How to choose an external e-learning vendor ?

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Interaction with a prospective vendor can show and shed more light than reading up about them or viewing their work online. What skills does the e-learning vendor offer? Are the skills that the vendor brings, something that is complementary to your team?

How Do E-learning Vendors Price Their Services

CommLab India

With growing workforce and increased frequency of training programs, instructor-led training is no longer viable. You have heard about e-learning and are looking to contact vendors for a quote. Services provided by e-learning vendors and how they are priced.

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

CommLab India

Have you, as a training manager or L&D professional, shortlisted e-learning vendors to develop customized learning solutions for your organization? The second vendor proposed simulations, videos, and a gamified assessment at a staggering cost of $250,000.

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Does Your Custom E-learning Vendor Cater to Your Product Sales Training Needs?

CommLab India

Finding an eLearning vendor who can take care of your product training needs is a task in itself, because when you begin to explore the eLearning market, you will find dozens who will claim to know just what you need, but just a handful really know what you need and how to deliver it.

What I am hearing and seeing in E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

It comes from fellow readers who send me e-mails or talk to me via social media. It comes from me talking to vendors, buyers, monitoring the industry all the while taking notes and seeing the trends/patterns appear right before my eyes. What has always amazed me are number of e-learning vendor web sites whose design looks like it came from 1995 when Netscape ruled the land. Upside Learning. This is an exciting time to be in the e-learning space.

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State of the LMS 2012

eLearning 24-7

For the past month, I have been conducting a survey on learning platforms and specifically learning management systems. . The data shows that what many vendors assume end users want is far from accurate. Do you have a LMS/LCMS/Learning Platform. E-commerce – 14.2%.

Product Review: Totara

eLearning 24-7

Vendors in this space include Docebo, eFront, Litmos and of course Totara. My Learning tab – shows alerts, recent learning, upcoming events. My Learning – Made up of two sections, Development Plan and Bookings – You can also find this info under My Learning Tab.

How to Buy a LMS

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LMS – Learning Management System – most commonly sought out by folks. LCMS – Learning Content Management System – going the way of the dodo bird. M-Learning- Mobile Learning. E-Learning – Online Learning. Many people confuse the term thinking it means electronic learning and thus will boost that they were doing e-learning 20 years ago or even longer. API – Application Program Interface.

Product Review: EasyGenerator Rapid Content Authoring Tool

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Vendor can create a component so you can push directly into your LMS, without having to upload it directly (extra cost). Even with a learning portal, many people have some type of database on the back end for tracking purposes. E-Learning 24/7. EasyGenerator.

E-Learning Screen recording and video solutions – Should b simple, so why isn’t it?

eLearning 24-7

There are more vendors who do not offer the ability to post – i.e. add audio afterwards it is quite amazing. Again, simple and yet again arguably with many vendors difficult to do. There are dozens of free audio plugins available on the net, so why aren’t screen capturing/recording vendors offering the ability for the end user to add them? Another issue I have with many vendors who offer effects – again, I like that – is that they fail to mention.

Latest E-Learning Trends – Some good, some bad

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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. A trend that is happening in the LMS market more so than in the other e-learning markets, is the failure to follow their path of success.

LMS Vendors: U Can Survive – Innovate, Invigorate and Invent

eLearning 24-7

It was within these comments, that afterwords, I decided to expand a bit plus identify other areas that I see, LMS vendors must explore – which they have not yet done so, to re-energize themselves. Thus, the LMS vendors are creating a Bogeyman – their own bogeyman, and it does not have to be that way. Majority of employees access a LMS or Learning Portal out of the workplace. Far too many LMS vendors are stuck in a rut. Social Learning.

Open Source Web Conferencing Solutions – FREE

eLearning 24-7

I have a real issue with vendors who charge extra – via a license with their “partner&# or otherwise for a web conferencing – and thus ability to offer webinars, in their solution. No license fee, even though it is integrated into your solution, no extra cost – since it is integrated with your solution. Bosco’s Screen Share - just a screen share program, open source.

Top 10 LMS/LCMS Trends and Forecasts

eLearning 24-7

The trends apply to both LMS/LCMS vendors. Extended Enterprise - Vendors are expanding into the wholesaler/reseller/affiliates/sales agent sector with their solutions. The note of interest is that it is occurring with all size of vendors, albeit the charge is being led by mid size vendors. Not all of the big dog vendors have entered this space, despite it being a huge revenue opportunity. and European vendors interestingly enough, do not follow suit.

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TechKnowledge 2012 – Post Assessment

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Nice selection of vendors – in general. More goodies then in the past, but the vendor with the awesome monkeys – it was nearly impossible to get one – you had a better chance of allowing them to stick leeches on you, then getting one – what’s the point of marketing – if the product you want to show – yours – isn’t walking the floor with folks. Less vendors scanning people’s ID badges, which I found interesting.

Extended Enterprise Systems – Halloween Edition

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E-commerce (should be included, and not an extra fee). Sub-portal/child – should be a sub set of the main LMS, it is branded/skinned differently then the main system, so LMS vendors allow the header and footer to be changed in the sub-portal/child, but the parent’s main logo still appears. One of the ways vendors pull this off is by listing e-commerce as a feature. Extensive e-commerce reporting – more then just how many of this was bought or that.

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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User Friendly or Hype?

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The number one reason people leave their current system or purchase a different e-learning product? If I am a potential customer, I would expect nothing less to come out of the vendor’s mouth on their product and user friendliness. I have seen over 150 systems, 80 plus authoring tools, dozens of web conferencing products, mobile learning, quiz assessment tools, CMSs and learning portals, and not everyone of them meets those two statements. E-Learning 24/7.

LMS News. Directory. Plus E-Learning Notes

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Several vendors have left the space, a few have entered. Vendors are hearing us and are making changes. More multilingual options to their web sites, trials and social learning. Newest Version – LMS/Learning Portal Directory. Added Demo Column (Y/N) – If the vendor enables you to view a demo of their product without having to register or provide any information upfront, it is identified as “Yes&#. Fear Factor: Vendor Pricing.

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Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality

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As the evolution of e-learning continues, the rapid content authoring tools (RCAT) market follows suit. This is a growing market with new vendors showing up, but at the same time, others disappearing. Templates with some learning objects? A robust learning solution of multiple capabilities and outputs? It was difficult to say the least and learning it wasn’t much easier. Break it Down – DATA (based on my directory of vendors).

Web Conferencing 201

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The bridge has to be installed and integrated into the computer – web conferencing vendors should and some do, recommend that the bridge setup is handled by IT/IS personnel. I know of vendors who offer the capability of editing the audio, before it is posted, regardless if they are using VOIP or not. There are some web conf vendors that enable the capability, that when the attendee registers, they can select Outlook or Gmail and have the event auto scheduled.

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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. An API (Application Program Interface) enables an interface from a piece of software to communicate with another piece of software (in its simplest form) or multiple pieces of software (called a mashup). However there are vendors who sell their API solution wrapped in a piece of software. Social Learning?

LMS Market – An inside scoop

eLearning 24-7

Today, I was going to discuss how to market your LMS to your employees, but instead wish to focus on a common question, I often receive about LMS vendors. One additional word, as many of you may know, I have launched my “Secret LMS Shopper&# program which will provide an unbiased review of a LMS/LCMS vendor, incl. The program’s debut “review&# will appear in July. For the debut review, the vendor is GeoLearning. M-Learning.

Customer Complaints, How to Avoid the Traps

eLearning 24-7

When it comes to the e-learning market, specifically the LMS space (and you can toss in LCMS, CMS, Learning Portals as well), there are a lot of traps that customers fall into and can’t get out. Sometimes it is a result of the vendor, other times it is a failure of due diligence on the part of the soon to be customer. The vendor’s salesperson tells you want you want to hear. E-mail within 24 hours or less. any E-Learning product.

Product Review: GeoLearning GeoMaestro

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API (Application Program Interface) capability. Additional cost for Training/Support – package based (Common in the industry, but enough already). Social Learning standard features – Lame. Social Learning add on module – Not a lot for what you get at an additional cost. It is truly amazing on how vendors seem to think lots of stuff on the page, is the way to go and navigation is just a requirement. Social Learning.

LMS Vendors: U Can Survive – Innovate, Invigorate and Invent

eLearning 24-7

It was within these comments, that afterwords, I decided to expand a bit plus identify other areas that I see, LMS vendors must explore – which they have not yet done so, to re-energize themselves. Thus, the LMS vendors are creating a Bogeyman – their own bogeyman, and it does not have to be that way. Majority of employees access a LMS or Learning Portal out of the workplace. Far too many LMS vendors are stuck in a rut. Social Learning.

LMS Customization

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Ask and see what can be done by the vendor – Customize it! Plus many vendors will include special “customized&# options for you – and then tell you what they are – during your discussions or upon your final negotiations. Additional cost. It will cost you for customizations. Some vendors will charge you per customization. How important is that customization important to your learning goals/objectives. Cost and Protect – U.

Out with the old LMS in with the new: Part I

eLearning 24-7

We want to reduce our costs, and our current LMS is too expensive. If you have neither and are stuck in a contract that lasts more than 1 year, contact your vendor – your sales person to be exact and let them know that you want to leave your contract at the end of the year for that contract (i.e. You can easily move it into the other LMS, by simply re-packaging it with its wrapper - via your rapid e-learning tool solution. E-Learning 24/7.

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Is Your Vendor Qualified to Convert ILT Material to E-learning?

CommLab India

But not many organizations specialize in developing online training; they look for a vendor who can convert their classroom training to e-learning. But a good e-learning vendor is not an easy find. eLearning Design ILT to e-learning

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Outsourcing E-learning: Benefits for Corporate Training

CommLab India

E-learning can prove to be the right training choice for any organization, if it is implemented correctly; however, that’s easier said than done. The reality is that training managers face innumerable challenges in e-learning implementation. “E-learning Reduces Cost.

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

CommLab India

Today, e-learning is being adopted by several organizations to train their staff. India, with its large number of English speaking professionals and ability to offer a better turnaround time, has emerged the preferred destination for outsourcing e-learning projects.

Emerging technologies & challenges in e-Learning content creation: Global resourcing to rescue

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The dynamics of e-Learning Industry have recently witnessed swift changes due to emergence of new technologies in recent past. Emerging Platforms - Pressure on e-Learning Development. Cost of Production. e-Learning Tools & Technologies

ILT to E-learning Conversion – How to Get Started?

CommLab India

Organizations across the world are constantly looking at cost-effective ways to deliver training to their employees. In 1999, IBM managed to save a whopping $200 million in their training budget when they delivered five times the learning at one-third of the previous cost.

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E-learning Project Management – Advice from an In-house Expert

CommLab India

We all know that good project management is the key to the success of an outsourced e-learning initiative. What does it take to create your web-based course without time and cost overruns? How should firms get started with an e-learning project?

14 Best Practices for Successful E-learning Implementation

CommLab India

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. Cost of each vendor.