Learning System Vendors Support Ratings

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There has never been an accurate number of how many learning system vendors actually have a training department, let alone trainers who provide said training, or customer education. Every vendor will state to you, if asked, how great is their support. However, behind the scenes, some of those vendors who say we are above 90%, are well, lying ( I can find no easy way to say this). Not every vendor has bad or average support. It asks for metrics from the vendor.

eLearning Portal Integration

Tony Karrer

Initially, the conversation was about having learning content appear on the enterprise portal. Many LMS vendors provide portlets, gadgets or widgets that allow for access of learning content (most often meaning courses and courseware) through the corporate portal. It's certainly better than putting a static link to your LMS somewhere on the corporate portal / intranet. Many LMS vendors provide this capability.

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Questions to Ask Ur Prospective LMS Vendor

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Web Conferencing. Again, for some people important): Do you have a web conferencing solution in your system? Vendors who have partnerships with WebEx or whomever they use, typically require you to purchase a license, which is separate from the system. Many will offer or have the ability to purchase the license for you, rather than you having to go to the vendor themselves and purchase it. If the vendor offers it, they say yes – but here is the twist.

LMS vendors: R u hearing us?

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LMS Vendors. 30% vendors offer at least one type of social media – from my latest LMS directory. Dozens of LMS vendors, had typos on their web pages, zero screens of the system, links that went nowhere and two kicked up my Firewall warning of possible privacy collection and one had a Trojan Horse (I use a hardcore firewall and A/V). Yet, LMS vendors pick on of the paths below. Based on my updated LMS directory of nearly 220 vendors, 15% offered a trial.

Building a Learning Portal

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We implemented a learning portal at work several months back, and it has turned out to be one of the best things I could recommend to an organization for improving access to learning materials. I’ve realized that learning portal creates a self-service environment for users that can’t be beat. Let’s take a closer look at learning portals… What is a learning portal? How to build a learning portal (in a nutshell). More portals are coming.

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

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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.

Build a Learning Portal Using WordPress

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I’ve written before about learning portals and how they can be a great way to improve access to learning materials for users. I wanted to provide a more in-depth post that shows how you can create your own learning portal using the freely available content management system, WordPress. So, let’s get started… Refresher: What is a portal? It may display upcoming classes, online courses, job aids, programs, links to web sites, etc.

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

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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.

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. Extended Enterprise – aka Multi-Tenet, Portals-Sub Portals. What about a payment gateway – does the LMS vendor assist you with this or do you have to find your own? I only know of a few vendors that include a TM/PM feature at no additional cost, it just comes with the system – and their systems are what I consider a full LMS.

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2010 LMS Products of the Year

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I include Learning Portals, LCMSs, as part of the mix. Please remember for TM or as some vendors like to pitch as “performance management or knowledge management&# , the modules are extra and are not part of the system (at least for now). the ability to have their own system off that initial system, with own look and feel, and features that can be turned on or off at the top tiered level or at each sub system level (depending on the vendor’s system).

Social Learning – What’s the Point? Time to turn the tables on the naysayers

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For vendors, they could make it happen and generate revenue. LMS/LCMS/Learning Portals (commercial & free), Social Learning stand-alone systems, hybrid system, content authoring tools, m-learning, web conferencing (already exists in many systems), virtual worlds, virtual meeting systems (already exists in some systems), marketplace exchanges (not affiliated with a system). LMS/LCMS/Learning Portal (commercial or free), e-readers, any mobile device(i.e.

APIs and Mashups r ur new ABCs for E-Learning

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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. Programmable Web. LMS Vendors.

State of the LMS 2012

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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. By the mid to late 2000′s, the split returned with LCMS and LMS (and yes, there were vendors who called themselves LCMSs for as long as e-learning – online learning – has existed). rather then going through the LMS vendor.

This is not (fill in the blank)

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The people who suffer the most from this contradiction are the consumers and a vast majority of vendors. If you listen to content authoring tool vendors who have added the capability of HTML5 it is easy to misunderstand what some are saying is not what you assume to be true. Your mobile web browser. Even if the product is a desktop product all you need to do is upload the course to your own web server, use the vendor’s web server or via a LMS.

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E-Learning End Users Have Spoken – time for the industry to listen

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billion dollars (USD) by 2015 and an increase in competition in the space, it is time for vendors to act. Interestingly, a large portion of LMS vendors have not optimized their products for the iPad/ iPad2 and with the exception of two content authoring tools, HTML5 capabilities, specifically the ability to output a course in HTML5 does not yet exist. I know of one vendor who gives end users the flash files after building the course.

Product Review: Mzinga OmniSocial

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OmniSocial is a social learning platform, with learning management capabilities and with the ability to select individual apps in the system and only use those you select to install onto your web site or learning portal. As mentioned earlier, you can select a specific app or apps and then integrate them into your web site or portal. 24×7, 365 days a year support via phone, e-mail and web based ticketing system.

The Importance of Alliances

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Whereas ten to fifteen years ago the vast majority of our training solutions were web-based courses built with common HTML-type languages, Flash, or the major authoring tools, today’s modern learning solutions have the potential to take many shapes, blended and uniquely crafted for the business problem they propose to solve and the people that they support. The solution required two vendors to work together: one to build the technology and one to build the content.

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5 Trends to Watch 4 n 2011

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One vendor with 750 users, priced out at nearly 24K a year; another close to 11.5K – thus depends on users is a factor. If you are an e-learning vendor exploring the SBM do not take them lightly, a few are slowly entering my 2nd trend. LMS vendors are targeting companies who have distributors/wholesalers/resellers/sales agents/etc. Marketplaces & Exchanges by LMS/Learning Portal Vendors. Vendors will continue to explore and enter more niche markets.

It’s Demo Time

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You can try to figure out about the product via the company’s web site, but many sites honestly are beyond awful. Yet, for many vendors that objective, comes at a price, you have to talk to them. Regardless of the learning platform, most vendors want to know a few tidbits about you and what you are seeking before you see the product (i.e. For many vendors it is all about the phone call. Even if the vendor says this is their policy, tell them you don’t care.

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LMS News. Directory. Plus E-Learning Notes

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Several vendors have left the space, a few have entered. Vendors are hearing us and are making changes. More multilingual options to their web sites, trials and social learning. Newest Version – LMS/Learning Portal Directory. Added Demo Column (Y/N) – If the vendor enables you to view a demo of their product without having to register or provide any information upfront, it is identified as “Yes&#. Fear Factor: Vendor Pricing.

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A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

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LMSs – Finally vendors took notice. Sadly though many still are in the dark on true mobile learning – i.e. not accessing their platform via a mobile web browser. Authoring Tools – With only a small sample of vendors that are SaaS based, pickings are slim. Web Conferencing – You would think that all these services would have a native app for tablets. CertPoint VLS Portals – but only to a laptop or CD Rom – so not a mobile device.

Social Learning and LMSs Marketplace

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As social learning continues to grow, LMS/LCMS vendors are taking various approaches. LMS/LCMS vendors are following one of three approaches when it comes to social learning. In any other market, the goal is to be number one, yet for whatever reason, in this market when it comes to social learning, there are a significant number of vendors, who would rather just sit on the sidelines. Time for these vendors to wake up, or see your audience share disappear.

Something is Going on Down there in the LMS Market

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launches on Verizon on November 11th, has features including camera, web cam, etc. 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. LMS vendors who left the LMS space to focus only on TM.

E-Learning Innovative Products – They are Out There

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When they hit stride, other vendors take notice and soon, the lemming revolution begins. Nor, a LMS vendor who enable their customers to sell their courses, but only people who have the same LMS vendor can buy and use them. 2011 will show profitable gains for a large portion of vendors across the sector. Except maybe for the “Gerbil in the Wheel&# vendors. I love innovation. It is what makes any product or service, aspire to new heights.

Drink your own champagne?

Clark Quinn

I was talking with a vendor of a robust suite of tools. So I’m going to suggest you start asking of your vendors “Do you drink your own champagne?” And that could be for some bad things as well as good (thinking: learning styles vendors). So, I’m going to suggest that this should be a question you ask of every vendor. I’m also going to suggest every vendor ensure that they do use their own tool.

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Something is Going on Down there in the LMS Market

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launches on Verizon on November 11th, has features including camera, web cam, etc. 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. LMS/LCMS/CMS Vendors.

Social Media and Social Learning – Where R We now?

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There are over 25 social media types – types include social networking, live casting, game platforms, virtual worlds, web conferencing, social bookmarking, social network aggregators, social news aggregators, blogs, app sharing (inc. not working for a vendor). Vendors: People who work for a vendor (i.e. That there are people out there including vendors who are not on the social media scene. I know of only one LMS vendor Absorb that is on FourSquare.

Best of the Best – Extended Enterprise or multi-tenant LMSs

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Just because a system lists itself as an extended enterprise does not mean it comes with multiple domains (which with some vendors includes customized) nor with multiple portals or my preferable term – “multi-tenant” You may see an “extended enterprise” which not only refers to the company’s employees, but also their customers and channel partners. Multi-Tenant: Some people refer to it as portals and sub-portals.

Analysis of ASTD International Conference and Expo 2013

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to the expo vendors who forgot to bring any type of product example to the show – this event will go down in history! An additional fee of $700 per day for vendors who wanted to use Wi-Fi, which some vendors found to be spotty at best. One vendor I know declined the Wi-Fi and instead used their 3G smartphone tied back to their laptop. If a vendor didn’t visibly list it, then upon asking, many said they were going to include it. EXTRA! EXTRA!

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Psst. You wanna buy some features?

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LMS vendors are continuing to add some very unique features in an effort to set themselves apart from the competition. Desktop sharing (appears with a few vendors). Section 508 (still shocking at the lack of vendors that fail to offer this feature). Integrate with web based e-mail calendars – Gmail and Hotmail. Proprietary web conferencing – finally! more common is partnering with a web conferencing vendor). Guess what some vendors do.

The 5 most common LMS complaints from end users

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I remember seeing some pricing online by a LMS vendor and then when I got the contract it had different pricing on it. You see they had items you needed but they did not mention it on their web site. Skinning for additional portals/tenants, etc. ” There are some vendors who will only deal with clients who have over 10,000 employees – so this quick qualifier will streamline the process. Or there are vendors who only work in certain industries/verticals.

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Latest E-Learning Trends – Some good, some bad

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I mean ever&# , from a senior executive at a mid to large size vendor that has been in the market for several years. Across the board, a large number of vendors (from small to large) saw increases in their quarter numbers. Especially, when vendors released their 2010 final numbers and saw big increases from the previous year. One vendor is months behind their release schedule. Another vendor is suffering Q/A issues. Identify the problem, the vendor too.

Education learning management system trends

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I am projecting the analytical part to significantly increase and to expand the capability to use solutions such as online storage (which a few vendors are offering) and product like Dropbox and CalenGoo. Ancient features such as discussion boards/text chat/forums – I offered these babies back in 1995 on my web site. A huge number of vendors are offering this feature in their system. Parent Portal.

Latest E-Learning Insight and News

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There is a growing list of vendors, including small/mid size that are adding talent management components that match the Big Dog systems. A couple of vendors have added HRIS modules. It is interesting to note, that many of the vendors are targeting the SMB space, especially the small size (less than 500 employees) market. What is nice is there are still a significant number of vendors who have not added it.

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Social Media and Social Learning – Where R We now?

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There are over 25 social media types – types include social networking, live casting, game platforms, virtual worlds, web conferencing, social bookmarking, social network aggregators, social news aggregators, blogs, app sharing (inc. not working for a vendor). Vendors: People who work for a vendor (i.e. That there are people out there including vendors who are not on the social media scene. I know of only one LMS vendor Absorb that is on FourSquare.

Writing Persuasive Essays | Ereading Worksheets

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The Criterion® Online Writing Evaluation service from ETS is a web-based instructional writing tool that helps students, plan, write and revise their essays guided eVA - Virginia's eProcurement Portal - eVA is Virginia's online, electronic procurement system. This web-based vendor registration and purchasing system allows state

5 Trends to Watch 4 n 2011

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One vendor with 750 users, priced out at nearly 24K a year; another close to 11.5K – thus depends on users is a factor. If you are an e-learning vendor exploring the SBM do not take them lightly, a few are slowly entering my 2nd trend. LMS vendors are targeting companies who have distributors/wholesalers/resellers/sales agents/etc. Marketplaces & Exchanges by LMS/Learning Portal Vendors. Vendors will continue to explore and enter more niche markets.