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.

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.

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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. The number of vendors who went mobile with tablets at the start of the year was extremely small compared to where it stands at the end of 2012.

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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.

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. one vendor debuts PowerPoint the entire market adds PowerPoint.

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.

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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).

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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.

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#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 systems

Features that are must haves in any LMS

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Calendar on the home page – and not just under your “event management area” Ability to hover over calendar and see events person has signed up for or can sign up for. Mouse hovers over calendar and it expands, OR end user has option to zoom OR end user clicks on calendar and it goes to another page where calendar is larger; basically a small calender alone doesn’t cut it.

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.

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.

Implementation of Effective Blended Learning Program for Employee Onboarding


Induction programs are an integral part of the training calendar of any organization. However, it is a challenge to develop an effective induction program that covers distant geographies and conflicting learners’ schedules, and at the same time retaining the learners’ attention.

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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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). 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.

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.

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. At one time BlueVolt was just a spark, a system among many other systems in the market.

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!

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.

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). not real vendors.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Recent LMS Trends That Affirm The Continuing Increase Of LMS Popularity For Corporate Training


Another benefit is that the hassle of hosting and maintaining software can be avoided as the LMS vendor takes care of updating as well as maintaining it. For instructor-led training, built-in calendar feature ensures both trainers and trainees know when courses will take place.

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eFrontPro 4.2.0 – your favorite LMS with extra awesome


It’s summer fever for IT vendors and customers. other vendors would have happily called 5 and 6 feature-wise). ILT sessions are also integrated with eFrontPro’s own calendar, so that a user’s upcoming sessions automatically appear there too.

6 Key Questions to Consider When Building a Custom Learning Solution

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How do you find a trustworthy vendor who understands your vision and can successfully partner with you to bring it to reality? How do I pick the right vendor? Your budget is a guideline, and a good vendor will offer solutions that optimize the money you have to spend.

Mobile Learning and Certification in your LMS

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With growing reliance on smartphones for almost everything in our life, from our alarms, fitness tracker, email and calendars, it’s no surprise that smartphones would be incorporated into our learning.

eFrontPro 4.2.0 – your favorite LMS with extra awesome


It’s summer fever for IT vendors and customers. other vendors would have happily called 5 and 6 feature-wise). ILT sessions are also integrated with eFrontPro’s own calendar, so that a user’s upcoming sessions automatically appear there too.

An Inside Look on Life as an Inkblot: Inkling’s 2016 Summer Picnic


We’re so used to creating meetings on the calendar with agendas and goals, but sometimes we need a little help to take off our work hats to start different kinds of conversations and create new types of relationships. We feared we would need to move the whole picnic along with all of our guests and vendor deliveries to a new location. We also didn’t expect no one wanting to leave the park even as our vendors were packing up at the end of the day.

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Top 50 Learning Systems for 2019 (50 to 30)

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Every vendor, with the exception of Blackboard (who is coming soon) can be found on , my learning system search engine platform, an independent and trusted source to search, compare and engage with vendors in the learning system space. You get your very own calendar and dashboard. Rankings are based on 1,000 vendors across the globe. Feel free to use my support card that I send out to vendors and/or ask them directly. .

4 LMS Features That Were Hot and Now Are Not

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As CEO of Brandon Hall Research, I oversaw our research calendar, organized conferences, and delivered countless presentations. I also had the chance to sit in on three or four demonstrations by LMS vendors per week. Make sure your team is buying an LMS for the year you’re in.

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Highlights from the Learning Technologies conference

Making Change

Are vendors clueless? The vendors at the conference appeared to focus on content delivery, while several speakers emphasized providing realistic experiences that build decision-making skills or sharing knowledge with social tools. This apparent disconnect between the “upstairs&# speakers and “downstairs&# vendors inspired some discussion at the conference. Steve Wheeler summarizes his view of the speaker-vendor divide and several others respond in the comments.