Top 10 Free and Open Source eLearning Projects to Watch for 2012

eFront

Nowadays small and medium size organizations (SMEs), educational institutions, and independent consultants struggle to adopt an expensive eLearning solution. This is why I created the following list with the Top 10 Free and Open Source eLearning projects for 2012 that will help you implement a low cost eLearning solutions => Please leave a comment if you would like me to include another Free or Open Source eLearning project that needs to be mentioned!

9 of Your Customer Service Training Questions, Answered

Continu

Planning a customer service training brings up a lot of questions. But if you don’t get your customer service training right, you’re going to lose sales to the companies who do. Customer service is the key competitive differentiator in the digital age. We’ve created this guide to customer service training to help you nail your customer service education. What Is Customer Service Training? Customer service is everyone’s job.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?

Learning Visions

A ‘low-cost’ LMS starts at an average of $58K. That’s the low price. Web conferencing services like DimDim now offer the equivalent of WebEx. Because it’s open source, there are no licensing costs. Our customers benefit from low-cost and self-management with no technical knowledge required. John -- by "bottled pilot" are you thinking more of a tactical implementation -- low point entry to LMS to test the waters?

Helping Consultants, Experts, and Coaches Smash Through Personal and Professional Plateaus with David Shriner-Cahn

LifterLMS

Helping consultants, experts, and coaches smash through personal and professional plateaus with David Shriner-Cahn in this episode of the LMScast podcast with Chris Badgett of LifterLMS. Chris Badgett: There was a guy who was on this podcast a long time ago, his name was Frank Bria and he made a comment about high value consulting like as an expert, is a little bit kind of funny the way he phrases it, but it’s kind of lazy.

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. Exam Prep: The certification training industry continues to expand, along with services that prepare individuals to pass exams for academic admissions or professional certifications. I’ve seen complex global corporations assume that a simple, low-cost SasS solution will suffice.

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Is Open Source Ready for Extended Enterprise Learning?

Talented Learning

You may know me as an independent learning systems consultant. 2) Audience Size – Core open source LMS licensing costs are zero (or minimal). 5) Business-Specific Expertise – Open source learning systems are configured, deployed and maintained by third-party service providers. Since there are no license revenues, these organizations compete by adding value through the quality of their services. Service Requirements. Open Source Service Providers.

Customer Training Pricing and Packaging: What’s the Best Strategy?

Talented Learning

Here’s why: When you buy a product or service, the faster you learn how it helps you achieve your goals, the more successful your customer experience will be. Even if you offer customer training upfront at no additional charge, the cost of content development, delivery and administration must be included somewhere in the price of your product or service. Furthermore, if a product isn’t truly self-service, it may be too complex for a freemium model.

How E-learning for Health Changed After Covid-19

Spark Your Interest

Also, we include online training from organizations supporting and servicing the healthcare industry. High and rising cost of healthcare. It is quicker and more cost-effective to scale up. The BC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) provides health promotion and prevention services, analytical and policy support to government and health authorities. As well as diagnostic and treatment services. And do some one-on-one consultation.

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Stop Hunting, Start Demo-ing with Virtual Classroom LMS Platform

PSB

It helps you think outside the box – speaking with a product expert gives you the experience of speaking with a consultant. Conclusion: Many times decisions were made in a hurry, just to choose the low-cost or budget-friendly platforms. Thinking about the budget is definitely a good step towards business development, but the quality and services matter the most. The time has come to move your training programs forward into an interactive virtual classroom.

Growing Your Business With Online Programs

Petra Mayer

Yet, simply growth for the purpose of growth is not very satisfying, particularly not for Service Professionals. Many Service Professionals target more revenue, engaging with our ideal clients leading to a more satisfying business and a great life-style. If you are a Service Professional who is predominantly providing one-on-one services, growth often comes to the detriment of achieving work-life-balance. Time efficiency due to reduction in free consultations.

Moodle: the LMS for everyone

Course Index

Courseindex.com provide a suite of services around Moodle. Evolved and developed constantly by a global community of developers, Moodle’s baked-in robustness and scalability have led to its adoption by major institutions like the Open University (200,000 users) and the UK Civil Service Learning platform (half a million users). But as with most free things there’s a catch – and that’s where courseindex.com’s LMS Services come to the rescue. Use our Professional Services.

10 lessons from Design Thinking that can be applied to digital learning

Rob Hubbard

If you haven’t heard of them before, they are a design consultancy headquartered in California but with offices throughout the world. They use the design thinking methodology to design products, services, environments, and digital experiences. Prototype early and at low cost to mitigate risk and to build your business case. By Tess Robinson, Director, LAS. A few weeks ago I attended a fabulous workshop by Sally Spinks from Ideo.

How to Attract a Loyal Learning Audience, Even on a Tight Budget

Talented Learning

Several decades ago, software companies began offering no-cost access to products for a limited time (or with a limited feature set), hoping to drive more demand for the premium version in the long-run. Instead, we offer webinar content at no charge, as a window into the kind of value we (and the sponsor ) provide through paid services. Here are some of the no/low-cost techniques that work for us. It doesn’t need to be overly complicated or costly.

Global Strategic Sourcing: Everything you Need to Know

Learnloft

If you want to implement a strategic global sourcing strategy, you can obtain effective products from any country worldwide that can create goods or offer the service at pocket-friendly prices. Effective strategic sourcing means getting the best products at the best value using an effective process that significantly reduces the cost of operation. Professional service firms already work with partners in low-cost countries in engineering, procurement, and IT consulting jobs.

Another Stake in Ground for Blackboard: Two New Investments in the Open-source E-learning Market

Janet Clarey

To that end, Blackboard has launched a new business called Blackboard Education Open Source Services – a good thing, right? Moodlerooms is a solution provider that hosts Moodle for organizations, integrates enterprise features for Moodle, and provides consultation service and training for organizations interested in the low-cost, popular open-source Moodle LMS (they call is a CMS) and also customization, flexibility and extended features for the enterprise.

The 99 Percent Challenge

Training Industry

At the same time, according to the 2015 ATD State of the Industry report, companies with fewer than 500 employees spend an average of $1,716 per year per employee on training, while large organizations pay as little as $868 – a staggering 98 percent premium for similar services. The same goes with industry trade publications, whose advertising dollars come from learning service providers.

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The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning

Learnnovators

3D-printed, low cost prosthetic limbs will bring the smile back on many faces. The OpenStack project intended to help organizations offer cloud-computing services running on standard hardware. How will L&D be of service to such a workforce? Sahana Chattopadhyay is an L&D Consultant, OD Specialist, Blended Learning Architect, Social Learning Evangelist, and Blogger. I am not the kind to crystal gaze. I lay no claim to being able to predict the future.

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Ideas, Tips, and Resources for Using Video in Your Online Training

Mindflash

While these amateur videos may not always be of the highest quality they are less labor intensive to create, they’re more pointed, have a more realistic tone, and they’re low cost to produce. In addition to Gina’s ideas, consider these: Think beyond the testimonial by equipping customers to shoot videos of them using your product/service. But if you want or need to do more extensive editing there are numerous free or low cost software options, like: ­ Videotoolbox. ­

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Ideas, Tips, and Resources for Using Video in Your Online Training

Mindflash

While these amateur videos may not always be of the highest quality they are less labor intensive to create, they’re more pointed, have a more realistic tone, and they’re low cost to produce. In addition to Gina’s ideas, consider these: Think beyond the testimonial by equipping customers to shoot videos of them using your product/service. I have a love/hate relationship with training videos.

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Measurement Matters: 3 Data Analytics Lessons to Remember

Talented Learning

The complexity and cost of real-time reporting put it far out-of-reach for all but the largest and wealthiest organizations. I’ve faced this challenge several times in my career – even as recently as 10 years ago on the data analytics team at one of the world’s leading web services companies. In fact, with nearly instant data so widely available at such a low cost, it seems that yesterday’s time-to-insight advantage has nearly evaporated.

LMS – a Learning Portal that adapts to your Changing Needs

Paradiso

It helps both, academic institutes and companies, in conducting student or employee training cost-effectively in their organizations. LMS proves to be a powerful tool, especially for corporates that are into consulting services and specialize in staffing and training the workforce to become industry-ready. LMS is the new wave brought about in the world of e-learning that focuses on efficient use of learning resources.

Leadership development is creating a dilemma

CLO Magazine

Six months before he was fired, HSBC’s full-year earnings were worse than expected, in part because costs were outweighing revenue growth. A spokesman said that the course cost £5 million a year over two years.

Three Resources From Our Presentations at DevLearn

E-learning Uncovered

I hosted a morning discussion session on starting your own consulting business. If this is something you are thinking about doing, I encourage you to visit your local office of the Small Business Administration , Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), or Small Business Development Center. In most major cities, these organizations have free or low-cost workshops and one-on-one assistance on how to get started.

LMS Review: Docebo 7

Talented Learning

The self-service capability is still in place, but the business model and pricing are now geared towards disrupting the highly competitive mid/large global market. sales team to handle more sophisticated learning technology buying opportunities and RFPs, and has expanded implementation and support services staff to provide a higher level of help, guidance, expertise and ongoing support. That translates into higher total cost of ownership (TCO). License Model/Cost.

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

Talented Learning

Over the past two years as an independent LMS selection consultant, I’ve helped dozens of buyers use RFPs to buy the best solution for their organization. Think of an RFP (Request for Proposal) as an invitation to participate in the purchasing process for any type of software, goods or services. At a low LMS price point, there may be no practical reason to issue a formal RFP. With low-cost scenarios that are not mission critical, it can be overkill.

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8 Top Priorities For Your LMS Needs Assessment

Petra Mayer

Imagine going through a lengthy needs assessment, only to find out at the very end that an LMS is not what you need and that there are low cost alternatives that will do the job for you. If, for example, you are a business owner who wants to add training programs to your service offering and you don’t need to track their progress or performance, then you likely don’t need a full LMS. Product and service quality. Cloud services. Customer service platform.

18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

Decades of expensive LMS solutions gave way to a pricing revolution over the last 10 years, as cloud computing paved the way for low-cost LMS competitors that drove the overall price point down. This kind of holistic business learning strategy has potential not only to pay for itself, but also to transform L&D from a cost center to a profit center. Decreased new store/dealer onboarding costs.

Is Your LMS License Model Misaligned? How to Avoid Costly Mistakes

Talented Learning

These buying organizations are working with us as LMS selection consultants to define their learning technology requirements, identify the best vendor options and then conduct a formal proposal-based buying process. An LMS license model depends on two key elements: 1) How a vendor calculates usage and 2) The related costs for that level of usage. The cost remains the same for each active learner whether she interacts once or a thousand times.

5 Ways to Stretch Your Training Budget

Mindflash

Despite ample evidence supporting the bottom-line value of training and professional development , training budgets are almost always the first place business leaders target for cost-cutting. Online training as a blended learning component is more cost-effective and it helps make smarter use of your people resources so that trainers are only being deployed for critical training needs. Have some cost-saving tips you’d like to share?

5 Reasons Why Associations and Training Companies Should Use an eLearning Platform

eThink Education

Consult experts to help navigate the LMS market. Therefore, more and more associations are seeking consultation and guidance from eLearning providers that can help them to deploy the right combination of solutions to offer the most value to members. Low cost. The Importance of a Service-Heavy Model. Therefore, the key differentiator in the market tends to be the services offered by vendors. Again, service is how these vendors can differentiate themselves.

How Much Does It Cost to Develop an Online Course?

learnWorlds

But, how much would it cost? But, how much does it cost to create one? Knowing all about the course creation and development costs upfront can help you come up with the right plan to create a course, and deciding on the best price tag for your courses. This article attempts to make out an estimation on the cost of the course development process taking into account all the categories of costs that go into it. These categories are: Course Creation Costs.

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LMS License Models: What in the World is Going On?

Talented Learning

“How much does an LMS cost?” ” As an LMS research analyst and vendor selection consultant, I get a version of that question often from both LMS buyers and sellers. The license cost can be front loaded in year 1, grow with you or be contractually consistent over time. Most vendors think they are priced too high or too low and they are right. In follow-on posts we define known pricing tiers in each model and ranges of cost a buyer can expect to pay.

LMS Market Trends: Issues and Opportunities

Talented Learning

It’s also because I’m a fiercely independent analyst and LMS selection consultant and it’s my job to know what’s happening among the hundreds of vendors who are pushing the boundaries of LMS innovation. Here are three ways technology is providing upside assistance: Lower complexity and cost: Traditionally, the transition to an LMS was notoriously deliberate, time-consuming and expensive. These are low-cost, simple solutions.

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Free L&D webinars for May 2020

Limestone Learning

Senior Consultant at Kirkpatrick Partners, and Wendy Kirkpatrick, President of Kirkpatrick Partners, will explain why informal learning’s actually an opportunity for you to expand your influence as a learning and performance consultant, and deliver increased value to your organization. Because coaching’s a just-in-time, customized approach to development, it’s far more cost-effective than more prevalent one-size-fits-all approaches to learning.

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‘Best of Elearning! ’ Awards Honor 100 Top Solutions

mLevel

Research indicated 85 percent of readers had recommended an e-learning solution to a peer over the most recent 12-month period, and 61 percent claimed that award recognition “impacts their decision” to consider a product or service. As a Softwareas-a-Service (SaaS) provider, BizLibrary manages access to the application, including security, availability, and performance, allowing I.T. AlliedBarton Security Service, Randstad Professionals U.S., Services.

Selecting a Learning “Operations” System for your Training Business

rapidLD

Perhaps due to low cost and current basic requirements, you may decide to consider an Event Management platform (e.g. Providing your customers the option of vouchers gives them a convenient way to pay for training and control spending—adding value to your services and increasing potential for revenue. But managing those vouchers and keeping track of who holds them, what they are used for and how much is spent can also be time consuming, resource intensive and costly.

Global Learning Platforms: Top 10 LMS Buying Challenges

Talented Learning

Each of these verticals offer further specialization based on the level of service vendors provide to set-up, deploy and support new customers. To help you avoid the pain and cost of choosing the wrong learning platform and instead focus on qualified vendors, we’ve mapped out the following guidelines. Will you sell training content or services in one or more countries? Depending on the vendor, the cost to add and maintain new languages can be expensive.

Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning

eFront

As a eLearning consultant I would prefer to use a human narration professional. Google has integrated eSpeak, an open source software speech synthesizer for English and other languages, in its online translation service Google Translate.

Small Businesses: How to Get Started with E-Learning (Without Blowing Your Budget)

Mindflash

While it’s notable that the response pool was larger for the 2011 survey (and we’re all more cost-conscious these days), I still find it remarkable that E-Learning implementation costs are such a big (and growing) concern. How is it that in our age of democratized content , flexible tools, and cloud-based solutions , E-Learning is being seen by many as a costly luxury rather than an affordable alternative? Rather, E-Learning may be one smart way to lower costs.

Remember the 3 E’s When Marketing Educational Programs

WBT Systems

Management consultant and business professor Gary Hamel says you need to unleash your organizational imagination. Don’t limit your vision to a portfolio of products and services, think instead about the portfolio of core competencies you have at hand to develop new products and services. Bring your target rapidly into view by accumulating understanding as quickly as possible through a series of low-cost, fast-paced market incursions.