Amazon’s Alexa: Your Next Teacher

Vielleicht muss ich die Beiträge zum Thema zukünftig etwas dosieren. Es werden einfach zu viele. In diesem Fall geht es um eine Partnerschaft zwischen Canvas by Instructure, einem Lernplattform-Anbieter, der vor allem in den USA sehr präsent ist, aber auch als MOOC-Plattform mitmischt, und Amazon’s Alexa, dem digitalen Assistenten, der in unsere Wohnzimmer drängt. Die Partnerschaft kann bequem unter Stichworten wie „Teaching Bots“, „Learning Analytics“ oder „Learning Experience“ abgelegt werden. Steht die Verbindung zwischen Canvas und Amazon, können Studierende Fragen stellen und auf Antworten hoffen. Vielleicht geht sogar noch mehr („machine learning“), aber das hängt von der Offenheit der Schnittstellen, der Qualität der Algorithmen und den Bedenken bezüglich Privatsphäre und Datenschutz ab.

„To date, Canvas, like most learning management systems, can be accessed via a computer, mobile phone or tablet. With the Alexa addition, Canvas can now be accessed by voice and not simply via a keyboard. This means that students will be able to ask Alexa key questions (e.g., What were the main points made in today’s class?), and Alexa will be able to offer a summary. Students will also be able to ask Alexa to quiz them on key concepts in preparation for an upcoming quiz or test. Of course, students will also be able to ask other pressing questions, including “What is the homework for tomorrow? Do I have any readings? Where are the readings…are they posted on the website?” If an instructor has posted any videos online, students will now also have the option of watching them on their television rather than on their computer, smart mobile phone, or tablet.“

Cait Etherington, ElearningInside News, 29. Juli 2017

Seven Reasons to Use a WordPress eLearning Platform

Wer in L&D eines Großunternehmens arbeitet, sollte vielleicht diesen Artikel überspringen oder erst nach Feierabend lesen. Natürlich kann WordPress kein LMS ersetzen. Aber: WordPress ist wahrscheinlich das weltweit am häufigsten genutzte Content Management System und damit längst seinem Ursprung als Blogging-Plattform entwachsen. Man kann WordPress selbst hosten oder externe Dienste in Anspruch nehmen. Es ist fast beliebig anpassbar. Fast jede denkbar Funktion kann ergänzt werden, um Kurse, Inhalte und Medien interaktiv zu gestalten. Und fast jede Verknüpfung mit sozialen Netzwerken und Tools ist möglich. Denn hinter WordPress steht eine weltweite Community, die auf (fast) jede Frage eine Antwort hat.

Zur Erinnerung: Auch unser Corporate Learning 2025 MOOCathon läuft auf einer WordPress-Installation.
Pamela Hogle, Learning Solutions Magazine, 9. August 2017

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LMS Review: Adobe Captivate Prime by John Leh


Somehow I made it through more than 3 years and 150 LMSs without seeing or reviewing the Adobe Captivate Prime LMS. Recently, several clients asked me about it by name, so I headed to the Adobe website for a first-hand look. I am already a limited member of the Adobe community — I rely on the Adobe Sign service to digitally sign PDFs and use Adobe Stock for my photos and graphics.  Since I was already logged-in as an Adobe user, I  initiated a 30-day free trial of Adobe Captivate Prime with just one click.  Easy.



Strengths of Adobe Captivate Prime include:

  • Free trial
  • Plenty of clear self-service tutorials and free support
  • Ease of use
  • Modern UI with quick response
  • Good LMS for small, simple solutions
  • Simple pricing
  • Good capabilities for course, training plan and certification management
  • Skills focus
  • Content integrations with Lynda and Harvard Mentor Manager
  • Global content management
  • Reporting


There’s room for improvement in several areas:

  • Lack of responsive design requires mobile users to download app
  • Gamification and social are minimal; require more enhancements such as leaderboards and social homepage widgets
  • Not designed for selling content directly through the LMS. However, it supports B2B commerce if transactions are managed outside of the LMS
  • User training completion transcripts are merely unformatted Excel dumps

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Calculating The ROI Of A New SMB Learning Management System: 6 Points To Consider


Getting an SMB Learning Management System in place is a significant investment. You will need to devote resources, time, and money toward choosing and deploying the SMB LMS platform. This upfront cost might seem intimidating, and you may question if it is really worth the expense. While it seems like a lot of money now, you have to consider the long-term cost. Here are 6 easy ways to calculate and project your return on investment of integrating a new SMB Learning Management System. Figure out if getting an SMB Learning Management System is a good path for your small to medium-sized business by answering the following questions:

1. How Much Were You Spending On Training Before Making The Switch?

You probably had some onboarding processes before you started using an SMB Learning Management System. This process, even if it was fairly informal, cost money. Not just in training materials, but also in content development and actual administration. Even if employees were trained in groups, those training hours came out of your payroll budget. Figure out how many man-hours and supply costs you typically spent on conducting any training initiatives in the past. Also, factor in the updates you likely had to do as your small to medium-sized business evolved. Many small businesses are surprised with how much they actually spend training employees when they factor in all of the unexpected fees and hidden costs.

2. How Much Would You Have To Pay If Your Employees’ Certifications Expired?

This is a huge risk to your corporate budget and reputation. A lot of industries require certain training certifications. More importantly, some government bodies also require that businesses give their employees specific training. If businesses do not comply with these requirements, they risk hefty penalties. Once you get fined, you will absolutely regret not having a better system in place. An SMB Learning Management System can help to ensure that your employees are all current on their online training and certifications.

3. What Are The Potential Benefits For Your Employees?

You might not know it, but training says a lot about your company. A sub-par employee training program can be an indicator of other weaknesses within a business. It shows new employees that you do not have a set business protocol. It can also make current employees feel that your business does not value their growth in the field. An SMB Learning Management System gives you the ability to develop your own online training for internal employee online training certifications. These certifications can go a long way toward employee satisfaction while also improving their performance in their roles. Showing that you are interested in employee career growth is essential for the success of your SMB system. An SMB Learning Management System can help create an easy path to cultivate an effective corporate eLearning culture that is worth of employees’ respect.

4. Will The New SMB Learning Management System Work With Your Other HR Systems?

This is a big potential benefit that a lot of business owners forget about. Certain SMB Learning Management Systems integrate with existing HR systems you might already use. This integration can cut down costs and take care of processes that were once manual. Onboarding new employees can be simplified, training can be tracked, and more. Figure out how much time your human resources staff will save by having all of these systems work together.

5. Is There Going To Be An Increase In The Efficiency Of Your Small To Medium-Sized Business?

Training isn’t just about meeting government requirements and checking boxes. You want your employees to get something concrete from it. An SMB Learning Management System creates a uniform and comprehensive learning opportunity for your employees. This can increase how well employees understand your business and their jobs. With that in mind, you should assess the amount of time that is typically spent on questions and mistakes. This updated training should greatly reduce those costly pitfalls. Your employees will also feel more confident in their understanding of their job duties and responsibilities. Once again, that may be hard to concretely calculate. Measure employee turnover or survey their satisfaction to get a sense of how the SMB Learning Management System impacts this factor.

6. How Much Are You Saving In IT Costs?

SMB Learning Management Systems are typically hosted in the cloud and supported by an LMS vendor. That means you will not be sinking money into IT support for your onboarding and training. These expenses can definitely add up. Housing and maintaining your own servers and hardware becomes costly. Combine that with the digital support that the IT team will need to provide if you keep the training in house. Calculate the cost of doing all of the tech aspects of an SMB Learning Management System internally. That will show you how beneficial having an outside LMS vendor can be for your small to medium-sized business from an IT perspective. In addition, meet with the LMS vendor to see if they offer additional tech support services that enhance the value of the SMB Learning Management System.

You need to look at the financial impacts, as well as the intangible returns the SMB Learning Management System will provide in order to calculate LMS ROI. You might have difficulty investing in a Learning Management System based on employee job satisfaction benefits, alone. However, when you combine intangible ROI factors with concrete budget impacts, you should be able to see the benefits. Once you have done your return on investment analysis, figure out the bottom line. Is the SMB Learning Management System really making a big impact? Almost without fail, your answer will be yes.

Are you ready to take the leap and invest in an LMS for your small to medium-sized business? Before you do, download our Free eBook: The Ultimate Guide To Find The Ideal LMS For Small And Medium Businesses (SMBs) to learn tips and tricks for choosing the right LMS platform and deploying a successful online training program.

Originally published at on July 21, 2017.

What’s a NGDLE?

I think we’re all interested in what our VLE or LMS will look like, or indeed what it should already look like. Whilst much has been talked and written about it, perhaps this visualisation from Bryan Mathers is the best view of it yet – the “Next- Generation Digital Learning Environment (NGDLE)”. And it incorporates Lego so well – the Lego base is the overall requirement with each building ‘block’ being added as and when they’re required – personalisation, collaboration, accessibility, etc.

According to the Educause report, the emerging needs of a NGDLE are these:
“Its principal functional domains are interoperability; personalization; analytics, advising, and learning assessment; collaboration; and accessibility and universal design. Since no single application can deliver in all those domains, we recommend a “Lego” approach to realizing the NGDLE, where NGDLE-conforming components are built that allow individuals and institutions the opportunity to construct learning environments tailored to their requirements and goals.”

So what will a NGDLE look like?

So what will a NGDLE look like? by @bryanMMathers is licensed under CC-BY-ND