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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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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Working with E-Learning Vendors: The RFP

E-learning Uncovered

This week let’s look at the Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFI and RFP are the two primary tools you can use to select which vendor from a group is the best one to meet your needs. RFPs are formal documents written to vendors that specifically list what you want and help the vendor provide a specific, binding proposal. They can help you make apples-to-apples comparisons of possible vendors.

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Working With E-Learning Vendors: Evaluating Responses to Your RFP

E-learning Uncovered

In my last post , I gave some tips on what to include in the Request for Proposal (RFP). Now, let’s look at some tips on how to sift through all of the information you will get back from the vendors. The best time to think about how you want to evaluate vendors is when you are creating the RFP, so you don’t forget to ask the vendors for something you need. It can seem overwhelming to decide which vendor best meets your needs. Vendor A. Vendor B.

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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.

LMS RFP

Tony Karrer

Continuing on from my earlier posts: LMS Selection Presentation Reformulated LMS Selection Team and Stakeholders LMS Selection Process From several comments and from looking at my list of issues, I realize that writing a good LMS RFP is challenging and it's easy to make lots of mistakes. LMS RFP Resources John Theis wrote a dissertation on the contents of 25 RFPs submitted to an LMS vendor. Another good resource is: Learning Management Systems (LMS) A Review.

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LMS Ghost stories – The truth will scare you

eLearning 24-7

But what you rarely hear, is something I have often been hearing, which isn’t going from any spirit, rather it is coming from some LMS vendors. It is a sound so unbearable, a phrase or two so strange and misleading, you would think you were hearing it from… the salesperson’s mouth (or via e-mail). Any vendor who sees you as a potential customer, should go to your web site and grab the banner/header or colors and place it in your demo before you begin.

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RFPs: Eliminate the Agony, Embrace the Success

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For some people, creating a RFP can be an exciting experience unmatched in the annuals of time. It is a necessity to identify the vendor that is going to provide you with the best system for your solution. When people need a RFP, they think “Internet&#. As in, let me see if there is one on the Internet, I can use as my RFP. The RFP may be geared actually to the vendor whose site you have pulled it down from. RFP is another word for lots of pages.

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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.

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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September E-Learning Trends

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Thankfully, the latest trends in e-learning should solve your soon to be fall foliage dilemma. As you all know, I monitor the entire e-learning industry and with that comes out some interesting trends. No surprise that some vendors are also waiting to see what happens. M-Learning with a native app – slowly trucking along, but I am hearing quite a few vendors who are either in development or getting going in 2014. E-Learning 24/7.

LMS Identify

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I often hear people say they want mobile learning in their solution, social learning, e-commerce, but when you ask for specifics they sometimes have a blank stare on their face. If you want an EE, you will want e-commerce. What about a payment gateway – does the LMS vendor assist you with this or do you have to find your own? Do they have any reports dedicated for the e-commerce functionality? As you can see, just saying e-commerce is not enough.

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Break it down! (No it’s not Hammer Time! Yet)

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I’ve also learned firsthand, how to make it work in any vertical and any industry. Learning Management Systems. Mobile learning platforms. Social learning platforms. If you want to track in a learning management system or learning platform that supports SCORM then you want it. May offer the ability to take a course via an e-mail link or twitter link or in another fashion. Why do some vendors have trials and others do not?

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What consumers want in a LMS – can you say WOW?

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With this knowledge comes the avalanche of hyper sales, vendors are exploring ways to gain your attention. Thus is should be a concern to every vendor who shows off a system that is stripped off its looks to entice buyers. The most common responses I hear from vendors are. If you are always customizing your system for every client (without heavy customization which vendors will charge), your bottom line has to take a hit at some point. E-Learning 24/7.

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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).

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.

Out with the old into the new LMS: Part 2

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Start searching out LMS vendors that meet the list criteria, specifically the ones you must have/otherwise they are deal breakers. Example: Social Learning. Type “Social learning LMS&# in your search engine or “Social Learning&# in your search engine and start going into the pages and not just looking at page one. Once you identify your LMS potentials, you can create a RFP or RFI with specific details you need and additional information on the company, etc.

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Checkpoints That’ll Keep Your Outsourcing Fears at Bay

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Let’s say a company wants to outsource its e-learning project to a vendor but the shocking stories of outsourcing experiences gone sour compel them to think twice. The first concern would be the expertise of the vendor in developing e-learning projects.

Reader Mail (Support, Rankings, etc.)

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Before diving into our semi-annual, readers question and answer, I’d like to talk about a subject near and dear to me – acquisitions. In the past few months, many of you probably have noticed a slight uptick in to the number of vendors who have been acquired either by another vendor in the market, or outside of the e-learning space or even a Private Equity firm. From my experience, vendors do have some options. Learn Amp. E-Learning 24/7.