An Effective Way to Communicate with Your E-learning Vendor

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Communication plays an important role in e-learning vendor management. Check this blog to know more about the communication process followed by good e-learning vendors and what you can do to improve the communication process.

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. E-learning design and development.

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? The second vendor proposed simulations, videos, and a gamified assessment at a staggering cost of $250,000.

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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?

Effective Ways to Evaluate and Decide an E-learning Vendor Outsourcing [Infographic]

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Many organizations want to outsource their e-learning projects. But, selecting the right e-learning services provider from hundreds of vendors is the most important concern. Related Posts Why Experience is Important When Choosing An E-learning Outsourcing Partner?

9 Tips that Help You Write an Effective RFP to Hire an E-learning Vendor [Infographic]

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Check this infographic for tips to write an RFP, to hire the e-learning right vendor. eLearning Design eLearning Outsourcing

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How to Choose the Best E-Learning Vendor for Your Organization

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Outsourcing your e-learning requirements to the right vendor helps your organization deliver world-class training to your employees. If you want effective e-learning that will enhance your employees’ performance, then you should choose an e-learning partner carefully

Gamification in E-Learning – Are you really learning?

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You also have probably read (not sure if you received any points) that gamification is the next big thing in e-learning. . Some people define gamification in the e-learning space as games themselves – sim games for tests, or games for learning.

Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses

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Geared toward e-learning developers and instructional designers. The biggest problem facing the industry in the past few years are the lack of course authoring tools for e-learning developers and instructional designers. MLOAT - Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool.

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 remember seeing some pricing online by a LMS vendor and then when I got the contract it had different pricing on it. E-commerce – especially those who charge a yearly price. ” There are some vendors who will only deal with clients who have over 10,000 employees – so this quick qualifier will streamline the process.

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When your LMS BFF is no longer

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The big elephant in the room that we hear so many times and vendors love to pitch (to get you to their system), but rarely the vendors themselves will admit to – many have only themselves to blame. Sometimes, it is the client’s fault and sometimes it is the vendor’s fault. I know, I know it is never your fault (client) – its those nasty LMS vendors, but as with the failure to recognize, often more than not it is duality, at least at some level.

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Product Review: BlueVolt

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Ability to e-mail a group of people or an individual within the product – ideal for classroom, webinars or even admin to send specific notifications without having to sent it to everyone. E-mail notifications and reminders. Social Learning – No. E-Learning 24/7.

Review of ASTD International Trade Expo

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Lots of vendors, lots of potential. There were vendors that had nice LMSs and cool features. It just wasn’t me thinking this, I heard it from attendees and even other vendors who were trolling the floor. E-Learning has been minimal. I would estimate that there was a 60-40 split, still instructor led driven, but even a significant number of the ILT vendors were offering subsets or capabilities to turn their ILT into online via webinars or online courses.

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Evolving the E-Learning Experience for the 21st Century

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What always stuns me are vendors who state they know what their learners want, but in reality have no clue, because they themselves do not see the technology and its usage among the masses. E-Mail. The growing number of businesses leaving Microsoft Outlook to Internet e-mail is amazing. What makes Dropbox so effective? I see this as one of the most important features for any learning management system, open source or commercial. E-Learning 24/7.

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#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.

Now you bought a LMS: Implement, Train and Support

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You have now purchased your learning management system. Many people will ask their potential vendor what is the implementation time, but will forget to ask if the vendor has a dedicated project manager. This person handles everything from the vendors’ side of thing. The next call you should receive is from your vendor’s project manager. A good LMS vendor will put together a nice support team for you. For many LMS vendors they do the following.

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

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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? Ability to add basic transitional effects – for those that want to use it . E-Learning 24/7.

E-Learning End Users Have Spoken – time for the industry to listen

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Recently, I conducted an emerging technology survey related to e-learning and the results show that end users are utilizing technology more then ever before and are seeking product features that LMS and content authoring tools, do not offer at this current time. With an increase in e-learning sales a, projections of 7.1 billion dollars (USD) by 2015 and an increase in competition in the space, it is time for vendors to act. Editing/Adding Effects/Manipulating.

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). I will say this about EasyGenerator, the properties is so extensive in this program, that you should not have any issue on what the outcome or desired effect should be.

What’s hurting the LMS market

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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. . Yet, many vendors are doing exactly that. E-Learning 24/7.

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

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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.

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. Market themselves effectively.

Top 10 LMS/LCMS Trends and Forecasts

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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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Web Conferencing 101 – The Basics

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Web conferercing continues to be hot, but it is not as easy as just selecting vendor x or y, rather to find the best solution, it is important to identify certain items and features before moving forward. . event management, e-commerce (if available), audio conferencing and how it works with web conferencing vendors, who is in the tablet space, and my personal picks. For the vendors who offer this option, they go about it in a couple of ways. E-Learning 24/7.

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LMS Multi-Year Contracts

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It is the right amount of time, to get the full potential of the system, to maximize its potential to your audience, market it effectively to your employees/customers to use it (I know shocking, huh?), Note: If you want additional information on contracts, please read my post, “ LMS Contracts “, which covers everything you need to do to ensure you are receiving a fair and accurate deal from the vendor. E-Learning 24/7.

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4 Tips to Effectively Convert Adobe Flash E-learning to HTML5

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Organizations have been converting all their Flash-based e-learning material to HTML5 so that employees do not face any issues while accessing training courses. Chunk them to Short and Specific Learning Nuggets. HTML5: What’s in it for E-learning.

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

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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.

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. But with LMS vendors jumping into the mobile learning sector, at least in some cases, it may be a tad misleading, especially with smartphones. Two years ago, lots of LMS vendors were saying their systems were browser agnostic. LMS/LCMS/CMS Vendors.

LMS Contracts – What U Must Have, Need 2 Know

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Ahh, you have found your vendor, everything in the world is at peace. stuff): There are some very detailed information in regards to LMS contracts and this blog is not a legal representation of contracts, rather it is based on personal experience with LMS vendors. If they make changes to the contract, send it back to the vendor and have the vendor make those changes in the contract before they send it back to you. What about that e-commerce module you decided to buy?

WBT – What is Happening?

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The real value of e-learning and specifically WBT has somehow become entangled into this morphed methodology of creating asynchronous courses (WBT that is fully self-contained – everything is in it), following an ILT (instructor led training) approach. Premise of E-Learning – WBT (Web Based Training) Courses. Why E-Learning over ILT (Instructor Led Training). Learning styles can be achieved – all learning styles.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Mindflash.com Version – Product Review

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I deck out the house with special effects, ghostly lights, the whole works. I would be afraid to enter, seeing the words, “trainer and trainees&# in the same sentence for an online learning solution. Ease of use – No tech skill required, no knowledge of online learning required (but.see further down). E-Mail template option that enables you to tweak it or leave as is and send, along with step by step options for follow up. Trainees, Courses, E-Mail.

LMS Moneyball

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If you need some additional tweaks – maybe it is included “free&# (again, already calculated ahead of time, by them (the vendors – as an enticement) or street priced. Same approach LMS/LCMS vendors take when it comes to their systems. Your company is going places and your LMS vendor could be part of that expansion and more importantly, as you expand – you will need more SEATS – thus MORE REVENUE for your vendor. E-Learning 24/7.

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. Some vendors will charge you per customization. Yes I can Do it OR Maybe not… Depending on what you are seeking in a customization, some vendors will tell you that it is either doable or not. E-Learning 24/7.

LMS Contracts – What U Must Have, Need 2 Know

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Ahh, you have found your vendor, everything in the world is at peace. stuff): There are some very detailed information in regards to LMS contracts and this blog is not a legal representation of contracts, rather it is based on personal experience with LMS vendors. If they make changes to the contract, send it back to the vendor and have the vendor make those changes in the contract before they send it back to you. What about that e-commerce module you decided to buy?

Web Conferencing: Features U must Have and Nice Options

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It used to be that every WC vendor went the seats route. Typically with licenses - a lot of vendors do not enable you to have the multiple rooms at the same time – i.e. the multiple seminars going on at the same time offer. Really it comes down to what else does your vendor provide, what type of agreement you are seeking, features, what do you want to do with your webinar – web conferencing solution. I love the new option some vendors are pitching “HD&#.

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Things to Consider When Outsourcing Your Online Training [Infographic]

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It is well known that e-learning is a cost-effective approach to train employees. Organizations can choose to develop in-house or rely on third party e-learning vendors to develop online courses.

The Lesser-known Benefits of Outsourcing E-learning to India

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If you are planning to implement e-learning in your organization and decide to outsource its design and development work, then your first preference must be India. Choosing an Indian e-learning vendor can result in significant cost saving for companies.