The Dearth of Science in Learning Technology

Clark Quinn

Over the years, I’ve looked at a lot of learning technology. There seems to be little learning science of late. First, I generally resist the ‘let me show you our product and give us your opinion’ That’s free consulting, and a very rude ask! I end up seeing a lot of technology by checking it out when someone talks about it, or wandering expo halls. And the free-to-air course on learning science was broken! strategy technology

Learning Technologies UK 2015 Review

eLearning 24-7

As with any e-learning conference and event, the show wasn’t 100% awesome, that is to say, it had some areas for improvement, but overall I give it was quite strong. Lots of vendor booths. One vendor told me it was 296, another said, 260. I did see one vendor who bought a booth and never showed up (G-Cube). Purple – learning technologies. Orange – Learning Skills. . Vendors. Vendors of Intrigue. Vendor B: No.

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LMS Support: Top questions you’re not asking your LMS vendors — but should

Blue Sky eLearn

There are many important factors to consider when narrowing down the list of hundreds of vendors to your top three or four possible solutions. Certainly, you need the features and functionality your learners expect, and you need the administrative features and functionality that align with your existing technology and learning program. It’s so easy to ‘talk the talk’ – make your eLearning vendor ‘walk the walk’ with you.

LMS RFP Tips: How to Find Your Best Learning Technology Fit

Talented Learning

A Request for Proposal (RFP) is one of the most widely used yet controversial tools for learning management systems buyers. RFPs help buyers get organized, formalize requirements, evaluate vendors logically, create a historical record and show vendors you are serious. I’ve been involved in both buying and selling learning technology for more than two decades, and I know RFPs are incredibly valuable. Want a handy guide to learning tech terms?

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Learning Technology Blogs: An Analyst’s Reading List

Talented Learning

When you need solid advice about learning strategy and technology, which blogs come to mind? Are any LMS vendors on that list? If you’ve been ignoring LMS vendor blogs, it’s time to take a closer look. I’m not an LMS vendor. But as an independent analyst, I spend my days investigating which companies excel at driving learning technology forward. Instead, they want to add value by helping you stay ahead of the technology curve.

LMS Vendor Eyes Only: 10 Tips to Boost Sales

Talented Learning

With almost 700 LMS vendors in the world, competition for every sales opportunity is fierce. I know because I spent 13 years selling learning management solutions. years, I have leveraged that software sales experience as an independent LMS selection consultant. Along the way, I have seen more than 100 salespeople from multiple vendors compete to win legitimate business opportunities. LMS Vendor Sales Tips. Download free sample content and learn more now !

2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

Talented Learning

Learning management systems didn’t die. Innovation was stagnant and most vendor effort was invested in stealing customers from one another. The cloud enables new LMS vendors to create and support one product that all customers use providing economies of scale in research, customer support and required investment capital. The cloud LMSs provide learning management to the masses. The LMS industry in 2015 now has hundreds and hundreds of viable vendor solutions.

Free Webinar: Select Your Ideal Learning Management System

Adobe Captivate

In May, I partnered with a continuing education organization to offer a class on how to select a learning technology platform. The description is below: Has your organization asked you to select a new learning technology platform or learning management system? Many learning professionals are asked to evaluate and purchase learning technology, and few of us have the background necessary to handle those tasks.

Successfully Implement Your Learning Management System (Includes Webinar Recording & Slides)

Adobe Captivate

On November 29, I presented a 60 minute session on how to efficiently implement an LMS, based on my experience during 30+ implementations I’ve led or consulted on for clients and former employers. I also provide links to some of the videos on YouTube channel Learn Tech Collective. You may be interested in the Learning Technologist Certification at Training 2019. And here are the slides: Successfully Implement Your Learning Management System (LMS) from Katrina Baker.

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What is a Learning Management System? (2019 Update)

Docebo

Today’s enterprise learning strategies require smart solutions that go beyond the capabilities of traditional tools. 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). To understand how a Learning Platform will help improve enterprise learning objectives, you must first grasp what an LMS is, why it’s an essential tool, and how to get the most out of it.

The Disconnect As I See It – #LT10UK

Upside Learning

Learning Technologies 2010 was a great learning experience. Earlier I posted my recap of the event ( day 1 , day 2 ) mentioning the strong and definite trend towards social, informal, and collaborative learning. While the event is over, the discussions and learning continues in the blogosphere. Most vendors at the exhibition floor were selling ‘outdated products which won’t work’. Just that the vendors are doing it explicitly through a stall.

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Task List for Your Learning Management System (LMS) Implementation

Adobe Captivate

Quite a few of us hear the words “learning management system implementation” and run for the hills. Work closely with your LMS vendor. You can also group tasks by dividing your implementation into five phases, like this: 1: Before vendor is selected | 2: After vendor is selected | 3: During contract negotiations | 4: Before go-live | 5: After go-live. I’ve led or consulted on 30+ implementations, and I change the task list every time.

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Bringing the Future Forward

CLO Magazine

Virtual reality for learning is no longer an abstract concept — it’s here. According to one expert, virtual reality is the first real disruptive technology in learning, breaking away from the flat-screen mode of learning and hacking the senses to enter a three-dimensional world filled with sights and sound. “It Virtual reality has the potential to fundamentally change how learning happens. You can’t ignore technology.

7 Tips to Avoid the Hidden Costs of LMS Implementation

Docebo

This article can help you cut costs of Learning Management Systems and steer clear of surprises. In addition, ask for the input to determine what they need from the Learning Management System. Schedule A Meeting With Your LMS Vendor. Your LMS vendor should be ready and willing to answer questions and address concerns. However, some LMS vendors charge extra for personalized support services. Learning Technology Trends eLearning software ELEL lms LMS Selection

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You Just Selected a Shiny New LMS. Great! Now What?

Talented Learning

As learning systems consultants , we’ve seen our share of organizations abandon LMS platforms that once seemed like ideal solutions. You’ve likely endured heated internal discussions, unwelcomed vendor surprises during demos and unforeseen contractual confusion. Now is the time to clear your mind of negative thoughts about the selection process, your colleagues, the vendor or anything else that might stand between you and a positive mindset.

2020 LMS Trends: An Analyst’s Extended Enterprise Learning Predictions

Talented Learning

And today’s learning systems market definitely gives us plenty to consider. Based on my work as an independent advisor to learning tech buyers and sellers , I’ve outlined 16 key extended enterprise learning trends and related predictions. Ever since cloud technology burst onto the scene a decade ago, hundreds of new learning solutions have entered the market. Absorb Software Acquires Cloud-Based Learning Tech Company, ePath Learning.

How Can Associations Improve Member Education? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

1) What can associations learn about member education from other sources of professional development? Talk with consultants who’ve helped other organizations retool their learning programs. But associations are uniquely compelling because community-driven social learning is part of the association experience. However, they can digest learning content in short bursts. 9) Let’s talk about technology. Vetting every vendor is impractical.

What Factors Are Shaping the LMS Market? 2018 Learning Systems FAQ

Talented Learning

As an independent learning systems consultant , I’m often asked to share my opinion about what’s happening in the LMS market. Last month, I published a mid-year learning technology trends update. In other words, I’m most interested in learning solutions designed for business customers and channel partners, association members, continuing education participants and the public-at-large. Interest in learning systems remains strong.

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Meridian Knowledge Solutions Named a Leader in 2019 Aragon Research Globe™ for Corporate Learning

Meridian

Reston, VA –August 1, 2019 – Meridian Knowledge Solutions today announced that Aragon Research has positioned the Meridian LMS as a Leader in the Aragon Research Globe for Corporate Learning, 2019. Aragon Research defines ‘Leaders’ as vendors that have comprehensive strategies that align with industry direction and market demand and effectively perform against those strategies.

18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

Welcome to our 4th annual LMS and learning systems “Trends” post! As fiercely independent learning technology analysts, we think a trend isn’t just a fleeting idea that comes and goes like fashion, or a social media hashtag. A trend should matter to any buyer, seller or user of learning technology who wants to make ongoing, intelligent and informed choices. It directly affects learning technology buyers and sellers.

Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

Talented Learning

So as you prepare for what’s ahead, join me as I reflect on topics that mattered most to the extended enterprise learning community in 2018. If I could choose a keyword to describe this year’s learning systems landscape, it would be “dynamic.” Regular readers know that this blog isn’t the only way we share advice with learning technology buyers and sellers. How does it improve learning analytics?

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5 keys for Section 508 Compliance and Web Accessibility

Web Courseworks

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act , as amended in 1998 (PL 105-220), sets the minimum level of accessibility for electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by Federal agencies. The Information Technology Support Center (ITSC) is an organization within NASWA, established as a national resource by the U.S. 5) Consult Government Agency 508 Checklists.

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21 Brilliant Resources for Up-skilling Learning Designers (for the Informal & Social Learning Age)

Learnnovators

THE QUOTE: “ Instructional designers need to run, not walk, away from classroom-thinking and get to the point of providing short, quick business focused learning points that are easily accessible when and where our learners need them. This means leveraging new technologies to deliver non-traditional instruction.”- This is mainly because designing informal and social learning experiences for workplaces demands a diverse and unique set of qualities.

Podcast Episode 1: How Learning Systems Advisory Services Add Value – With John Llamas

Talented Learning

WELCOME TO THE MAIDEN VOYAGE OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW! Do you want to learn from experts about how to achieve more with learning solutions that serve employees, customers, channel partners and others in your organization’s value chain? On a regular basis, I’ll be interviewing some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the field of extended enterprise learningvendor executives, consultants, customers and more.

LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

Talented Learning

” That’s a lot of moving pieces, but it’s also a fair indicator of today’s complex and fluid learning technology landscape. Here’s my latest snapshot from the front lines of the learning technology space: LMS Trends Update. This new “specialist” technology landscape benefits LMS customers and vendors, alike. Actually, this move toward specialization isn’t new – nor is it about learning technology, alone.

LMS Technology Trends: Why Focus Is The Next Big Thing

Talented Learning

I have now formally reviewed 125 of the potential 700 learning management solutions available in the world. As I get deeper and deeper into the industry, I’m more convinced than ever that “focus” is the key LMS technology trend of today’s winning vendors. Unfortunately, it is too easy for LMS vendors and buyers to get lost in the “me too” feature race and fail to see the forest for the trees. I’ve heard there are 700 LMS vendors. 75 LMS Vendor Profiles.

AI-as-a-Service: The Next Big Thing in Business Tech?

Talented Learning

EDITOR’S NOTE: Because extended enterprise learning involves multiple disciplines, we sometimes ask other experts to share their insights. Daniel is an author, speaker, blogger and educator who works with leading technology brands to help businesses around the world embrace the benefits of digital transformation. A discouraging learning curve. Businesses rely on vendors to build apps based on a compatible infrastructure. WANT TO LEARN MORE?

LMS Awards Just Got Better: A New Way to Celebrate Learning Systems Excellence

Talented Learning

As 2018 draws to a close, the technology awards season is in full swing. So I’m not surprised when Talented Learning fans ask me when we’ll announce our annual LMS Awards. Why is this a good time to rethink the way we recognize learning systems excellence? We want to reflect those changes and provide more value to both learning systems buyers and sellers. Exactly 5 years ago, we opened the doors at Talented Learning.

LMS Selection Roulette: Who Can You Trust?

Talented Learning

I bump into LinkedIn posts from learning professionals who are overwhelmed by LMS challenges. Often, these posts have 287 or more responses from LMS vendors, each claiming they offer the best solution, given the overwhelming evidence provided in the original 2-sentence help request. Many LMS owners are frustrated with the limitations of their current learning infrastructure. They’ve hit a wall with features that don’t accomplish what a vendor promised.

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LMS Market Trends: Issues and Opportunities

Talented Learning

If you’ve ever crossed professional paths with me, you know I’m willing to talk learning tech shop with anyone — vendors, buyers and practitioners– anytime, anywhere in the world. Every day I meet new experts and exchange ideas about what’s good, bad and ugly in the world of learning technology. It’s not just because I’m a learning tech fanatic with more than 22 years of LMS/elearning industry experience.

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How Do You Define Digital Learning?

CLO Magazine

Everything at work is digital: recruiting, performance management, onboarding, wellness programs and of course learning. As we look at the work required to build an effective digital learning environment at work, it’s turning out to be much harder than we thought. Over the past 15 years we’ve dealt with e-learning, blended learning, social learning, 70-20-10, MOOCs, video learning and microlearning. Is digital learning all of this stuff?

The New Corporate Learning Ecosystem: Coexistence at Work

Talented Learning

Recently, the concept of corporate learning ecosystems has grown increasingly popular — and with good reason. Imagine creating a dynamic, intelligent learning infrastructure that engages your far-flung workforce, wherever those individuals may be. As learning technology analysts, we’ve been following the rise of cloud-based learning systems, and the hundreds of developers who have entered the market with highly specialized LMS solutions.

Megan Torrance shares her career journey

CLO Magazine

How did you start your career in learning? After getting a bachelor’s in communication and an MBA, I joined Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), learned Authorware (an early e-learning authoring tool) and how to write training guides … then was never staffed on a project where that was my role. and finally ended up helping UnitedHealth Group with their learning management system implementation. Your favorite learning technology trend in 2019?

Global Learning Platforms: Top 10 LMS Buying Challenges

Talented Learning

There are now hundreds and hundreds of LMS vendors in the learning technology space. The further you go from the United States, the more learning technology vendors don’t use the term “LMS” to describe their product, even though they include much (or all) of the same functionality you’ll find in an LMS. As with any learning technology purchase, it’s up to the buyer, not the seller, to pick the right solution.

The LMS Meets 2017: Top 15 Learning Tech Predictions

Talented Learning

Hands down, our learning technology “predictions” list is our favorite post to develop each year. Rather, they are educated guesses about learning technology trends, based on our continuous market research, our consulting interactions with countless LMS buyers and sellers and more than 20 years of experience we’ve accumulated in the learning industry. 11 Get Ready to “Right Size” Your Learning Solution. Want to Learn More?