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This week, we’re cheering, “Hurrah!” for our clients who were named a top LMS by John Leh in his recent list, “2017 Talented Learning LMS Awards: Best of the Best.”

John Leh is CEO and Lead Analyst at Talented Learning, LLC. Named one of the Top 20 Global eLearning Movers and Shakers of 2017, John is a fiercely independent LMS selection consultant and blogger who helps organizations develop and implement technology strategies – primarily for the extended enterprise. John’s advice is based on twenty years of industry experience, having served as a trusted LMS selection and sales adviser to more than 100 learning organizations with a total technology spend of more than $65 million.

John Leh’s “2017 Talented Learning LMS Awards: Best of the Best” lists the top three LMSs (along with honorable mentions) in ten categories:

  1. Best Extended Enterprise LMS
  2. Best Channel and Partner LMS
  3. Best Customer LMS
  4. Best Compliance LMS
  5. Best Talent LMS
  6. Best Continuing Education LMS
  7. Best Association LMS
  8. Best Academic LMS
  9. Best Learning Tech Innovator
  10. Best LMS Thought Leader

We will highlight the Rustici Software clients each category.

Best Extended Enterprise LMS

#1 eLogic

eLogic and Rustici Software have worked together for many years and we’ve enjoyed watching their eSSEntial LMS platform evolve. eLogic uses SCORM Engine to support SCORM, AICC, xAPI and PENS. Plus they use Engine’s offline SCORM support in their mobile app.

#3 Litmos

Litmos was an early adopter of xAPI and is a leading SaaS based LMS. They were the first LMS to integrate with with our Engine LRS. Recently, they have also adopted our offline SCORM support using SCORM Engine .

Best Channel and Partner LMS

#2 NetExam

NetExam has carved out quite a name for themselves as a leading platform in the Channel Partner and Extended Enterprise training/learning space. NetExam’s SaaS based platform integrates SCORM Engine to support of all standards based eLearning content, including xAPI.

Honorable Mentions

  • LogicBay: A long time SCORM Engine customer, LogicBay uses Engine to supplement the training and enablement components of their channel partner management system, ChannelStack.

Best Customer LMS

#2 Litmos

#3 ServiceRocket – Learndot

ServiceRocket’s Learndot LMS is a fast-growing platform targeted to other software companies to deliver product training. They integrate our SCORM Engine to allow clients to import, launch and track standards based eLearning content.

Best Compliance LMS

#2 Blackboard

A long time SCORM Engine customer, Blackboard‘s Learn application uses Engine to handle the fine details around playing and tracking SCORM, AICC and xAPI content.

#3 eLogic

Honorable Mentions

  • RISC: RISC’s Virtual Training Assistant is a compliance focused LMS designed to help their clients ensure their employees are up to speed on the latest corporate and regulatory compliance standards. They have integrated our SCORM Engine to be able to support standards-based eLearning content and track employee progress.
  • Compli: Compli has a workforce compliance automation platform with a learning component that integrates our SCORM Engine to support standards based eLearning content. Their platform is primarily geared toward the Automotive industry though they are branching out to the Transportation and Consumer Lending industries to deliver compliance training.
  • Gyrus: Gyrus is a long standing customer who has integrated SCORM Engine for eLearning standards support in their LMS. The GyrusAim Product Suite is designed to completely manage the learning & development programs of companies ranging from 20 learners up to multi-site, enterprise organizations requiring complex training necessitated by hundreds of departments and tens of thousands of learners.

Best Talent LMS

#3 Sumtotal

SumTotal is a major player in the LMS space and they use SCORM Engine to help them support xAPI. The platform has an integration with SCORM Engine and the Rustici LRS.

Best Continuing Education LMS

#3 eLogic

Best Academic LMS

#1 Instructure Canvas

Canvas now supports SCORM content natively using SCORM Engine. Customers can bring in their third-party SCORM content into Canvas and access the SCORM Engine player via an LTI connection to seamlessly upload and delivery SCORM content from within Canvas.

#2 Blackboard

Honorable Mentions

  • D2L: The Brightspace LMS by D2L provides a modern, SaaS based LMS that supports a variety of learning modalities. Through the SCORM Engine integration, Brightspace now provides a 508 compliant content player and can support xAPI within the LMS.

Best Learning Tech Innovator

#2 Degreed

Leading in the Learning Experience Platform space, Degreed uses SCORM Cloud to help customers include standards-based eLearning content along side content from Lynda.com, YouTube and many other third-party content services.

Honorable Mentions

  • eLogic
  • Litmos
  • Wisetail: Wisetail offers a comprehensive learning platform geared toward the food, retail, and fitness industries featuring custom branding, social collaboration, and course authoring components. They integrate our SCORM Engine to support clients need to import, launch and track standards based eLearning content.

Best LMS Thought Leader

#2 ServiceRocket – Learndot

Honorable Mentions

  • eLogic
  • Litmos
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As part two of our series celebrating our clients recent wins, we’re sharing insight our customers included in Craig Weiss’s “Top Learning Systems for 2018.”

Craig is the CEO and Lead Analyst for the Craig Weiss Group, LLC, and he has been named The Most Influential Person in the eLearning and LMS space countless times. Craig’s E-Learning 24/7 blog is read by eLearning professionals around the world to help inform their technology purchasing decisions.

Craig’s “Top Learning Systems for 2018” lists the top 50 learning systems by rank. The full list can be found via his downloadable mini-report, while the top 25 are detailed within 3 separate blog posts (#25 through #16, #15 through #11, and #10 through #1). This is the full criteria Craig uses to build this list. We’re going to highlight just those customers who appeared in the top 25… and here they are:

#17 MindTickle!

MindTickle! is a Sales Enablement platform that is integrated with SCORM Engine. MindTickle! is a great example a non-traditional learning platform that still benefits from eLearning standards support.

#14 Degreed

Degreed is a leader in the Learning Experience Platform space, allowing for content to be pulled into the Degreed platform from multiple sources. Degreed has an integration with SCORM Cloud, which enables their customers to include SCORM and xAPI content right along side content from Lynda.com, YouTube, and many other third-party content services.

#13 Blackboard Corporate

Blackboard has been a long time SCORM Engine customer, using Engine to handle the details around playing and tracking SCORM, AICC and xAPI content in the Learn application.

#9 SumTotal

SumTotal is a major player in the LMS space. The platform has an integration with SCORM Engine, which includes xAPI and Learning Record Store (LRS) support. Their Engine integration enables their users to import, launch and track xAPI and cmi5 compliant eLearning content, as well as connect third-party xAPI Learning Record Providers to the LRS.

#4 Unicorn LMS

Unicorn’s SkillServe LMS (now Unicorn LMS) is a growing SaaS based learning platform. They integrated SCORM Engine to allow clients to import, launch and track standards based eLearning content and support xAPI. Unicorn also integrates our SCORM Driver Cross Domain solution in their ContentServe application in order to deliver their content to clients on a third-party platform while maintaining control of their assets.

#2 Litmos

Litmos is a leading SaaS based LMS, and were an early adopter of the Experience API and a Learning Record Store (LRS). They were the first LMS to integrate with with our Engine LRS. Recently, they have also adopted our mobile/offline SDKs, enabling their mobile applications to run and track SCORM content offline, then sync data back to the LMS when the Internet connection resumes.

#1 eLogic

eLogic and Rustici Software have worked together for many years. We’ve enjoyed watching their LMS platform evolve and have helped their team offset the burden of managing the eLearning standards support within the eSSEntial LMS. Our SCORM Engine solution helps eLogic support SCORM, AICC, xAPI and PENS within the LMS and includes support for offline SCORM support in their mobile app.

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If you’re anything like me, you love “Best Of” lists: The Best Movies of 2018, The Best Songs of 2018, The Best Local Restaurants of 2018, The Best Smart Home Tech of 2018, etc. Without Best Of lists I’d find myself going to far too many mediocre movies, spending way too much time scouring music blogs for the next great song, dining in subpar restaurants, and being stuck with useless home tech that doesn’t allow me to turn off all of the lights in my house from the comfort of my couch. These lists have done the hard work for us, clearing away the clutter and just presenting us with the best of the best.

With all of that said, a Best Of list is really only as good as the list creator. The individual or organization behind the list has to be reputable and an expert in their particular space. We are spoiled in the eLearning and HR industries with numerous high quality sources for this type of curated information. In this series, I will be focusing on the following, as well as highlighting Rustici Software clients mentioned in each list and describing how we help them:

When you talk to Chris and me about why technology vendors should work with us, rather than implement standards on their own, one of the things you’ll hear us say is, “Standards support will not be a differentiator for your technology, but working with us will free up your developers to focus on building features and functionality into your platform or system that will differentiate your technology from your competitor.”

Our customers included in these Best Of lists are proof that outsourcing eLearning standards support, which can gobble up a ton of development time to implement and support, enables their teams to focus more time on making their applications and systems exceptional.

Tomorrow, we’ll kick off this series by sharing more insights into Craig Weiss’s “Top Learning Systems for 2018.” Next week, we’ll celebrate winners of John Leh’s Best of the Best and the week after we’ll dig into the Fosway 9 Grids. So stay tuned.

Note: Some of our clients are more private than others when it comes to talking about using our software. So the lists included in this series honors that and only includes the clients that are okay with sharing more about the work we do together.

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We recently started a large project to update the content and modernize the user experience across SCORM.com, ExperienceAPI.com and RusticiSoftware.com. Yep, it’s a pretty big endeavor and you’ll hear more from us about it as we get closer to launching the new sites. So, don’t panic! You’ll still have access to all of this great content, hopefully in a much improved, easier to digest format.

During this process, we’ve discovered this: the definition of roles within the eLearning industry are not as clear cut as they once were. Traditionally in the world of eLearning you would likely fall into one of three categories: Content Creator, LMS Provider or Customer (of an LMS Provider or Content Creator). But things have changed. With greater demand for customized learning experiences, an increased interest in extended enterprise training and content specific platforms on the rise, the roles of Content, Platform and Customer have gotten pretty blurry.

Then vs. Now

Then:

Content creators might rely solely on their customer provided LMS as the delivery mechanism for connecting learners to courses. In most cases the content creator would hand off fully packaged courses (as a SCORM file) to a customer who would then run them through their LMS. Primary goal? CREATE content.

LMS providers focused on the user management side of the equation, ensuring assignment and reporting functionality. For the most part, they relied on content being provided by their customers. Primary goal? PLAY content.

Customers provided the content they wanted to deliver to their employees/learners. And the LMS would provide the system to manage those learners and track course usage. Primary goal? TRAIN employees.

Now:

Content creators are discovering that the best way to experience their courses might not always be easy to package up and send off to a third party system. Dynamically generated courses, database driven content and media rich assets make great content but it’s not that easy to package those things up. So rather than handing off courses to their learners, they are bringing learners to their courses, allowing them to fully control the learner experience. New goal? CREATE + PLAY + DISTRIBUTE content.

LMSs are bringing more to the table than just the platform. Rich course catalogs (whether created in house or acquired through partnerships) are the norm these days, leading to more specialized learning platforms targeting specific audiences and industries. New goal? PLAY + DISTRIBUTE content.

Customers are no longer just consumers of content; we see more companies getting into the extended enterprise space. Customers are increasing their focus on content, investing more time and money into delivering customer and/or partner training online. Suddenly customers are now content creators. New goal? TRAIN employees + CREATE content + DISTRIBUTE content.

While it’s exciting to see how the roles are getting redefined, it definitely adds some complexity to the site redesign. So, stay tuned! And along the way we’ll keep you in the loop on our progress. Better yet–let us know which circle you think you fall into.

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Happy new year! We’re diving head first into events this year. Tim Martin is acting as our fearless leader as he presents two sessions at ATD TechKnowledge–one about xAPI and one about Jobs to be Done (JTBD)–in San Jose and attends Learning Technologies in London.

Tim Martin will talk about Clayton Christensen's idea of Jobs to be Done at ATD TechKnowledge

Tim Martin will talk about Clayton Christensen’s idea of Jobs to be Done at ATD TechKnowledge

 

To kick us off, his ATD TechKnowledge session, “Uncovering the true jobs to be done of L&D software,” takes place Wednesday, January 24 from 11:30 – 12:30 in room 210BF. He gave a similar presentation at DevLearn that I was lucky enough to attend. I walked away with an understanding that the software we think we need rarely solves the problem we have. The brainstorming strategy Tim will provide is great at helping you identify the “job” of your solution. I’d recommend this session if you’re going through a software procurement process or plan to in the next year or two. I’d also recommend this session if you are a vendor looking to understand the reason consumers ultimately purchase your product.

A Learner Report that includes attachments associated with an xAPI course

A Learner Report that includes attachments associated with an xAPI course

 

Next up, Tim has been invited to take part in the xAPI Showcase and will present a case study that illustrates a capability of xAPI not available with SCORM — specifically how to add attachments to a course created in Lectora. The Showcase, coordinated by Megan Torrance, will include hands-on exercises and real-world examples from RISC, xapiapps, and Yet Analytics. If you’re hoping to drink from the xAPI fire hose, this is the session for you. xAPI Showcase takes place Thursday, January 25 from 2:15 – 3:00 in the Disrupt Room, 211AB.

Lastly, we look forward to heading to Learning Technologies to learn what’s happening in eLearning on the other side of the pond!

If you’re attending the events and want to talk about JTBD, SCORM, xAPI, AICC or anything else standards-related, we’d love to chat. Shoot us an email and we’ll find a time to meet up. Otherwise, we hope you have a chance to attend one of Tim’s sessions at TechKnowledge!

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