The realities of developing custom elearning with a vendor

Kineo

In the learning space, lots of companies develop custom elearning with a vendor to get the job done. And, in general, working with a vendor can be a great experience. However, there are times when there can be a bit of a learning curve or a challenge can present itself - such as when your organization is switching vendors or using a vendor for the first time.

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Y R Some Vendors confused about e-learning?

eLearning 24-7

Are there vendors in the e-learning space who lack basic understanding around e-learning? Lastly, if the vendors, organizations and firms whose whole background, expertise and existence is tied to e-learning and they themselves are not fully understanding it, does this bode well for the industry as a whole? (I’ll E-Learning is E-Learning and not some magical dust. E-Learning is an umbrella term of online learning.

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Finding a MMOLE/Virtual Learning World Vendor

Kapp Notes

There are a number of preliminary things to consider when beginning to search for vendors to assist you in developing a MMOLE. Whether the goal is to reach out to alumni through a shared virtual space or creating a virtual machine shop to teach safety to mechanics, the underlying purpose and business objective must be articulated to the vendor. When the vendor understands the business requirements, they can better craft the solution. Vendors cannot read your mind.

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LMS Vendors: U Can Survive – Innovate, Invigorate and Invent

eLearning 24-7

It was within these comments, that afterwords, I decided to expand a bit plus identify other areas that I see, LMS vendors must explore – which they have not yet done so, to re-energize themselves. Thus, the LMS vendors are creating a Bogeyman – their own bogeyman, and it does not have to be that way. Majority of employees access a LMS or Learning Portal out of the workplace. Far too many LMS vendors are stuck in a rut. Social Learning.

Top 10 LMS websites

Ed App

A learning management system (LMS) is a software application that handles all aspects of the learning process, including the housing, delivery, and tracking of company training content. Lessonly is an LMS website designed to help teams learn, practice, and work better.

LMS Vendors: U Can Survive – Innovate, Invigorate and Invent

eLearning 24-7

It was within these comments, that afterwords, I decided to expand a bit plus identify other areas that I see, LMS vendors must explore – which they have not yet done so, to re-energize themselves. Thus, the LMS vendors are creating a Bogeyman – their own bogeyman, and it does not have to be that way. Majority of employees access a LMS or Learning Portal out of the workplace. Far too many LMS vendors are stuck in a rut. Social Learning.

What I am hearing and seeing in E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

It comes from me talking to vendors, buyers, monitoring the industry all the while taking notes and seeing the trends/patterns appear right before my eyes. What has always amazed me are number of e-learning vendor web sites whose design looks like it came from 1995 when Netscape ruled the land. I mean look at any other industry, any industry and check out their vendors’ web sites. Upside Learning. This is an exciting time to be in the e-learning space.

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5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

eLearning 24-7

They involved talent management, “hello and goodbye” with vendors, social learning, upswing in mobile learning, new feature sets in the authoring tool space, flat lining in web conferencing and standalone platforms. LMSs/LCMS/CMS/learning platforms in commercial and open space continued their presence. I know its in the buzz phase, but every day new apps are being developed and launched in the commercial space. Social Learning.

LMS Potluck

eLearning 24-7

The blog will remain E-Learning 24/7 as will my Linkedin group. . What many people failed to realize is that they were referring to companies, such as Badgeville, which are outside of the e-learning space. Then there are LMSs and learning platforms includling subsets that have gamification features. However, one area that Axonify likes to hit upon is that they are a micro-learning system. Think back to the days of when you had those mobile learning systems.

State of the Authoring Tool Industry

eLearning 24-7

When looking at the state of the authoring tool space, two words come to mind. Bewildered on what is happening, why what is needed isn’t appearing as it should, and how is it possible that something so obvious based on where e-learning is heading, mobile is pushing and future tech is inspiring is lost among so many vendors? For those who are e-learning developers, instructional designers (with the background to back it) or instructional technologists, I feel your pain.

Social Media and Social Learning – Where R We now?

eLearning 24-7

You have probably been bombarded with lots of social learning surveys over the past few weeks. Because without it, you cannot have social learning. In order for social learning to exist you need to have the following: social media plus e-learning. And, let us clear up another point: social learning is not just social networking. For fun, they toss in YouTube and say – look we know what social learning is for the masses. not working for a vendor).

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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Now you bought a LMS: Implement, Train and Support

eLearning 24-7

You have now purchased your learning management system. Many people will ask their potential vendor what is the implementation time, but will forget to ask if the vendor has a dedicated project manager. This person handles everything from the vendors’ side of thing. The next call you should receive is from your vendor’s project manager. A good LMS vendor will put together a nice support team for you. For many LMS vendors they do the following.

State of the LMS 2012

eLearning 24-7

For the past month, I have been conducting a survey on learning platforms and specifically learning management systems. . The data shows that what many vendors assume end users want is far from accurate. Too many vendors are focusing on talent/performance management as the next feature/component in their systems. Do you have a LMS/LCMS/Learning Platform. Today, however more and more learning management systems are bringing into content management features, inc.

Times are changing – trends in the content authoring tool market

eLearning 24-7

You work online via the servers of your vendor. I had thought that this trend would be dying out, but it is amazing at the number of vendors who are entering the space and still focused on the desktop approach. Despite the overwhelmingly number of vendors who have a “desktop only&# solution, based on what I am seeing- a result of new feature sets – this will change. Mobile Learning. Hmm, oh yeah mobile learning. Vendors to Watch.

Gamification in E-Learning – Are you really learning?

eLearning 24-7

You also have probably read (not sure if you received any points) that gamification is the next big thing in e-learning. . Some people define gamification in the e-learning space as games themselves – sim games for tests, or games for learning. Because what they are not saying is that gamification in e-learning will be billions of dollars by 2020. Incentive Points = Learning. E-Learning 24/7. I’m an addict. An addict for games.

ET and E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

Emerging technology that has I believe the potential to do wonders in the e-learning space. E-Learning and Emerging Technology. While you can easily put a lot of things in here, I am going to talk about four emerging technologies I see as real powerhouses in the possibilities and capabilities in e-learning. But – you say – what about learning/education and training? Kinect + Kinect = Immersion E-Learning. Benefit for E-Learning.

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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? Another issue I have with many vendors who offer effects – again, I like that – is that they fail to mention.

LMSs, TMs and HCMs

eLearning 24-7

If you visit the Taleo home page, you will learn the following two items. I must have been sleeping, but when did “learning” slide under Talent Management? When did “learning, which is training” become a defacto component of Talent Management? Better yet, when did “learning/training” become a component of Human Capital Management? It can easily change the world of e-learning upside down. E-Learning 24/7.

Social Media and Social Learning – Where R We now?

eLearning 24-7

You have probably been bombarded with lots of social learning surveys over the past few weeks. Because without it, you cannot have social learning. In order for social learning to exist you need to have the following: social media plus e-learning. And, let us clear up another point: social learning is not just social networking. For fun, they toss in YouTube and say – look we know what social learning is for the masses. not working for a vendor).

The grades are in for Education focused LMSs

eLearning 24-7

Most systems in the education space are still strongly focused on synchronous based learning. SaaS – I would prefer a vendor who offers SaaS only and not a SaaS or client hosted or G-D forbid client hosted only option. Other cool components that are part of this system, Community Content Commons – repository of learning objects, resources – created, vetted and assessed by the Epsilen community, external content providers including CSIS and PBS.

E-Learning News and Notes

eLearning 24-7

I’ve really been watching this space for the past two years, and while there continue to be enough products that fit within this category, I’m on the belief that this space is on the downside. I love Questionmark, its a wonderful product and it can use a “connector” to integrate into your learning platform or system. Greater increase in the number of learning management systems offering quiz/assessment tools. Collaborative Learning Systems.

APIs and Mashups r ur new ABCs for E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

Unfortunately, too many vendors in the e-learning space have failed to see the power and potential of this capability, and have decided to ignore them. However there are vendors who sell their API solution wrapped in a piece of software. SCORM Player communicating with your vendor’s solution, for example, if you were creating your own LMS and Rapid Intake’s rapid e-learning authoring tool, it includes a SCORM Player API. Social Learning?

Rapid Content Authoring Tools 2010 – Innovators, Winners and Updated Trends

eLearning 24-7

2010 E-Learning 24/7 Awards (No official icon logo handed out to winners, rather just a “WHOO-HOO&# – uh, you can make that sound to yourself.thank you). Sure, other vendors will say you can do that too, but you have to open each object file to get it. Clever and logical features, especially when it comes to emerging technology with e-learning. Social Learning Content Authoring Tool. Game based learning. Cheers, Craig aka E-Learning 24/7.

Did you know?

eLearning 24-7

I learn something every week. Well, just now you learned of these amazing tidbits. As there are a lot of interesting tidbits across the board, so are there within the e-learning space, specifically around learning systems. Vendors themselves know this.

Social Learning, Social Media – Brothers in Arms

eLearning 24-7

Is it me or does it seem that most vendors in the LMS/LCMS market still believe that with some smoke and mirrors, you won’t realize that social media actually must be integrated into social learning for it to exist? Or do they just drop the word, “social media&# , and rather say, “social learning and web 2.0″? See, it is social learning. Social Learning & Social Media. Social Learning = Learning, Collaboration & Communicatio n.

Using an LMS to Support Blended Learning

B Online Learning

As the continuation for this series of blogs on the how’s and why’s of developing and delivering a good blended learning experience for the learner, we will now delve into the platforms that support the delivery. So far we have discussed what is blended learning, how to identify your audience and how to analyse and break down your course content across delivery modes. These are called Learning Management Systems or LMS.

An Analyst’s Perspective

eLearning 24-7

You may have read or seen such statements on various web sites or information on profiles in Linkedin, but not everyone knows what an analyst is, what role they play in the industry, how vendors see them (for the most part) and how as an analyst and/or analyst firm can provide information to enable consumers to make an informed decision. That is a line from Les Miserables but as an analyst it can be an important foundation when dealing with vendors. . E-Learning 24/7.

2020 Learning System Awards (by Vertical/Industry)

eLearning 24-7

And now, it is time for the 2020 Learning System Awards by Verticals/Industries. There was no award submission here for any of these, this is based on my analysis of 1,000 learning systems worldwide (although they are more than 1,300 – but I prefer to use a smaller sample).

Learning Systems RFP and Tier4 NexGen

eLearning 24-7

I note this, because this post covers my new Learning Systems RFP Template , which includes the latest NexGen Tier 4 feature sets. When see the template you are going to be like “this is a lot of features and categories, no vendor will complete all of this.” Vendors who gripe, clearly have never experienced a 10 page or more RFI/RFP (and high page RFPs are common). . Thus, if there is something you see in the Tier4 level, be aware that vendor may not have it. .

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Perception in the E-Learning World

eLearning 24-7

In the e-learning space there continues to be in some sectors, a perception problem. Often self-inflicted by the vendor themselves, it nevertheless continues rampant. From Talent Management systems with learning as a component, to learning systems in general, to new learningtech tools, perception really creates conflict, where it doesn’t have to be that way. . Let’s first take a look at the term e-learning itself. Digital Learning Platforms.

The LMS implementation checklist that works (& how to do it yourself)

Docebo

Identify and define your learning objectives and goals. Ensure you have quality e-learning content. Identify and define your learning objectives and goals. If you don’t have stakeholder buy-in, it can cost you the ROI of your learning platform and result in low adoption.

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Latest Takeaways from Craig Weiss

eLearning 24-7

With more and more corporate entities telling their employees not to come into the office and/or do not do any business related travel, I am calling on Learning Solutions and ATD to cancel their trade shows for 2020. Vendors who have a booth would need to have disinfectant, hand sanitizers and wipes with them at all time, and rub down anyplace that someone put their hand on, on a regular basis, and not say once a day. The Virus and Impact to Online Learning.

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EdCast vs Degreed vs Fuse – The Analysis

eLearning 24-7

How do you explain why these three vendors were selected, how the process for analysis was conducted, and what are the results? Why these three vendors? From the vendors themselves and even in conducting my own research into vendor comparisons. Learning Environment.

New in Engine 20: LTI support, YouTube connector, and more

Rustici Software

you can bring LTI tools into your LMS, giving your learners access to new libraries of content and applications from a number of vendors. Not all learning happens inside an LMS. These features make it easier than ever to go to market quickly with a competitive learning platform.

The LMS implementation checklist that works (& how to do it yourself)

Docebo

Identify and define your learning objectives and goals. Ensure you have quality e-learning content. Identify and define your learning objectives and goals. If you don’t have stakeholder buy-in, it can cost you the ROI of your learning platform and result in low adoption.

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Reader Mail (Support, Rankings, etc.)

eLearning 24-7

Before diving into our semi-annual, readers question and answer, I’d like to talk about a subject near and dear to me – acquisitions. In the past few months, many of you probably have noticed a slight uptick in to the number of vendors who have been acquired either by another vendor in the market, or outside of the e-learning space or even a Private Equity firm. From my experience, vendors do have some options. Learn Amp. E-Learning 24/7.

Trials – Learning Systems

eLearning 24-7

The e-Learning industry as a whole are fans of trials, well, uh, most of the industry that is. Other e-learning tools? But the behemoth, the big elephant in the room, learning systems are not fans of trials. In the early 2000’s right up to about 2012, trials were common in the learning system market. Not every vendor offered them, but more than enough did and consumers liked that. The vendor then followed up with you, because they had your e-mail address.

Suite Dreams; The analyst view

Learning Pool

As mentioned in Learning Pool’s Suite Dreams white paper (page 2) – Bersin’s concept of the modern learner – brought about through new patterns of employment, market forces, and technological transformation – drove the business need for a new type of learning system.

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Ponder This in your LMS and LXP

eLearning 24-7

It’s not like I sit here staring out onto the sea of Cortez contemplating whether a shark the size of a whale is out there (rumors say yes), but, I do more often than not, look at what it taking place in the e-learning space and ponder. Buzz Words in the Learning System Space. The term coach in the business world is not the same as “coaching” in the learning system space. Out – Machine Learning. Skill-based learning.