How to Write an RFP for LMS Vendors

Web Courseworks

An RFP, or Request for Proposal, allows you to outline what you are looking for in your ideal Learning Management System vendor and creates a standardized form or checklist for all would-be vendors to follow.

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How to write a great RFP for your eLearning Platform search

Academy of Mine

One buying tool we recommend when shopping around for a new eLearning platform is the Request for Proposal (RFP), which can be utilized to streamline and simplify the purchase process. By using an RFP you can: Organize and prioritize your business needs and desired solutions. .

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LMS Do and Don’ts – Isn’t it time to do what’s right?

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To find out if a vendor is in the top 50 LMS rankings (either from 2014 or this year 2015), look for the award icon on their web site. You have to look at the whole entity and not just the skin they initially show you – via the demo or on their web site or even in their sandbox. Meet my friend, the RFP. If you are going to use an RFP, I recommend using the one I created for each and everyone. LMS RFP Template (click the link).

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Step right up to the LMS Sideshow

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This idea that unless you have heard of them, they are not a good product or rather they are a lesser product just isn’t true. The second most disturbing thing are articles that are on the web telling folks that they only need this or that and they are ready to go. . If you are interested in seeing the basics, then check out my LMS RFP template. E-Learning 24/7 Tagged: learning management system , LMS , LMS RFP , selecting a LMS. Hello, hello, hello!

How to Select an LMS

Web Courseworks

As many of our readers know, the sponsor of this blog, Web Courseworks, sells a robust, feature-rich SaaS learning management system. By this time you should have a good idea of what you want and don’t want in an LMS. The post How to Select an LMS appeared first on Web Courseworks.

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How to Select an LMS

Web Courseworks

As many of our readers know, the sponsor of this blog, Web Courseworks, sells a robust, feature-rich SaaS learning management system. By this time you should have a good idea of what you want and don’t want in an LMS. An RFP (request for proposal) is a must-have final step in order to compare “apples to apples” among vendors. Submit your RFP with a list of requirements to a shortlist of vendors.

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4 LMS Features That Were Hot and Now Are Not

Absorb LMS

In fact, opinion regarding the security of cloud-based applications seems to have jumped the shark, with many tech-savvy clients believing that cloud-based applications hosted on reputable platforms such as Amazon Web Services may lessen the risk of data falling into the wrong hands or disappearing.

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Fall 2009 Corporate Advisory Event Starts Today

Kapp Notes

This is an event where students of instructional technology have a conference with professionals in the field where they can learn, exchange ideas and select students for jobs and internships. 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. Today marks the beginning of one of my favorite events of the year.

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How to Pick the WRONG Learning System

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You travel to a destination where you are unfamiliar with the local language and have no idea on what you are reading on the menu. As you see sometimes ignoring what your brain is telling you, or listening to others who have no idea, isn’t always the brightest idea. Yes, accept their ideas with a smile and a polite thank you e-mail. So, everyone can pick ZBD demo, but in your gut, you know this is not a good idea. This is a very bad idea.

2019 Turkey Awards

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Web Conferencing – Will last year’s GoToMeeting win again? . Web Conferencing. Sure, who doesn’t love a good pantomime, but on a web conferencing call? WebEx – The granddaddy of the web conferencing space. Mini-RFP within FindAnLMS, changes that.

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Meet the Hero of the Technical Sale: The Sales Engineer


I don’t believe anyone would take issue with the idea that SEs give demos, however, experts are also prone to broaden the definition. 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.

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Hiring a Technology Consultant

Web Courseworks

Don’t get caught up in the idea that you have to be talking to someone from the same industry. What’s in an effective request for proposals (RFP) for a consulting project? The post Hiring a Technology Consultant appeared first on Web Courseworks.

Can you recommend an LMS?

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The problem with asking random folks to recommend an LMS is that they have no idea on what specific functionality you need, nor your budget, nor your challenges or issues you are facing, nor your requirements, nor your training approach or L&D approach, nor your experience with e-learning. Yet, as I have often noted, it is rarely pushed upon in an RFP, let alone a demo. You the consumer can use the support card as part of your RFP process, which I strongly recommend. .

Forecasts for 2020

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If I, the client have no idea about where to get canned/off-the-shelf content (which is growing, after years of stagnation – even with folks who have had Learning systems in the past), then, what should I do? Curtailing the accept every RFP that comes to them. I love forecasts.

Halloween Edition – Tricks and Treats

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The new UI is in full view, from a “Contact Us” to a web site link, to a description of the system, course standards readily visible and features. It does however, give you a ballpark idea at the min. Web Site. To RFP or not RFP.

Latest Negative E-Learning Trends

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Folks who no nothing about e-learning, why it was created i.e. WBT, and equally no idea on why LMSs were developed/created in the first place. . Again, I can’t decide if they have no idea on ID or if they just decided to follow the pack. Topic: LMS RFP Criteria. Trends.

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

LMS Identify

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You will not forget them when you view a demo, nor when you are looking at the company’s web site or literature. It is not because they have no idea on what these items are, rather it catches them off guard because they have not thought through all the specifics. A friend of mine, got a RFP template from a LMS vendor’s web site. If you are going to use the RFP template, then strip it down. Welcome, Welcome. How are you today?

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3 Reasons Curatr Doesn’t Have A Discussion Forum

HT2 Labs

Using content curated from around your organisation or the wider web, Curatr allows course designers to challenge learners to take part in conversations and contribute back to the learning environment with content of their own devising.

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CAC Conference: Student Presentations

Kapp Notes

I teach a class called “Managing Multimedia Projects” in that class students are given an RFP for an e-learning based proposal and they have to develop a solution. This semester the idea came from an alumni, Chris Chappell who has created a site called

What you can expect in 2019

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I mean there are tech companies who won’t let you take anything with you, when you leave them, so the idea of going “here take this data record with you” seemed far-fetch. I mean you have no idea, unless you are Nostradamus, what the future will be, so how can you know what you will need for your learning and/or training in say six months or a year from now? Web cam capability in the product. Then they wanted it to look like some amazing web page they saw.

LMS Ghost stories – The truth will scare you

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Any vendor who sees you as a potential customer, should go to your web site and grab the banner/header or colors and place it in your demo before you begin. I have always stated that before any call, at a minimum look at the vendor’s web site, go through the page(s) and see what you can extract. Seek additional resources before just either blasting a RFP out to everyone or picking up the phone, because you saw their name. Everyone has hobbies.

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LMS Review: Docebo 7

Talented Learning

Comes with preloaded thumbnails — a simple yet brilliant ease-of-use idea. See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. The Docebo LMS has come a long way since we first reviewed it in 2014.

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What is an LXP and why do I want one?

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no idea). Getting back to being unaware, I find the same issue with a few vendors in the learning system space who are really LXPs, but have no idea. The difference here though, is that those two vendors specifically, really had ZERO idea where they slid into. Here is something I found really funny about Rosetta Stone – they had absolutely no idea on what an LXP was, nor where they interested in being in an LXP. . Here is why it is a bad idea.

LMS Discovery Call – Book Excerpt (my book)

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As with any good book these days that are available for purchase as e-books, the idea of an “excerpt” usually a chapter from the book or at least a portion of a chapter is presented as a “preview” for the book itself. Regardless if you create a RFP, use my LMS RFP template or choose to just ask inquiries and select; an initial call with the LMS vendors of interest is a must.

LMS Discovery Call – Book Excerpt (my book)

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As with any good book these days that are available for purchase as e-books, the idea of an “excerpt” usually a chapter from the book or at least a portion of a chapter is presented as a “preview” for the book itself. Regardless if you create a RFP, use my LMS RFP template or choose to just ask inquiries and select; an initial call with the LMS vendors of interest is a must.

The potential pitfalls of a custom LMS solution


I’ve seen these scenarios and sometimes when I read through a set of requirements or an RFP I am the first to say “This company needs a custom build, no LMS will do all of this off the shelf”. It is nearly 13 years since I started working in the LMS space.

How to Buy a LMS

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I never did a RFP nor spent more time than necessary to find a system. Try to avoid using a RFP template. Ask them who would be your point of contact – it may not be the person who is doing the RFP. Even if you choose not to use a RFP, make sure to create a quick spreadsheet listing the features you want – being specific. Similar to using the RFP, i.e. pricing, setup, training, etc.

Trials – Learning Systems

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Web Conferencing? In the good ol’ days vendors listed trials on their web sites OR if you liked what you saw in the demo, you asked them via the phone or e-mail for a trial. With the web sites, the usual approach was your name, company, and e-mail address and then they sent you either a login/password with a or right into and off and running. Hello, web site yellow pages. .

When your LMS BFF is no longer

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I know there are plenty of people who say, they are new to the industry and systems and have no idea on what to ask – which is fair, but there are some things you can ask and should know, if you did some due diligence on your part. If you are a vendor you are likely to see it too often and it appears when the “potential customer” sends you a RFP without ever talking to you prior to. . Or they send the RFP after a discussion, but before seeing the product.

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E-Learning Strategy – The Right Way to Success

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You used to use web pages and now your curriculum staff is going to buy a LMS? There are people who also want to know their growth rate – you can get an idea by talking to HR. If yes, you will want either a standalone web conferencing solution or one integrated into a learning platform. If you have no idea, don’t worry – the best way is to think what are you doing now, and what do you want to do?

E-Learning Q&A November Issue

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In this riveting issue we will be covering the international e-learning scene, my State of the Industry LMS Report – specifically the Top 50, LMS ROI, e-learning costs and web conferencing. I have some ideas on why the U.K. Q: We are looking at various web conferencing products and can’t decide on which one to purchase. along with my new updated LMS RFP for you to use and share. Web Courseworks.

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Learning System Vendors Support Ratings

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While I have conducted random sampling (as you would have with any polls out there), and data collection as part of my LMS RFP Template (New version now out), I believe it needs to be expanded. Vendors will be able to show they have attained this level, via an icon they can include on their web site, and via statements thru whatever means they select or choose. Vendors who achieve Gold will be recognized on the post.

K-12 and LMSs are Broken, Who’s to Blame?

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Web conferencing. Video web conferencing that is proprietary – Listen many of these vendors are making high cash intake and they can either build it, or find a freebie – interesting to note one of the biggest complaints I hear about Instructure is their web conferencing offering Big Button, which is free and well. Fun to use for kids – I know it is a novel idea, fun and education – how dare thee!

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Tony Karrer

Top 2008 Posts based on Read Counts: 100 eLearning Articles and White Papers Free - Web 2.0 26) Web 2.0 Applications in Learning (24) Free - Web 2.0 Opportunities (6) Real-Time Collaborative Editing (6) Web 2.0 And there was a fantastic course Web 2.0