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Product Review – Instilled LXP

eLearning 24-7

Writing a product review on a product that I use, well, I am about to use. I was planning on adding to my Findanlms.com (the web site part of it), a new section called vendor videos, and thus seeing the video aspect on the Instilled, I saw a perfect fit. Tie a PPT or a PDF to the video as it runs – matching section or clip by clip. Yes, you can have the match of a PDF, PPT, etc. This is a first for me.

Product Review: Mindflash.com

eLearning 24-7

The product continues to add new features that overall are surprisingly solid. However, they continue to incorporate some instructor led training components, which is a disservice to an otherwise nice product. Cannot move slides in the arrange mode – i.e. once you upload the PPT with the slide order, you cannot move say slide #9 to spot #4, rather you have to do this in PPT and then re-upload. I have been following Mindflash since it started as a beta.

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Product Review: BlueVolt

eLearning 24-7

File repository – another reason to boot LCMSs once and for all, this feature includes version updates and some analytics. Ability to offer ads for products or ads to specific sections for folks to visit – for each child (sub-portal) - yes – every child can be skinned to look a different way then the parent. Many people today prefer 3rd party authoring tools and in fact, I recommend that route rather then using a vendor’s built in authoring tool.

Top Nine Web Conferencing Vendors for 2015 Plus Trends

eLearning 24-7

And it isn’t because their product is outrageously expensive – but yowsa many of them are, when was the economy fully out of a recession yet (globally)? Per Host – My number #1 vendor goes this route, but they and a few others push ultimate options with a minimum number of hosts and I’m not even talking Enterprise yet. There a few vendors who offer a lot more, but nobody is doing like 30 or 40 extensions at this point. I know what you are thinking.

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Product Review: Mindflash.com

eLearning 24-7

Each PowerPoint slide appears in order, following your PPT order. For example: your first PPT slide is on the timeline then you add a word document, next an image file, another slide (your 2nd one in the deck u uploaded), then audio/movie and so on. The system provides an assessment tool that is built-in within the product. ppt slide, quiz, image, etc.).

Product Review – Articulate Storyline 2

eLearning 24-7

If it in my mind one of the best ten products to hit the e-learning cycle in the last five years. I mean the first Storyline, sweet and then here comes a new version, from a company not known to push out new products for a period of years – must rock. I cannot recall seeing a character in a wheelchair prior to in any product, I found that commendable, but they missed out some ADA 508 capabilities in the entire product itself. Let me see, desktop product.

TechKnowledge 2012 – Post Assessment

eLearning 24-7

This was my third TK in a row to attend, and as usual it contained some WOW on the part of some products, some “huh” on others and even a few “boos” Overall Expo Analysis. Nice selection of vendors – in general. More vendors showing off their products then in the past – still a couple believe that a poster board will do the trick. Wi-Fi worked a lot better, but vendors and end users still had issues inside the expo hall.

State of the Authoring Tool Industry

eLearning 24-7

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? Confusion leads to flushed in terms of causation that some vendors in their infinite wisdom have decided it is better to jump one way than stay the course. I know of one vendor who has a review checker and it works quite well.

The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market

eLearning 24-7

I am still surprised on how vendors who are offering assessment only tools are staying in the game. Assessment/Survey/Polls – If your product doesn’t have it – you need it. I hope it does – especially with SaaS products. PowerPoint – Ability to integrate or use PPT in your courses. Some vendors push heavily on PPT, implying that a great WBT is really a PPT converted to Flash. Vendor adoption is slow.

Break it down! (No it’s not Hammer Time! Yet)

eLearning 24-7

It’s a product whose core focus is an authoring tool (proprietary based), but offers the ability to add users, provides a few analytics and a few reports. For whatever reason- okay to try to set themselves apart – some vendors have created the term “training management” Honestly, they could call it “online authoring system with a few reports and no frills” and it would be the same thing. Yeah, you can upload word docs, PPT, etc.

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Articulate, Captivate and Lectora – Do they deserve your praise?

eLearning 24-7

When people think authoring tools, three products typically come to mind. I’ve always found this product to be the top of the line for PowerPoint to Flash course builds. Articulate loves to say that Engage is used often, but from folks I have spoken with who use the product, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Engage is the only product you can edit the HTML – using a HTML Kit. You can only go so far with this product.

Latest E-Learning Insight and News

eLearning 24-7

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. They offer a SaaS version, but that is fee based.

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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. Remember when only a few offered the PPT to Flash option in their tools? Vendors to Watch.

Open Source Web Conferencing Solutions – FREE

eLearning 24-7

I have a real issue with vendors who charge extra – via a license with their “partner&# or otherwise for a web conferencing – and thus ability to offer webinars, in their solution. Hence: Below are products that are either open source free or free or free with limited functionality. Meetings24.tv - free up to 24 users, limited features in the freebie version, other options available but are fee based. If you want more power, have to purchase Pro version.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality

eLearning 24-7

This is a growing market with new vendors showing up, but at the same time, others disappearing. While the assumption would be that all the products are alike, or that fee based tools are superior to their free counterparts, nothing could be farther than the truth. Macromedia Authorware and similar products. PPT or Word to Flash and the end user can add a TOC, some assessments, audio, video, even additional flash learning objects and attachments.

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

eLearning 24-7

Innovation abounded and the push to focus on the “PPT to Flash&# angle continued to shine. Yet, there were some products that stood out, if nothing else – for taking the lead and doing something that says “yes it is possible, and oh, it works&#. RCAT Product of the Year. Open Source Product of the Year (i.e. Innovation is listed next to the product. Import and convert PPT to the web, add rich media.

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. Where do you start?

State of the Authoring Tool Industry 2015

eLearning 24-7

Yes there are vendors doing some new stuff, okay many, but a few items are not new, rather they have been around for a long time. SaaS boost – Finally more vendors are on the appropriate path for their consumers; but the big folks are not – why? Mobile Friendly – It has taken a bit of time, but go anywhere and you will see “Responsive” and “HTML5″ xAPI – Another why wasn’t this done a year ago for many vendors?

2014 Authoring Tools – State of Affairs

eLearning 24-7

So far in 2014, the authoring tool space hasn’t really come out with anyone earth shattering, that would make you stand up and scream “Brussels Sprouts are the new “spinach” Avatars and background templates continue to “in” - A few vendors are now adding “real life” scenario backgrounds- but “real life” is open to interpretation. Collaboration – How much longer are AT vendors going to push this out as “new”?

Best of the Best: Content Authoring Tools

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I mean it is not like something is going to change in just a few weeks for any such product. Innovation – if the product doesn’t offer some innovative features, then they are stale. Feature sets – they have to be more than PPT to Flash or add an audio clip and video clip to the course. One product reminded me of bad shareware. There is never any pay for play here – even my vendor clients are aware that they may not win best of the best.

LMS Review: Litmos

Talented Learning

See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. For this review, we evaluated the Pro version and not the Salesforce nor Training Ops version of Litmos.). Premium Salesforce integration version. An advanced Training Ops product for organizations that run training as a business. Productized integrations, with about 20 third-party applications, including Webex, GotoWebinar, Salesforce, Shopify, Dropbox, ADP and MailChimp. Product: Litmos LMS.

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Summer Course Authoring Tool Rankings – Top Ten

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Well, it is a fun product to create a course. This product achieves makes it happen, especially with a slick UI. Nothing like getting your blood boil when you see this ranking and can’t understand why the product is not number one. Feature wise the product has quite a bit, but my biggest gripe with Adobe is that this product always seems to be behind its top competitors. HTML5 output including a PPT converter to HTML5. Err I meant product.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: E-Learning Project Reality: Guerrilla Instructional Design

Learning Visions

Mostly software training, with bits of process and product information thrown in for good measure. I capture all of their comments, make revisions, and send out an updated version. I prep the script and send it off for audio production (weve been working with an excellent independent guy with his own studio who can churn this stuff out!) Ive done some wireframes in PPT, but I keep coming back to Word.

ATD2015 Conference Post – Review

eLearning 24-7

That said, there were some hiccups and from an entire vendor wise (expo here) angle, some unique and some, uh. This year, I estimated a 55/60% e-learning, including some ILT vendors offering some type of e-learning component. . In all the years I have attended and have known about ATD (formally ASTD), this year is by far the most in terms of e-learning vendors, especially those in the LMS space. Vendor Time – Vendor Time. Vendors of Intrigue.

Ghost Edition – Top 10 Authoring Tools for 2013

eLearning 24-7

For each authoring ranking, a brief true ghost story, then the vendor and why it was selected. What I like about this product includes the ability to output to HTML5, works on mobile devices, is extremely easy to use, appears within PowerPoint and SCORM. What has stopped the product in the past from being in the top 20 was a lack of clarity in terms of what they were trying to accomplish – at least that was my take. First off, this is a great product.

Benefits of Having a 3rd Party Authoring Tool

Inquisiq

The first versions of Inquisiq, years ago, actually contained a built-in authoring tool – but we realized that we couldn’t offer a creation product as well developed as our LMS which housed it, or the other 3 rd party authoring tools available at the time.] We have our pulse on the Industry and also are aware of what people are looking for in an LMS, so we have developed our product to meet, if not exceed, those requirements.

The Corporate eLearning Ecosystem Explained

LearnUpon

Module 1: PPT presentation. Training for those outside of your organization is very common with companies who are building relationships with their customers or partners through product and service training. Connecting with one of these systems can be done in a number of ways: Productized – built by the software vendor to solve a solution for customers using their system. This is why LMS vendors connect social media sites to their platform.

Tool Issue: XMind, WorldMapper, Balsamiq, VoiceThread, EtherPad, and Flowgram

Mark Oehlert

Now as soon as I say that about not being able to install products, I find Balsamiq Mockups. Their products allow you to create software mockups easily and quickly. Now why would I like to have a closer look given what I said earlier about not being able to install products? Because they offer integration with products that may already be behind the firewall - Confluence and XWiki. Nice move - building integration w/ existing enterprise products - especially KM ones.

Rethinking conferences

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

The basic structure of one-way presentations, flying to convention cities, blowing an entire week at a time, and vendors going through the motions but getting few sales is counter to the culture and M.O. It’s a BarCamp, the Open Source Version of a Conference. Response 42 Schedule doesn’t allow for social time, bad session choices, amateur keynotes, vendors being paraded around by conference organizers as experts.