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Research Firm Says “Absorb LMS Among the Top LMS User Interfaces”

July 31, 2014 Leave a comment

desktopAbsorbLMSHR & LMS technology research company, Software Advice has included Absorb LMS in its list of learning management systems with the best user interfaces. You can read the full article here.

According to Erin Osterhaus, HR researcher at Software Advice, the research firm…

“chose to include Absorb LMS among the top LMS user interfaces for a simple reason: the interface itself is simple. Whereas many solutions can overwhelm users with options, Absorb LMS has streamlined its menus and course listings so that anyone—even less tech-savvy users—can easily navigate the system.”

Software Advice also mentions that, “having an LMS with an easily navigable user interface can make the life of a corporate trainer even easier.”

If you haven’t seen Absorb LMS’s user interface, check out our YouTube channel. Or, better yet, try out the learner side of the system or contact us to schedule a full demonstration of the system.

Identify Your LMS Requirements Easily Using this Powerful Visualization Tool

Richard Nantel, Vice President, Enterprise Learning Solutions, Blatant Media | Absorb LMS

I’ve ranted repeatedly (here, here, and here) about the horribly-designed Request for Proposals (RFPs) that cross my desk. Invariably, these so-called learning management system selection tools suffer from one or more of the following design flaws:

  • They ask vendors to provide information they won’t ever disclose and/or is not relevant to the acquisition of a learning management system. Example:

“Describe in detail all of your company’s marketing activities including the percentage of leads generated by each.”

  • They ask for textual descriptions of features that really should be demonstrated. Example:

“Describe the steps required to create a certification-based course containing a video, a quiz, a presentation, and a final exam.” 

  • They contain a list of every possible LMS feature ever invented (of which the organizing acquiring the LMS will use a tiny fraction).
  • They fail to differentiate high priority `must-have’ features from low priority `nice-to-have’ features. I’m pretty certain that within every organization, the ability of the LMS to track whether a classroom has a projector isn’t as important whether the system can serve learning content on mobile devices such as iPads.

The smartest organizations I’ve worked with keep their requirement lists short and prioritize must-have features over nice-to-have functionalities. Prioritized lists of requirements help these organizations quickly weed out systems that don’t meet their needs, allowing them to spend their time doing a deeper dive into the systems that might be a good fit.

Here’s a fun tool you can use to quickly identify and prioritize your LMS requirements. Mind mapping tools are immensely effective ways to make sense of anything complex. Rather than attempting to describe what a mind map is, here’s a mind map that explains itself:

MindMapGuidlines.svg from Wikipedia

To help get your creative juices flowing, here’s a basic mind map that identifies and organizes some learning management system features. (Click the image to see a full-size version.)

Absorb LMS Mind Map

The tool I used to create the image above is Mindmeister. Lifehacker recently published an article listing others you might want to investigate. Happy mind mapping!

July 9th Webinar Recording: Absorb LMS Tips and Tricks

Thanks to everyone who attended our July 9th Webinar, Absorb LMS Tips and Tricks. We covered the following in this short, 30-minute session:

  • Creating Online Courses by Embedding Great Free Stuff
  • Changing Labels and Prompts

If you weren’t able to attend, you can view the recording here:  https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/704608519