How to Write a Winning RFP to Hire the Best E-learning Vendor

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Have you, as a training manager or L&D professional, shortlisted e-learning vendors to develop customized learning solutions for your organization? A training manager followed certain e-learning vendor selection criteria and received the following proposals from two different e-learning vendors. The second vendor proposed simulations, videos, and a gamified assessment at a staggering cost of $250,000.

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How Do E-learning Vendors Price Their Services

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You have heard about e-learning and are looking to contact vendors for a quote. But before doing that, it is a good idea to understand the typical services e-learning vendors provide and how they price those services. Services provided by e-learning vendors and how they are priced. Established e-learning companies typically provide the following services: 1. E-learning design and development.

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

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In my experience, small businesses (500 or less users) are the ideal audience for a low cost system. This does not mean that anyone who has more than 5,000 users should be a system in the low cost mode, but rather these systems are definitely suited to this business size. Are there low cost systems for the education market? Low cost systems are typically SaaS based (then again, the LMS industry as a whole is more SaaS based than hosted on your servers).

Product Review: Litmos LMS

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Less functionality and features than their standard counterparts, but these features may be “social learning&# , or “ability to tie a user to a course&# or “creating learning paths for each user&# or “assessment tools&# , etc. Cost for entire system is extremely low compared to a solid standard system. Segment as a whole is growing in terms of vendors. LMSs Segment Breakout (By the percentage of total number of vendors in each segment).

APIs and Mashups r ur new ABCs for E-Learning

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Unfortunately, too many vendors in the e-learning space have failed to see the power and potential of this capability, and have decided to ignore them. However there are vendors who sell their API solution wrapped in a piece of software. SCORM Player communicating with your vendor’s solution, for example, if you were creating your own LMS and Rapid Intake’s rapid e-learning authoring tool, it includes a SCORM Player API. LMS Vendors.

#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

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10 eLogic Learning - Essential LMS. surveys/assessments, e-commerce, transcripts, ad-hoc reporting and the other standards in the industry (90/10). TinCan support with mobile learning, however no on/off synch. Mobile learning support, but no TinCan nor on/off synch. In fact, recent surveys are showing that college students prefer SMS over e-mail notifications. Jam – which is their social learning and collaboration tool. 4 IMC-AG Clix Learning Suite.

Product Review: Plateau TMS (Talent Management System)

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Plateau Learning. This appears on the right side of the main screen and lists options such as “Approvals, Record Learning, News, Skills Inventory, Self-Assessment, Reports, Google, etc.) An “Options and Settings&# component enables the end user to change their security question, shows delegates, offers various notifications the end user receives immediately to their e-mail account and setup time zone, currency, etc. Too many vendors (inc. E-Learning 24/7.

Top 10 LMSs for 2013

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Back again to bring this first in a series of rankings for the top ten learning management systems for 2013. Vendors can move up, down or out of the rankings – after all it is on-going. I’m not a lead gen for the vendors listed – rather the goal is to provide you with vendors that meet numerous criteria including UI, features, support/service, mobile, feedback from current and past clients and future game plans. Support of the iPad, thus mobile learning.

Y R Some Vendors confused about e-learning?

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Are there vendors in the e-learning space who lack basic understanding around e-learning? Lastly, if the vendors, organizations and firms whose whole background, expertise and existence is tied to e-learning and they themselves are not fully understanding it, does this bode well for the industry as a whole? (I’ll E-Learning is E-Learning and not some magical dust. Hello, it fits under e-learning.

Video Learning Platforms

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People who bought HD-DVD players – learn that they make great flying objects out of five story buildings. 2013 - LMSs are not the only learning system in town. The new kids of the block (please no jokes here) are Video Learning Platforms. Video in e-learning means something quite different than video in its usual term. Other options – depends on the vendor. M-Learning support – all devices including iPad and other tablets. Costs.

Product Review: Mzinga OmniSocial

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I’m on my way to get a car that enables me to launch a robust social learning system. OmniSocial is a social learning platform, with learning management capabilities and with the ability to select individual apps in the system and only use those you select to install onto your web site or learning portal. Because it offers the capability to start out using it either as the robust social learning product and ignore the LMS part (inc. E-Learning 24/7.

Product Review: Totara

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Vendors in this space include Docebo, eFront, Litmos and of course Totara. My Learning tab – shows alerts, recent learning, upcoming events. 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. Kineo Partners handle hosting (if you want it) and support, rather than Kineo Group. My Learning. Learning Plans.

The grades are in for Education focused LMSs

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Moodle can be a worthwhile system but it requires heavy customization, dedicated IT person who has Moodle skill sets (ideal), in-house support (because when end users can’t figure it out – they will come calling YOU) and costs that many folks fail to realize. Most systems in the education space are still strongly focused on synchronous based learning. Example of Primary: Active directory, assessment tool, social learning features and SCORM are all bonuses.

Halftime! LMS trends though July

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All they care about is whether the system is in “the cloud” SaaS or “in the cloud” to the consumer means that is it hosted on your servers or wherever you host your LMS and they can access it via the internet regardless of where they are located as long as they have an internet connection. If you offer the SaaS option and the consumer hosts it on their own server, fine. SaaS and LMS vendors. The rest host on your own servers. .

Break it down! (No it’s not Hammer Time! Yet)

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I’ve also learned firsthand, how to make it work in any vertical and any industry. Learning Management Systems. Mobile learning platforms. Social learning platforms. If you want to track in a learning management system or learning platform that supports SCORM then you want it. May offer the ability to take a course via an e-mail link or twitter link or in another fashion. Why do some vendors have trials and others do not?

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. Examples: E-mail notification via SMS. Mobile learning – it might surprise you to know that 75-80% of all systems in the space, currently do not offer any type of mobile learning, the number goes up even higher for online/offline synch. Smart App for TV – One LMS vendor. A: Depends on the vendor.

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. This is to say that 90% of features most folks seek are nearly universal in a LMS – low cost or otherwise. You don’t have to go to funkytown to see some feature sets that put the “WoW” back into learning. Built in E-mail that blocks viruses, spam plus you can send out of the LMS. Desktop sharing (appears with a few vendors).

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. E-Learning 24/7.

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E-Learning Early Indicators

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That smartphones were the answer to mobile learning. Vendors were saying, lets “wait on those&# or “our customers are not requesting them, so we are holding off&#. Social learning? Apparently, the potential customers and even clients are speaking and those vendors are listening. Not just a few vendors, the industry as a whole. A significant number of vendors, reported higher revenue and sales numbers in 2010, then in 2009. 2 Mobile Learning.

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How Much Does an E-learning Course Cost?

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We are often asked “How much does an e-learning course cost?” Yet, it is a fact that the cost of e-learning course development depends on many factors. . All these factors influence its cost. So, when you are seeking a quotation for e-learning course development, be prepared to answer a few questions. How will courses be hosted and what are the devices from which they will be accessed by learners? .

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Should businesses consult their own IT before going to elearning companies USA?

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The e-learning companies USA have to face a lot of challenges when it comes to handling clients. Instead, they need a vendor’s IT staff, which costs them much more. Whenever a business has learning needs, it’s better to involve IT, because they have their own egos.

LMS Modules – The “Add-On” Facts

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LMS/LCMS vendors are notorious for offering the amazing “module&# in their marketing and advertising pitches – whether it is on their web site, at trade shows, white papers, e-mail marketing, whatever. Now, we are talking about your base LMS, not their super duper LMS (if they offer such – and not all vendors do). If you want to purchase it, the vendor simply turns it on. Some vendors offer this and it is becoming more popular). E-Commerce.

3rd Party Contractors – Course Builds and Costs

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3rd party contractors/vendors – Creating a Course 4 U. You can find someone who will achieve the above at a nominal cost or variant cost, without destroying budget. If someone tells you that this will cost you 80K or more, I am telling you they are full of dung. Sure, they can charge that, but there are lots of talented folks out there who can do it all, and the cost will be lower. THE BETA ANGLE SHOULD BE AT NO ADDITIONAL COST. E-Learning 24/7

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3rd Party Contractors – Course Builds and Costs

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3rd party contractors/vendors – Creating a Course 4 U. You can find someone who will achieve the above at a nominal cost or variant cost, without destroying budget. If someone tells you that this will cost you 80K or more, I am telling you they are full of dung. Sure, they can charge that, but there are lots of talented folks out there who can do it all, and the cost will be lower. THE BETA ANGLE SHOULD BE AT NO ADDITIONAL COST. E-Learning 24/7

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E-learning Outsourcing: The 5-step Development Process

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As a training manager or somebody responsible for the training initiativesin your organization, you need to have an idea of the e-learning design and development process, when it’s outsourced to an external e-learning vendor. Having clarity on the process will yield optimum results.But dont’ worry if you have no idea of what outsourcing e-learning involves. Here is the five step e-learning development process involved in outsourcing.

Outsourcing E-learning Projects to India: 8 Points to Consider [Infographic]

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Today, e-learning is being adopted by several organizations to train their staff. A few companies develop their online training programs in-house and host them on their LMS, while many others prefer to outsource these activities; and if you have made a decision to outsource your e-learning project to India, you have made the right choice. Indian e-learning vendors understand these aspects and provide cost effective e-learning solutions.

14 Best Practices for Successful E-learning Implementation

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E-learning is no exception. Here is our compilation of 14 best practices to ease your e-learning implementation efforts, gleaned from years of experience in the e-learning field. Identify your e-learning needs. As a first step, identify your training needs that can be met with e-learning. Have a formal process to collect and document e-learning needs. Assess e-learning readiness in your organization.

E-learning Outsourcing – Make the Right Choice

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A pharmaceutical company wanted to create an e-learning course on product training for its sales force. Are you taking baby steps in e-learning and still undecided whether to develop your courses in-house or outsource them? Are you familiar with the outsourcing options available in e-learning? To help you, this blog will take you through the process of developing an e-learning course. What to look for in an e-learning developer.

Build In-house or Outsource E-learning? Assess Your Resources First

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In my earlier blog, I discussed the points you need to consider before deciding to buy or build your e-learning courses. The decision also hinges on whether you have the required resources to build an e-learning course. For this, you need to make a proper assessment because the development of e-learning requires the involvement of a large and diverse group of people with unique skill sets. They understand the importance of e-learning.

Six Things to Consider When Implementing An LMS for the First Time

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Are you implementing a Learning Management System (LMS) for the first time? An LMS just facilitates learning by helping manage and deliver courses. Creating your own LMS application that caters to your organization’s requirements is a costly affair. But, when you implement an LMS for the first time, going for an open-source LMS and using it to host courses is always a better option. The selected vendor can handle all technical issues from a remote location.

ATD2015 Conference Post – Review

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That said, there were some hiccups and from an entire vendor wise (expo here) angle, some unique and some, uh. Okay, before jumping in, I want to thank all those who attended my session, E-Learning 2020. . I can honestly say, the ATD show is changing from ILT driven (it has always been that way) to e-learning improvement. This year, I estimated a 55/60% e-learning, including some ILT vendors offering some type of e-learning component. .

What to Look For in an LMS

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So, you have decided to provide e-learning options to your employees. Let’s assume you have hired an e-learning vendor for creating SCORM compliant e-learning courses. Now, you need a platform to host these courses – a Learning Management System (LMS). When you are looking for a vendor to provide an LMS, make sure they provide the following key features. Seamless Learning Experience. Learning Technology LMS

Bamboozled

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It happened with a vendor that I was quite impressed with several months back. Everything is turned on in your demo, but the vendor fails to mention during its presentation that some of that functionality is not included in the product you are looking at. E-Learning vendors offer training or tell you they have robust training, you find out it is PDF guides with an accompanying video. How am I getting bamboozled with an LMS vendor. E-Learning 24/7.

Top 68 eLearning Posts from April - Hot Topics iPad Google Buzz

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Best of eLearning Learning. Key Social Learning Roles - Daretoshare , April 4, 2010 Premise : Learning communities or networks thrive because its members possess certain skills and capabilities. The road ahead : I am presently developing detailed role descriptions, community guidelines, role assessment tools, and the identification of appropriate learning products and offerings. Can You Learn from a Recording? How useful is strategic planning for e-learning?