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Comment from: Dan Roddy [Visitor]
Dan Roddy

Good call Mark. The obsession with getting the metrics often obscures the content so that it is far less useful to the people it is supposed to help.

I have a feeling that when we start moving to HTML5 it will make life a lot easier to open the content up as we won’t be locked in to Flash development. I’m also interested in (but haven’t heard much about) Scorm Cloud which seems to hold the promise of Scorm without LMSs in the usual sense.

For me, the simplest solution is to keep the learning material out of the LMS, with its limits on who sees what, and drop it in to regular CMSs without restriction. Then use the LMS for the “important” stuff like the assessments. Of course, working for a training provider that doesn’t really sit well with profit motive, but it’s what I’d be advocating if I was back in L&D.

28/01/11 @ 23:15
Comment from: berthelemy [Member]  

Hi Dan,

That’s exactly the position I take. Generic content is a commodity that could easily be given away. By doing so, you prove your expertise.

What people will pay for is content that is specific to them, specific advice from experts, and accredited qualifications.

We need to wean people off “authoring tools” and help them think about other ways of presenting content.


29/01/11 @ 14:13
Comment from: Jeff Walter [Visitor]  
Jeff Walter


I hope this doesn’t come across as a shameless plug, but the issues you raise in this post are exactly the issues we discussed with our clients regarding our LMS, the LatitudeLearning LMS.

We decided to integrate Ektron’s Content Management System into our LMS, to take advantage of a true CMS and leverage its Web 2.0 capabilities. This gives our clients the ability to use a full blown CMS to manage knowledge objects and a powerful search capability to search our course catalog and non-Scorm, non-course materials (e.g. product info, job aids, etc.).

If you’re ever interested in seeing how we integrated all this into a single learning envrionment, I’d be happy to show you.

Carpe Diem,
Jeff Walter

31/01/11 @ 02:15
Comment from: berthelemy [Member]  

Hi Jeff,

I have no problem with shameless plugs if they contribute to the conversation.

It sounds like you’ve done just what I was looking for. I’ll take a look and get in touch. It’s always useful to have an alternative solution to offer to clients.



31/01/11 @ 07:35
Comment from: Kelly Meeker [Visitor]
Kelly Meeker

In addition to the LMS weaknesses you’ve mentioned (which are totally accurate!), the traditional LMS doesn’t allow learners to interact with each other, either synchronously or asynchronously.

An LMS that offered social tools would be incredibly powerful in drawing learners’ attention to the most useful content, as well as adding value in the conversations between learners occurring in comments or discussion threads. I’ve been blogging recently (http://ow.ly/43tfC) about social learning, and I’m interested in seeing how LMSs evolve and adapt to the demand for a social LMS.

25/02/11 @ 16:44
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