Skillsoft buying SumTotal – My Take

eLearning 24-7

Like many of you, I was surprised to find out that Skillsoft is in the process of acquiring SumTotal. The reason for the acquisition at least from a press release and information on the purchase (and available for viewing on the Skillsoft site), screams of HCM (Human Capital Management). Combination of Skillsoft and SumTotal offers comprehensive, content-rich HR solutions. Getting back to Skillsoft and SumTotal. As for Skillsoft, they are a content provider.

Skillsoft Business Skills Courses: Microlearning Showreel


This following video features examples of Skillsoft's video library of business courses, with micro-sized learning topics at the core. learning & development

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Skillsoft Rolls Out New E-learning Products

CLO Magazine

Skillsoft has kicked off 2017 with a new learning platform as well as new content to expand and deepen its engagement of corporate learners. Since its start, Skillsoft has been defined by its cloud-based learning delivery, Purakayastha said.

Vendor Spotlight: Skillsoft © provides a multitude of elearning and training solutions


Skillsoft has been in the elearning industry for over 15 years, and has been among the innovative leaders in that particular arena – about as long as the industry itself has been in existence. For the past three years straight, the company has been ranked #1 in customer loyalty, providing everything from printed materials, online courses, training videos, to business/leadership training and IT training and certification.

Skillsoft Goes Private

Kapp Notes

SkillSoft (Nasdaq: SKIL) a provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses with a huge catalog of "off-the-shelf" courses in a variety of subjects from IT to business skills announced today that it will no longer be publicly held. Under the terms of the acquisition, SkillSoft shareholders will receive $10.80 What does this mean for Skillsoft customers?

Courseware LMSs – Good or bad for the industry?

eLearning 24-7

Maybe you purchased it via Open Sesame, or Skillsoft. I recall going directly to Rosetta Stone, buying some an entire Latin American course unit from them and having them place it into my LMS for me. The point to all of this is whether you went directly to the course/content source or via your own LMS vendor, if you have third party content, it was a secondary focus, with the LMS being the primary. It was about the individual buying a course or courses and taking them.

SkillSoft's inGenius: About adding meaningful context.

ID Reflections

SkillSoft recently (about 3 weeks back) announced the launch of inGenius. This social learning layer will integrate with SkillSoft's Book 24X7, a vast repository of technical and IT-related literature that many organizations use as off-the-shelf content to enable their employees. eLearning Technology , while applauding the effort SkillSoft is making to integrate Social Learning, does criticize the fact that they are tying this to SkillSoft and to books as learning resources.

LinkedIn Launches Their Own LMS


The courses they offer are some of the best around and so are some of their instructors. The bigger question of course is if this is going to work or not? In 2015 LinkedIn purchased, a premier provider in online training.

PENS – Why your LMS and Authoring Tool Solution should include it

eLearning 24-7

In the past year, I have seen a wider number of vendors including the PENS course standard, which in my opinion, enables anyone who builds courses, a streamlined and fast process for publishing into a LMS/learning platform. Tagged: online courses , PENS. PENS online courses


ID and e-Learning Links (4/20/14)

Experiencing eLearning

Cathy Moore wrote and built a sample course in 8 hours with this tool even though it has more than 50 decision points/endings. tags: lms e-learning moodle blackboard skillsoft infographic research. BranchTrack. Free tool for creating branching scenarios. tags: e-learning scenarios instructionaldesign. The Top 20 Most Popular LMS Software Solutions powered by Capterra. Capterra’s analysis of top LMSs by customers, users, and social media popularity.

How to Make Elearning Accessible: Insights from the 2017 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference

The Learning Dispatch

Drawing from various presentations, I’d suggest that accessibility can inform elearning in four areas in particular: the design process, content development, course production, and module testing. Should considerations of accessibility influence the content of your course?

ATD17 Post Review: Rants & Raves Edition

eLearning 24-7

Oh, and of the course, this year’s ATD 2017 Conference. Seriously, the video is super hot with folks adding it as standalone (as a course), seeking video editing/tracks and doing a lot of stuff with video. Finally, a limited number of course authoring tool vendors too. Graduates to Next Level of Online Learning

CLO Magazine

billion and rolled it out to all of its premium subscribers, the business-networking platform late last year integrated more than 9,000 Lynda courses, giving the content greater prominence and reinforcing LinkedIn’s move into the learning technology space.

How Do You Define Digital Learning?

CLO Magazine

Everything at work is digital: recruiting, performance management, onboarding, wellness programs and of course learning. Vendors like, Skillsoft, Grovo, Udacity, Udemy, NovoEd, SkillShare and others offer this. Of course.

Top 50 LMS Report for 2016 – What you need to know (criteria, approach, and yeah some vendors)

eLearning 24-7

I identify the Big Dogs as SumTotal by Skillsoft (yes, that is the actual name), Cornerstone OnDemand, Saba, SucessFactors and Oracle Taleo (although, I ask myself who is using this and if you still are why?). SumTotal by Skillsoft – the 2016 re-haul is a huge plus. I think Skillsoft has the power to turn it around – ST that is, when it comes to learning. SumTotal by Skillsoft. The course is in your LMS? It’s nearly here.

E-Learning Today: High-Tech and High Touch

CLO Magazine

Bells and whistles aside, today’s learner expects engaging, deeply immersive learning experiences, said Apratim Purakayastha, chief technology officer for global e-learning company Skillsoft.

Top Picks for 2016 – E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

Responsive, publish HTML5 courses. Course standards include xAPI and PENS, besides the standards of SCORM. . Multi-authoring which allows people anywhere to work on the same page of a course. Best Course Marketplace. Scope out and search for courses.

#HRTECH Learning Vendors Preview – Who to see and who to avoid

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The first way, you buy the courses and the LMS is included (so content priority, system is tossed in). . There are few and I mean only a few who follow this pattern (example: Skillsoft), where the course library is the primary and the system secondary. Usually when this occurs you get a crummy LMS, since the courses reign supreme. The second way, is you can purchase the LMS without buying their (Biz Library) courses. SumTotal by Skillsoft.

You May Be Training, But Is Your Team Learning?

According to Skillsoft’s recent research , employees mainly want training to help them get better at their jobs and reach personal goals, which includes promotion. Having great classes and videos doesn’t guarantee real learning.

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How to use conversations to embed content in elearning


I’m not saying that every course you create should now be a conversation (the expert teaching the newbie story can get old fast), but this is one more tool in your tool belt. Conversations are an element that can be a part of both scenarios and storytelling in an eLearning course.

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State of the E-Learning Industry 2017

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Rapid content authoring tools (build courses – you build them). 3rd party courseware providers (ex: Skillsoft, Wiley). Custom course/content shops (lots of them out there). Rapid Course Authoring Tools. Content (beyond just course building) is starting to make an appearance. From the course building standpoint, it has become essentially four areas. Basics include the convert PPT into a course (yuck). Custom Course Shops.

Review of Linkedin Learning

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Some of the courses had times like nine minutes in the catalog search, but when you went into the course, it’s various modules – which in the one I was looking at was chapters, were all over the place. . I found several courses that were over an hour in running time.

Review of Linkedin Learning

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Some of the courses had times like nine minutes in the catalog search, but when you went into the course, it’s various modules – which in the one I was looking at was chapters, were all over the place. . I found several courses that were over an hour in running time.

The Growing Role of Microlearning

CLO Magazine

And of course, companies are reinventing employee skills around digital disruption, unconscious bias, new leadership models, and dozens of operational topics. We took four- or eight-hour courses and reauthored them to work online.

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ATD2015 Conference Post – Review

eLearning 24-7

Skillsoft and the wording of SumTotal right next to it, I wonder when it will be formally known as Skillsoft SumTotal or SumTotal by Skillsoft , rather than Skillsoft and SumTotal Systems, a Skillsoft company – whew, I’m out of breath just saying it. show a screen or have an image or whatever) rather than just text links to see some course info or launch the course. NO SCORM or any course standard. Well hello there!

Manager Training Online Courses

Tony Karrer

Thus far I've looked at Element K, SkillSoft, Vital Learning, Ninth House, and Achieve Global. What I like about these providers is the scope of what they offer -- many courses to choose from. I received an inquiry from someone I know, and I'm hoping people who read this blog can make suggestions. I'm looking for vendors who supply off-the-shelf training for basic manager skills such as, time management and delegation.

The Importance of Social Media for Your Online Course

DigitalChalk eLearning

Many people need online courses for various reasons, whether it is to further their education or to gain corporate training certifications. Many times internal and corporate training courses do not need to be marketed outside of the company – as the courses only pertain to select employees.

E-Learning 101: Straightforward Answers to Fundamental Questions

ATD Learning Technologies

An LMS is a learning management system used to launch and track e-learning courses. Learners can log into the system to find and register for available or assigned courses; administrators can assign courses and run reports on completion and quiz results.

Using MOOCs: Self-Directed Development and Workforce Training

Your Training Edge

In the previous article, we looked at building talent pipelines and onboarding new employees: two uses for the massive courses that come at the very beginning of (and even before) a company develops a formal relationship with its employees. One of the major reasons millions of people spend their free time taking online courses is to enhance their job-specific knowledge and skills to advance their career.

iPad for eLearning


Because, learning with iPad is actually a reality but not with the same processes that we used to develop eLearning courses. Do you really believe that we cannot create an eLearning course without Flash?

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How to Get What You Want from Vendors

CLO Magazine

Kuzel: How do course corrections work? Kuzel: How do course corrections work? vice president, global customer insight, Skillsoft.

Time for Change: MOOCs and Learning Technology

CLO Magazine

Massive open online courses are transforming learning technology. During the past year we’ve all seen the explosive growth of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, produced by organizations such as EdX and Coursera. These new businesses started developing expert-led courses that cover typical university or college-level topics like introduction to computer science, psychology, history and many more.

Am I an LMS? And if so.

eLearning 24-7

Ability to see/view, select/pick courses (and nowadays content too) somewhere in the system. Course catalog. Ability for learners to pick their own courses, course, content, etc. from a course catalog. Ability to assign learners (users) to a course or multiple courses including combination (i.e. Ability to assign a group or groups a course or a set of courses (including content, i.e. one piece of content, multiple pieces of content).