Top LMS Features You Should Be Using (but may not be)

Posted by Ed Gipple on Jul 13, 2016 1:33:38 PM

Consider implementing these four LMS features to vastly improve your online training program

When you were first deciding to purchase your LMS, do you remember the extensive list of features that was offered by the LMS provider? Now that your learning management system is deployed and operational, chances are, you’re probably not utilizing all of those higher level LMS features. Don’t worry, you’re not alone in this – every LMS admin is doing it to some degree, consciously or not.

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Size Matters

Posted by Brian Kleeman on Dec 1, 2015 1:55:12 PM

Amongst the millions of Inquisiq users, several create their own lessons using a variety of authoring tools (Articulate, Captivate, etc.).  Most of time, they simply upload these lessons (SCORM packages) into the LMS, and then import them to automatically create a course.  For extremely large SCORM packages (200MB or more), Inquisiq has a “Fetch” feature that allows a server to server transfer.  However, just because you can upload a large SCORM package, doesn’t mean that you should.  Here’s why.

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Tags: Corporate Training, LMS Features, SCORM, Training Providers, LMS Support, Software as a Service (Saas), Uncategorized

Benefits of Having a 3rd Party Authoring Tool

Posted by Brian Kleeman on Nov 17, 2014 3:06:22 PM

In our last post we covered the basics to selecting and finding the right Authoring Tool for you and your organization’s training development.  Now we dive into the WHY.  Why is it beneficial to have a tool outside of your LMS as opposed to having one within the LMS? We are going to provide some “food for thought” on why having an Authoring Tool outside of your LMS could be the smartest thing you do for your present and long range eLearning success.

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Tags: Corporate Training, LMS Features, SCORM, Training Providers, Uncategorized

What is an Authoring Tool?

Posted by Brian Kleeman on Oct 30, 2014 10:20:25 AM

An eLearning authoring tool is a software package with which you can develop, create and package eLearning content so it is deliverable to end users.  Many programs can be considered authoring tools, including Flash and PowerPoint.  However, only a specific group of programs include support for eLearning content standards such as SCORM (Shareable Content Object Reference Model).  Some examples of these programs (but not all) include: Articulate Storyline and Studio, Composica, Captivate, Lectora and Camtasia.

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Tags: Corporate Training, LMS Features, SCORM, Training Providers

SumTotal vs. Moodle vs. Inquisiq: One Non-Profit's Quest for the Best LMS

Posted by Ed Gipple on Jan 9, 2014 3:38:32 PM

Getting a new Learning Management System (LMS) or migrating to a new one? If so, you’ll enjoy this case study.

You’re no doubt finding that there is no shortage of different types of Learning Management Systems to choose from. Add in a plethora of technological and organizational factors to consider and the decision can be quite daunting.

The most popular systems like SumTotal and Moodle may seem like a safe bet (nobody’s ever been fired for hiring IBM, right?), but that’s not always the case, as HP Freeman discovered shortly after deciding to move from SumTotal to Moodle. By the time they realized the mistake, it was too late to avoid an inevitable LMS migration. This case study is meant to help you avoid a potentially costly mistake and hopefully make your LMS decision a little easier.

Enjoy this step-by-step review of the process a large non-profit organization undertook when it migrated from one system to another.

The Client (and a Bit of General Background)

Harold P Freeman Patient Navigation Institute is a non-profit organization located in New York City. The institute pioneered the Patient Navigation program to reduce disparities in access to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

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The Inquisiq LMS API

Posted by Brian Kleeman on Jul 9, 2013 11:59:16 AM

The Inquisiq API is provided as a value-add to enable customers to integrate third-party applications with the LMS. Currently, the basic set of Inquisiq features, methods, and datasets are supported.

For example, one supported and popular use of the API is integration with existing user-registration features. If your website already has a method of registering users, and has a repository of user accounts, you can integrate that resource as a ‘single sign-on’ (SSO) method with Inquisiq. Here's a list of some supported requests:

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Inquisiq: A Mobile-Compatible LMS!

Posted by Brian Kleeman on Apr 8, 2013 10:51:52 AM

With the continued rise of mobile devices becoming more user-friendly and the availability of online access, whether through a mobile ‘data plan’ or WiFi connections, eLearning likewise continues to evolve. The term ‘eLearning’ can broadly be defined as “all forms of electronically-supported learning and teaching”, at least per Wikipedia. Thus, eLearning is generally considered to include both the courseware and the delivery mechanism behind the provision of that training content, whether via a traditional CD, a simple website, or – of course – a learning management system.

In the LMS space, providers are slowly coming to grips with the requirements and evolving standards of mobile delivery – though some are moving faster than others. ICS Learning Group’s Inquisiq LMS is mobile-friendly!

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Changing LMS Providers

Posted by Ed Gipple on Nov 15, 2012 5:45:11 PM

Craig Weiss penned an article on his blog, “LMS Stories – Fantasy or Reality”, which is a meandering stroll through a variety of LMS concerns, questions, and suggestions. One section mentions the ‘top five reasons’ that companies stick with their learning management systems despite dissatisfaction with the product. Let’s address some from our perspective…

Fear Factor (if you move your data it will be lost)

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What Our Customers are Saying

Posted by Ed Gipple on Sep 11, 2012 9:39:50 AM

While we get fairly frequent direct emails from our customers on their satisfaction with the our learning management system, they are frequently pretty brief and sent without expectation they’ll be made public.

So we’ve setup an Inquisiq review site to provide a public venue for customers to post a review of our LMS. Here are a few highlights:

  • We investigated 13 other LMS vendors before choosing Inquisiq R3 - I have ZERO regrets about our decision.
  • Some companies will try and sell you on those big systems and several weeks deployment - that's crazy! You can deploy this with 1-2 employees for 10,000+ users in 2 weeks.
  • Stable SCORM implementation. Superior logical design and physical system implementation. Intuitive interface. Very high value for every fee dollar.
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Tags: Inquisiq LMS News, LMS Features, SCORM, Training Providers

Unique LMS Requirements for Online Training Providers

Posted by Ed Gipple on Aug 23, 2012 11:59:29 AM

Training Providers, as an industry distinguished from more formalized, corporate training providers, can have unique requirements for LMS functionality - both from the perspective of marketing, administration, and target audience:

  • As a content expert with a wide range of user demographics, an easy-to-use, ‘friendly’ system for implementing your training program is critical.
  • Changes in the eLearning subject-matter is continuously evolving, requiring a smart solution to allow recurring assessments, updated content, and certifications.
  • Lack of experience selling or promoting eLearning courseware is limiting growth.
  • The delivery system must scale with your company as it grows.
  • Limited availability of knowledgeable trainers is limiting your potential.
  • Personnel limitations with HR and/or IT staff is preventing growth.
  • Environmental resources may not allow for internal systems.

The Inquisiq learning management system allows training providers to overcome these challenges.

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Tags: LMS Features, Training Providers, Software as a Service (Saas)