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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A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

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Mobile Learning. LMSs – Finally vendors took notice. Sadly though many still are in the dark on true mobile learning – i.e. not accessing their platform via a mobile web browser. Authoring Tools – With only a small sample of vendors that are SaaS based, pickings are slim. Those who aren’t are either offering native apps with online/offline synch or performing the shell game via the mobile web browser and calling it mobile learning.

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Analysis of ASTD International Conference and Expo 2013

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to the expo vendors who forgot to bring any type of product example to the show – this event will go down in history! For those of you who did not attend – the only place open in the morning at the convention center was Starbucks. Even though there signs to various food courts, none were open – although I did find one who was selling muffins that you wouldn’t want to eat. I was enthralled to see more e-learning products than in past shows.

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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. Perhaps you see it as an extension to an already in place, ILT (instructor led training) program. Maybe you see it as a component within a blended learning environment. E-Learning 24/7.

May Edition: E-Learning News and Notes

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In this month’s issue, my tribute is to the 80′s a time where the Net wasn’t around, ILT was the dominant force, CBT was up and coming and WBT was just a dream. 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. It still occurs in the ILT marketplace (regarding WBT).

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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. 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. Super Bonus – Great for retail locations where stores may not have e-mail, SMS removes that. Learning Environment.

Education learning management system trends

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Many in the education market are still in love with open source systems, such as Moodle. Mobile Learning. This is one of the most shocking trends in the space – the significant lack of mobile learning in these systems. So why the delay in using mobile learning, especially with tablets in education focused LMSs? The irony of course, is that systems are heavily focused on e-mail notifications and built-in email systems for students. Social Learning.

How to Buy a LMS

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LMS – Learning Management System – most commonly sought out by folks. LCMS – Learning Content Management System – going the way of the dodo bird. M-Learning- Mobile Learning. E-Learning – Online Learning. Many people confuse the term thinking it means electronic learning and thus will boost that they were doing e-learning 20 years ago or even longer. LRS – Learning Record Stores.

One Step Behind

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Back in the day, a punk rock group called Madness released a wonderful tune called, “ One Step Beyond “, sadily if you were to look at the state of the e-learning industry as a whole today, perhaps the song should have been called, “One Step Behind&#. A LMS that came with a e-commerce, a chat room, discussion boards, front end look that did not appear to a be a LMS, library, bookstore (capability), art gallery (I used it for sponsorship purposes).

Product Review: Mindflash.com

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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? Inability to have course be non-linear when live; it stays linear (another typical ILT feature), hint: WBT’s power is non-linear.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools 2010 – Innovators, Winners and Updated Trends

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2010 E-Learning 24/7 Awards (No official icon logo handed out to winners, rather just a “WHOO-HOO&# – uh, you can make that sound to yourself.thank you). Open Source Product of the Year (i.e. Sure, other vendors will say you can do that too, but you have to open each object file to get it. iPod, mobile phones, YouTube, message boards, e-mail. Clever and logical features, especially when it comes to emerging technology with e-learning.

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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Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality

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As the evolution of e-learning continues, the rapid content authoring tools (RCAT) market follows suit. This is a growing market with new vendors showing up, but at the same time, others disappearing. Templates with some learning objects? A robust learning solution of multiple capabilities and outputs? It was difficult to say the least and learning it wasn’t much easier. Open Source Free Content Authoring Tools. 43 Vendors do not have one.

Product Review: GeoLearning GeoMaestro

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Strong ILT functions (for those who offer instructor led training). 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. Setting up the ILT functionality is again, easy to do and the features are more than robust. Social Learning.

Product Review: Mindflash.com

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What I found was a solution that is a rapid e-learning authoring tool that offers easy to use functions as uploading learners and basic tracking results. If you want to remove the course permanently, I have to click the course title in the “Active&# bar on the home page, then once it opens in the “course dashboard&# , click “Archive&# and then from the “Archive&# bar on the home page, delete it. Name and e-mail address is not. E-Learning.

ATD ICE 2016 – Post Review

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Lots of folks interested in my Find an LMS service (I find three LMSs for you) and my new e-learning strategy services (contact me if interested). . I saw a lot more folks than in previous shows and more e-learning vendors too. Equally there were several ILT vendors who had some type of online learning thing going on. Still there are plenty of hold outs on the ILT side, especially those creating “leaders” or developing coaches.

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

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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. To archive a live course, you have open the course, which opens the course window and then click the archive button.

Turn Training into a Profit Center – Here’s How

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Tell people at your company, business, firm, association that you can make money with e-learning and make training a profit center, many times, you will get a “sure, sounds great”, with snickers behind the go for it. . I’m here to tell you, not only can you establish revenue with B2B/B2C training via e-learning but do it in such a way, that it becomes RR – recurring revenue and customers/clients/members/partners into repeat buyers. . L&D.

Six Things to Consider When Implementing An LMS for the First Time

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Are you implementing a Learning Management System (LMS) for the first time? An LMS just facilitates learning by helping manage and deliver courses. If you have a few courses, using an open-source LMS such as MOODLE is better. But, when you implement an LMS for the first time, going for an open-source LMS and using it to host courses is always a better option. A capable e-learning partner will take care of your courses’ development and deploy them on your LMS.

World of Learning Conference Review

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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.

Challenges and Solutions of E-learning Implementation – Part 2

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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.

Review of #ASTD2014 International Conference and Expo

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Although after talking to several vendors, irritation seemed to be a part of their response to me. Estimate 55% e-learning related content, including e-learning vendors and ILT vendors who added a “virtual training” component as part of their offerings. To me, many more LMS vendors than in the past, especially some newbies I’ve never seen attend the show. Expo vendor pick up in terms of leads and traffic.

Mobile Mania – The Latest on M-Learning

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These are the voyages of mobile learning. To boldly go where no e-learning vendor has gone before, specifically LMS vendors who are now starting to get it. . To, ah forget it you now the rest, but what you may not know is the latest on the mobile learning front. Responsive – Talk to any LMS vendor (okay, a large swath of them) and they will tell you they have responsive for mobile. . A vendor can do this without having a native app.