Why Do I Need an eLearning Vendor When I Have My Own Team?

Illumen Group

Why Do I Need an eLearning Vendor When I Have My Own Team? Maybe what you really need isn’t a vendor, but rather a part-time strategic partner or developer who is there when you need them, and not when you don’t. Situations that can demand this type of immediate attention could include post-merger needs, an influx of new hires who need to be onboarded, and new products that need to be launched effectively to gain or keep a competitive edge.

Product Review – Instilled LXP

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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. For my review, I added a series of videos from the CrossKnowledge LMS (which is on the FindAnLMS learning system search engine platform and will be on the vendor video playlist). This is a first for me.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Mindflash.com Version – Product Review

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However, I wouldn’t want that for my product. The product offers you a few color options to pick from and you can upload your own logo. You can move the slides – what Mindflash.com calls “pages&# in their product – around the timeline as you can the elements. This is easily accomplished in Mindflash.com’s course creation product. In the beta version of the product, Mindflash.com included T/F, yet for the final version removed it.

Product Review: Knoodle

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Confusing once you dive into the product – see below. Video goes in and out with the audio – They explain it has to do with the latest version of Flash, but how about coming up with an alternative. Problems abound within the product – not bugs mind you, just poor processes (IMO). One of the features I do love about the product is the ability to drag and drop – yet this is the only screen you can do it from. This product was far from it.

Product Review: BlueVolt

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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.

Make e-Learning work: Outcome learning (6): the vendors perspective

Challenge to Learn

I started working on the Outcome learning idea to give direction to the product development of easygenerator. But in the version that we are developing at this moment that has changed. Make e-Learning work: Outcome learning (6): The vendors perspective. And it did generate a whole bunch of new features, but the impact was different than expected. We always considered the e-Learning author and the subject matter expert (SME) as our target audience.

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Product Review: Saba Social

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Saba Social is a very solid product, that despite a few hiccups and “huh&# moments, achieves what it sets out to do, provide a user friendly social experience. Testing worked well on all well known browsers: Latest version of Chrome, Firefox 5, IE 9 and latest version of Safari (did not test with Opera, Avant or a few others). This part of the bio, is one of my “huh, what were they thinking&# and really does a massive disservice to an otherwise solid product.

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Building a distribution model for Valvoline’s product training

Rustici Software

Organizations actually face this problem every day with their product training content. This is a particularly complex issue when product training needs to occur amongst vendors, resellers, and other channel partners. I like building stuff.

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

Talented Learning

You know your product is a contender and you deserve a shot at closing the deal. Your answers seem like boilerplate product copy.” But vendors have more control over RFP outcomes than you may think. Sounds obvious – but you’d be surprised how many vendors ignore requested input. As a vendor, you can demonstrate leadership by seeking clarification. LMS buyers don’t evaluate software vendors on product features and functionality, alone.

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Product Review: Mindflash.com

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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. This is really a very nice and easy to use feature with the Mindflash product. Mindflash has a variable pricing structure, which depends on the number of trainees and a couple of options (which you receive for the paid versions).

5 Critical Questions To Ask Potential LMS Vendors

KnowledgeAnywhere

There are the basic question of pricing and features that you will, of course, be asking potential vendors. However, there are some deeper questions that you should take the time to ask potential LMS vendors to help determine if they will be a good fit for a long term partnership with your business. Here is a list of 5 critical questions you and your team should ask when talking to LMS vendors. Freemium: A basic, free version of their services.

Product Review: Articulate Storyline

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Layers and Conditions – if you have experience with Photoshop or similar products that use layers, then your learning curve is less. If you like interactions, features and lots of capabilities – you will love this product. Main reason IMO, that the product is desktop. I just spent some serious cash for your product, why force me to waste time to register? This is the meat and potatoes of the product.

Wikis for Improving Productivity

Experiencing eLearning

Significant increases in productivity with a wiki. The productivity increases are really what interests me in this webinar. Used color coding to show current/prior versions of documents. They used to keep contact info for vendors in Outlook, but had problems keeping consistent across multiple contact cards. Productivity. It has already paid for itself in increased productivity in less than a year. Do you have version tracking for revisions?

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Top Nine Web Conferencing Vendors for 2015 Plus Trends

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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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LMS vendors: R u hearing us?

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LMS Vendors. I must admit I am still in a daze on some shocking data, I saw in the last few weeks (on a side note: the new and updated version of my LMS/LCMS directory will be available for download this upcoming Tuesday). 30% vendors offer at least one type of social media – from my latest LMS directory. Over 90% of LMS vendors had their sites available only in English; so the potential customer could not view it in any other language.

Product Review: EasyGenerator Rapid Content Authoring Tool

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Vendor can create a component so you can push directly into your LMS, without having to upload it directly (extra cost). Preview window can be seen in Chrome, IE, Firefox and Safari browsers, and when choosing preview will do so – based on your set criteria of what browser to do so (within the product). If you do not have or use IE, you can download a desktop version to build, sort of defeats the purpose of SaaS. Which any product never wants to be.

Seven Simple Steps to Select the Right LMS Vendor

CommLab India

You need to follow a proven process to zero-in on the right vendor, who can meet your needs well. Select the vendors who score high, and contact them for the next step — a demonstration of their product. Step 3: Ask Vendors to Demonstrate Their LMSs. Step 4: Request LMS Vendors for a Free Trial of Their Products. You can experience the software firsthand, and this enables you to determine whether the products meet your needs.

The Ultimate Guide to Product Walkthroughs

Lemonade

You’ve got a new digital banking product ready to go. And that (should) mean investing in product walkthroughs. What is a Product Walkthrough? A product walkthrough is an interactive simulation of your technology that guides users through how to complete a process. . The Importance of Product Walkthroughs Product walkthroughs are critical because they let staff and customers practice using your technology in a risk free environment. Product Walkthroughs

Product Review: Mindflash.com

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The system provides an assessment tool that is built-in within the product. Mindflash.com did notify me that they plan to have a public beta and will make some additional changes based on user feedback for that beta version. Tags: Mindflash Product Review SAAS Uncategorized authoring tools e-learning e-learning vendors elearning hosted rapid authoring tools mindflash.com mindflash product review

The Ultimate Guide to Product Walkthroughs

Lemonade

You’ve got a new digital banking product ready to go. And that (should) mean investing in product walkthroughs. What is a Product Walkthrough? A product walkthrough is an interactive simulation of your technology that guides users through how to complete a process. . The Importance of Product Walkthroughs Product walkthroughs are critical because they let staff and customers practice using your technology in a risk free environment. Product Walkthroughs

What Course Creators Can Learn About Building an Education Product from WooCommerce and Jilt Software Product Leader Beka Rice

LifterLMS

We dive into what course creators can learn about building an education product from WooCommerce and Jilt software product leader Beka Rice in this LMScast hosted by Chris Badgett of LifterLMS. And from there she became interested in the development of products for WordPress.

9 Best Alternatives for Product Enquiry Form by WooCommerce

The Be-all and End-all Guide to Creating a Supreme LearnDash LMS

Many times people abandon products in carts because they don’t know something about a product. However, WooCommerce Product Enquiry Form is a very simple kind of plugin. WISDM Product Enquiry Pro. Get WISDM Product Enquiry Pro! Get WooCommerce Product Enquiry Form!

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.

Product Review: Plateau TMS (Talent Management System)

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I’ll be the first to admit, that I was not a big fan of the previous versions of the Plateau system. A major, major improvement from previous versions, but I digress. Kodak embraced them to a point, but kept their initial camera products. Too many vendors (inc. Tags: LCMS LMS Plateau Product Review Talent and Performance Management Uncategorized e-learning e-learning vendors elearning hosted product review

2010 LMS Products of the Year

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LMS Products of the Year 2010. A lot of great products out there this year, new updates and latest versions; new companies, new services and just some real innovation. Learn.com offered some robust SL capabilities, but you have to pay for one of their premium versions to have it. 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).

#HRTECH Learning Vendors Preview – Who to see and who to avoid

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Well, not yet, but it is coming up and with that are all those wonderful vendors and that magical expo. But one of the biggest problems I see at such shows are the number of vendors who in hindsight I wished I avoided. I recall at ATD this past year, a vendor who was trying to sell people ahead of time their LMS. And, because many of the other vendors who are here at HR Tech, really are just average to poor (but not everyone). Anyway, the product is dated.

Product Review – Adobe Captivate Prime LMS

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The only areas I saw was the ability for content versioning and RLOs, which are just a couple of pieces of a LCMS. As the administrator and thus the client, I should have the control to decide the points, not the vendor. I mean how can the vendor know what is needed. If you are a fan of Adobe products and love Captivate the authoring tool or Connect, then having the LMS wouldn’t be out of the question.

LMS Nightmares

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In this scary version, the LMS vendor is holding off implementing the Tin Can API until they see how it plays out. This is the same fear mind you, of two years ago, when you asked vendors if they were going to focus on mobile learning with tablets. ” Here are some reasons I think why vendors are holding off: Time. Whether you see that as good, bad or indifferent, the reality is that you (vendor) has to listen and pay attention to what is happening in the space.

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How to choose the right LMS

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Selecting a system takes a lot of time, a lot of commitment on your part (and group, if applicable) and yes, even cost – the amount of time x productivity x your salary wage/time spent to find a system. The minus: vendors come out of the woodwork to tell you their system meets those needs. No vendor could say honestly that their system is the best for you, because they are missing a lot of information. Whichever sticks – is your vendor.

E-Learning Screen recording and video solutions – Should b simple, so why isn’t it?

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for end users to see in the final product. The ability to record audio in real time or post time makes a lot of sense and eliminates the need for using Audacity (albeit it is a wonderful and free product). 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. another vendor who offers both capabilities is sothink ).

Starting a Customer Education Program: What You Should Know

Talented Learning

” Everyone provides their own version of training – from account managers and project leads to customer service managers and support reps. In contrast to selling on-premise software or other types of products in an upfront purchase transaction, SaaS models are usually based on subscription payments that accrue over time. This means vendors spend more on marketing and sales to acquire a customer than they actually receive at the start of a relationship.

Meridian Unveils Latest Edition of Leading Learning Management System

Meridian

Meridian Knowledge Solutions today announced the release of the latest version of its award-winning learning management system, Meridian LMS?Fall Contact us to schedule a personalized product demonstration. Learning Technology Press Release elearning platform elearning software LMS Company LMS Features LMS technology lms vendor LRS Meridian News xapi compliant lmsNew features utilize machine learning and extend functionality beyond enterprise employees. Reston, VA –?November

New E-Learning Rankings: Authoring Tools

eLearning 24-7

best products that work under water (summer time) and from the e-learning prospective – the best authoring tools. Vendors can move up, down or out of the rankings – after all it is on-going. I’m not a lead gen for the vendors listed – rather the goal is to provide you with vendors that meet numerous criteria including UI, features, support/service, mobile, feedback from current and past clients and future game plans. Offers three versions. #7

Insight – The Top 50 LMS 2017 Report

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Some vendors have multiple systems, but generally speaking it is usually one to one, i.e. one vendor and one system. Open source systems are included, but not “customized shops or botique firms from customized Moodle per se that you pay” In the 2017 report, the number of vendors explored was 1,000. By offering a customized version of the Top 50 report based on a selection of criteria you choose including “range estimate of pricing” .

Insight – The Top 50 LMS 2017 Report

eLearning 24-7

Some vendors have multiple systems, but generally speaking it is usually one to one, i.e. one vendor and one system. Open source systems are included, but not “customized shops or botique firms from customized Moodle per se that you pay” In the 2017 report, the number of vendors explored was 1,000. By offering a customized version of the Top 50 report based on a selection of criteria you choose including “range estimate of pricing” .

Product Review: Liquid Authoring Content Authoring Tool

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Product: Liquid Authoring. In test version, product did not work in FireFox, had problems in Safari, but worked well in Internet Explorer. It is as though, the product itself wants to be two things to two groups of end users. Perhaps a simple adding of a tab in the Properties window, with the default being a simplified version, and a tab with “advanced&# would make sense.

Latest E-Learning News and Notes

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Each person who is working on the software, has no knowledge of the vendor’s software prior to. The software is the full versions and not limited in any such manner. Email me with the subject “shootout&# and in the email write the name of the vendor. 124 vendors, inc. 1 of the 16 open source vendors that offers m-learning capabilities. 26/108 commercial vendors offer m-learning capabilities inc. Who do I like for LMS Vendors?

5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

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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. Product training becomes real – they interact, engage and see it in real time, rather than a static experience. They plan on launching a version next year on smartphones. Smaller size vendors are now entering the foray.

State of the Authoring Tool Industry

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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.

Fears of the Course Authoring Tool Market

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Long has tools such as Studio and Captivate been on the higher side, the same can be said for vendors such as Rapid Intake and dominKnow. Because other vendors are getting into the act as well. There are more vendors in the LMS space under 10K then in the past – thus meeting the markets’ needs yet the authoring tool space is seeing a spike in prices. Platte Canyon – Toolbook 11 (full version) $2,795 per license.