How to Give a Better Design Briefing to Your E-learning Vendor

Learnnovators

This isn’t about getting to know a vendor’s capabilities in general. This is for when you’ve got a training problem or requirement on your hands and you’re about to speak to training vendors. Really, the same dynamic should apply when speaking to a training vendor.

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Choosing an E-learning Vendor? Review this Checklist First

CommLab India

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. You have to choose carefully because there are many companies out there claiming to provide quality e-learning. The best way to do this is to focus on some key areas of e-learning development and ask the right questions from a potential e-learning vendor.

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How to Write a Winning RFP to Hire the Best E-learning Vendor

CommLab India

Have you, as a training manager or L&D professional, shortlisted e-learning vendors to develop customized learning solutions for your organization? A training manager followed certain e-learning vendor selection criteria and received the following proposals from two different e-learning vendors. The second vendor proposed simulations, videos, and a gamified assessment at a staggering cost of $250,000.

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Does Your Custom E-learning Vendor Cater to Your Product Sales Training Needs?

CommLab India

Finding an eLearning vendor who can take care of your product training needs is a task in itself, because when you begin to explore the eLearning market, you will find dozens who will claim to know just what you need, but just a handful really know what you need and how to deliver it. In this scenario, how can you identify genuine, experienced learning partners? If you already have an eLearning vendor for product sales training, does his training provide all of the above?

Working with E-Learning Vendors: Tips for Working with Vendors

E-learning Uncovered

Over the last few blogs, I’ve given some tips on how to find a vendor through a Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Proposal (RFP) , and then how to evaluate the responses you get to select the best vendor to meet your needs. During development, always keep your design document and other guidelines up-to-date with anything the vendor promised they would do. If the vendor supplies the contract, make sure you are protected. Be good to your vendor, though.

How Do E-learning Vendors Price Their Services

CommLab India

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. Services provided by e-learning vendors and how they are priced. Established e-learning companies typically provide the following services: 1. E-learning design and development.

Y R Some Vendors confused about e-learning?

eLearning 24-7

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.

Outsourcing Custom E-Learning Development To Maximize ROI

Cognigix

A custom eLearning program is designed to meet the specific training needs of an organization, increase relevance and engagement in the training resulting in better learning outcomes. Outsourcing eLearning development to a vendor allows accomplishing this objective.

E-Learning: Did you know.

eLearning 24-7

I love going to LMS sites and seeing a list of clients that the vendor lists. Especially the LMS vendors who also create custom content/development. That some vendors who provide a list of clients may not be clients of their LMS, rather they are current or past clients of custom course development. Yep, you read that right, and best or worst of all, they (vendor) never tells you, unless you inquiry. For the vendor to achieve success in the demo.

#10 to #1 LMSs of 2012

eLearning 24-7

10 eLogic Learning - Essential LMS. 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. 4 IMC-AG Clix Learning Suite.

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

eLearning 24-7

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. E xpertus One ($$$-$$$$)- Still the best multi-tenant platform in the market. E-Learning 24/7.

New Authoring tool rankings #11 to #20

eLearning 24-7

However, in the past week, I have received over 500 e-mails from readers requesting a list of the top twenty (rather than top then). No reason, I just love saying that) Mzinga shows up with a true social learning authoring tool. A few vendors say “social learning” but it is often far from it. I’m always amazed at some of the names vendors come up with for authoring tools. 1st vendor to have online/offline mobile synch. E-Learning 24/7.

E-learning Project Management – Advice from an In-house Expert

CommLab India

We all know that good project management is the key to the success of an outsourced e-learning initiative. To find out, I talked to a project management expert at CommLab India, an organization that has been in the business of providing technology-enabled learning solutions since 2000. Rajesh is an e-learning veteran and has handled hundreds of online course development projects successfully. How should firms get started with an e-learning project?

May Edition: E-Learning News and Notes

eLearning 24-7

The partner approach works this way: vendor A integrates Vendor B’s solution into their product. Some times, it is nothing more than a link – hidden from the end user – the screen shows a popup or goes to the “page” but in reality the end user is now in the other vendor’s solution. Other vendors are exploring the addition of avatars that can communicate with one another. I believe a new sub-genre of e-learning is upon us.

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#25 to #11 LMSs of 2012

eLearning 24-7

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.

E-Learning News and Notes

eLearning 24-7

I love Questionmark, its a wonderful product and it can use a “connector” to integrate into your learning platform or system. Greater increase in the number of learning management systems offering quiz/assessment tools. Considering the growth of authoring tools, learning platforms, even mobile platforms jumping into the assessment tool space with equal performance, it just seems to be moving down the opposite side of the bell curve. Collaborative Learning Systems.

Social Learning – What’s the Point? Time to turn the tables on the naysayers

eLearning 24-7

That is what one senior exec said to me, the other day when it came to social learning. For vendors, they could make it happen and generate revenue. Even with slideshare, you can actually post e-books and other documents, so it follows suit in a system. Expand it, so that e-books, documents, audio files can be viewed on e-book readers, if it is ePub (the most used format, and recognized with every e-reader, sans Kindle) it will work. E-Learning 24/7.

E-Learning Early Indicators

eLearning 24-7

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? Apparently, the potential customers and even clients are speaking and those vendors are listening. Not just a few vendors, the industry as a whole. A significant number of vendors, reported higher revenue and sales numbers in 2010, then in 2009. 2 Mobile Learning.

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User Friendly or Hype?

eLearning 24-7

The number one reason people leave their current system or purchase a different e-learning product? 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. I have seen over 150 systems, 80 plus authoring tools, dozens of web conferencing products, mobile learning, quiz assessment tools, CMSs and learning portals, and not everyone of them meets those two statements. E-Learning 24/7.

Product Review: Saba Social

eLearning 24-7

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. Learning. Learning.

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Product Review: Mindflash.com

eLearning 24-7

E-mail specific slides to subject matter experts for review. E-Mail notifications and reminders. Terms “trainer” and “trainee” – these are instructor led terms, not e-learning. Requirement for the “trainer” to have their e-mail address before course is launched – why? E-mail notification options – the default is off, but a quick click and then turn on. Send someone via e-mail the preview.

Social Learning, Social Media – Brothers in Arms

eLearning 24-7

Is it me or does it seem that most vendors in the LMS/LCMS market still believe that with some smoke and mirrors, you won’t realize that social media actually must be integrated into social learning for it to exist? Or do they just drop the word, “social media&# , and rather say, “social learning and web 2.0″? See, it is social learning. When people scour the job markets, employers post seeking social media experts. E-Learning 24/7.

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

eLearning 24-7

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. Trainer section – Photo optional, name/e-mail address required. Trainees, Courses, E-Mail.

In-House or Outsourcing eLearning development

Wizcabin

Apart from that, it’s also worth noting that before outsourcing your e-learning development to a vendor, you also need to consider some factors. You need to opt for a vendor that is reliable and proficient enough to meet the training needs of your company.

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

CommLab India

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. You can find the answer from some of the following lesser-known benefits that Indian e-learning partners offer to overseas organizations. If you are looking for a budget-friendly vendor to develop eLearning courses for your company, Indian vendors are the best bet.

5 Practical Tips to Minimize Your Online Training Outsourcing Budgets

CommLab India

Though a major chunk of training has moved online, learning and development teams still face a major crunch in their budgets. E-learning outsourcing in hard dollar terms. Outsourcing your eLearning requirements to the vendor who follows systematic processes, will decrease your online training budgets. Confining your learning design for the definite learning outcomes will set the scope, thereby reducing unnecessary costs.

Tips to Efficiently Manage Outsourced E-learning Projects

CommLab India

If you’ve made the decision to outsource your e-learning projects considering the benefits outsourcing provides and have made your choice of vendor after going through a checklist , you are well on the road to successful e-learning implementation. But before you pat yourself on the back, are you sure you can manage the e-learning projects successfully with your outsourcing partner? Ensure you have an expert to review them.

Training Outsourcing: Overcoming Five Fallacies

CommLab India

Training and e-learning outsourcing has been a successful business strategy over the years. They are now realizing the importance of training design, development, and exploiting the latest learning technologies in training outsourcing. If the training is developed in-house, training managers and subject matter experts (SMEs) spend much of their time (around 80%) on implementation and only 20% on strategic planning to align the training with business outcomes.

When must a company implement virtual reality training?? 

Creativ Technologies

The learners can be immersed in a world of faulty machines and learn how to repair them.?. It is the best role-play for becoming an expert in handling real-life office situations.?. This way, they can also learn how to prevent defects in the product line.?.

Deriving the Best out of E-learning Outsourcing: Creating Impactful Courseware

G-Cube

With the growing popularity and success of e-learning in the corporate circles, the need for high-quality course-ware development is ever-increasing. G-Cube works with many organizations, assisting them to develop e-courses for their varying needs. Looking into our rich and varied experience, we bring forth some ways that the e-learning vendor can ensure content quality – considering large volumes and strict timelines. e-Learning

Why is HTML5 migration considered to be a wiser perspective?

Dynamic Pixel

To convert a flash file to HTML5, either an expert is needed, or the task is entitled to a professional team of experienced personnel. Transferring animated material to online learning software is not dependent on the outsourced plug-ins as HTML5 is fine with modern technology.

Outsourcing the translation of your e-learning courses? Get the prep work right

CommLab India

Are you considering translating your e-learning courses? As an e-learning vendor with 15 years of experience and translation expertise, we at CommLab suggest you outsource your translation services to a vendor who has the required expertise to produce multiple language versions of e-learning courses. The vendors will have set processes in place that ensure quality. Resources are available with the vendor to meet tight deadlines.

World of Learning Conference Review

eLearning 24-7

Because those who were fortunate to attend the World of Learning Conference, everywhere they looked was a nugget of gold, especially those who used the dynamite technique of e-learning. While I am sure that occurred at WOLC, the ones I gazed at, which were presented by vendors, had no sales pitch whatsoever, rather it was all about a specific subject tied to e-learning. Heck, one vendor I know even landed a massive deal right there at the show.

Advantages of Outsourcing E-learning Development

CommLab India

To develop effective training modules, it is important they are customized to meet the distinct learning needs of the workforce. Creating and maintaining e-learning in-house can be an important investment for employee development and your brand’s future. You will have control over employees’ learning plans and the LMS. Changing learning needs based on employees’ performance. However developing e-learning in-house comes with its requisites.

Challenges and Solutions of E-learning Implementation – Part 2

CommLab India

In Part 1 of this blog, we discussed the initial steps of e-learning implementation in large organizations such as managing employee resistance to this new mode of training, choosing appropriate topics for training, and sourcing content. Further steps for successful e-learning implementation will be discussed in this blog. Finding the Right Blend of E-learning. The other option is to buy courses from vendors. Choosing the Right E-learning Vendor.

The 5 Myths of Rapid E-Learning Revisited

Rapid eLearning

I came into rapid e-learning from the world of Authorware and Flash where building courses took a lot of time and cost a lot more money. As soon as I asked that question, I heard all of the bellyaching from our Flash developers and most of the custom e-learning vendors we hired. They felt threatened and raised all sorts of concerns about the future of the industry and the fate of e-learning. Myth 1: Rapid E-Learning Is Crapid E-Learning!

The Fantastic Four – Factors That Help Keep your E-learning Outsourcing Costs Under Control

CommLab India

You wanted to reduce your e-learning development cost, that’s why you thought of outsourcing. E-learning companies that use the agile e-learning development process, develop short courses, offer translation services, and work with rapid authoring tools can keep online learning development costs under control. Let’s check how these four aspects play a key role in saving e-learning outsourcing costs.