- Every person I’ve encountered at a Guild conference “gets it”- when personally meeting attendees, I genuinely come to like and respect them quickly (really, no turkeys running around these conferences… …uh, I just realized I may be “that guy”, but please don’t tell me if I am the turkey)
- Every keynote is top-notch
- Every session offers something thought-provoking
DevLearn Conference is happening next week in Las Vegas. Because of business priorities, I can’t go. So, I’m pissed. A Guild conference is a careerlife-sustaining activity. It’s the “power up” charge in the video game right when your character is on fumes (quite like the therapeutic experience of participating in a weekly #lrnchat). Going to an eLearning Guild conference immerses you going into a cocoon of concentrated learning awesomeness. [list style=”arrow” color=”blue”]The eLearning Guild’s
OpenSesame is a marketplace for e-learning content. I beta-tested the product in an extremely restrictive LMS environment. I was very impressed with the ease of setup, and wrote a review of the experience. Since then, I have graciously been offered a role of Expert Reviewer to evaluate the training products offered through the site. I have been very fortunate in my professional career in terms of my exposure to quality content. I worked for a few colleges that had relationships with top vendors to source and private label content. I’ve worked at regional tech schools that provided certified training for several different software companies. I currently work with a multibillion dollar financial organization that buys entire catalogs of content from many industry-leading training content providers. I have literally seen thousands of course offerings from the most established and top-rated vendors and organizations in the industry. I am finding that a good amount of content posted to OpenSesame for purchase is the same caliber at a fraction of the price. So, the rest of this post will be brief. If you need training content for your LMS, check out OpenSesame: [list style=”arrow” color=”blue”]
- they have a wealth of quality content available
- at very attractive price points
- it will work with your LMS
www.opensesame.com). It is an interesting platform to allow developers to upload and sell content, and for companies to purchase that content and run it on their LMS- any LMS as the site claims. Really? Any LMS? Had to check this out myself, as I have been a Superadministrator on an Enterprise LMS with some extreme security restrictions for 7 years. I have seen many attempts for using external content in this environment present challenges to TOP content vendors in the field. The team at OpenSesame did not shy away for a litmus test, and they did not disappoint. Quite the opposite-the service operated impressively. Simple, straightforward setup and in minutes I was running content seamlessly through the LMS with all functionality and reporting intact. A full review will be authored for OpenSesame and hopefully posted by their team, but I wanted to speak of the experience because I think this will be a service to watch as it develops. I also had the opportunity to continue testing SCORM Cloud and used it with OpenSesame. The two worked in concert beautifully. I continue to be impressed with SCORM Cloud and excited at the potential for OpenSesame for both developers and consumers of content. I look forward to using both of these services with Business Critical Learning as it develops into the resource it should be for its customers and the learning community. But first, clients… got to take care of the clients, who have some truly amazing offerings coming. (Much) more to come.I recently had the opportunity to beta test OpenSesame (
- SCORM Cloud- if you haven’t heard of this, start exploring it. This utility allows SCORM-compliant content to run outside of an LMS (and we thought folks jailbreaking iPhones was a big deal). I am implementing it with a very exciting new business concept for a colleague, and will certainly share details when I am able (I am eager to be able to market his end product- it is brilliant).
- Accord LMS by Interzoic- I had the pleasure of discovering Accord LMS while reviewing deployment options for my colleague. I was extremely impressed with the product, which is based on the Dot Net Nuke open authoring platform. This empowers Accord LMS users to select plugins and themes to extend the utility of their LMS just as users of WordPress are able. This is truly a different approach to the LMS game. When my review of the product is published, a direct link will be posted. I will start regularly blogging for the company as well.
- I developed an Evaluation Toolkit to guide employees who have volunteered to assume a role as an evaluation lead for training projects. The toolkit educates the leads on the standards (Phillips/Kirkpatrick). guides them through the process of performing evaluation, and provides tools. It was an amazing project and I hope to be able to offer aspects of it in an open format to a large community (I attempted to get the company to develop and sell it as a mobile application- maybe next time!)