Is Your RFP Response On Point? Tips for Learning Systems Vendors

Talented Learning

But preparing RFP responses can be brutal – especially if you blow it with unforced errors. What’s Wrong With This RFP Response? You rally your team and spend many hours developing an RFP response. So why are you losing at the RFP stage? But vendors have more control over RFP outcomes than you may think. Let’s look at some basic factors… 9 Ways to Build a Winning RFP Response. Blindly submitting an RFP response can be just as risky.

RFP 59

Debut: My LMS RFP Template – The only one you will ever need again

eLearning 24-7

Speed up the process – Who has time today to spend days putting together a RFP and on the flip side from the vendor perspective who has weeks to complete them? Frankly, I got tired of seeing LMS RFP templates that either were built by a LMS vendor and thus some of the features were targeting said vendor, or LMS RFP templates created by people who are not LMS experts, let alone have an extensive experience in e-learning. Benefits of using this LMS RFP (PDF).

RFP 63

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

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. Never send an RFP to 12 vendors or even 8 vendors.

RFP 43

LMS Planning: Is Your Learning Ecosystem Future-Proof?

Talented Learning

Corporations, associations, training companies, schools, colleges and even individual subject-matter experts have been racing to rethink business models and reinvent instructional content at its core. Time flies when you’re moving through change.

RFP 111

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.

RFP 50

Help your in-house experts create effective virtual learning


They can work with your internal experts to create exactly what you need and get it into your learners’ hands in just the right format. You might even have to issue an RFP. The post Help your in-house experts create effective virtual learning appeared first on OpenSesame.

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?:

RFP 40

Kicking the RFP Habit

Breakthrough eLearning

Two weeks ago, in a moment of weakness, I almost submitted a response to a request for proposals (RFP). However, I remembered an earlier vow that I had made to myself never to put myself and my colleagues through "RFP hell" again, was resolute, and I ignored the invitation. I have won and lost my fair share of RFP competitions in the past. a favourite vendor was already selected and the RFP process was a bureaucratic necessity to prove "due process").

RFP 32

5 Must-Have LMS Features To Ensure Return On Investment


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. .

RFP 78

Hiring a Technology Consultant

Web Courseworks

What’s in an effective request for proposals (RFP) for a consulting project? In a good response to your RFP you should expect to see the following things: A clear understanding of your situation. Association Learning Technology communication contractors interview project management subject matter experts teamwork Technology Technology consultant Finding the Right Hired Gun: A Conversation with Elaine Biech.

Nine tips for writing excellent RFPs

Good To Great

I’m not suggesting that this is an RFP rulebook; it’s not even a list of recommendations. Although I did get positive feedback from the suppliers I sent my first RFP to, and likewise was very pleased with the standard of proposals I received back.) When preparing an RFP… First of all, be fair with the deadline. When asking for information… Obviously, the questions in your RFP will depend on the specifics of your project.

Tips 57

Lessons Learned: LMS Feasibility Study

Petra Mayer

Lessons for the RFP process. There were a lot of lessons that will help to develop a more detailed RFP (Request for Proposal). For example, it would be beneficial to incorporate into an RFP: Keep all criteria of your requirements separate and provide a templated response form for the vendors to complete. Involve all Subject Matter Experts prior to the RFP to ensure all their needs have been captured appropriately.

Study 40

Serena Williams and Stepping Back from Your Training Plan

Dashe & Thomson

Dashe & Thomson responded to the RFP but provided an alternative solution: an electronic performance support system (EPSS). Instructional Design Project Management/Project Delivery performance support subject matter experts instructional design performance improvement project managementI am a big tennis fan. And there is nothing more important to American tennis fans than the U.S. Open, which started this week. There are a number of tournaments leading up to the Open.

RFP 138

Traps To Avoid When Hiring An Instructional Designer

Spark Your Interest

Focusing on Hiring Someone Who Is A Subject Matter Expert. While it may be helpful hiring a company or individual that is a subject matter expert, most often it’s a trap to avoid. If that person or company ALSO happens to be an expert in the subject matter then all well and good. However, you should avoid someone who isn’t an expert in instructional design, or who has little cross-industry experience and new ideas to bring to the table.

RFP 100

Best of the Best – Top 5 Gamification LMSs

eLearning 24-7

PLUS you receive my latest LMS RFP Template, which now includes a special section for Security. Tagged: gamification , learning management system , LMS , LMS expert , LMS gamification , LMS research. gamification learning management system LMS Research LMS LMS expert LMS gamification LMS research Let’s play a game.

Trickle Down Education: Taking Graduate Level Work to Sixth Graders

Kapp Notes

As a student in my class, Anthony had to go through an exercise where, as part of a mock company, he had to research an elearning solution and, as part of a team, write a response to the elearning RFP and then present with his group the recommendations contained in their proposal to Bloomsburg’s Corporate Advisory Council. As part of the student’s project he had them respond to a RFP. Yesterday, I spent the entire day with 6th graders. It was wonderful.

Fall 2009 Corporate Advisory Event Starts Today

Kapp Notes

On the second day students will present solutions to a mock Request for Proposals (RFP) while the CAC members evaluate their presentations and on the third day students will interview for internships and job opportunities. Here is a brief synopsis of the RFP the students will be answering this semester. The focus of the RFP is on developing a “Training System” for the introduction of a new product from the fictitious Big Power Tool Company (BPTC).

RFP 131

Learning technology lessons from the front lines

CLO Magazine

Speak to experts and business leaders for their insights and expertise. Do your research and be judicious with who you engage in the RFP process. Spend time vetting the vendor before you invite them to the RFP party. In March 2020, the world shifted in response to the pandemic.

Custom Elearning: How To Get Started

Learning Pool

Next, identify and engage with internal stakeholders, including subject matter experts, marketing, and the IT department, to get buy-in and clarify that you’re not missing anything important. It’s now just a case of sending out your RFP and waiting to see what comes back.

RFP 57

Moodle Services Provider – How would you Choose the Right One?


Draft a good RFP (Request for Proposal). Next, download an RFP template! Yes, there is a proper format for an RFP! Just one thing here, don’t look out for very big names in their clientele, sometimes the service providers have the best of experts under them, but big names require bigger criterias to fulfill, and hence the smaller to mid level Moodle service providers miss out on bigger names.

How to get the most out of your instructional designer

Spark Your Interest

Actually the whole RFP process is often a waste of time for all parties. An RFP shouldn’t be a list of specifications, it should be an open invitation to help you solve a problem. Provide access to the actual audience & Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) – REAL access. (or how to be a good “client”).

Meet the Hero of the Technical Sale: The Sales Engineer


He or she is the expert you call on to help prospects understand why to choose your products. I don’t believe anyone would take issue with the idea that SEs give demos, however, experts are also prone to broaden the definition. Ability to contribute to the RFP process.

Visionary Integration Professionals (VIP) Announces New Board Members


a leading cloud RFP and sales enablement software provider. Ian MacVicar is an accomplished finance and strategic planning expert who currently serves as Managing Director of Invicar Consulting. FOLSOM, CA – March 24, 2020 — Visionary Integration Professionals (VIP) today announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors.

RFP 40

How to Choose an LMS That’s Right for Your Association


While this undoubtedly varies from organization to organization (depending on size, revenue, membership base, and program goals, among a number of other considerations), the professional education experts at Tagoras, along with Community Brands own Sales VP Scott Hundley, simplified the process into seven critical steps, including potential setbacks to avoid, in the recent webinar, “LMS Selection: Mastering the Process, Avoiding the Pitfalls.” Review and score responses to the RFP.

Responding to Requests for Proposals for Learning Projects

Bottom-Line Performance

I often wonder how many hours a client might save himself or herself if their RFP had been put together a bit more carefully. If you are someone who outsources work to vendors, you can make your job easier - and your vendors’ job easier by assembling a solid RFP - or request for proposal. The information that follows is straight from a document we created titled, “Creating a Good RFP.&# This includes source content and subject matter experts.

3 Priority Questions for your LMS Feasibility Study

Petra Mayer

Typically, this is done through a “Request-for-Information” (RFI) process or through a “Request-for-Proposal” (RFP). Stakeholders and Subject Matter Experts time. When clients talk to me about their Learning Management System (LMS) project , above all, they typically ask three priority questions as part of their LMS Feasibility Study : Is what we want available? How much does it cost? Will we make that money back – i.e. what is the ROI?

Study 40

Got LMS Implementation Questions? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

Talented Learning

That’s one reason why we clarify buyer requirements in a formal RFP. The Tier 2 team is included only at key milestones such as RFP evaluation, demonstrations and proof of concept review. Some LMS companies depend on third-party experts to implement their solutions. Under these circumstances, expert temporary resources can keep a project on track and provide a sober, independent checkpoint for ongoing advice. When to issue an RFP (or not).

Making The Jump Into eLearning

ICS Learning

For example you will need a team with the following capabilities: Subject Matter Experts (SME) – the people who are the experts in what needs to be taught. Instructional Designers and Technical Writers – are experts in knowing how to convert your SMEs knowledge into quality computer based instruction. 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).

Your LMS criteria can make or break your buying process – here’s how to win


Whether you’re planning or releasing an RFP , or establishing relationships with different sales teams, you’ll set yourself up to be successful after you narrow down your most important criterion.

CAC 2009 Student Presentations

Kapp Notes

Mock E-Learning RFP Fall 2009 This semester the focus is on developing a “Training System” for the introduction of a new product from Big Power Tool Company (BPTC). The RFP has opportunities for product training, sales training, e-learning, hands-on instructor-led elements, multiple languages and follow up training. As well as training geared toward experts and novices and the opportunity for students to offer a solution using Web 2.0

CAC: Fall 2007 Corporate Advisory Council Event ReCap

Kapp Notes

Certification: Greg Sapnar and Steven Just Teaching Instructional Design to a Subject Matter Expert:Nathan Eckel Fully Using Adobe Products:Cliff Sobel and Rhonda Dorsett Virtual Worlds: Bart Pursel Creating Simulations that Deal with Failure: Phil Charron Panel Discussion: Contracting/Consulting Teaching Conversational Modeling: Louis Biggie Mobile Learning:Tom Kruezberger On the second day, students presented.

RFP 100

Extended Enterprise LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

BLOG POSTS – Independent advice, straight from our analysts and other experts. Independent advice from our analysts and expert guest authors: 1) Top learning systems trends: 2019 extended enterprise market guide. Prepare for success with advice from customer education expert Adam Avramescu of Slack… 3) How do you find an LMS that nails extended enterprise learning? When to issue an RFP (or not).

How to Pick the WRONG Learning System

eLearning 24-7

Aaron in sales, Frieda in Accounting, Paul in IT, Sandy in Marketing and so forth are not experts in training, L&D or HR. I understand you do not want to hurt other people’s feelings or you have been notified that you have to ask all these departments for their suggestions, but no one ever says you have to take all that stuff and stick it into your RFP or documents or make it an important component of the decision making process.

Seven Stages of LMS Process


You can take free demos or hire an expert Industry Analysts or organize conferences highlighting your LMS requirements. Stage 5: RFP. Next, you need to Request for Proposal (RFP) from the vendors whose ‘Service Profile’ blends with your expectations. LMS (Learning Management System) refers to an application software that allows you to plan, implement and track, course material uploaded on the LMS.

RFP 43

Ultimate eLearning terms you should know: Part 2 (M-Z)


RFP (request for proposal ): Document prepared by organizations to help assess LMS vendors during a selection process. SME (subject matter expert): An individual with specialist knowledge about a topic or subject area covered in a course. Instructional designers collaborate with subject matter experts to develop engaging content that’s informed and accurate beyond the expertise of their own domain. Last week, we decoded tongue-twisting eLearning terms from A-L.

How Does LMS Selection Work? This Case Reveals All

Talented Learning

Within these organizations, individual knowledge and experience varies, as do learning needs and preferences for formal continuing education (CEU) credits, programs of study, books, courses, videos, files, templates, audio recordings, group discussions, expert forums , regional meetings, training/coaching telephone calls, and mini-nuggets of just-in-time performance support. At Talented Learning, we help all kinds of organizations big and small find the right LMS for their needs.

7 Key Components Of The LMS Switching Process

Upside Learning

User Generated Content - Apart from the training records and content, the current LMS may have modules which facilitate users to generate and share content with each other – e.g. discussion forums, social learning modules, chatrooms, Expert Queries, Issues, Interaction with Line Managers, Instructors, etc. This will also eliminate the problems which arise if an LMS is bought only as per sales demos or mere RFP checklists.

LMS 190

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

Talented Learning

2) Ask an external expert to join you. A third-party expert can save you considerable time and money throughout the implementation process. 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. How will you finish the new elearning content module when your subject matter expert gets the flu?

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. These instructions are a guide to help you get better results of your training programs but also make sure you count with a team of LMS experts ready to contribute with the implementation and setting up of the platform.

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.