The Benefits of a Request for Proposal (RFP)

dVinci Interactive

Once you have a general idea of your needs, budget, and timeline, you should develop an eLearning Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFP is your tool for qualifying and eventually selecting an eLearning partner. It combines a clear articulation of your needs with a request for information from the provider such as company background, work samples, proposed solution, and projected costs. We recently posted a custom eLearning RFP template on our learning solutions website.

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Request for Proposal (RFP) Samples

Tony Karrer

Based on my post LMS RFP , I've been asked several times if I knew where you could find samples of Request for Proposals (RFPs) for custom eLearning development, performance support tools, learning content management systems (LCMS), elearning authoring tools , etc. RFP OR "Request for Proposal") - find either of these terms (LCMS OR "Learning Content Management System") - find either of these terms Obviously, substitute the key terms such instead of LCMS.

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LMS RFP

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. Included in John's dissertation are sample outline elements from different RFPs.

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How to Create a Really Good LMS RFP

WBT Systems

Ask around for request for proposal (RFP) samples and send one of them to a dozen LMS vendors? You know the answer already if you read last week’s post : an LMS RFP is not the first step of the selection process, it’s the result of the first step. Only after a thorough requirements analysis process will you have the information you need to create a really good LMS RFP. Narrow down the field before sending out an RFP. An RFI is a stripped-down version of an RFP.

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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). An RFP helps you list your requirements clearly so that you elicit responses from the right e-learning solution providers who match your needs, expectations, and budget. Read on to know more about how to write an RFP that will help you partner with the best e-learning vendor. If yes, specify that in the RFP.

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Working with E-Learning Vendors: The RFP

E-learning Uncovered

This week let’s look at the Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFI and RFP are the two primary tools you can use to select which vendor from a group is the best one to meet your needs. Since an RFP asks for a specific, binding proposal you will want to give enough detail so the vendor can respond accurately. You can find sample RFPs online. (I I did a search for Sample RFP and came up with several samples for different types of projects.)

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The One Simple Tool You Can Use to Help Select the Right Learning Management System

Absorb LMS

Dear readers, you’ve in the past endured me ranting about the horribly-designed Requests for Proposals ( RFP ) that regularly cross my desk and the desks of my Blatant^ colleagues. See my previous posts titled “ Why Your RFP May Not Get You the Best Learning Management System ” and “ The Worst Type of Question to Ask in Your Learning Management System Request for Proposal (RFP).

Working With E-Learning Vendors: Evaluating Responses to Your RFP

E-learning Uncovered

In my last post , I gave some tips on what to include in the Request for Proposal (RFP). The best time to think about how you want to evaluate vendors is when you are creating the RFP, so you don’t forget to ask the vendors for something you need. Or, create a point system (a sample of a point system is shown below for off-the-shelf content) with the criteria and the points you have given for each. Sample Evaluatio n Spreadsheet for Off-the-Shelf Content.

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The One Simple Tool You Can Use to Help Select the Right Learning Management System

Absorb LMS

Dear readers, you’ve in the past endured me ranting about the horribly-designed Requests for Proposals ( RFP ) that regularly cross my desk and the desks of my Blatant^ colleagues. See my previous posts titled “ Why Your RFP May Not Get You the Best Learning Management System ” and “ The Worst Type of Question to Ask in Your Learning Management System Request for Proposal (RFP).

Nine tips for writing excellent RFPs

Good To Great

I’m not suggesting that this is an RFP rulebook; it’s not even a list of recommendations. Although I did get positive feedback from the suppliers I sent my first RFP to, and likewise was very pleased with the standard of proposals I received back.) When preparing an RFP… First of all, be fair with the deadline. When asking for information… Obviously, the questions in your RFP will depend on the specifics of your project.

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10 Ways to Lose at Selling Learning Systems: For LMS Vendors

Talented Learning

Then we recommend 4 highly qualified, matching vendors to evaluate in a formal RFP process. With 8 total finalists, my head is still spinning from analyzing more than a thousand pages of RFP response documents, sitting through 24 hours of demos and critically (sometimes ruthlessly) evaluating a diverse cast of sales characters as they pitch their solutions. That’s just a small sample from my thousand-point checklist. LMS vendors, I owe you a post.

Why Moodle?

eLearning Blender

Write an RFP - Writing a request for proposal (RFP) really helps you to analyze what exactly you need in an LMS. Starting out by describing everything you want to use the LMS for in an RFP helps to ensure that you take everything into consideration before making a final determination. For more information on RFP's and samples to help you get started, check out this blog post about LMS RFP's by Tony Karrer. Why Moodle?

A Creative Brief for Learning Organizations?

dVinci Interactive

Download a sample JPL Learning Solutions Creative Brief. Related Blog Post: Boost Your ROI with a Better eLearning RFP. My son starts school in a few days and I ran out over lunch to shop for the school supplies on his list. As I picked out the composition books, dry erase markers, pencil case, highlighters, crayons and glue, I tried to imagine all of the different things he’d be creating with these supplies.

RFPs and Proposals: E-BAP-E-Learning Business Acquisition Process

Kapp Notes

Receive RFP 2. Analyze RFP 3. Gather Work Samples/Develop Working Prototype 7. Create RFP and Determine Evaluation Criteria 3. Contact Vendors and Distribute RFP 4. Often I am asked to comment on how business is conducted in the e-learning field. How do new companies (or even existing companies) bid on new business? How should I structure the Request for Proposal process? What are the steps in this process?

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How to Pick the WRONG Learning System

eLearning 24-7

I understand you do not want to hurt other people’s feelings or you have been notified that you have to ask all these departments for their suggestions, but no one ever says you have to take all that stuff and stick it into your RFP or documents or make it an important component of the decision making process. Blasting out an RFP to everyone or dozens of vendors is an awful idea. and then submit a scaled down RFP for more information and if you so desire, request a demo.

LMS Vendor Eyes Only: 10 Tips to Boost Sales

Talented Learning

Minimize “Boiler Plate” Errors – You wouldn’t believe the boiler plate copy-and-paste mistakes I see in formal RFP responses. It is silly to spend dozens of hours on a RFP response, only to let this kind of careless, sloppy oversight define you and your company. If an RFP response is due and you knew well in advance, don’t ask for an extension. Download free sample content and learn more now !

Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

Talented Learning

To sample our webinars, try three of this year’s most popular sessions: #3 Franchise Performance and the Modern LMS. When and how to use an RFP (or not). Another year is drawing to a close – already? Hard to believe, but the calendar doesn’t lie. So as you prepare for what’s ahead, join me as I reflect on topics that mattered most to the extended enterprise learning community in 2018.

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Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

To sample our webinars, try three of this year’s most popular sessions: #3 How to Spark High-Impact Skills Development. When to issue an RFP (or not). It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, let alone another decade! I’m not one to dwell on the past.

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What you can expect in 2019

eLearning 24-7

Vendors tend not to share that info, unless it is in an RFP and even then, I’ve seen plenty who say, “All”, really? That is the real sample you want. Expectations. We all have them. We have them when we go out to eat. When we are on a blind date or using a dating app. We are about to see a movie that we have been waiting for to come out.

No SaaS Platform is an Island

LearnUpon

If you are implementing an LMS currently you may be leafing through feature pages and reviewing answers to an RFP – “Can you integrate the system with something like our HR system or our CRM?”,“Do Sample information: Johndoe@companyemail.com. When choosing an LMS or any other software application, it is important to ensure you can access the data it creates and hosts. It is also important that you can share that data with other systems when needed.

Checkpoints That’ll Keep Your Outsourcing Fears at Bay

CommLab India

Ask for samples: Address this concern by asking the vendor to develop a sample prototype based on your requirements. You can also ask for samples of their work done for other clients and check them out. You can assess the respect for timelines by seeing how quickly the vendor responds to your queries or replies to your RFP.

Free learning & development webinars for May 2017

Limestone Learning

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 10AM – 11AM PT: 7 Best Practices for Your Moodle RFP The request-for-proposal (RFP) process can be time-consuming, but can also yield meaningful results. In your search for the Moodle LMS, a targeted RFP can identify the candidates that best address your organization’s exact needs and wants—if the questions and structure are correctly tailored to solicit the right information. " Very early. " by Dinesh Valke is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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. If you are like me, the importance of training should be paramount. Especially since each one of you (I surmise) are involved in some aspect of providing knowledge, whether it be as an educator, a trainer, L&D, training, HR if providing training, and so forth.

LMS Selection Roulette: Who Can You Trust?

Talented Learning

Create a test plan that includes real or sample courses and data. When and how to use an RFP (or not). It happens at least once a week. I bump into LinkedIn posts from learning professionals who are overwhelmed by LMS challenges. Often, these posts have 287 or more responses from LMS vendors, each claiming they offer the best solution, given the overwhelming evidence provided in the original 2-sentence help request.

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Best of the Best – Top 5 Gamification LMSs

eLearning 24-7

To view a sample of the report, click here. PLUS you receive my latest LMS RFP Template, which now includes a special section for Security. Let’s play a game. I want each of you right now to think of the best games you have ever played, regardless if it was on a board, on a device, in your head, on your tv, sitting at your computer or looking at your bedroom as a kid and wondering if the pick up your clothes game, is really a game after all. Anyway. Do you have your list?

E-Learning Q&A November Issue

eLearning 24-7

9th will include the executive summary, a product review sample (actually a real one) and an example of one LMS vendor profile. along with my new updated LMS RFP for you to use and share. Back from Australia and boy are my arms tired (Yes, the worst joke ever!). Seriously it was a great conference and glad to see so many people who attended as well as readers who stopped by to say “greetings” This week, another installment of Q&A from readers.

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Why an Instructional Design Degree from Bloomsburg University ROCKS!

Kapp Notes

In Advanced ID class, students are formed into a team, introduced to an actual client (local hospital, school, manufacturing organization, police department) and create a finished instructional module for that organization, complete with pre- and post- testing of a sampling of the learners.

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Product Review: Mindflash.com

eLearning 24-7

Once you switch over to the “training” tab, you are presented with the following: Drafts – where you can create a new course, view a sample course and if you already have built a course but not yet launched it. Trust me, people are going to see what your competitors are doing, so the argument that we don’t want to tell you because of competition is lame, especially when there is never a problem listing your pricing on a RFP.

2008 2009

Tony Karrer

for Learning Professionals Ten Predictions for eLearning 2008 Test SCORM Courses with an LMS Request for Proposal (RFP) Samples Training Method Trends Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis SCORM Test Web 2.0 It's always interesting to look back at the past year - 2008, think about what has changed for me during the year, and think about what that means for the next year - 2009.