5 Critical Questions To Ask Potential LMS Vendors

KnowledgeAnywhere

An LMS can vastly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a learning and development program, but it is important to choose a platform that will work best for your organization. There are the basic question of pricing and features that you will, of course, be asking potential vendors.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing a Translation Vendor [Infographic]

CommLab India

Check this infographic to develop an effective translated version of your online training program. Training Translations Translation Vendor

10 Effective LMS RFP Guidelines

Upside Learning

Would this document allow a vendor to map their solution as per the organization’s true requirement? The more explicit one can be, the more assistance the vendor can offer. Here are 10 guidelines to draft an effective LMS RFP.

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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. You need to follow a proven process to zero-in on the right vendor, who can meet your needs well. Step 3: Ask Vendors to Demonstrate Their LMSs.

Why Do I Need an eLearning Vendor When I Have My Own Team?

Illumen Group

Why Do I Need an eLearning Vendor When I Have My Own Team? Maybe what you really need isn’t a vendor, but rather a part-time strategic partner or developer who is there when you need them, and not when you don’t. Effective Efficiency. A good eLearning partner like Illumen knows how to create effective training based on your actual needs. They can simply access the materials, make the necessary changes, and deploy the latest version.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: e-Learning Content & Version Control

Learning Visions

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 e-Learning Content & Version Control Earlier this week, Janet Clarey wrote about the " Preservation of e-Learning Content." As an e-Learning vendor, I think its our responsibility to make sure that our clients have thought this through. After reading Janets post, I talked with our CTO about some ways that we could build a little bit of "version control" into our Flash Course Development Templates.

When Misused Buzzwords Attack

Association eLearning

Effective. It’s important to realize that these can mean one thing to you and your association and something different to an eLearning vendor or instructional designer. A non-interactive version might be a recorded lecture of an auditor discussing how to conduct an audit.

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

eLearning 24-7

I deck out the house with special effects, ghostly lights, the whole works. While this makes sense if the archive is an older version and you are updating it, it seems an extra step, if you pulled the course because of whatever reason and it wasn’t because there is a new version online. In the beta version of the product, Mindflash.com included T/F, yet for the final version removed it. I love Halloween. It is one of my favorite times of the year.

The Training Manager’s Guide to Accessible Elearning

The Learning Dispatch

How About: Accessible Elearning Is Effective Elearning. Ensure Vendors Provide Accessible Training. Ensure Vendors Create Accessible Training. How About: Accessible Elearning Is Effective Elearning. In other words, it’s about creating an effective website.

The Training Manager’s Guide to Accessible Elearning

The Learning Dispatch

How About: Accessible Elearning Is Effective Elearning. Ensure Vendors Provide Accessible Training. Ensure Vendors Create Accessible Training. How About: Accessible Elearning Is Effective Elearning. In other words, it’s about creating an effective website.

Seven Tips for an Easy and Effective LMS Switch

Upside Learning

A recent survey on customers’ happiness with their LMS (conducted in Jan 2009, published in Mar 2009) by Bersin & Associates observed: “The study found that a significant proportion of LMS customers – fully one-quarter of customers – are dissatisfied with their systems and say they are likely to switch vendors within the next year.” Understand that switching LMS vendors is inherently different from looking for your first LMS. The vendor’s experience in LMS replacements.

The New Microsoft Surface Tablet and the Rear-view Mirror Effect [Mobile]

mLearning Revolution

This became known as the rear-view mirror effect. I’m seeing this everywhere in eLearning and mLearning, including how tool vendors scramble to figure out how to get their users from eLearning to mLearning. They also showed a full blown version of Word running on the Tablet.

Seven Secrets of Cost-effective E-learning Translations

CommLab India

How can you translate your e-learning content effectively? Culture-neutral e-learning content can be localized quickly, in an effective manner. the explanation of terms, abbreviations and other inputs, needed to render the online course effectively into the target language.

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LMS Selection Roulette: Who Can You Trust?

Talented Learning

Often, these posts have 287 or more responses from LMS vendors, each claiming they offer the best solution, given the overwhelming evidence provided in the original 2-sentence help request. They’ve hit a wall with features that don’t accomplish what a vendor promised.

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Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses

eLearning 24-7

Thinking Worlds - offers a free version (lame) and a commercial version (better) – create sims and 3D games publish to iPad (have to purchase the TW Pro + iOS edition), very slick. Add lessons – seen in the education versions. Tools these days come in three flavors.

When your LMS BFF is no longer

eLearning 24-7

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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Top 10 LMS/LCMS Trends and Forecasts

eLearning 24-7

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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Answering your LMS Questions

eLearning 24-7

How many of you have seen vendors respond to your questions? A: Virtually every LMS vendor out there in the marketplace provides these features. Congrats, you are probably looking at less than 10 (based on my LMS directory which contains 475 vendors). Custom domains – rather than have yourcompany.vendorname.com, some systems are now offering custom domains so that your learners see whatever name you create.com and remove the vendor name.

Evolving the E-Learning Experience for the 21st Century

eLearning 24-7

What always stuns me are vendors who state they know what their learners want, but in reality have no clue, because they themselves do not see the technology and its usage among the masses. While there are a couple of vendors out there who have incorporated e-mail that can go to outside to people, rather than just within the learning management product, the overall space isn’t doing it. What makes Dropbox so effective?

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E-Learning Screen recording and video solutions – Should b simple, so why isn’t it?

eLearning 24-7

There are more vendors who do not offer the ability to post – i.e. add audio afterwards it is quite amazing. Again, simple and yet again arguably with many vendors difficult to do. There are dozens of free audio plugins available on the net, so why aren’t screen capturing/recording vendors offering the ability for the end user to add them? Ability to add basic transitional effects – for those that want to use it .

Product Review: BlueVolt

eLearning 24-7

File repository – another reason to boot LCMSs once and for all, this feature includes version updates and some analytics. Many people today prefer 3rd party authoring tools and in fact, I recommend that route rather then using a vendor’s built in authoring tool.

Product Review: EasyGenerator Rapid Content Authoring Tool

eLearning 24-7

Vendor can create a component so you can push directly into your LMS, without having to upload it directly (extra cost). If you do not have or use IE, you can download a desktop version to build, sort of defeats the purpose of SaaS. EasyGenerator.

3 Reasons To Switch Your LMS

Upside Learning

Scalability issues, outdated features, complicated GUI, lack of technical support from the vendor – are just a few of the many reasons. Vendors the world over are re-engineering their LMS platforms from the ground up, acquiring or partnering with other players to provide holistic solutions.

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How to Select the Right eLearning Authoring Tools and Services

Hurix Digital

Most vendors provide a full list of features on their websites but browsing through all of them could be a bit overwhelming. Ideally, the vendor would include training resources such as tutorials, articles, guides and online webinars to demonstrate how to use the tool effectively.

Something is Going on Down there in the LMS Market

eLearning 24-7

LMS Vendors and Tablets Update. That said, why is this happening: A significant (over 90%) of vendors are holding off this year and at least part of next year from optimizing their solution to the iPad. But with LMS vendors jumping into the mobile learning sector, at least in some cases, it may be a tad misleading, especially with smartphones. Two years ago, lots of LMS vendors were saying their systems were browser agnostic. LMS/LCMS/CMS Vendors.

Web Conferencing: Features U must Have and Nice Options

eLearning 24-7

It used to be that every WC vendor went the seats route. Typically with licenses - a lot of vendors do not enable you to have the multiple rooms at the same time – i.e. the multiple seminars going on at the same time offer. Really it comes down to what else does your vendor provide, what type of agreement you are seeking, features, what do you want to do with your webinar – web conferencing solution. I love the new option some vendors are pitching “HD&#.

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Six Tips to Help You Select the Right Learning Management System

Gyrus

The second way sounds simple but unless you have just started your business or have a very small workforce, it is not going to be an effective method in the long run. You also must assess the present learning methodology or LMS from all perspectives in order to select the most effective LMS. Also, evaluate the support that the LMS vendor is willing to provide. In such scenarios, it is very vital to understand vendor’s history, their future outlook and stability factors.

LMS Pricing Models – Solving a Complicated Issue

AbaraLMS

If you’re a first-time LMS buyer, chances are you tried understanding the pricing models offered by various vendors, and this left you either confused or created more questions than provided answers. And truth be told, the definitions for these terms will vary from vendor to vendor as well.

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How to Reduce Flash-to-HTML5 Conversion Costs

42 Design Square

That might prove to be penny wise and pound foolish, if the learning requirement demands a more efficient and effective solution. Collate all previous versions of storyboards and audio recording scripts.

How Do You Find an LMS That Nails Extended Enterprise Learning?

Talented Learning

It’s impossible to gauge training effectiveness and business impact. Also, many of these vendors are highly experienced in addressing extended enterprise needs. All-in-one vendors offer broader suites – including things like talent management and performance management.

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

Talented Learning

You’ve likely endured heated internal discussions, unwelcomed vendor surprises during demos and unforeseen contractual confusion. Plus, you’ll gain an ally who can apply “good cop/bad cop” negotiating tactics with your vendor, if necessary.

Identify Your LMS Requirements Easily Using this Powerful Visualization Tool

Absorb LMS

Invariably, these so-called learning management system selection tools suffer from one or more of the following design flaws: They ask vendors to provide information they won’t ever disclose and/or is not relevant to the acquisition of a learning management system.

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How Do We Find the Right eLearning Partner?

ThinkingKap Solutions

Or do you want to hire an eLearning vendor to be a full-spectrum eLearning partner? The most important aspect of selecting a vendor, is finding someone who will create great training for you. To that end, check out work samples from any prospective vendors.

LMS Technology Trends: Why Focus Is The Next Big Thing

Talented Learning

As I get deeper and deeper into the industry, I’m more convinced than ever that “focus” is the key LMS technology trend of today’s winning vendors. Unfortunately, it is too easy for LMS vendors and buyers to get lost in the “me too” feature race and fail to see the forest for the trees.

Identify Your LMS Requirements Easily Using this Powerful Visualization Tool

Absorb LMS

Invariably, these so-called learning management system selection tools suffer from one or more of the following design flaws: They ask vendors to provide information they won’t ever disclose and/or is not relevant to the acquisition of a learning management system.

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