Tony Karrer

Continuing on from my earlier posts: LMS Selection Presentation Reformulated LMS Selection Team and Stakeholders LMS Selection Process From several comments and from looking at my list of issues, I realize that writing a good LMS RFP is challenging and it's easy to make lots of mistakes. LMS RFP Resources John Theis wrote a dissertation on the contents of 25 RFPs submitted to an LMS vendor. But, what I see as the most common problem in LMS RFP documents are the requirements.

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How to Write a Winning RFP to Hire the Best E-learning Vendor

CommLab India

Before you begin formulating the e-learning vendor selection criteria for your organization, work on the all-important step of writing a request for proposal (RFP). Read on to know more about how to write an RFP that will help you partner with the best e-learning vendor.

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

eLearning 24-7

A self-service system is a “hands-off” approach, thus the vendor themselves do not play any type of role in your training or support (you get videos and other items instead). . 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). Thus, if you require your employees to go through a VPN, then yes, that should be on the RFP.

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How do I get the most out of an RFP?

eLearning Blender

Writing an RFP - What a Conundrum! All the articles say that a crucial part of the LMS selection process is writing a quality RFP, but nobody goes on to tell you how. In my own interest, I am going to attempt to answer the question of how to write a quality RFP. Oh yeah, it took me a while to figure it out and you may be wondering the same thing; RFP means "request for proposal." What is an RFP?: Why write an RFP?: How to write an RFP?:

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Considerations for a Request for Proposal

Training Industry

As noted in last month’s blog, this edition will focus on the key ingredients for developing a request for proposal (RFP). First, when do you utilize a RFP or a request for information (RFI)? A RFP is exactly that, a formal proposal submission by a seller(s) to a buyer which includes the cost considerations, as well as the commercial terms of the offer. The lynchpin of any RFP is a well-defined scope of work (SOW).

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4 LMS Features That Were Hot and Now Are Not

Absorb LMS

In my current role with Absorb, I help organizations reduce the effort associated with managing learning by demystifying LMS technology. If it does show up, the organization is likely using an RFP template from the disco era.

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In Pursuit of The RIGHT Learning Management System (LMS) for Today’s Workplaces


With the kind of disruptive thinking occurring in the learning domain today, it is logical to re-think the role of a learning management system (LMS). Here is a brief note on the benefits of using this vendor-independent RFP template over templates available from LMS vendors.

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How to get the most out of your instructional designer

Spark Your Interest

Actually the whole RFP process is often a waste of time for all parties. An RFP shouldn’t be a list of specifications, it should be an open invitation to help you solve a problem. Do roles influence what content you’d provide to the audience? (or how to be a good “client”). We recently wrote a post about what makes a good instructional designer , and a great instructional designer is not the only factor in a successful working relationship.

Learning System Vendors Support Ratings

eLearning 24-7

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. When folks spout “We HATE X”, repeatedly and when asked why, surprise, surprise, support plays a major role. Lastly, there are two questions – one of which asks who is running support (shall remain confidential) and how long have they been in their current role (i.e.

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Seven Simple Steps to Select the Right LMS Vendor

CommLab India

Step 7: Send a Request for Proposal (RFP) to Chosen Vendors. It is now time to send an RFP to shortlisted LMS providers. The selection of the right LMS vendor plays a key role in meeting your training management needs effectively.

Captivate, A Good Tool For Andragogy

Adobe Captivate

The most useful strategies for adult learning are case studies, role playing, simulations, and self-evaluation, and a tool like Captivate is ideal for creating such interactions. As a contractor, almost every RFP I receive list Captivate (or similar tool) as a needed skill, this was the reason why after 7 years of not using Captivate, I joined the Adobe eLearning Community to get caught up on the newest version, Captivate 2017.

CAC: Fall 2007 Corporate Advisory Council Event ReCap

Kapp Notes

The students must write a 40 page response to the RFP, create a working prototype and then deliver a 20 minute sales presentation. This year, the RFP was focused on the topic of creating a certification program for sales representatives.

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Making The Jump Into eLearning

ICS Learning

Of course, the classic three parameters; quality, cost, and schedule will also play a determining role. These skills are primarily related to project management, the most important of which is the knowledge and skill necessary to prepare a good request for proposal (RFP). This inaccuracy or vagueness must be avoided in your RFP if you want good competitive bids.

The Enterprise Learning Ecosystem Demystified: Part I

ATD Learning Technologies

If I offer to assist with analysis, and the prospect has not already chosen a solution, they may suspect bias—and I risk disqualifying my product from the RFP. Think: check the RFP box.)

LMS Ghost stories – The truth will scare you

eLearning 24-7

Seek additional resources before just either blasting a RFP out to everyone or picking up the phone, because you saw their name. And let’s go back to that RFP for a second. How many times have you sent a RFP out to someone only to realize afterwards, upon checking, that they are not in your vertical, your employee or business size, etc.? Everyone has hobbies. Fun things they like to do. For me, one of my hobbies is staying in allegedly haunted hotels and inns.

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New Year Resolution: Invest in Association Learning Technology

WBT Systems

The article noted that associations can re-envision their role in employment for members by saying , “ If you haven’t noticed, the global economy is changing, and our education system is struggling to keep up.

LMS Review: Docebo 7

Talented Learning

Includes configurable roles. See More Vendors in our LMS Directory. The Docebo LMS has come a long way since we first reviewed it in 2014. Here was my assessment at that time: Docebo is an excellent option for your first or second internal or extended enterprise LMS.

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LMS Review: Adobe Captivate Prime

Talented Learning

The application is divided into four primary roles: Administrator, Integration Administrator, Author and Learner. Users can toggle back and forth between roles they have been assigned appropriate permission. Specific “integration administrator” role.

Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits: 2017 Edition

Talented Learning

New cloud-based specialty solutions have earned a vital role in the corporate learning ecosystem. When and how to use an RFP (or not).

Continuing Education: Will You Sell More CEUs With an LMS?

Talented Learning

What is Technology’s Role in Continuing Education? It’s wise to map out all the interrelated parts of your CE selling process and use as the foundation for your LMS requirements and eventual RFP. Continuing education is a big business.

Free learning & development webinars for May 2017

Limestone Learning

Regardless of your industry, workplace role, or interest in training, you’ve probably noticed something about the general pace of change: It’s getting faster. This webinar will cover the need-to-know tips for writing a Moodle LMS RFP, and provide templated elements from which to work from.

LMS License Models: What in the World is Going On?

Talented Learning

We gathered LMS pricing from vendor websites, public RFP results, interviewed buyers and asked the vendors. A franchisor often provides franchisee locations with an LMS loaded with the appropriate content, roles, reports, etc. “How much does an LMS cost?”

LMS Review: Litmos

Talented Learning

Mobile responsive design for all users/roles. This provides role hierarchy sync, new user provisioning, SFI mobile integration, and training assignment automation with Salesforce accounts/contacts. See More Vendors in our LMS Directory.

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Serena Williams and Stepping Back from Your Training Plan

Dashe & Thomson

Dashe & Thomson responded to the RFP but provided an alternative solution: an electronic performance support system (EPSS). An EPSS would let users to select their role, view the job flow tasks in their entirety, and access the procedures for each task. . I am a big tennis fan.

2015 LMS Rakings for K-12, HE and Report Criteria

eLearning 24-7

Secondly, areas were identified by which a point total would be assigned based on them achieving all those points in that specific section (varied by each section – using my LMS RFP template – newest version, not yet posted, but will be included in the report for anyone to use). Training and Support plays a big role IMO for HE and K-12 platforms. As such, it plays a huge role in factoring points. I’m here.

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Outsourcing Supplier Negotiations

Training Industry

Lineup: In order to get to the Super Bowl, each and every member of the team has to understand both the strategy and their role in that strategy, otherwise the game will be over by half time! Before you put your lineup into negotiations, each team member has to understand both their role and their impact on the overall strategy. As the Super Bowl is now in our rear view mirror, we can reflect on the two teams that participated.

7 Key Components Of The LMS Switching Process

Upside Learning

This will also eliminate the problems which arise if an LMS is bought only as per sales demos or mere RFP checklists. In a previous post my colleague Jason Clymer explored 3 key reasons to switch LMS. Jason lists the Product or the Vendor or the Cost as possible reasons.

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Top 100 eLearning Items

Tony Karrer

Try Before You Buy Tools Used Better Conferences - Response Needed Roles in CoP's The science of learning Learning 2.0 LMS RFP The Nature of Online Collaboration Connectivism and the modern learner Nursing Simulation in Second Life eLearning Course or Online Demo - which is better? Using eLearning Learning , I thought it would be interesting to go look what it thinks are some of the top items of all time. Learning 2.0 - The Things How we read online. -

Top 10 eLearning Bloggers For 2015 [Infographic]


In her current role, she is responsible for the development of Guild Academy to provide a comprehensive curriculum of courses and certificate programs for training and learning technologies professionals around the world. John helps organizations define their business case, identify requirements, short list vendors, write and manage the RFP and negotiate a great deal. Parents have Facebook to post photos of their kids. Fans have Twitter to get their daily gossip.

Free learning & development webinars for April 2017

Limestone Learning

The role of mobile in retention. As a result of participating in this webcast, you’ll learn: Leadership’s critical role in organizational health. The time is now to reframe the discussion regarding women in leadership roles. Role of skill-based learning in business training.

The Relationship Equation: How Sellers Can Cultivate and Leverage Strategic Relationships

Training Industry

Without strong relationships, the role as a professional seller would be difficult, if not impossible. In my example, that opportunity presented itself down the road when my contact transitioned to another company and into a leadership role. My company was asked to participate in the RFP process. It came to fruition this spring: the largest opportunity and sale in my company’s history. A true game changer. As you might imagine, that sale did not happen overnight.

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First Time Visitor Guide

Tony Karrer

Vision of Future of Application and eLearning Development Second Life and Learning Course and Courseware Fading - The Future of eLearning Shift in eLearning from Pure Courseware towards Reference Hybrids Direction of eLearning - Emergence or Big System Future Platforms for eLearning View of eLearning Development Approaches - Ease vs. Power Point Solutions vs. Suites and Composition What is the Role of Training?

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LMS Satisfaction Features and Barriers

Tony Karrer

The survey asks demographic and company questions of all the participants so that you know things like the industry, size of company, number of learners, their role, etc. Update, Nov.

Ultimate eLearning terms you should know: Part 2 (M-Z)


RFP (request for proposal ): Document prepared by organizations to help assess LMS vendors during a selection process. Simulation: Highly interactive application that allows learners to model or role-play a scenario. Last week, we decoded tongue-twisting eLearning terms from A-L.

One of These Services Is Not Like the Others

CLO Magazine

To ensure learning services investments meet business requirements, the role of the purchasing agent, and the knowledge required, are evolving. In addition to insufficiently authored requests for proposals (RFPs), another barrier to understanding a service provider’s value is the morphing of the RFP into an electronic procurement tool. While procurement organizations are getting better at understanding the world of learning services, there are still significant challenges.

Best LMS? 2016 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards

Talented Learning

We participate in LMS demonstrations , study RFP responses and interview customer references. In our role as analysts and LMS buyer consultants, we meet tons of LMS sales people from around the world and we see how they sell up close. It is not easy choosing the best LMS for 2016.