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Join us July 18 for “Absorb SMARTLAB: Where Learners Go to Escape Learning Management Systems”


Let’s be honest. A lot of learning management systems (LMS) look like boring enterprise software applications. When a learner logs in, they see their list of learning activities, take a course module or two, and then reward themselves with a trip to where they actually want to spend their time online: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.

Absorb SMARTLAB provides a revolutionary approach to learning and development. SMARTLAB creates an experience that resembles the sites people enjoy. Chances are, in fact, that your SMARTLAB learners will not even be aware that they are accessing information in an enterprise learning platform.

Although your learners may be oblivious to the fact that they are spending time within a learning management system, your administrators will be able to track easily the improvements in skills, performance, and knowledge of your workforce.

This free Webinar will cover the following:

  • Overview of Absorb SMARTLAB
  • Absorb SMARTLAB demo
  • How organizations uses Absorb SMARTLAB to project their brand and increase product knowledge among employees, and retail sales associates
  • How to assess if Absorb SMARTLAB is right for you

Join us for an overview of Absorb SMARTLAB and find out how you can create a site where learners want to be.

Absorb SMARTLAB: Where Learners Go to Escape Learning Management Systems
Wednesday, July 18, 2011, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MST

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Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

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Learning Management System User Reviews for Absorb LMS

We’re pleased happy excited thrilled ecstatic to have been recently awarded a “Best in Class” rating from Brandon Hall Group’s Smartchoice® Solution Provider Certification program. The company received its highest scores in the focus area of Cost of Ownership, based on “great price to value” and extremely high customer satisfaction with their overall return on investment in the Absorb platform.

Hearing about high customer satisfaction is rewarding. Reading reviews from satisfied customers makes us giddy. A number of our customers have provided learning management system reviews of Absorb LMS. Access them here.

In Praise of Beautiful Work Environments

June 14, 2012 3 comments

My youngest daughter’s bedroom looks like a war zone. She’s presently in her final exam week in high school and so her floor is covered in papers, clothes, dishes, and detritus—hopefully inorganic—that I can’t identify.

(I can safely tell you this knowing that no member of my family ever reads my Blog posts.)

Comparatively, my eldest daughter’s bedroom is spotless. She finished classes more than a month ago and is now travelling in Europe. Prior to leaving, she did a massive clean up. Not only can you eat off her floor, you could likely perform surgery in that room without risk of infection.

Last night, I discovered my youngest daughter studying for an exam in her sister’s immaculate bedroom. The order and cleanliness made it a better environment to learn and work. “Fewer distractions,” she said.

The point is that we all know deep down that our environment has a huge impact on our work and mood. Distractions can impede our ability to focus and learn. Beautiful environments make us feel good.

Our own work environment just got better. The walls of Blatant Media’s new office in the Atlantic Avenue Art Block in the trendy Inglewood area of Calgary are now adorned with two new paintings by David Brunning, TheKidBelo, one of Western Canada’s premier visual artists.

Feels like home.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Up Your Learning Management System (Part 10)

This is the final instalment in this series! Here are all the previous posts:

STEP 10: Create Reports

Congratulations! We’re at the last step of the process. The reason we’ve left the this step to the end is that it’s easier to create the reports you need when you have actual activity data in the system. So, you could potentially take a break after adding learners to the system, allowing them time to interact with the content. Then, you can create the reports that will allow you to evaluate the success of your learning initiatives.Absorb LMS Schedule Report

In this step, you want to:

  • Create relevant reports. Common useful reports include:
    • Learner progress in different courses, either for all your learners, a group of learners, or individual learners
    • How learners collectively answered test questions
    • Course evaluation reports
    • Certifications obtained
  • Save those reports if your LMS provides this option
  • Push out those reports to external managers if the LMS contains this feature

Timeline

You don’t need to go through all the steps in this series in order. Some steps can be done simultaneously by different people on your team, as the image below illustrates.

For more information

We regularly present the content from this series as a Webinar. Please see our list of events

A Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Up Your Learning Management System (Part 9)

June 7, 2012 1 comment

Break out the party hats and noise makers! The LMS we’ve been setting up throughout this series will now be going live. We’ve accomplished a lot so  far in this series: 

STEP 9: Add Learners

In some systems, your LMS will be “live” as soon learners are added to the system. Learners will be automatically informed of their login information as soon as their learner accounts are created. Also, the enrollment rules or automatic course assignments you’ve created in step eight may now be triggered, which will inform learners that they are now enrolled into courses.

If you’re risk averse, you may want to do a partial roll-out to just one group of learners to see how things unfold before going live with all learners. If you’re fearless, you may just want to go live for everyone.

There are four common ways to create learner accounts:

  • Integration with an HR system or other enterprise application. (See this document describing common ways learning management systems can be integrated with other applications.)
  • Learner self-registration
  • Import learner information contained within spreadsheets
  • Create individual learner accounts

Integration with an HR system is fast and efficient but will likely only create learner records for internal employees. You’ll still need to figure out how to get external learners into your system.

Learner self-registration can be a great option, but you need to ensure that you’re somehow capturing the identifying characteristics you’ll need, such as learner group, job title, etc. during registration. You’ll also need a way to ensure all the learners you need to serve have actually registered.

Importing learner data from spreadsheets can be an efficient way to get started. You’ll need to get access to the data and will need to make sure that the columns in your spreadsheets map to the learner record fields

Creating individual learner accounts isn’t an option for anything but the smallest learner initiatives. The time and effort is just too high.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Up Your Learning Management System (Part 8)

June 5, 2012 3 comments

We’re very close to welcoming learners into your new learning management system. Completed so far in this series: 

STEP 8: Create Enrollment Rules or Course Assignments

In some learning management systems, you may need to first create learner accounts within the LMS and then assign learners to the appropriate content. In others, you can create rules related to access to content and course enrollment prior to the creation of learner accounts. So, depending on your system, this step may be step eight or step nine in setting up your LMS. For the sake of this post, we’ll assume we can create enrollment rules first and then create the learner records. The advantage of this approach is that learners will automatically have access to the relevant content the minute they are registered within the LMS. There will not be a delay between the time they are registered in the system and the time they receive notification that they have access to content.

Once again, the work you did on the content inventory document will make this step very easy. You’ve already identified who needs what content, and whether that content will be assigned to that group of learners or simply placed in a course catalog for the learner to select if they wish. You now simply need to create those assignments within the LMS.

Here are some examples of enrollment rules:

  • If learners belong to the group Internal > Sales, assign them to the course titled “Managing Accounts”
  • If the learners have the word manager in their job title, assign them to the curricula called “Management Certification”
  • If the learners are located in San Francisco, provide them with access to an instructor-led session titled “Team Building.”

Absorb LMS enrollment rules

We Have Art! (And it Isn’t `Dogs Playing Poker’)

June 1, 2012 2 comments

You know you’ve settled into a new home when art starts appearing on the walls. The presence of art indicates that other parts of the move, like getting lights-electricity-doors-network-a kitchen-boardrooms-etc. are likely resolved.

As you’ve probably noticed from past posts here and here about our games room, creating a fun work environment is a priority at Blatant. A nice environment helps to create a positive culture.

Wishing to contribute to this positive culture, I was about to bring to the office the print of “Dogs Playing Poker” that hung in my parent’s basement playroom for 35 years when this painting appeared on the wall I had targetted:

The painting is the work of David Brunning, TheKidBelo, one of Western Canada’s premier visual artists. From everyone at Blatant Media, thank you to TheKidBelo for making our new home even better.