WBT Systems’ TopClass maintains position as #1 LMS for Associations

WBT Systems

For the second consecutive year, WBT Systems’ TopClass LMS has been named the #1 Learning Management System for Associations in the Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards. This award honors the learning solution vendor which best caters for the unique and varied requirements of associations that provide education and certification programs for their members. WBT Systems team recognized for industry-leading skills.

Successful Learning Management System Implementation eBook

WBT Systems

Recently, eLearning Industry invited WBT Systems to contribute to the publication of a free eBook which addresses one of the biggest concerns faced by organizations – the complexity and difficulty of Learning Management System implementation. A new LMS implementation or migration to a new system can be quite disruptive to an organization. Who needs to be involved in the Learning Management System implementation project?

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Top 50 LMS Report for 2016 – What you need to know (criteria, approach, and yeah some vendors)

eLearning 24-7

And yeah there are vendors who will taut that they are in X list or Y rankings and thus should be included. This isn’t a beauty contest, nor a pay for play (I NEVER accept that, nor play that game, nor do I accept any referral fees or whatever some vendors offer for recommending them). Even open source systems. Are they better than every other vendor in the market? Not every vendor mind you will state this, but a few have and still do. WBT Systems.

Essential Steps BEFORE Planning for an LMS Implementation

WBT Systems

It’s during this time of evaluation that the organization’s learning management system (LMS) can come under scrutiny. If it is felt that the current LMS is not up to meeting the requirements of the organization, a search for a new system is started, and the planning begins… The first step to a successful LMS implementation is planning. A new LMS implementation or migration to a new system can be quite disruptive to an organization.

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2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

Talented Learning

Learning management systems didn’t die. Innovation was stagnant and most vendor effort was invested in stealing customers from one another. The cloud enables new LMS vendors to create and support one product that all customers use providing economies of scale in research, customer support and required investment capital. The LMS industry in 2015 now has hundreds and hundreds of viable vendor solutions. The 2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Winners .

LMS Vendor Relationships: Food for Thought

WBT Systems

What is your LMS vendor serving up for your Professional Learners? But how can a good relationship with your LMS vendor help you to deliver the best quality education for your learners? Your organization is probably courted by many vendors, several times a year, each trying to sell you the latest and greatest functionality their LMS has to offer. But the best vendors will be able to go a step further.

Which Association Learning Trends Predictions Came True in 2016?

WBT Systems

Their key predictions for the trends that would impact on association learning solutions in 2016 were: The need for vendors to provide association-specific LMS functionality and professional services expertise, Mobile learning becoming a must-have, The growth of social learning, in particular digital badges and micro-credentials. Successful Learning Management System Implementation eBook. appeared first on WBT Systems.

How to Make the Most of ASAE Annual Expo 2016

WBT Systems

For any association executives looking for new technology solutions, or seeking to change to a new system, there will be a huge range of solution providers to choose from. Browsing the Expo Hall and visiting the booths will provide opportunities to get a closer look at the technologies themselves, but also to collect case studies and brochures, and to speak with the vendors about their experiences of working with associations like yours.

New Year Resolution: Invest in Association Learning Technology

WBT Systems

Now you might think, of course a learning management system vendor is going to recommend investing in learning technology, but we are not talking about sales! 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. The post New Year Resolution: Invest in Association Learning Technology appeared first on WBT Systems.

2020 LMS Trends: An Analyst’s Extended Enterprise Learning Predictions

Talented Learning

And today’s learning systems market definitely gives us plenty to consider. But the industry’s unbridled expansion started to lose steam a couple of years ago, when vendors began seeking growth through acquisition. Despite ongoing consolidation, the learning systems market as a whole will continue to grow at a rapid pace. You know the names – Cornerstone , Oracle , Saba Software , SAP SuccessFactors , SumTotal Systems and Workday. Fulfillment systems.

A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

eLearning 24-7

The year kicked off with lots of potential, lots of excitement in the air and lots of customers gearing up to purchase new systems, despite global economic woes. LMSs – Finally vendors took notice. Authoring Tools – With only a small sample of vendors that are SaaS based, pickings are slim. The number of vendors who went mobile with tablets at the start of the year was extremely small compared to where it stands at the end of 2012. Sum Total Systems.

Association LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

Each year, the variety of tools displayed in the vendor expo grows deeper and more expansive. So why not take an independent learning systems advisor along for the ride? AWARDS – Our choices for the Top 25 Continuing Education Systems in 2019. Association LMS Trends – With Linda Bowers of WBT Systems. Independent advice from our analyst team: 1) Association learning systems: Why invest in a specialized LMS? with Michelle Brien, VP Marketing, WBT Systems.

2019 Talented Learning Awards: Continuing Education Systems

Talented Learning

Last week we kicked-off the 2019 Talented Learning Awards by honoring the best learning systems in our first category – corporate extended enterprise systems. And this week the celebration continues, as we recognize excellence in our second category – continuing education systems. However, today we’re excited to shine a light on exceptional continuing education systems because they are our lifeblood. Why Are Continuing Education Systems Special?

Gender in the Workplace Study

eLearning 24-7

Over the past three months, we have been reaching out to learning system vendors throughout the world, seeking to find information on the number of female executives at their companies and whether or not they had a leadership development program, and if so, what are the breakdowns? The question to why investigate this, why look only at learning systems, and why now, is multi-fold. . As a result, vendors in those countries themselves do not collect or keep track of such data.

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2016 LMS Market Trends, Observations and Predictions

Talented Learning

We have spent the last two years interviewing hundreds of global learning technology professionals on both the vendor and practitioner sides of the fence. Today, based on our recent survey of 75 LMS vendors, 37% of LMS vendors offer an instant free trial of their LMS directly from their website without speaking to a sales professional. This has led to a stampede of innovative LMS vendors entering the marketplace to win stand-alone LMS opportunities.

The Importance of an LMS Roadmap When Selecting a Learning Platform

WBT Systems

Are you using a 20th century system in the 21st century? The next time you select a new learning platform, one of the factors to consider is the vendor’s LMS roadmap. A product roadmap is the vendor’s plan for their software’s continual improvement. If the roadmap isn’t providing the information you seek, ask the vendor specifically about their plans to add new features and functionality, especially the ones in your LMS requirements. Does the vendor listen to feedback?

Podcast 22: Launching a Learning Portal – With DirectEmployers Association

Talented Learning

Who are the vendors? I’m sure most of your listeners are familiar with the ADDIE instructional systems design model. For example, we use Storyline to create courses in SCORM format for our learning management system. On the systems side, you mentioned Storyline and Captivate. What other systems are you using for this learning portal ? JEN: TopClass LMS is the learning management system we chose for DE Academy. Linda Bowers, CTO, WBT Systems.

Association LMS Buying Companion

Talented Learning

This on-demand webinar explains the top 10 features association decision makers should evaluate when selecting a learning management system. 5) Which association-centered learning management systems are best ? . The comments below are adapted from our Talented Learning 2015 LMS Vendor Awards overview.). Many LMS vendors in this space also serve as event planners for annual association trade shows. For most of us, August means vacation.

Webinar: Top 10 considerations to select the best LMS

LearnUpon

With more than 600 learning management systems available, finding the right one can be a real challenge. Integration: Select an LMS that works with your company’s existing software systems. Get support: Feel confident with a vendor that delivers outstanding customer support. With hundreds of customers , LearnUpon is one of the fastest growing cloud-based learning management systems in the world.

LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

Talented Learning

This new “specialist” technology landscape benefits LMS customers and vendors, alike. LMS vendors aren’t just talking about what’s possible – they’re delivering. Organizations are making purchasing decisions based on boldly redefined expectations, and LMS are vendors rising to those expectations. Over the past decade, as the LMS market ballooned from 12 to 700+ vendors, consolidation became inevitable.

What Factors Are Shaping the LMS Market? 2018 Learning Systems FAQ

Talented Learning

As an independent learning systems consultant , I’m often asked to share my opinion about what’s happening in the LMS market. Interest in learning systems remains strong. This means talent-oriented learning systems are no longer the exclusive domain of Fortune 1000 companies with deep pockets. 2) How is innovation moving learning systems forward? Of course, no vendor can innovate effectively in all areas at once, so each chooses matters most in its niche.

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Select an LMS Consultant Before Beginning Your LMS Selection

WBT Systems

With more than 700 learning platforms on the market, how do you narrow the field down to the best learning management systems (LMS) for your association’s needs? They stay on top of online learning trends and are familiar with learning systems and other association technology. Customization is an additional implementation expense and a future upgrade expense if the code for customized software must be rewritten so it aligns with system upgrades.

When is it time for a new Association LMS?

WBT Systems

Not all learning management systems are equal. With over 600 LMS vendors providing solutions for a variety of education technology needs, from generic to niche solutions, open source to proprietary platforms – how can you be sure that you have the right learning solution for your association? Can you access all the information you need in one system? Does your LMS integrate fully with your member management software or association management system?

Open Source LMS: Hidden Costs for Associations

WBT Systems

At first glance, open source LMS may seem to have certain advantages over a commercial, purpose-built association LMS – no upfront licensing costs, full control over how the system can be customized, etc. Certain purpose-built association LMS, such as TopClass LMS , provide integration with certain association management systems as standard, which can reduce the costs to associations for this essential service.

How to Create a Really Good LMS RFP

WBT Systems

You finally got the budget to purchase a learning management system (LMS). Ask around for request for proposal (RFP) samples and send one of them to a dozen LMS vendors? Never send an RFP to 12 vendors or even 8 vendors. Doing your own research using a variety of methods: website review, calls, conversations with peers and technology vendors, and peer review sites like ReviewMyLMS. Vendors will tell you if your timeline looks reasonable.

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Top 50 LMS Mid Rankings Report – What you need to know

eLearning 24-7

Breakdowns of each system including latest new features and quick take. Listing of top three systems in the following verticals – Banking/Finance, Manufacturing, Association, Education K-12, Higher Education, B2B. Listing of top five systems that I see as NextGen systems. Changes have been made from the previous report, including vendors who are now out and new ones that are now “in” . Q: How many systems were considered? WBT Systems.

Top 20 Learning Management Systems 2013-14

eLearning 24-7

One of these vendors is listed in my top 50. Moodle - Whether you like it or not, the system still reigns supreme for free open source. With over 580 systems on the market, identifying the top systems are no easy task. The market is continuing to grow – with more systems – in the first two weeks of Feb. – another five systems debuted. Overall, LMS vendors are updating features more frequently than in any previous time.

Why the Growing Interest in CRM Solutions for Associations?

WBT Systems

There’s been a growing interest in association management systems (AMS) built on top of customer relationship management (CRM) platforms that track this type of engagement, like Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics. She said, “We’re seeing growing interest in CRM systems : associations are increasingly more focused on activities rooted in the sales process, and staff are using workflows to build engagement. appeared first on WBT Systems.

Getting Started with Online Learning for Associations

WBT Systems

Getting input from Marketing, IT, and Finance departments can help you to achieve buy-in from the whole organization, making the move to a new system easier. Understand your Cost Options – It is critical to agree a payment structure that is in line with planned usage of the system and the association’s business model. Ensure that your vendor provides flexible models and understands how associations operate.

LMS Gamification: Are We Having Fun Yet?

Talented Learning

It’s not about playing games in a learning management system. Some systems are built from the ground up with gamification at their core, while many offer only lightweight add-on features. Nevertheless, since 2010, the market has been quick to embrace LMS gamification and vendors are adapting swiftly to capture their share of the playing field. What is LMS gamification ?

The Future of E-Learning – Forecasts

eLearning 24-7

WBT Systems already has it (which is really amazing) and I believe you will see it appearing in those systems who see themselves strong in talent mgt and the HCM space. As a result, expect to see some vendors offer deeper analytics – than what exists currently. Based on the market and talking to quite a few vendors, everyone of them either had it in place or had it on their roadmap for 2014. If you are a LMS vendor, you have to have gamification.

Association LMS eCommerce: How to Lift Online Learning Sales

Talented Learning

I genuinely love helping associations select learning management systems (LMS). At first blush, ecommerce seems easy, since most LMS vendors claim that it’s built into their system. But like all things in the learning systems universe, there is much more below the surface than meets the eye. And as it turns out, different kinds of LMS vendors specialize in each of these scenarios. Linda Bowers, CTO, WBT Systems.

An Inside Peek to the State of the LMS Industry 2014 Report

eLearning 24-7

It was clear from the beginning what content would be contained in the report: Latest trends and forecasts – written for the vendor and consumer – enough for everyone. But, you can’t write a four page product review for each vendor (44). Each mini review also includes: Vendor’s contact email for sales (some vendors did not provide it, so if it is blank – that is why). Vendor’s web site. A review of 582 systems was conducted.

Podcast: Selecting Association Software – With Chad Stewart of SmartThoughts

Talented Learning

EPISODE 21 – TOPIC SUMMARY AND GUEST: As an independent learning systems consultant, I’m obsessed with finding the ideal solution for each client’s unique needs. At SmartThoughts , I work with non-profit organizations that are struggling to find the right systems. I don’t cross paths with many other systems selection specialists. Honestly, so many new products are available and there’s so much confusion about how to choose systems.

Top Learning Systems Trends – A 2019 Extended Enterprise Market Guide

Talented Learning

When you look at the list below you might wonder why we’re not calling this our 2019 Book of Learning Systems Trends. In fact, this guide is like the learning systems landscape, itself – deep, broad and multi-faceted. Our trends lists reflect how learning systems buyers are actually driving innovation with their dollars! Every day, we interview vendors to understand their product strategy, features and roadmap. Top Learning Systems Trends for 2019. #21

Trends Impacting eLearning Solutions for Associations in 2017

WBT Systems

A report from AFCEA International details that increasingly organizations, including associations, are purchasing cloud-based resources and services, such as learning management systems. Cloud-based learning management systems significantly reduce the costs of delivering education and certification programs, enable your organization to reach a larger, global audience, and provide on-demand access to eLearning solutions for your members. Integrations between Systems become Crucial.

AI and Learning Systems: Is This Combo as Great and Powerful as it Seems?

Talented Learning

And what does it mean for your learning systems roadmap ? By leveraging large, complex data sets, AI makes it possible to identify more subtle correlations than rules-based systems. But does AI success at Netflix and elsewhere mean that your learning systems should be at the head of the AI pack by now? “If you have a cloud-based LMS, AI will eventually be available to you through features that are being built into these systems.