10 Effective LMS RFP Guidelines

Upside Learning

We received a Request For Proposal (RFP) from a leading Banking and Financial organization last week to deploy an enterprise wide Learning Management System. Would this LMS RFP process help the organization achieve its objective of finding a suitable solution? I firmly believe that the answer is “NO” While creating a LMS RFP, one needs to provide a precise and accurate description of organization needs. Here are 10 guidelines to draft an effective LMS RFP.

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LMS RFP Tips: How to Find Your Best Learning Technology Fit

Talented Learning

Is the LMS RFP a Necessary Evil? A Request for Proposal (RFP) is one of the most widely used yet controversial tools for learning management systems buyers. The LMS RFP has developed a bad reputation because it is easily misunderstood. Shopping without an RFP may seem faster, easier and less complex, but your selection process will be subjective and loaded with assumptions that increase risk. Clients expect me to help them avoid RFP missteps.

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How to Create a Really Good LMS RFP

WBT Systems

Ask around for request for proposal (RFP) samples and send one of them to a dozen LMS vendors? You know the answer already if you read last week’s post : an LMS RFP is not the first step of the selection process, it’s the result of the first step. Only after a thorough requirements analysis process will you have the information you need to create a really good LMS RFP. Narrow down the field before sending out an RFP. An RFI is a stripped-down version of an RFP.

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The One Simple Tool You Can Use to Help Select the Right Learning Management System

Absorb LMS

Dear readers, you’ve in the past endured me ranting about the horribly-designed Requests for Proposals ( RFP ) that regularly cross my desk and the desks of my Blatant^ colleagues. See my previous posts titled “ Why Your RFP May Not Get You the Best Learning Management System ” and “ The Worst Type of Question to Ask in Your Learning Management System Request for Proposal (RFP).

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

CommLab India

Before you begin formulating the e-learning vendor selection criteria for your organization, work on the all-important step of writing a request for proposal (RFP). An RFP helps you list your requirements clearly so that you elicit responses from the right e-learning solution providers who match your needs, expectations, and budget. Read on to know more about how to write an RFP that will help you partner with the best e-learning vendor. If yes, specify that in the RFP.

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The One Simple Tool You Can Use to Help Select the Right Learning Management System

Absorb LMS

Dear readers, you’ve in the past endured me ranting about the horribly-designed Requests for Proposals ( RFP ) that regularly cross my desk and the desks of my Blatant^ colleagues. See my previous posts titled “ Why Your RFP May Not Get You the Best Learning Management System ” and “ The Worst Type of Question to Ask in Your Learning Management System Request for Proposal (RFP).

How do I get the most out of an RFP?

eLearning Blender

Writing an RFP - What a Conundrum! All the articles say that a crucial part of the LMS selection process is writing a quality RFP, but nobody goes on to tell you how. In my own interest, I am going to attempt to answer the question of how to write a quality RFP. Oh yeah, it took me a while to figure it out and you may be wondering the same thing; RFP means "request for proposal." What is an RFP?: Why write an RFP?: How to write an RFP?:

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5 Must-Have LMS Features To Ensure Return On Investment


Indeed, the LMS is a key pillar to an effective learning technology offering, so what should you be looking for in an ideal solution? Additionally, the social learning component of your learning platform helps you identify internal subject matter experts (SMEs) and understand how their contributions could elevate your formal learning activities by “formalizing the informal.”. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for – your learning technology solution is no different.

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Trends in Learning Solutions Procurement

dVinci Interactive

Some of our most recent experiences include responding to the following: A Request for Proposal (RFP) to address the need to develop an eLearning course. A Request for Information (RFI) to develop eLearning content on an ongoing basis. An RFP to develop eLearning content in which two companies are qualified in budget ranges based on three levels of complexity. An RFP to convert Flash-based courses into learning experiences that work across mobile devices.

Help your in-house experts create effective virtual learning


It’s also choosing what to say and saying it clearly, coherently, and concisely: is this bit of context useful to include, or is it just excess background information? You might even have to issue an RFP.

Considerations for a Request for Proposal

Training Industry

As noted in last month’s blog, this edition will focus on the key ingredients for developing a request for proposal (RFP). First, when do you utilize a RFP or a request for information (RFI)? A RFP is exactly that, a formal proposal submission by a seller(s) to a buyer which includes the cost considerations, as well as the commercial terms of the offer. The lynchpin of any RFP is a well-defined scope of work (SOW).

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Benay: “Not enough innovation is being developed in Canada”

Trajectory IQ

Let’s get started… Canada’s home-grown tech companies have long complained that Ottawa keeps turning to giant American firms like IBM for its information-technology needs — and an internal federal report suggests they’re right. They’ll insist that they are under the same rigid procurement or Request For Proposal (RFP) process as any small/medium IT company in Canada. The article continues with comments from Alex Benay, Canada’s Chief Information officer.

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“Not enough innovation is being developed in Canada”

Trajectory IQ

Let’s get started… Canada’s home-grown tech companies have long complained that Ottawa keeps turning to giant American firms like IBM for its information-technology needs — and an internal federal report suggests they’re right. They’ll insist that they are under the same rigid procurement or Request For Proposal (RFP) process as any small/medium IT company in Canada. The article continues with comments from Alex Benay, Canada’s Chief Information officer.

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50 Best eLearning Posts Of 2012

Upside Learning

Converting ELearning To Tablet Learning: Cost-effective Solutions. Mobile Enables Informal Learning. 5 Tips For Managing Effective Blended Learning Through An LMS. 10 Effective LMS RFP Guidelines. We hope you have had a good start to 2013. We are going to make it even better! We have compiled the 50 best eLearning posts of 2012 from our blog. It’s a chance for you to catch up on some interesting stuff you might have missed the last year.

3 Steps for Finding the Best E-Learning Service Provider


Your first step will be to submit an RFP (Request for Proposal). One of the unseen benefits of an RFP is that it can also show you if any of your requirements or expectations are unrealistic or impossible. For an RFP to be effective, and to achieve your desired results, there are a few things you need to consider: Know your requirements – Understand what information you want to pass on to your learners and what ways you want them to receive that information.

10 Ways to Lose at Selling Learning Systems: For LMS Vendors

Talented Learning

Then we recommend 4 highly qualified, matching vendors to evaluate in a formal RFP process. With 8 total finalists, my head is still spinning from analyzing more than a thousand pages of RFP response documents, sitting through 24 hours of demos and critically (sometimes ruthlessly) evaluating a diverse cast of sales characters as they pitch their solutions. I won and lost my fair share but was unaware of my level of effectiveness in relation to my sales peers.

Seven Simple Steps to Select the Right LMS Vendor

CommLab India

Learning Management Systems (LMSs) – powerful software tools that enable you to impart training effectively. Step 1: Come Up With a Request for Information (RFI). Existing customers can provide useful information about how the vendor responds to issues. Step 7: Send a Request for Proposal (RFP) to Chosen Vendors. It is now time to send an RFP to shortlisted LMS providers.

Awesome Students

Kapp Notes

The RFP requested a two part program, a one-day interactive instructor led virtual symposium and a post-event reinforcement and performance support curriculum delivered via mobile devices. The RFP was written by an alumni who also conducted the bidder’s conference and responded to questions from the students throughout the semester. Last week, we had our twice annual Corporate Advisory Council meeting and it was a huge success because of the effort and work of our students.

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Making The Jump Into eLearning

ICS Learning

There are many books dedicated to the design of engaging and effective on-line training and getting into the details of good design is beyond the scope of this article. These skills are primarily related to project management, the most important of which is the knowledge and skill necessary to prepare a good request for proposal (RFP). This inaccuracy or vagueness must be avoided in your RFP if you want good competitive bids.

Hiring a Technology Consultant

Web Courseworks

These problems usually have a direct and measurable effect on the business value being delivered by the technology group, and certainly can cause angst amongst the rest of the business leadership. What’s in an effective request for proposals (RFP) for a consulting project? Consultants will help you deliver information and assist others to communicate effectively. A consultant can only be as good as the information she has.

Meet the Hero of the Technical Sale: The Sales Engineer


Chris White, author of The Six Habits of Highly Effective Sales Engineers , defines the role as, “Engineers and technical experts within a software company that give product demonstrations in the context of a sales opportunity.”. It indicates the SE is likely to be active in a series of stages including pitch, demo, architect/customize, proof of concept ( PoC ), and RFP. Ability to contribute to the RFP process. Can clearly and effectively communicate with me.

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Eclectic Happenings

Kapp Notes

Third, a couple of former students of mine have created an entertaining and informative blog titled Dishing Design. Fourth, I recently answered a few questions in a webcast format concerning the creation of effective questions for compliance training for Kaplan-EduNeering. if you are an alumni and haven't already done so, please send me your blog information for inclusion on this blog.or

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7 Things About eLearning Your CEO/Executive Director Wants to Know

Association eLearning

Make sure you’ve submitted an RFP (request for proposal) to a few LMS providers that offer the features your specific association or organization needs. If you’re thinking about repurposing an old PowerPoint presentation with tons of text (there was a lot of information to cover), you might want to consider hiring an instructional designer. An instructional designer knows how to present information in a way that makes sense to your learners.

How Does LMS Selection Work? This Case Reveals All

Talented Learning

Through practical, front-line experience, we’ve identified the information and steps that are most effective in defining requirements and formulating a short list of highly qualified vendors for any type of learning management scenario. After verbally confirming requirements with each of the vendor candidates, we invited them to participate in our exclusive request for proposal ( RFP ) process.

Build your LMS implementation Plan following this checklist


Based on how you picture/plan on using the LMS to your company or employees, you could create a Request for Proposal (RFP) or a statement of work (SOW) that details the requirements pertaining to your use case and keeping in mind your employees. In Paradiso Solutions, we are ready to get you a smoother, happier but most important really effective eLearning process. . Set up a demo now to get detailed information on your specific use case.

Mlearn conference Day 1

Challenge to Learn

You can follow the conference from a distance, the backchannel is a great source of information. Google Glass project about a device that will project AR information on your glasses. It covers a RFP process. There was really a lot of information on why and how to create simulations. There is way too much information to put it in this blog. People will have to do things different in order to be more effective.

Virtual Learning: Rewriting the Playbook in Turbulent Times

Talented Learning

And just like you, they’re trying to assess the situation, define their needs and prioritize effectively. What can your organization do navigate this crisis effectively? How effective is that system? Can you expand your LMS footprint effectively and cost-efficiently? Or it may lead you to conclude that a rapid LMS switch is actually a more effective and budget-friendly choice. • Confirm Your Virtual Classroom Strategy. When to issue an RFP (or not).

LMS Q and A

eLearning 24-7

Everything from which one should I pick, to what do I think of X or Y to whether or not, they should have use a RFP. When should I use a RFP? I’m in a camp of folks, who believe that the RFP is an unecessary document, that has outlived its usefulness. . A RFP is a time waster – for you and the vendors. While there are great benefits to this, there is also an occasional bad effect. . The effect?

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You Just Selected a Shiny New LMS. Great! Now What?

Talented Learning

You’ve probably spent the past 3-12 months developing LMS requirements, researching potential vendors, reading RFP responses , watching demos and testing features in a sandbox. Stay informed about what’s on the horizon by reading your vendor’s release notes. That’s when you’ll decide if you should replace your LMS because it hasn’t met your expectations, or keep it because it has evolved effectively with your organization.

Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

Talented Learning

Sandi Lin , CEO and Co-Founder at Skilljar , shares practical, proven insights for learning professionals who want to drive business results by educating customers more effectively. #1 Here’s our theory: we were among the first independent sources of information about learning systems pricing issues and trends. We believe it’s important to educate the market about how to make informed technology choices, and pricing transparency is a key to software selection success.

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Vote for Your Strategic Training Supplier

Training Industry

Just as the presidential candidates seek voters and endorsements from their constituents, a selection of key strategic partner(s) depends upon “votes” from various effected departments. This is done through pre-established selection criteria (RFP score carding) important to the organization. Tom has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

But I do believe the past can inform the future. If you follow Talented Learning , you know we share information and advice through multiple channels. And how can learning professionals develop truly effective microlearning experiences? All sessions are designed for business-minded training professionals who want to use learning systems more effectively. But successful programs depend on effective pricing and packaging. When to issue an RFP (or not).

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Latest Negative E-Learning Trends

eLearning 24-7

The point of it all, is that this negative trend skews the data out of the gate and your results on future depth will provide you with erroneous information, especially as part of a gap analysis for future learning and growth. Yes, the term that will “cringe” anyone who has an ID background, learned effective course design and thus Id on their own (me included), or has e-learning development background. . Topic: LMS RFP Criteria. No spam, just the latest RFP.

LMS Review: Docebo 7

Talented Learning

Docebo could improve and streamline self-service onboarding options, tutorials and guides to make the early-stage customer experience more effective. It supports both formal and informal learning effectively. Docebo offers an enterprise solution for midsize to large organizations so they can cost-effectively implement a scalable LMS solution that adapts to their unique business needs. See More Vendors in our LMS Directory.

Is Your LMS License Model Misaligned? How to Avoid Costly Mistakes

Talented Learning

Throughout the last month, I’ve reviewed 12 RFP responses for 3 different LMS business scenarios: association learning, commercial training and corporate channel/customer education. Clarity is essential because, without understanding, no one can compare LMS options effectively. For LMS buyers, information is power. Prepare to share detailed information about your business use, audiences, past LMS usage and predicted future usage.

Free learning & development webinars for May 2017

Limestone Learning

Boost enrolment, engagement and effectiveness with gamification elements and consistent playback across varied content types. And discover how Prime helps you stay informed about employee progress and the efficacy of training programs. You’ll learn how to engage and increase the effectiveness of channel partners of all types—distributors, resellers and even customers—using modern learning solutions. " Very early. " by Dinesh Valke is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

3 Priority Questions for your LMS Feasibility Study

Petra Mayer

Asking for information. This spreadsheet also serves an important role in asking for information from suppliers. As a result of a written process, you will receive information that is based on the same input, making the responses more easily comparable. Typically, this is done through a “Request-for-Information” (RFI) process or through a “Request-for-Proposal” (RFP). Analysis of the information.

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LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

Talented Learning

5) Effective eCommerce Pays, Bigtime. UPDATE: When the new General Data Privacy Regulation took effect in May, it proved that procrastination is as predictable as the day is long. Because LMS buyers are now including GDPR compliance in their RFP requirements, learning systems vendors can no longer ignore it. In this fast-paced, information packed session, you will learn how to: – Analyze what you’re currently spending (and why).

Intensive and Extensive Processing: Making Formal Stickier

Clark Quinn

We need reactivation, as massed practice isn’t as effective as spaced practice. You can design questions that require learners to reprocess the information specifically in relation to how it’s applied. responding to an RFP) that has enough deliberate ambiguity to generate productive discussion is great. I’ve been thinking around the ways to use social learning to augment formal learning, and it’s bringing interesting things together.

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Top 10 Association LMS Features – 2020 Edition

Talented Learning

The realities of 2020 have accelerated their transformation at every stage of the learning systems life cycle from business case, requirements definition, RFP, contracting, deployment, content development, improvement – everything. Features include setting up an event microsite, the ability to create custom landing and information pages, event catalogs, tracks, integration with virtual classroom tools, registration, testing, proctoring, social interaction and CE awarding.