Top5OnlineColleges.org, a research and advisory services site focused on learning and development in the online higher education world, has just named Absorb LMS one of the 99 Top Tools for Online Teaching. This list includes resources in the following three categories:
- Teaching Tools & Technologies
- Learning Management Systems
- Journals & Blogs
We’re particularly proud to be listed 42nd on this list. Fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will recall that 42 is the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
We don’t know if Absorb LMS is the answer to everything, but offering solid learning management is at least a start.
Registration is filling up fast for our next Webinar:
Does Your LMS Focus on the User Experience? A Bersin & Blatant Media Webinar
Wednesday, June 20, 2013, Noon – 1:00 PM MDT (UTC-7)
When your employees need to find and access learning content, the experience of doing so should be intuitive, responsive, fast and targeted. Anything less leads to frustration and wasted time. Whether accessed through a desktop, laptop, or mobile device, organizations need an learning management system that helps them become efficient and effective.
Join Dr. Katherine Jones, Lead Analyst, HCM Technology at Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Dan Medakovic, Vice President, eLearning Solutions at Blatant Media Corporation for a Webinar that will help you understand how a learning management system that provides a good user experience can reduce wasted time and lessen frustration among end users.
You will be presented with:
- The need for, and attributes of, a good user interface
- Strategies for providing end users with fresh, targeted learning content
- Questions to ask when evaluating systems
January 15, 2013 was a big day at blatant^. That was the date that our first customer, a major global manufacturer and retailer, went live with the new HTML-5, iPad- and iPhone-friendly version of Absorb LMS, code named `Ninja.’ We were confident that this implementation would go smoothly since prior to the official launch, one company had exposed 40,000 learners to a successful Beta preview.
Prior to launching Absorb LMS Ninja, the learning management system featured a Flash-based user interface that wasn’t compatible with Apple iOS devices, but did run on any device that supported Flash.
Absorb LMS Ninja was well received in the industry:
- Bersin by Deloitte bestowed a ‘What Works’ Award in recognition of the innovative new technology.
- Brandon Hall Group gave Absorb LMS a Gold award for “Best Advance in Learning Management Technology for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses” in the Excellence in Technology Awards.
The launch of this new mobile elearning-friendly version of Absorb LMS marked the start of a massive undertaking to migrate hundreds of customers to the new technology. Four months later, 100+ clients are using Absorb LMS Ninja. An additional 150 clients have go-live launch dates in place with the new version.
The blatant^ design team ignored pretty much every suggestion I made for the design of our new Web site.
“Let’s add a lot of animated gifs!” I said.
—”No,” they said. “Animated gifs don’t scale and we want the site to look good on all devices including computers, tablets, and phones.”
“Let’s have music start playing as soon as a person arrives at the home page. That’s so cool!”
—”No,” they said. “We want the site to load quickly.”
“Let’s use a typewriter font! That would be hip and ironic since we’re a technology company.”
—”No. That would just be stupid.”
They then went on and on and on about usability, user experience, design best practices, blah blah blah blah.
In the end, this is what they came up with. (It’s OK, I suppose.)
More than half of the phones sold in the U.S. are smartphones, and Gartner predicts that tablet sales will outpace PC sales by 2017. This reality has many organizations rethinking how they approach learning content and environments. What does a mobile-ready environment look like? What content is appropriate for mobile delivery?
Join David Wentworth, Senior Analyst with Brandon Hall Group and Dan Medakovic, V.P. Learning Solutions, from Blatant Media’s Absorb LMS as they explore the ways mobile delivery can be leveraged for learning and some real-world examples of mobile learning in action.
- An understanding of the current mobile landscape
- A breakdown of different mobile technologies and platforms
- Examples of organizations delivering mobile learning