Should I Use an eLearning Vendor or a Freelancer?

ThinkingKap Solutions

A while back we wrote an article on finding the right eLearning partner. Among all the conversation that post generated, we’ve gotten a lot of questions about differentiating vendors from freelancers. We are a vendor, and we know (and have worked with) a lot of great freelancers. The question “which is better, eLearning vendor or a freelancer?” What’s the difference between an eLearning vendor and a freelancer?

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. It’s nearly impossible to staff for every role and depth of resource that a typical organization requires over the course of a few years when trying to successfully meet the eLearning demands of various internal clients.

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A welcome to Elearnity Vendor Perspectives

Clive on Learning

UK-based learning and talent analysts Elearnity have come up with a new service geared specifically to the UK and European e-learning market. Called Vendor Perspectives (slightly ironic as 'vendor' is very much a US expression, where we tend to say 'supplier') the service provides intelligence about available solutions to potential buyers in all the usual product and service categories, including custom content providers, authoring tools, learning management platforms, etc.

6 Trends in Rapid eLearning Tools to watch in 2012

mLearning Revolution

Since it’s still January and people are blogging about trends or predictions for the new year, I thought I’d share some areas I believe Rapid eLearning Vendors should focus on in 2012 in order to stay ahead of the curve or worse, have a small startup eat their lunch. HTML5 — This is a no-brainer for me and I strongly believe every Rapid eLearning tool should absolutely have a simple way to get a course published to HTML5 in 2012.

Planning to Switch to eLearning? Here are Your Options!

Adobe Captivate

You have decided to switch to eLearning to meet the ever-growing training needs in your organization. eLearning Suite eLearning this week "Elearning authoring tools" eLearning Options eLearning vendors ILT to eLearning Off-the-shelf courses PowerPoint Rapid Authoring rapid elearning rapid elearning authoring toolsThat’s good, but what are the options available in that case.

7 Tips To Evaluate Your Resources Before Outsourcing eLearning

InfoPro Learning

Are you getting ready to outsource your eLearning? In this article, I’ll share 7 tips to evaluate your assets before you outsource eLearning. How To Evaluate Your Resources Before Outsourcing eLearning. Outsourcing eLearning can help you save time and make effective use of your resources. Thorough evaluations improve eLearning ROI and ensure a smooth collaboration. Form An Outsourcing eLearning Prep Team. Analyze The Effectiveness Of Existing Tools.

The 8 Top Reasons to Opt for Custom eLearning

InfoPro Learning

Custom eLearning is personalized to meet the needs of your organization. In this article, I’ll highlight 8 top advantages of custom eLearning. The 8 Top Advantages of Custom eLearning. There’s no doubt about it, custom eLearning can cost a pretty penny. You’re paying for customized eLearning content that aligns with your brand image and gives corporate learners the personalized online training they require.

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3 Points To Keep In Mind When Outsourcing Flash To HTML5 Conversion

eLearning Industry

Flash is all but dead, and HTML5 is the new gold standard of eLearning courses. In order to convert their legacy Flash course, an organization needs to either hire an in-house team or outsource it to an eLearning vendor. This post was first published on eLearning Industry. eLearning Design and Development eLearning Authoring Tools eLearning Content Development Outsourcing Flash to HTML5

Enabling Global eLearning Across Cultures and Languages

Bottom-Line Performance

Our eLearning Challenges blog series explores the common situations our clients face when deploying learning solutions. Most of our clients are global companies who deliver eLearning to learners around the globe. If you need to deliver learning solutions across the globe, have your eLearning provider do the following: Avoid contractions. Use a rapid authoring tool such as Lectora, that offers a Import/Export feature of course text.

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7 Tips To Stay Ahead Of eLearning Trends And Adapt To Changes

InfoPro Learning

Are you up to date with the latest eLearning technologies and methodologies? In this article, I’ll share 7 tips to adapt to changes and stay ahead of eLearning trends. How To Stay Ahead OF eLearning Trends And Adapt To Changes. Part of the eLearning job description is identifying top eLearning trends and then using them to our advantage. Here are 7 insider tips to stay one step ahead of eLearning trends and adapt to our ever-evolving industry.

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Latest E-Learning News and Notes

eLearning 24-7

So that a more constant date is set each week for this blog, the topic “Latest Content Authoring Tools Trends&# will be posted Tuesday morning, July 19th. This month’s news and notes includes details on the E-Learning 24/7 Course Authoring Tool Shootut, A new Content Authoring Tool Directory along with interesting data points, LMS Info and final tidbits. E-Learning 24/7 and E-Learning TV presents: Rapid Course Authoring Tool Shootout. 124 vendors, inc.

8 Top Advantages of Custom eLearning

InfoPro Learning

There’s no doubt about it, custom eLearning can cost a pretty penny. You’re paying for customized eLearning content that aligns with your brand image and gives corporate learners the personalized online training they require. Here are 8 of the most notable advantages of opting for custom over off-the-shelf eLearning for your organization. Allows For Full eLearning Customization. Many eLearning tools come with up-front costs or monthly licensing fees.

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

CommLab India

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 first vendor proposed a simple e-learning solution with a set of multiple choice questions for assessments, at a cost of $20,000. Specific questions about the vendor.

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7 Tips To Stay Ahead Of eLearning Trends And Adapt To Changes

InfoPro Learning

Are you up to date with the latest eLearning technologies and methodologies? In this article, I’ll share 7 tips to adapt to changes and stay ahead of eLearning trends. How To Stay Ahead OF eLearning Trends And Adapt To Changes. Part of the eLearning job description is identifying top eLearning trends and then using them to our advantage. Here are 7 insider tips to stay one step ahead of eLearning trends and adapt to our ever-evolving industry.

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Toolkit: News from the Tools Front by Joe Ganci

Learning Solutions Magazine

The first seven weeks of 2012 have already brought many changes in the world of eLearning vendors and tools. Joe tries to keep you caught up on the trends, and the tools to keep an eye on as the year progresses. Management Strategies Tools

Latest Trends in E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

We call online learning, e-learning, not e-training, but some vendors will have you believe that “training” is the appropriate term, rather than learning. It can be seen in systems that dub themselves “training management” systems, HCMs that state “training” as a component, authoring tools that describe their product geared towards “training lessons or courses”, etc. Custom Development and LMS vendors.

Picking a focus for our eLearning agency

eLearning Architect

In this article, I will explain why choosing a focus is the next logical step in developing our eLearning business. I began to work with another eLearning developer who shared the responsibility of creating the content. Before I knew it, within two or three projects, I was running a small eLearning development agency. Today I am running a small, lean, eLearning development agency. Or more importantly, it may simply just not be the best tool for the job.

Finding the Right Elearning Company

Learnkit

Whether you are partnering with an elearning company for the first time, or have experience working with elearning vendors for years, there are a few questions you can ask to ensure you select the right elearning company for your needs. A good elearning content vendor should feel like a natural extension of your team. Asking these 4 questions will help you navigate the waters of selecting the right elearning company for your goals.

8 Reasons Why Your Business Requires an eLearning Platform

Hurix Digital

The more a business grows, the greater is its need for streamlined professional skills and knowledge development across all functions and roles with elearning platforms and other kinds of tools. In today’s competitive scenario, it becomes imperative to provide employee training and a way forward for businesses is to leverage an eLearning platform, which is more cost-effective and offers greater level of flexibility. Why does your business require an eLearning platform?

LMS-Agnostic eLearning Should Be Your New Strategy

JCA Solutions

LMS-Agnostic eLearning Should Be Your New Strategy. Training content providers who are eager to grow revenue and expand their opportunities are embracing LMS-agnostic eLearning. This strategy allows them to scale their reach by distributing eLearning content to more customers, regardless of which LMS the customer uses. That’s often a mistake. Many eLearning vendors create content that is not LMS-agnostic.

LMS Identify

eLearning 24-7

What about a payment gateway – does the LMS vendor assist you with this or do you have to find your own? Drilling down, will provide you with additional information you need to ask and know, and as a result, even when looking at a potential vendor’s site, you will be able to see what they offer in this area. Course Authoring Tool . A friend of mine, got a RFP template from a LMS vendor’s web site. Welcome, Welcome. How are you today?

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ILT vs. VILT vs. eLearning vs. Video Learning: Traditional or Digital Learning

Roundtable Learning

Then there’s a host of impactful digitally powered solutions, like virtual instructor-led training (VILT) , eLearning , and video learning. READ MORE: eLearning vs. ILT: What’s Better For Me? . Tools to Engage Learners. eLearning. Pros of eLearning.

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Product Review: Litmos LMS

eLearning 24-7

Less functionality and features than their standard counterparts, but these features may be “social learning&# , or “ability to tie a user to a course&# or “creating learning paths for each user&# or “assessment tools&# , etc. Segment as a whole is growing in terms of vendors. LMSs Segment Breakout (By the percentage of total number of vendors in each segment). Vendor: Litmos. Course Authoring Tool.

4 Key Benefits of Custom eLearning Solutions

Obsidian Learning

So what does my laundry have to do with custom eLearning? From vision to design and execution, the story of my shirt is a metaphor for the ins and outs of custom eLearning production, and the dilemmas contemporary executives face when trying to decide whether to create custom eLearning or purchase off-the-shelf learning products. Custom eLearning solutions allow you to: 1. The micro-eLearnings were released one by one over a period of 8 weeks.

eLearning Costs : eLearning Technology

Tony Karrer

eLearning Technology Tony Karrers eLearning Blog on e-Learning Trends eLearning 2.0 eLearning Solutions Enterprise 2.0 Heres his brief description: The particular course in question is approximately 2 hours of classroom soft skills training that needs to be delivered in an eLearning format. It needs to be repurposed for eLearning. Also, often times a client does not give the vendor enough concrete details so vendors have to make assumptions about content.

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How to Put Together an Amazing Custom eLearning Experience

Ed App

Custom eLearning courses are all globally the rage right now for one simple reason. Learning and development professionals all over the world have understood that they need to build eLearning around the learner, rather than building eLearning first and then expecting the learner to acclimatize to it. How do you create that perfect custom eLearning experience for your employees? However, remember to use this method only if your eLearning course is sequential.

Customer Complaints, How to Avoid the Traps

eLearning 24-7

Sometimes it is a result of the vendor, other times it is a failure of due diligence on the part of the soon to be customer. The vendor’s salesperson tells you want you want to hear. Integration with 3rd party tools – “Yeah, typically we haven’t had a problem. I expect nothing less from the vendor. At one time, vendors were honest, stating “white papers&# as marketing materials. A white paper is a marketing tool.

LMS and Learning Portal Directory Plus HTML5 Course

eLearning 24-7

Latest: 303 LMS & Learning Portal Vendors. 28 free open source vendors – on 2nd tab. Vendors are listed from all over the world. List includes Lite LMSs – which is a new trend and LMS vendors who enable you only to upload their course content i.e. content created in their products into their system. They do not allow you to use any other 3rd party rapid content authoring tool vendor.

Off-the-Shelf eLearning Courses — Are They a Worthwhile Investment?

Enyota Learning

Off-the-Shelf eLearning courses are readymade and ready-to-purchase eLearning courses on a range of topics common to the training needs of most organizations. Now, as an organization, is it really worth investing in off-the-shelf eLearning? The purpose of this article is to educate the future and current L&D, HR, and eLearning enthusiasts on basic eLearning practices that many get wrong and how to correct it. The credibility of the vendor.

LMS True or False

eLearning 24-7

However, something not all vendors offer -AND THEY SHOULD – deleting the employee and their info., LMS/LCMS vendors who offer multiple systems/flavors of the systems are targeting certain company size (employee wise). There are vendors in the market who offer multiple systems, pre-built with functionality (and yes, some custom.), There are niche LMS vendors who target only the small to mid size company or even just the small size company.

Ensuring An Effective Transition From Flash To HTML5

Wizcabin

There are numerous benefits attached to outsourcing your projects to the right vendor. Before outsourcing your project to an eLearning vendor, you must consider auditing your flash courses. One way of doing that is by bringing together all your online training resources, including your courses, videos, eLearning animations , and many more. By so doing, it’ll be easier for you to transfer the files to the eLearning vendor without missing out on any of them.

Customized eLearning on a Budget

CDT MicroGraphics

Not every training need has or warrants a budget for the development of custom eLearning. There is a middle ground that helps to stretch your training budget further: Customization of off-the-shelf training can meet the needs of eLearning on a budget. Not all eLearning vendors will accommodate this niche, but some will. This will aid you and the vendor company in identifying where tailoring is appropriate. Then, ask the vendor if they are willing to customize.

How to Create e-Learning Modules for Employees of Small, Medium and Large Enterprises 

Hurix Digital

Related: Top eLearning Development Companies for Enterprises & SMBs. 11 Smart Tips to Choose the Right eLearning Vendor. eLearning Content Development for Effective Training. 10 eLearning Design Techniques for Improved Learner Engagement. 8 Reasons Why Your Business Requires an eLearning Platform. E-learning elearning courses eLearning development tool elearning for employee training elearning modules

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Elearning development tools: only Adobe? Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). In recent years, with the inclusion of various features in Flash and the vast installation base of Flash Player amongst internet users, Flash has become be first choice for eLearning development and delivery over web. Should you be using rapid authoring tools?

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Elearning development tools: only Adobe? Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). In recent years, with the inclusion of various features in Flash and the vast installation base of Flash Player amongst internet users, Flash has become be first choice for eLearning development and delivery over web.

How Do We Find the Right eLearning Partner?

ThinkingKap Solutions

In case you’re just joining us, we started talking about whether you have the skills to create eLearning internally, in part 1. Then, whether creating eLearning internally is the right business strategy, was the focus of part 2. ” If you’ve made it this far in the series, it seems you’re still considering hiring an eLearning partner (impressive deductive reasoning, huh?). To that end, check out work samples from any prospective vendors.

7 eLearning Experts Share Tips on How to Choose the Best Learning Management System

ProProfs

In an industry filled with so many eLearning vendors, it can be tricky to find the best deal. Nearly every solution provider you interact with will claim to have the perfect tool that can support all your eLearning needs. Although, there are some LMS tools that are better than others, each one of them has their own strengths and limitations. Ask the LMS vendor to offer a free trial so that you can test out the features.