Choosing an E-learning Vendor? Review this Checklist First

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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.

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? There is comfort in knowing that a vendor can work on a particular skillset, but can also work with aligned skill sets? Is e-Learning their major line of business? Pick up the hints.

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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? 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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Working with E-Learning Vendors: The RFP

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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. Since an RFP asks for a specific, binding proposal you will want to give enough detail so the vendor can respond accurately.

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

E-learning Uncovered

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. This tells you which criteria is most important and can help you find the vendor that best meets needs. Vendor A.

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Working with E-Learning Vendors: Creating a Request for Information (RFI)

E-learning Uncovered

The selection of an e-learning vendor can seem challenging. Maybe you don’t know what vendors can provide the exact product or service you need, or it might be that you aren’t even sure WHAT you need. My next few blog posts will give some tips I have found for selecting and working with vendors. First, let’s focus on how to get the information you need from a vendor using a Request for Information (RFI).

Authoring Tool Market – What I am seeing

eLearning 24-7

Because the industry as a whole is a lemming, I expect more vendors to come on board. If you are an e-learning developer or instructional designer this has always been a favorite feature of authoring tools. In just the past month, I have seen quite a few vendors add this capability in their product – and for the most part they are all RCAT products. Well some vendors have more than 15 come with their product. One vendor has a gaming raceway for quizzes.

Product Review: Lectora Snap! Empower

eLearning 24-7

When you enter the product for the first time you see an opening screen offering you to select any of the sample projects or jump right in. It was simple enough and I was able to pull one of my images “Sigmund the sea monster” right into one of the sample images. However, after that, I could not stick another image into the other “sample image” blocks. E-Learning 24/7. Initially this review was going to cover both Snap! and Snap!

State of the LMS 2012

eLearning 24-7

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. Provided a strong cluster sample, representing folks across the globe, not just the U.S. Do you have a LMS/LCMS/Learning Platform.

Product Review Raptivity

eLearning 24-7

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. Experimental Learning.

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.

Product Review: Mzinga OmniSocial

eLearning 24-7

I’m on my way to get a car that enables me to launch a robust social learning system. OmniSocial is a social learning platform, with learning management capabilities and with the ability to select individual apps in the system and only use those you select to install onto your web site or learning portal. Because it offers the capability to start out using it either as the robust social learning product and ignore the LMS part (inc. E-Learning 24/7.

Is Your Vendor Qualified to Convert ILT Material to E-learning?

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But not many organizations specialize in developing online training; they look for a vendor who can convert their classroom training to e-learning. But a good e-learning vendor is not an easy find. Are you looking for a reliable vendor who can meet your training requirements and convert your classroom training material to e-learning? I’ve listed the 5 must-have qualities such an e-learning vendor must possess.

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How Much for that E-Learning in the Window?

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One of the biggest obstacles companies encounter when looking for e-learning is the question.how much does it cost? Most e-learning vendors are a little evasive when it comes to answering that question. As a case in point, check out this posting called Does anyone know how to price e-learning? Here is another story on the price of e-learning called The Cost of E-Learning When it comes to LMS pricing, the answers are even less forthcoming.

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ILT to E-learning Conversion – How to Get Started?

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In 1999, IBM managed to save a whopping $200 million in their training budget when they delivered five times the learning at one-third of the previous cost. With a 25% conversion rate to e-learning, Rockwell Collins reduced training expenditure by 40%. There are many more such success stories attributed to effective ILT to e-learning conversion. A need analysis will help you list the tangible benefits of moving to e-learning, as compared to ILT.

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Why you must Outsource your Compliance Course Development to an E-learning Company

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This blog tells what a compliance officer and his team won’t have to do when they outsource their compliance course development to the right e-learning company. When you outsource your compliance course development, the e-learning partner you select will go through the heavy law manuals and come up with a Detailed Content Outline (DCO). When you outsource, the e-learning vendor will move to course development after deciding the instructional strategy.

E-learning Implementation: Major Hurdles and Possible Solutions

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Gone are the days of micromanaging how employees learn and work. Today’s workforce appreciates learning at its pace and time. So, you decide that e-learning implementation is the answer to effective training. Unfortunately, it is impossible to turn into an e-learning hero overnight, just by championing its cause. There are a lot of challenges faced by corporate training teams when it comes to successful e-learning implementation.

7 Microinteractions You will Love in the new Articulate Studio 13 [Review]

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While most Rapid e-Learning vendors focus mostly on improving features that help Instructional Designers (IDs) create eLearning, Articulate also focuses on improving the Learner’s experience when taking a course. To work with ‘ Characters ‘ in Articulate Studio ’13, and to compare the functionality to how other Rapid e-Learning tools have implemented this functionality, is to understand the genius behind the people who build this software.

5 Reasons Why Outsourcing Corporate E-Learning is a Smart Move

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The key features of corporate e-learning courses are that they should be consistent, easy to follow, and create employee engagement. There is a good chance you have people working for you who have the necessary knowledge that needs to be shared, but might lack the skill or time to develop a complete e-learning course. When you hire an external company for developing your employee e-learning course you pay one price for the final product.

Video, Mobile: E-Learning consumers respond

eLearning 24-7

If your survey had 10,000 respondents from anywhere and everywhere and not having any interest per se in the topic, be worth more than if you had 300 respondents via cluster sampling or 300 who were actually involved in some manner with the industry, topics or topics? . The E-Learning 24/7 latest survey is all about e-learning and more importantly learning management systems. Consumers are consumers – something that many LMS vendors tend to forget.

Overcoming 4 Common Concerns of Outsourcing Training

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Even though the market for learning and training outsourcing is doing quite well, organizations still hesitate to outsource their training requirements due to various reasons such as concerns on: The quality of work. Uncertainty about the Vendor’s Expertise and Quality. Objection: You may have concerns about the vendor’s expertise in learning design. You may also be concerned about the real-time experience of the vendor in corporate training.

6 Tips for a Successful Offshore E-learning Partnership

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Organizations the world over are adopting e-learning to train their workforce. Many of them are opting to outsource their e-learning design and development requirements to an offshore vendor. Outsourcing your e-learning requirements brings you many benefits. An offshore company with expertise in e-learning development will give you instant access to a panel of experts who will help your e-learning initiative.

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Outsourcing E-learning – Risks and Rewards

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When it comes to the decision to outsource your e-learning projects, there are both rewards and risks associated with it. They bring innovative ideas and concepts, expertise in e-learning design, and development skills. Adherence to deadlines: A good vendor will be faithful to deadlines and meet the conditions defined in the SLAs, thus ensuring on-time completion. eLearning Design e-learning outsourcing

Whom Should You Outsource Healthcare Product Training To?

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Well, deciding to go for outsourcing is quite easy, but finding the right vendor to meet your training needs is a bit difficult. Nevertheless, it’s not that complex, if you check for these competencies in training vendors. When you want to select an online training vendor for your pharmaceutical products, look for their ability to create demonstration videos. You can ask the vendor about their familiarity and expertise in using online tools for creating demo videos.

Review: DesignJot

E-learning Uncovered

The included sample project and performance support do a decent job of showing how the application should be used, so the learning curve should be quite minimal. This makes that feature pretty much unusable by e-learning vendors such as us. But truthfully, the branding probably would have kept me from using the PDF when I was internal ID; it would have looked way too much like my work had actually been done by a vendor.

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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. Ask for samples: Address this concern by asking the vendor to develop a sample prototype based on your requirements. eLearning Design e-learning outsourcing

Mobile Mania – The Latest on M-Learning

eLearning 24-7

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.

Review: DesignJot

E-learning Uncovered

The included sample project and performance support do a decent job of showing how the application should be used, so the learning curve should be quite minimal. This makes that feature pretty much unusable by e-learning vendors such as us. But truthfully, the branding probably would have kept me from using the PDF when I was internal ID; it would have looked way too much like my work had actually been done by a vendor.

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8 Crucial Points To Consider When Outsourcing E-Learning ProjectsTo India

CommLab India

Are you outsourcing your e-learning project to India? India, with its large number of English speaking professionals and ability to offer a better turnaround time has emerged the preferred destination for outsourcing e-learning projects. Your e-learning vendor has to understand these aspects while providing you access to experienced talent, quick turnaround, and cost savings. Indian vendors can provide this expertise.

LMS RFP

Tony Karrer

LMS RFP Resources John Theis wrote a dissertation on the contents of 25 RFPs submitted to an LMS vendor. Included in John's dissertation are sample outline elements from different RFPs. Karl Kapp was nice enough to point me to a series of articles he's done on the subject and a set of templates for the selection process including a template for the RFP: Selecting an E-learning Solution, Part 1: Who Should be on Your E-Learning Selection Committee?

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