips for Working with Vendors

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Over the last few blogs, I’ve given some tips on how to find a vendor through a Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Proposal (RFP) , and then how to evaluate the responses you get to select the best vendor to meet your needs. During development, always keep your design document and other guidelines up-to-date with anything the vendor promised they would do. If the vendor supplies the contract, make sure you are protected. Be good to your vendor, though.

Questions to Ask Ur Prospective LMS Vendor

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Do you have a calendar whereas someone can click on the date and the seminars or webinars appear Or is it just a list of events (if you offer that)? . Vendors who have partnerships with WebEx or whomever they use, typically require you to purchase a license, which is separate from the system. Many will offer or have the ability to purchase the license for you, rather than you having to go to the vendor themselves and purchase it.

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How to Buy a LMS

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Some vendors (and it is gaining steam) offer “active users” Active users – People who are taking at least one course during the month. There are a few vendors who will charge only when the end user completes a course (but this is rare). E-Commerce model – It is rare, but there are vendors who offer it. Some RCAT vendors have the Tin Can API as well as some LMS vendors. There is one vendor out there who has it and many people use it.

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A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

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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. Increase in number of vendors. Google Calendar. I love the end of the year.

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. There are more vendors in the LMS space under 10K then in the past – thus meeting the markets’ needs yet the authoring tool space is seeing a spike in prices. What is an equal frightening event is when authoring tool vendors do not even list their pricing on their page.

Product Review: Totara

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Vendors in this space include Docebo, eFront, Litmos and of course Totara. Graphical progress bar – basically less text or funky icons that only the vendor knows what is – example, a recall one vendor using a floppy disk to represent an online course. Calendar – Love it here, but when you hover over the dates, shows a tiny box if an event is available. Clicking the calendar is no good, because you do not go to the full screen calendar in the system.

State of the LMS 2012

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The data shows that what many vendors assume end users want is far from accurate. Too many vendors are focusing on talent/performance management as the next feature/component in their systems. By the mid to late 2000′s, the split returned with LCMS and LMS (and yes, there were vendors who called themselves LCMSs for as long as e-learning – online learning – has existed). rather then going through the LMS vendor.

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LMS Stories – Fantasy or Reality?

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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.

Top 24 LMS Features: The Complete List (2020 Update)


Calendar configurability. Make sure your LMS vendor gets an A+ in this department so your learners can too. An LMS vendor that allows you to white label your eLearning platform allows your university to house the same colors, logos, icons, and watermarks. With e-commerce functionality, you can use built-in stores or integrations with vendors like Shopify or Paypal to make selling (and shopping for) training courses simple. Calendar configurability.

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Latest E-Learning Trends – Some good, some bad

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After one quarter (for most companies) into the fiscal calendar year, it is time to see what the future holds in our space. I mean ever&# , from a senior executive at a mid to large size vendor that has been in the market for several years. Across the board, a large number of vendors (from small to large) saw increases in their quarter numbers. Especially, when vendors released their 2010 final numbers and saw big increases from the previous year.

Answering your LMS Questions

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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.

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Induction programs are an integral part of the training calendar of any organization. Ankit Kumar: Ankit Kumar is the PMP certified Project Manager in G-Cube holding experience in pre-sales, solution and cost estimation, quality analysis, quality control, vendor management, team mentoring and project management across multiple domains.

ET and E-Learning

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Kakao Talk - Share calendar, goes through your contacts to find other KT folks who are also online (Viber, also does this as well). Seems like a no-brainer to me, with the exception I can see with phone calls – but then again, some vendors offer the ability to add Skype to their system. While some are in the potential stage (but still can be utilized), others are screaming “pick me, pick me” Granted a few are really ideal for e-learning vendors.

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LMS 201

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” “I need a calendar.” ” With this question invariably you will receive a lot of responses from vendors touting their own product. Charging you for a custom domain (thankfully the vendors who are offering domains are slowly pulling away from charging). Vendors pay to be included in this directory. This is why you see the LMS list which has more than 600 vendors. Speed is often not an issue from the vendor side of the house.

Latest E-Learning Insight and News

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There is a growing list of vendors, including small/mid size that are adding talent management components that match the Big Dog systems. A couple of vendors have added HRIS modules. It is interesting to note, that many of the vendors are targeting the SMB space, especially the small size (less than 500 employees) market. What is nice is there are still a significant number of vendors who have not added it.

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Top 24 LMS Features: The Complete List (2020 Update)


Calendar configurability. Make sure your LMS vendor gets an A+ in this department so your learners can too. An LMS vendor that allows you to white label your eLearning platform allows your university to house the same colors, logos, icons, and watermarks. With e-commerce functionality, you can use built-in stores or integrations with vendors like Shopify or Paypal to make selling (and shopping for) training courses simple. Calendar configurability.

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Evolving the E-Learning Experience for the 21st Century

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What always stuns me are vendors who state they know what their learners want, but in reality have no clue, because they themselves do not see the technology and its usage among the masses. While there are a couple of vendors out there who have incorporated e-mail that can go to outside to people, rather than just within the learning management product, the overall space isn’t doing it. Web conferencing vendors can establish themselves to expand beyond the meeting standard.


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). Section 508 (still shocking at the lack of vendors that fail to offer this feature). Integrate with web based e-mail calendars – Gmail and Hotmail. more common is partnering with a web conferencing vendor). Guess what some vendors do.

#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

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Add courses and events to Outlook or your calendar tool with automated waitlist management. 2012 e-learning e-learning vendors education human captial management learning learning management system LMS m-learning mobile learning TinCan learning management systemsWell here it is, the final countdown.

Low Cost LMSs – Yes, u can find one for under 10K

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The standards – curriculum paths, reports, calendar, batch uploads, assign users to one group and they see X courses, while another group sees Y courses will appear in these systems, along with the most common features in any system. Any vendor, who includes a set storage fee, should be able to provide you a range of number of courses – with examples and video/audio files – if you plan to use them.

7 Tips To Evaluate Your Resources Before Outsourcing eLearning

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They allow you to delegate tasks and create a group calendar. You can bring this up during your next meeting with the eLearning vendor, who can brainstorm possible solutions. In which case you should consider investing in new ones or finding an eLearning vendor that provides them for you. Are you still wondering if in-house or vendor-led is the right approach? Are you getting ready to outsource your eLearning?

E-Learning Trade Shows + Product Reviews 4 #TK11

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What I like about conferences is the ability to see the latest products and hear the pitches from the vendors. Yet, for all that do it, their are equal number of vendors who do not. Vendors who do not have anyone in their booth, during expo times – I see this at all shows, regardless of the product or market; but at e-learning/training shows you see it a lot OR you see them eating in their booth. Meridan KSI and Meridan Anywhere – LMS vendor.

Product Review: Cornerstone OnDemand

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Learning – view your transcript, events calendar, browse for training, interests and waitlists, distribute training units (admin view only). ILT – view events, manage events and sessions (only visible to admin), vendors & instructors (only visible to admin), facilities & resources (only visible to admin). Calendar to view events you are assigned to or have signed up to attend. In 1982 a film called Tron appeared on the silver screen.

Product Review: BlueVolt

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Event calendar/event features. Many people today prefer 3rd party authoring tools and in fact, I recommend that route rather then using a vendor’s built in authoring tool. People love gift cards – and with over 100 vendors to select from – already put in play through BlueVolt – you simply select which gift cards and whalla – of you go. At one time BlueVolt was just a spark, a system among many other systems in the market.

Did you get the best deal?

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The LMS vendor got away with charging an outrageous amount for their system, with a “deal for them” $48 a seat. Again, a “deal” according to the vendor. Overall, a chunk of the vendors are seeing lower numbers than initially projected, and while there are cases where some vendors are “doing well” by in quarterly or H1 sales (first six months) with numbers showing higher than the year before, the majority as noted are not.

Development Time for Corporate Learning: A Reality Check

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While there is value in seeing this data over time, the authors acknowledge that the research did not gather enough information to answer key questions, such as: Are these estimates for internal developers or vendors? But then you look at her calendar: Friday. There are nine hours of meetings and appointments already on the calendar. Clear as many meetings off their calendar as possible. A frequent part of my job is answering the question, “How long will that take?”

Product Review: Lectora Snap! Empower

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77 components – Beyond the common ones include: Whiteboard, Fiery Text (that one was fun), Form Calendar, Animation (Motion XML), Media RSS Feed (more in one sec.), authoring tools e-learning e-learning vendors Lectora Product Review Snap! Initially this review was going to cover both Snap! and Snap! Empower, but I ran into a major issue with Snap! What was it? does not work with a 64 bit Windows OS that has/and you using PowerPoint 2010 – since Snap!

Events in Crisis? 6 Key Recommendations on What to Do Now & What to Do Next 

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Your calendar. Contact your venue and vendors for options on alternative dates. . Events in Crisis? 6 Key Recommendations on What to Do Now & What to Do Next . Recently, our partner, Naylor Association Solutions, released a white paper, Events in Crisis?

Award for all awards

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Granted it does not include bloggers (I hand them out- more on that in a sec) or believe it or not – other vendors, but it is a nice list nevertheless. Nothing wrong with that, mind you, after all when a company or vendor wins such an award it makes for great advertising and marketing. I’m not sure if they are using some calendar prior to the Gregorian, because that is the only way, I could understand the announcements. Everyone likes to win awards.


The Top Virtual Training Conferences & Events to Attend in 2020


CEdMA CONNECT 2020 is a virtual event this year that offers attendees Learning and Vendor talks showcasing knowledge, experiences, and best practices, as well as connect them in order to accelerate business objectives and careers in education. Mark your calendars for December 2nd to the 3rd.

FindAnLMS – The New Learning System Search Platform from Craig Weiss

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Equally I wanted a solution, where all vendors in the learning system space would be able to connect with their audience (you) in such a way, that it offers a unique experience and more importantly, direct engagement with someone interested in the product (system). You have a “Calendar” view, this is where you can see when your demos are scheduled, based on your time zone. The calendar is viewed by month, date and agenda. . Vendors in FindanLMS have two options.

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COVID19 and Learning Systems Trends

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In the learning system space, despite what you may have heard or read, or in some cases, read pre-pandemic for projections, for many of the vendors, it is equally rough in comparison to many other industries, regardless if they are brick and mortar or online only. Overall, for Q1 (Jan-March in a fiscal calendar year, and Q3 in a calendar year that starts in June), sales were better than expected. Vendors found that if the customer was already in project mode (i.e.

Learning Systems RFP and Tier4 NexGen

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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.” Vendors who gripe, clearly have never experienced a 10 page or more RFI/RFP (and high page RFPs are common). . There are vendors who achieved a perfect score for Tier 3, and there are some now who have many Tier 4, just not all of them. Thus, if there is something you see in the Tier4 level, be aware that vendor may not have it. .

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Tips for Preserving Your eLearning Programs

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A general timeline or calendar of your program year. Education Services and Technology Vendors. This could include: The vendor’s website, phone number, and mailing address. Webinar and Course calendars with dates of events, scheduled speakers, and due dates. Some important items are: The marketing calendar. A volunteer member once enthusiastically told me “I love a good binder!”

Join Arlo at Learning Technologies in Feb 2020

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Across both days there will be industry experts presenting fresh ideas and the world’s leading technology vendors demonstrating their latest innovations. If you’re looking to grow your training business in 2020, Learning Technologies should definitely be on your calendar! What, when and where is Learning Technologies? Learning Technologies , Europe’s leading showcase of organisational learning and technology, will be hosting its annual event on the 12-13th of February 2020.