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 people I meet at events. 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. E-Learning 24/7.

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Analysis of ASTD International Conference and Expo 2013

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Well, this year’s show had all the fun and excitement you can expect in the biggest training conference event of the year. to the expo vendors who forgot to bring any type of product example to the show – this event will go down in history! Okay, probably not, but as you can see – I’m hucking the event, like any good showman. An additional fee of $700 per day for vendors who wanted to use Wi-Fi, which some vendors found to be spotty at best.

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Top 10 LMSs for 2013

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Back again to bring this first in a series of rankings for the top ten learning management systems for 2013. Vendors can move up, down or out of the rankings – after all it is on-going. I’m not a lead gen for the vendors listed – rather the goal is to provide you with vendors that meet numerous criteria including UI, features, support/service, mobile, feedback from current and past clients and future game plans. Support of the iPad, thus mobile learning.

#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

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10 eLogic Learning - Essential LMS. Classroom mgt, event mgt., surveys/assessments, e-commerce, transcripts, ad-hoc reporting and the other standards in the industry (90/10). TinCan support with mobile learning, however no on/off synch. Mobile learning support, but no TinCan nor on/off synch. In fact, recent surveys are showing that college students prefer SMS over e-mail notifications. Jam – which is their social learning and collaboration tool.

Video Learning Platforms

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People who bought HD-DVD players – learn that they make great flying objects out of five story buildings. 2013 - LMSs are not the only learning system in town. The new kids of the block (please no jokes here) are Video Learning Platforms. Video in e-learning means something quite different than video in its usual term. Deliver live presentations/events/meetings/webcast – to name a few. Other options – depends on the vendor.

ET and E-Learning

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Emerging technology that has I believe the potential to do wonders in the e-learning space. E-Mail. E-Learning and Emerging Technology. While you can easily put a lot of things in here, I am going to talk about four emerging technologies I see as real powerhouses in the possibilities and capabilities in e-learning. But – you say – what about learning/education and training? Kinect + Kinect = Immersion E-Learning.

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LMS Ecosystems – The next big thing

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When you think of a learning management system you immediately focus on the features, ease of use (ideally) and more importantly how it ties directly to what you want to do in the short and long term as related to learning or learning/performance management. Maybe you see it as a component within a blended learning environment. Because the one stop shops are now appearing in learning management systems, for the better. E-Learning 24/7.

Features that are must haves in any LMS

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Learning environment. Assign x users to one group, assign “y” to another group – with each group having different courses, learning content, etc. Other standard favorites included some type of “event management” albeit the term wasn’t necessarily used. The problem though is what should be universal standards – and for the vast majority are – there are still learning management systems that just fail to grasp that concept.

Low Cost LMSs – Yes, u can find one for under 10K

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Some systems in this space include e-commerce at no additional charge. Any vendor, who includes a set storage fee, should be able to provide you a range of number of courses – with examples and video/audio files – if you plan to use them. Many vendors’ sites do not state this information in their pricing. Some 50K or more systems could learn from the top low cost systems on some things. E-Learning 24/7.

#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.

#ASTDTK14 Review

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ASTDTK14 zoomed into Vegas last week with about 60 vendors (est.) As in the case with any session laced event, some people found that speaker X went off task or speaker C was horrific. 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. Mobile specific tools or m-learning spin tools – were not as extensive as I was expecting.

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ASTD International trade show wrap up day 2

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In this amazing episode we find out that not all mobile devices are really mobile (according to a vendor), the new six letter word is Tin Can, mobile only products still exist, my game is your game and ASTD did not offer a breakfast for us. While they are portable, they are mobile and the primary reason why mobile learning has taken off in the marketplace. I may not take my tablet to a sporting event, but it doesn’t mean that I see my smartphone as the only mobile device.

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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. E-Learning 24/7.

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. Too many vendors are focusing on talent/performance management as the next feature/component in their systems. Do you have a LMS/LCMS/Learning Platform. Today, however more and more learning management systems are bringing into content management features, inc.

Holiday Giveaway from E-Learning 24/7

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Many of us, see e-learning vendors who put $$$ ahead of their customers. Thus, it is wonderful to see vendors who have stepped forward and said, “we care&#. “We value you&#. It was just a request to give something back to the readers of this blog, the e-learning community during this holiday season. The Vendors (alphabetical order, followed by giveaway). Link to web site is located within the vendor’s name. E-mail Me.

Product Review: Totara

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Vendors in this space include Docebo, eFront, Litmos and of course Totara. My Learning tab – shows alerts, recent learning, upcoming events. Graphical progress bar – basically less text or funky icons that only the vendor knows what is – example, a recall one vendor using a floppy disk to represent an online course. Calendar – Love it here, but when you hover over the dates, shows a tiny box if an event is available.

Trade Show Circuit 2013

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In just one month, the e-learning trade show season will be upon us. Too many e-learning shows. Vendors are assessing as well. The show is solely focused on e-learning and the vendors come from all over the world. On the vendor side, nice set to select from although on the freebie side – always is lame. Vendor Angle. A must for any e-learning vendor. Learning Solutions. Vendor Angle.

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The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market

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I am still surprised on how vendors who are offering assessment only tools are staying in the game. This will become one of the biggest features in 2012 – especially with people wanting to create simulations without being an e-learning developer. Some vendors push heavily on PPT, implying that a great WBT is really a PPT converted to Flash. Over 98% of the LMS/LCMS/learning platform have at least one compliance standard, so why use a RCAT that doesn’t?

Product Review: Cornerstone OnDemand

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Leader board within “Connect” their social learning component – however, I did not see any type of incentive tied to it. Social Learning in general – can’t anyone come up with something fresh? E-commerce. Event management. Additional charge for “Connect” their social learning set, unless you purchase the Extended Enterprise Cloud (then it is included). Event. E-Learning 24/7.

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. Event calendar/event features. E-mail notifications and reminders. Mobile Learning – yes you can view it on tablets and smartphones. Social Learning – No. Offers e-commerce module: Yes. Course/Resource/Event Title. E-Learning 24/7.

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. A: Depends on the vendor.

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. What is nice is there are still a significant number of vendors who have not added it. E-Learning 24/7.

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Open Source Web Conferencing Solutions – FREE

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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. event. Event Management Software.net - event management. Tags: Open Source Uncategorized e-learning e-learning vendors elearning web conferencing webinars web meetings

Psst. You wanna buy some features?

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LMS vendors are continuing to add some very unique features in an effort to set themselves apart from the competition. You don’t have to go to funkytown to see some feature sets that put the “WoW” back into learning. Built in E-mail that blocks viruses, spam plus you can send out of the LMS. Desktop sharing (appears with a few vendors). e-book publishing. Section 508 (still shocking at the lack of vendors that fail to offer this feature).

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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E-Learning without Borders

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We often tell our employees, customers and ourselves, that e-learning is learning without borders. That you can learn wherever you are, at whatever time you want, and that you can gain knowledge without the previous conditions. I wonder if we have truly achieved this premise, i.e. learning without borders or are we stating something that is not yet accurate? educational) lacking: is an interface for a LMS or learning platform. E-Learning 24/7.

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. 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. Yet, for many vendors that objective, comes at a price, you have to talk to them. E-Mail. For many vendors it is all about the phone call. Some vendors are quick to respond.

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E-Learning 24/7 Latest News and Notes

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Coming this Thursday June 24th : The Revolution is Coming - How tablets will take e-learning farther and further than b4. What LMS and LCMS vendors support APIs and why this should be the first question you ask any prospective vendor. New: Virtual Event – Coming Nov. E-Learning 24/7 & HR.com have teamed up to provide the first full LMS expo virtual event on the net. E-Learning 24/7. Latest news and notes.

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.

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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Product Review Raptivity

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Interaction views and selections include “Bloom Taxonomy, Gagne Nine Events, Kellers ARCS model, Experimental Learning. Saving to Favorites is easy, but my Learning theories – while interesting – i.e. you can create your own learning theory – really serves no purpose. Essentials pack – comes with two Glossaries options and two FAQ – when did those become full interactive experiences that stimulate learning. E-Learning 24/7.

Product Review: Saba Social

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So, when I went and checked out Saba Social, Saba’s new social learning platform, I had very low expectations. Bookmark feature is interesting, but with this one item – Saba’s past UI issues appear – too bad, it has an spin on the bookmark concept.epub file upload that worked, which is rarely seen in any file acceptance of other social learning systems and even the majority of e-learning solutions to begin with. My Virtual Events.

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E-Learning Innovative Products – They are Out There

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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. When they hit stride, other vendors take notice and soon, the lemming revolution begins. An e-learning marketplace. E-Learning 24/7.

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. The bandwagon rage are LMS vendors stating that their product/solution is optimized for tablets, specifically mentioning the iPad. E-Learning 24/7.

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? Event Management. E-Learning 24/7.

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. The report can be viewed by the presenter or whoever is reviewing the data, after the event. Ability to send out event information via Twitter and Facebook.

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RFPs: Eliminate the Agony, Embrace the Success

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It is a necessity to identify the vendor that is going to provide you with the best system for your solution. It is a time saver, but pulling down a RFP, especially if it comes from a vendor’s site (even if that is not the vendor you are going to submit it to), can define your approach, without you even realizing it. The RFP may be geared actually to the vendor whose site you have pulled it down from. Many vendors are in the three or less years category.

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