Posts Tagged ‘LMS’

What About the Other 95%?

August 23, 2017 4 comments

Several years ago I had the privilege of being invited to sit on a panel discussion called “The Future of the Business of Learning”. Josh Bersin was one of the other panelists and shared some interesting data that validated my passions around pursuit of a performance paradigm. Josh shared that, on average, we spend about 5% of our 2,000 hour work year in some form of formal training…that’s about 100 hours.  For some industries, that’s high…but hey…it wasn’t what Josh shared…it’s what he did not share. A little math took place in my head…and the rest is history… Read more…


Boxed In By LearningTechnology

August 11, 2017 5 comments

Boxed in By Technology?

Have you ever noticed how entrenched technology…and even some methodology…are accepted as the rule or the standard and innovation around those rules and standards get kind of…locked down? Even so, being in the “locked box” of technology, some innovation does indeed take place, but often it never exceeds the limitations of the box in which it’s locked down. The LMS comes to mind as one such technology, and learning design surfaces as one such methodology. Read more…

When Does a Cloud-based LMS Make Sense?

July 12, 2012 3 comments

A few years ago, I am quite certain, I would have been fighting this “cloud” concept tooth and nail. There was something about having my own staff running my own servers behind my own firewall that provided a sense of security and control. To an extent it did, and the IT staff would be the first to man the ramparts to fight off having anything living outside the firewall – much less allowing anyone outside to get into our systems. I feel their concern, and I respect the need to protect the network and data resources behind the firewall. So does that make a cloud-based LMS a better solution? Read more…

“LMS Sinks Titanic” & Other Learning Myths

December 28, 2010 11 comments

I can remember my first Learning Management System (LMS) implementation from years ago. Actually, in those days they called them Training Management Systems (TMS). This one, Registrar, if I recall correctly, despite its limited functionality, worked better to meet our needs than the four LMS platforms I have endured since.  Registrar was simple. It tracked learning. Learning was simple. You did it in a classroom. Period. With the advent of e-learning, the innovation dam broke, and the TMS morphed into LMS and soon a component of a more complex Human Capital Management (HCM) beast. The core competency of registering, tracking and administering training remained intact, but the feature-rich technology largely overran our ability to embrace all the potential it represented. In other words, many training departments fell behind compared to what the technology they owned could ultimately deliver. Read more…

Take This LMS and Shove It

May 19, 2010 14 comments

If we consider the title of this piece as a title to a Country and Western song, I wonder what lyrics might fit best. Quite possibly many Learning Management System (LMS) owners could easily sing a whining lament on betrayal, heartache, left standing at the altar, or living hard times at the hands of their technology investment. Regardless of the lyrics we choose to sing, the LMS plays a starring role in a love-hate relationship with technology worthy of song, ten-gallon hats, boots, and a little slide guitar. Similar to C&W music, boots, hat, and guitar are not always enough – neither is the LMS if strategic learning objectives include creating and sustaining a dynamic learning ecosystem. Read more…

LMS Envy: The Love-Hate Relationship with Technology

October 27, 2009 5 comments

In a recent dialog on the CLO-Network, we discussed why so many LMS owners were not happy with their systems – that there seemed to be a “disconnect” between what they envisioned they would own after GoLive and what they actually wound up owning. Why is there such a love-hate relationship with LMS (and other) technology? Why does it seem that someone else always has the better system? Truth is, “better” is a relative term. Read more…

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