We here at Blatant Media are thrilled to announce the imminent release of Absorb LMS 5.0 – a major upgrade to our multi-award-winning Absorb Learning Management System.
Absorb LMS version 5.0, which will be released on September 8th, contains over 400 new features and enhancements including:
- Mobile (responsive HTML5) administrator interface with an all new look and feel
- New administrative dashboards and widgets
- Multi-language admin interface
- Significant security enhancements including administrator audit trails
- Major performance improvements built on new architecture and overall optimization
- Flexible competency models and certification enhancements
- Enhanced reporting functionality
- Advanced exam authoring
- Expanded course administration/ownership rights
- New “mass actions” for user and course management
- And hundreds more!
The release of Absorb 5.0 positions Absorb as the best LMS for organizations looking for ease-of-use, multi-language support, security, robust functionality and a great user experience at a fair price.
“We are very focused on, and invested in, maintaining our leadership position in the industry by delivering new features and technologies in a way that is intuitive and useful for our clients”, says Mike Owens, President of Blatant Media.
This customer-driven model and constant focus on innovation has led to continued growth and accolades, with the most recent award being the addition of Blatant Media to the TrainingIndustry.Com “Top 20 Learning Portal Company List for 2014“.
“It’s super awesome to be on the Top 20 Learning Portal list for the fifth year in a row!” says Mike Eggermont, Co-founder of Blatant Media.
For more information on Absorb 5.0, please visit absorblms.com.
You, dear reader, can obtain an education from the most prestigious universities in the world, all for free. It makes no difference whether you received straight `A’s in high school or whether you spent your high school years sitting in your friend’s basement learning to play the opening to Stairway to Heaven on a Gibson Flying V guitar instead of studying for final exams. Your past educational performance has no impact on your ability to study at the world’s best universities.
Your choice of institutions includes many of the status rock stars of the higher-ed world:
- California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
- Columbia University
- Harvard University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- McGill University
- The University of Queensland
- The University of Tokyo
- And many more
You won’t even need to move to the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, or elsewhere to attend classes. These institutions have all generously put their courses online, accessible through sites such as EdX and Open Education Consortium.
Imagine how great it will be to apply for your next job by submitting a resume showing off your Harvard education! Your starting salary will easily pay for your Fifth-Avenue lifestyle with a bit left over for a yacht.
Although you will have successfully completed courses provided by these institutions, you won’t actually be a graduate. These universities (and potential employers) get a little touchy about people saying that they studied there unless they have an actual signed diploma hanging on their wall.
There was a time when people paid university tuition fees to access great content. Increasingly, that content is available for free to anyone with Internet access. Tuition now pays for the certification. In the education section of your resume, it’s not what you know that opens career doors. Rather, what many employers want to see is that a respected university has vetted you, certifying that you truly know what you say you know.
Commercial course providers agonize over how much content to provide for free as marketing teasers, and how much to make available only to paying customers. If you provide a certification program that is highly respected and desired by learners, you may want to consider adopting a business model similar to the academic one discussed above:
- Make courses available for free
- Charge for the certificate
This is an easy model to replicate in a learning management system:
- Create a curriculum containing the courses and learning activities the learner must complete to meet the requirements of certification.
- Create a course separate from this curriculum that issues the certificate. A prerequisite for accessing this certificate course must be the successful completion of the curriculum.
- Configure this certificate course with the necessary pricing details.
Although learners will be able to purchase the certificate course prior to completing the curriculum, the actual certificate will only be issued once they complete the necessary courses.
Managing this type of model manually is time-consuming and expensive. A learning management system can automate the process, freeing you up to focus on creating great content for your learners.
Capterra is an advisory services firm that helps organizations find the right software.
This company provides buying advice across a range of technologies including:
- Applicant Tracking
- Contract Management
- Field Service
- Help Desk
- Learning Management Systems
- Medical Practice
- Membership Management
- Performance Appraisal
- Project Management
We’re thrilled to be included in Capterra’s list of Top Learning Management System Software Reviews.
We’re especially grateful that so many of our customers have taken the time to provide reviews of Absorb LMS and the services provided by the team at Blatant^.
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.”
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:
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.)
- 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
- Using Mercury Module Billboards for branding
- How Smart Departments turbo charge administrator roles
- Using Optional Learner Fields to create highly personalized communications
If you weren’t able to attend, you can view the recording here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/747996535
Our next Tips and Tricks session is scheduled for June 17. Whether you’re an Absorb LMS customer, use a different learning management system, or are considering acquiring your first LMS, this session will likely give you ideas on how you can optimize the management of your learning initiatives to provide a rewarding experience for your learners.