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Choosing an E-learning Vendor? Review this Checklist First

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If you have decided to buy your e-learning course or outsource it to a customized e-learning solutions provider, the next step is to choose a reliable e-learning vendor. Ask for 3 or 4 references similar to your profile from the vendor.

Product Review: EasyGenerator Rapid Content Authoring Tool

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EasyGenerator is a SaaS based content authoring tool that is like a piece of fine sculpture, with some cracks, but beauty that is hidden within. Extremely feature rich – can compete with Captivate and other authoring tools. Built in question pool, assessment tool and survey tool.

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Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses

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Tools these days come in three flavors. Geared toward e-learning developers and instructional designers. Authoring Tools for developers. Professional Presenter X – comes with sim tool, assessment, capture tool, documents to flash tool, etc.

Product Review Raptivity

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Product: Raptivity. Raptivity is an interaction tool. Its target audience is the rapid content authoring tool market, but while it tries to hit it, it also misses at many levels. Raptivity calls their product an interaction tool with templates, games, simulations, etc.

Product Review: BlueVolt

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Ability to offer ads for products or ads to specific sections for folks to visit – for each child (sub-portal) - yes – every child can be skinned to look a different way then the parent. Assessment tool/survey. E-mail notifications and reminders. E-Learning 24/7.

Product Review: Cornerstone OnDemand

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The hype on the product was huge, after all, the company’s revenue has increased significantly over the past two years. Search Connect – their search capability within the product. Social Learning in general – can’t anyone come up with something fresh?

The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market

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The RCAT (rapid content authoring tool) market continues to be healthy with nothing to slow it down – uh, except maybe one thing (more on that later). Yeah, I know we have just jumped into January, but in a review of the past several months, authoring tools continue to follow a similar path amongst themselves with certain feature sets. I am still surprised on how vendors who are offering assessment only tools are staying in the game. Vendor adoption is slow.

E-Learning Innovative Products – They are Out There

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It is what makes any product or service, aspire to new heights. I especially love it when it happens in the e-learning industry. Innovators and Risk Takers – emerging technology integrated, new ideas, pushing the envelope in what is possible in e-learning/social learning/m-learning, coming up with something that has never been done before – risk takers. Product updates, some new features – but boring town. Custom.

Authoring Tools- The DevLearn Experience

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I knew that its core audience would be instructional designers and e-learning developers. . I suspected that the expo would feature a large quantity of rapid content authoring tools. From products that ranged from the latest versions of RCATs to new vendors in the space, including text to speech. . FT’s Aura product. Back in 2000, the knock on rapid content authoring tools were they “pre-template” driven solutions. More vendors.

Product Review: GeoLearning GeoMaestro

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Offers Lectora (rapid content authoring tool) as a separate option which can integrate with GeoMaestro. Training & Customer Support. 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. Content Authoring Tool. Social Learning.

Product Review: Plateau TMS (Talent Management System)

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Plateau Learning. Reporting Tool. 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.

2010 LMS Products of the Year

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LMS Products of the Year 2010. A lot of great products out there this year, new updates and latest versions; new companies, new services and just some real innovation. I include Learning Portals, LCMSs, as part of the mix. Extended Enterprise – System must have e-comm, multi-tenet – fully skinnable, additional functionality. That said, across the board for all Big Dog systems, their social learning functionality was weak. Social Learning is limited.

E-Learning Trade Shows + Product Reviews 4 #TK11

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What I like about conferences is the ability to see the latest products and hear the pitches from the vendors. Demonstrations are crucial, whether it is a 30 minute one, with an audience or one on one, with a potential customer. Regardless, you need to have your product out and showing. Yet, for all that do it, their are equal number of vendors who do not. E-Learning Trade Shows. their own sales folks) and type of product they are pitching.

What I am hearing and seeing in E-Learning

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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. Web site stinks = product stinks. 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. The same for authoring tools.

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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.

Attention LMSs – I’m mad as…

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I’m tired of telling people that it is better to buy 3rd party courses through you even though they can get a better deal by going straight to the 3rd party vendor. #5 I explicitly told HSwidget in an e-mail not to call me, but rather send me an e-mail. E-Learning 24/7.

Customer Complaints, How to Avoid the Traps

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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.

This is not (fill in the blank)

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This same contradiction is now happening in the e-learning world at a frightening pace. The people who suffer the most from this contradiction are the consumers and a vast majority of vendors. An app that goes to the SaaS authoring tool – but uses a url to get there.

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Articulate, Captivate and Lectora – Do they deserve your praise?

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What I found was an extensive group of people hungry for anything e-learning. Hungry to learn as much as they could and hungry to see what was in the space. My sense of it all, was that regardless of the location the buzz is all e-learning. I wasn’t surprised on the e-learning excitement. When people think authoring tools, three products typically come to mind. It is easy to use and once you learn it, easy to push out content.

5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

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They involved talent management, “hello and goodbye” with vendors, social learning, upswing in mobile learning, new feature sets in the authoring tool space, flat lining in web conferencing and standalone platforms. LMSs/LCMS/CMS/learning platforms in commercial and open space continued their presence. Some items stood out, others continued in an everlasting awful experience (customer and support service – as a whole). Social 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.

State of the LMS 2012

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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. Product – 54.2%.

Latest LMS Trends – The Truth is No Longer a Stranger

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The LMS/LCMS/Learning Portal market continues to be strong. In my latest directory, 393 LMS vendors – global, of which 34 or so are open source systems. Here are five trends that are being seen in the market, but one of these trends can cause consternation, among current customers. In a market this size, and with so many vendors overly focused on the U.S. Acquiring another LMS or e-learning vendor. Extended Enterprise & E-Commerce.

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. Learning activities.

When is a LMS not a LMS?

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Not the products – they are still the same, but rather the “anti-” that they preach is nothing more than a previous incarnation of the past, sans the message. Next Gen Lite Learning Management Systems. A learning management system is a heavy pancake. If I am not really looking for a learning management system but want some basic things, I’d consider that route. But make no mistake about it, they are learning management systems with a twist.

E-Learning Takeaways

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For the rest of us, it isn’t, unless you see the latest takeaways as examples of what is to come or more importantly what hasn’t – which is really a could be doomsday to many vendors – unless they wake up! Authoring Tools. In my newest directory, I have 138 vendors. 37 support m-learning. 11 desktop authoring tools work with Mac OS. 4 desktop authoring tool vendors work with Windows 8. Epic GoMo Authoring tool.

Latest Trends in E-Learning

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Twice a year I will be providing some trends that I am seeing in the e-learning market. This one trend really is an irritation to me, because the term “training” is showing up rather than “learning”, which is the standard term as it relates to online learning (see it already?). We call online learning, e-learning, not e-training, but some vendors will have you believe that “training” is the appropriate term, rather than learning.

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. Unhappy current customers. How long do you think your current customers whom you initially targeted are going to be happy.

May Edition: E-Learning News and Notes

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What’s the best way to add components to your product? In the past it was build it yourself (pricey) or find open source and customize it (could be pricey, but cheaper then complete build). The partner approach works this way: vendor A integrates Vendor B’s solution into their product. One of the best known is eLearning Brothers. One of eLearning Brothers’ products is showing up in other rapid content authoring tools.

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5 Trends to Watch 4 n 2011

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They are similar to what you see in your standard LMS, course content, learning paths, reporting – but it is not as robust (which is fine for some end users). One vendor with 750 users, priced out at nearly 24K a year; another close to 11.5K – thus depends on users is a factor. Basic systems – people are being overwhelmed with systems that shove as much as they can into their product and overcharge for it. Social Learning and M-Learning.

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? Again, our customers aren’t asking for it, so we are just doing enough to appear that we are cutting edge. Apparently, the potential customers and even clients are speaking and those vendors are listening. 2 Mobile Learning. 3 Social Learning.

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Dispelling the LMS Myth

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He was recognized throughout the e-learning and learning communities. I live it, perhaps too much, yet the other day I came across a learning blog informing its readers that in order for the LMS to survive: Must become modular. E-Commerce. Customized skinning – albeit in today’s market there are some vendors who charge for skins – disgusting! Excluding the above, there are vendors out there who charge extra for.

User Friendly or Hype?

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Our customers find our system user friendly and easy to use. We have the highest repeat customers in the industry. The number one reason people leave their current system or purchase a different e-learning product? Authoring tools whose interface either looks like to was written in 1997 (thus outdated) or is so confusing, that the premise of rapid, just is not possible. Every time I see a product, two statements seem to be universal.

5 Trends to Watch 4 n 2011

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They are similar to what you see in your standard LMS, course content, learning paths, reporting – but it is not as robust (which is fine for some end users). One vendor with 750 users, priced out at nearly 24K a year; another close to 11.5K – thus depends on users is a factor. Basic systems – people are being overwhelmed with systems that shove as much as they can into their product and overcharge for it. Social Learning and M-Learning.

#ASTDTK14 Review

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ASTDTK14 zoomed into Vegas last week with about 60 vendors (est.) On the expo side, and I know ASTD Events are going to disagree with me (err, they already have via Linkedin), I wasn’t overly impressed on the number of vendors’ booths. Authoring tools vendors – pickings were slim, Adobe was present, so was Allen Interactions (Zebra Zapps), but no Articulate? Conferencing vendors – Were there any? Wi-Fi for booth vendors was horrible.

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ASTD TechKnowledge 2013, Day 2

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The product comes in two flavors – a simple and a more robust. Comes with App store and gadget store , where you can download and install into your product – the apps are like objects created by them and others, and gadgets are widget like things – them and end users; oh the majority are free, but if as an end user created one and wanted to sell it – you could. IMO this is not an authoring tool, although I’m sure you can spin it that way if you want to.

TechKnowledge 2012 – Post Assessment

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This was my third TK in a row to attend, and as usual it contained some WOW on the part of some products, some “huh” on others and even a few “boos” Overall Expo Analysis. Nice selection of vendors – in general. More vendors showing off their products then in the past – still a couple believe that a poster board will do the trick. Significant increase in custom development shops – the most I have seen ever at TK12.