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Product Review: BlueVolt

eLearning 24-7

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. E-mail notifications and reminders. Social Learning – No.

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). So if you do not want “make score equal to progress&# and why would you for a lesson or page, the type immediately changes to “custom&#. E-Learning 24/7.

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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. E-Learning 24/7.

E-Learning Innovative Products – They are Out There

eLearning 24-7

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.

Product Review: Mzinga OmniSocial

eLearning 24-7

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.

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%.

This is not (fill in the blank)

eLearning 24-7

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. It is extra or can be a standalone – some vendors offer this capability.

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A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

eLearning 24-7

The year kicked off with lots of potential, lots of excitement in the air and lots of customers gearing up to purchase new systems, despite global economic woes. Mobile Learning. LMSs – Finally vendors took notice. eLogic Learning. exact learning.

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What’s hurting the LMS market

eLearning 24-7

Make no mistake, there are plenty of vendors out there who believe in the concept of focusing on features and forgetting about usability, under the guise that people would rather have lots of cool blinky things rather than usability. While this is a great concept for party decorations, it is not for a learning platform. There are a plethora of vendors out there, with blinders on. . Part of this reasoning, is tied to size of customer base. . Customer support.

#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

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10 eLogic Learning - Essential LMS. Features include: Extended enterprise – multiple children/sub-portals, each skinned/branded and each on a separate server – many EEs are on a shared server. Unlimited portals. Custom domain option. Social learning.

Education learning management system trends

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However, they often do not realize – until it is too late, that “free” isn’t really free because customization has to constantly exist, support, among other things. Mobile Learning. Because students are already using such products in their daily lives.

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.

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.

It’s Demo Time

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You want to see a learning platform, but you don’t want to access the trial, first or perhaps you can’t. You can try to figure out about the product via the company’s web site, but many sites honestly are beyond awful. They fail to even clearly show their product, let alone present the product sans the standard PPT intro that comes with “learn more” about the solution. E-Mail. Right product? E-Learning 24/7.

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Best of the Best – Extended Enterprise or multi-tenant LMSs

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Just because a system lists itself as an extended enterprise does not mean it comes with multiple domains (which with some vendors includes customized) nor with multiple portals or my preferable term – “multi-tenant” You may see an “extended enterprise” which not only refers to the company’s employees, but also their customers and channel partners. Multi-Tenant: Some people refer to it as portals and sub-portals.

Social Learning and LMSs Marketplace

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As social learning continues to grow, LMS/LCMS vendors are taking various approaches. While some view themselves as “social learning&# savvy, incorporating various components, others seem to see themselves as just sitting on the sidelines. LMS/LCMS vendors are following one of three approaches when it comes to social learning. Dip their feet in it – just a bit, a little here, a little there – oh and call it a full social learning platform.

Something is Going on Down there in the LMS Market

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LMS Vendors and Tablets Update. That said, why is this happening: A significant (over 90%) of vendors are holding off this year and at least part of next year from optimizing their solution to the iPad. When you hear the term “browser agnostic&# , what this means is that the product or solution will work on any browser. But with LMS vendors jumping into the mobile learning sector, at least in some cases, it may be a tad misleading. LMS/LCMS/CMS Vendors.

The grades are in for Education focused LMSs

eLearning 24-7

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.

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.

Questions to Ask Ur Prospective LMS Vendor

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If you are like the thousands of other people exploring the purchase of a learning management system, the key to success is asking the right questions. . For people who are working on certification, does your system provide e-mail reminders to end users whose certification is near expiration and thus they need to go into the system and complete it? What about e-mail reminders for the following (time frame) to renew? Go directly to the 3rd party vendor whose courses they are.

The 5 most common LMS complaints from end users

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Write it on a piece of paper and say to themselves, I will e-mail/call support later. E-mail support and hope someone responds. I see two factors: Person really doesn’t know the product inside and out and so they tell you want you want to hear. ” Then you find it they have to heavily customize it – charge extra for that – and the interface is buggy. Skinning for additional portals/tenants, etc. E-Learning 24/7.

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LMS vendors: R u hearing us?

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LMS Vendors. 30% vendors offer at least one type of social media – from my latest LMS directory. Dozens of LMS vendors, had typos on their web pages, zero screens of the system, links that went nowhere and two kicked up my Firewall warning of possible privacy collection and one had a Trojan Horse (I use a hardcore firewall and A/V). Over 90% of LMS vendors had their sites available only in English; so the potential customer could not view it in any other language.

#25 to #11 LMSs of 2012

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It is the holiday season and for those who see me as the grinch (okay a few vendors do, but I digress) here is a special post. Next week, 12-12-12, will be #10 to #1 learning management systems for 2012. New features include m-learning on the iPad with native app (no on/off synch), integrates with Yammer, themes, custom URL, assessment tool, the authoring tool is the key component, help and feedback tab. Video learning platforms. 20 Saba Learning Suite.

Extended Enterprise Systems – Halloween Edition

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Multi-tenet or multi-portal, some call them multiple portals. E-commerce (should be included, and not an extra fee). Main system (portal or parent) can push out material, courses, etc. to the sub portals or children. Main portal or parent, can see all the sub-portals/children – data, info, everything. Sub-portal/child – can have their own courses, materials, tests, etc. They scream “$$$” for the parent/main portal.

5 Trends to Watch 4 n 2011

eLearning 24-7

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.

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. The challenge though is that there are customers who have no desire and zero interest to use or have a TM in their system. E-Learning 24/7.

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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.

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.

Something is Going on Down there in the LMS Market

eLearning 24-7

LMS Vendors and Tablets Update. That said, why is this happening: A significant (over 90%) of vendors are holding off this year and at least part of next year from optimizing their solution to the iPad. When you hear the term “browser agnostic&# , what this means is that the product or solution will work on any browser. But with LMS vendors jumping into the mobile learning sector, at least in some cases, it may be a tad misleading, especially with smartphones.

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.

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? Every time I see a product, two statements seem to be universal. 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. E-Learning 24/7.

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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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.

E-learning Outsourcing – Make the Right Choice

CommLab India

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? Proficiency in training and learning.

E-Learning on the Move at Greyhound

CLO Magazine

As Greyhound adopts e-learning programs to train its employees, the 100-year-old company proves that an old dog can use new learning methods. is in an e-learning state of mind. Last year, the bus company decided to switch from focusing on classroom sessions to e-learning programs that teach leadership skills, customer service and team cooperation when and where employees need it.