Best of Elearning! 2010 Awards

    Articulate, Adobe, SkillSoft and eCornell take home the most honors in this year’s “Best of Elearning!” awards. The “Best of Elearning!” awards are chosen by this magazine’s reader community via an open-ended online ballot posted at www.2elearning.com each autumn.

    Since the awards were established six years ago, only Learn.com’s LearnCenter (Best Enterprise LMS) and GeoLearning’s GeoMaestro (Best SaaS LMS) have won in their categories every year.

    Repeat winners from the 2009 competition — besides LearnCenter and GeoMaestro — are:

     

    >> OutStart LCMS (Best LCMS)
    >> eCornell Leadership & Strategic Management (Best Leadership Training)
    >> Articulate Presenter (Best Presentation Tool)
    >> Articulate Quizmaker (Best Assessment Tool)
    >> Adobe Captivate (Best Simulation Tool)
    >> Skillsoft IT Pro Library (Best I.T. Content)

    “We’re thrilled to have won five categories of the 2010 Best of Elearning! Awards, says Mark Schwartz, Articulate’s executive vice president. “Our robust and useful community resources as well as hundreds of Screenr tutorials, play a major role in earning us a very loyal customer base. We thank Elearning! magazine readers for their perennial endorsement.”

    Here are this year’s “Best of Elearning!” honorees:

    BEST LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (SOFTWARE AS A SERVICE)

    Category Winner: GeoLearning GeoMaestro
    Awards of Excellence: Articulate Online, Skillsoft SkillPort, TTNLearning LMS

    What Voters Said:

    >> Analytics & Reporting tool is a big plus, not to mention GeoLearning’s partnership.
    >> Rapid deployment, ease of use, ease of access for employees, and a robust set of features make managing the learning function much easier for all involved.
    >> Implementation is very user-friendly, and training and support are outstanding.

    Product Description:

    The GeoMaestro suite of Web-based tools centralizes and automates the entire performance and learning management process. Assess organizational and individual competencies, deficiencies and training needs using a variety of powerful tools, including online testing and survey instruments, talent development and performance management tools. Deliver required training initiatives to address identified performance and learning needs using the most appropriate method. Measure learning effectiveness, impact on productivity, business results and return on investment.

    Product Information:
    www.geolearning.com/main/products/geomaestro/overview.cfm

    Contact Information:

    GeoLearning
    4600Westown Pky., Suite 301
    West Des Moines, IA 50266
    (800) 970-9903 or (515) 222-9903
    www.geolearning.com

    BEST LMS CONTENT PROVIDER

    Category Winner: eCornell Enterprise

    What Voters Said:>> This is high-quality instruction that’s easy to use and promotes students that are extremely satisfied with the end result.
    >> Some excellent features: being able to access and edit the code, great tool bars and tool docking blocks; very intuitive; excellent WYSYWIG environment; strong template creation capabilities; open source code; many plug-ins available— I could go on and on.

    Product Description:eCornell offers deep, rich curriculum through 28 certificate programs and individual courses authored by Ivy League faculty and subject matter experts at the top of their fields. Programs cover the following dynamic areas: leadership, strategic management, financial management, HR management, health care, project leadership, systems design, management essentials, hospitality management, food-service management and co-branded programs.

    Product Information:

    www.ecornell.com

    Contact Information:

    eCornell
    950 Danby Road, Suite 150
    Ithaca, NY 14850
    (607) 330-3200
    www.ecornell.com

    BEST OPEN-SOURCE LMS

    Category Winner: Moodle

    What Voters Said:

    >> It’s customizable and easy to use and manage.
    >> It’s inexpensive and easy to maintain, with powerful features often not found in much more expensive systems.
    >> Moodle is easy to implement, fast, flexible, programmable, and it does the job.

    Product Description:

    Moodle is a freeWeb application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites. TheMoodle Community is an open network of more than 1million registered users who interact through the Moodle Community Website to share ideas, code, information and free support. This community also includes a large number of non-core developers, with Moodle’s open-source license and modular design allowing any developer to create additionalmodules and features, which has allowed Moodle to become a global, collaborative project. The Moodle Partner
    network forms the commercial armof the Moodle environment to provide the bulk of
    the funding toMoodle Pty. Ltd. through the payment of royalties.

    Product Information:

    moodle.org

    Contact Information:

    Moodle.com
    1/224 Lord St.
    Perth 6000
    Western Australia
    www.moodle.org

    BEST LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (ENTERPRISE-BASED)

    Category Winner: Learn.com LearnCenter
    Awards of Excellence: Interactyx Topyx, Meridian KSI Global LMS, SumTotal Systems TotalLMS

    What Voters Said:

    >> LearnCenter is flexible without “sacrificing” users. Our users love it.
    >> Its best attributes are functionality and customer service.
    >> LearnCenter is easily managed and maintained. It’s flexible, functional, reasonably priced and carries responsive support.

    Product Description:
    The LearnCenter platform manages the entire pre-hire to retire lifecycle by creating a costeffective, high-quality training, development and measurement environment designed to empower users with visibility into and control of their career planning while providing management with real-time business intelligence. Learning Management, Performance Management, Content Management, Online Authoring, Succession Planning, Collaboration, E-commerce, Portal Authoring and more are included within one solution, with one interface and one partner.

    Product Information:

    www.learn.com/learncenter.asp?id=178441
    &sessionid=3-AC38BC9E-DDB3-4BC9-
    8DF4-0A58C62B541B&page=2

    Contact Information:

    Learn.com
    14001 N.W. Fourth St.
    Sunrise, FL 33325
    (800) 214-8000 or (954) 233-4000
    www.learn.com

    BEST LEARNING CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

    Category Winner: OutStart LCMS

    Awards of Excellence:NetDimensions ECP, Xyleme LCMS

    What Voters Said:

    >> The OutStart LCMS is easy to deploy, powerful and flexible.
    >> Though the interface is elegant, it’s easy to use and deploy, and cost-effective.
    >>We have been using it for years, and it still meets all our corporate needs. It’s very scalable and very flexible.

    Product Description:

    OutStart LCMS is the leading learning content management system (LCMS) for automating the development, management, maintenance and delivery of modular training— including online, instructor guides, mobile, assessments and the ability to deliver training in different languages. OutStart LCMS fulfills the learning needs of any organization with the ability to meet growing and changing requirements over time.

    Product Information:

    www.outstart.com/outstart_lcms.htm

    Contact Information:

    OutStart
    745 Atlantic Ave., 4th Floor
    Boston MA 02111
    (888) 872-4637 or (617) 897-6800
    www.outstart.com

    BEST TALENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

    Category Winner: Taleo Enterprise
    Awards of Excellence: Cornerstone OnDemand TMS, Halogen TMS, SuccessFactors Business Execution Software

    Product Description:

    With Talent Management from Taleo, you will be better able to hire, manage, retain, and develop your employees to ensure you have the right people in place. Taleo takes talent management one step further by providing “talent intelligence” — so you see the talent that is driving results and understand how to manage
    that talent. With better talent intelligence, you will be able to: hire the best people; align your employees to high impact tasks; assess and coach your employees; assign the right development activities; reward your highest performers appropriately; and build deep bench strength and talent pipelines.

    Product Information:

    www.taleo.com/solutions/talent-management

    Contact Information:

    Taleo
    4140 Dublin Blvd., Suite 400
    Dublin, CA 94568
    (888) 836-3669 or (925) 452-3000

    BEST I.T. CONTENT

    Category Winner: Skillsoft ITPro Library
    Awards of Excellence: Atomic Learning Tech Training Library, Element K Technology Library, Learn.com LearnCenter Tech Library

    What Voters Said:

    >> This product allows users to search well published IT books, pull data and read information that may be critical to their job role and/or solving their issues.
    >> A huge body of courseware and books is available.
    >> It provides a wide variety of technical resources, (i.e. e-learning modules, books resources and instructor-led training), and they are available for all types of learners.

    Product Description:

    ITPro provides anytime, anywhere access to the broadest and deepest information repository possible. It offers the complete, unabridged contents of thousands of books, documents and other reference materials that span the spectrum of technology topics, including business, culture, certification, compliance, computer science, databases, desktop and office applications, enterprise computing, graphic design, hardware,multimedia, Oracle technologies, IBM technologies, Internet development, networks, operating systems, protocols, programming languages, security, software engineering, telecommunications and Web development.

    Product Information:

    www.skillsoft.com/Books24x7/Product_Information/Collections/ITPro.asp

    Contact Information:

    Skillsoft
    107 Northeastern Blvd.
    Nashua, NH 03062
    603-324-3000 or (877) 545-5763
    www.skillsoft.com

    BEST LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
    Category Winner: eCornell Leadership & Strategic Management
    Awards of Excellence: Ken Blanchard Situational Team Leadership, Learn.com LearnCenter Professional Development, Skillsoft Leadership Advantage

    What Voters Said:

    >> The courses are easy to understand and beneficial to students.
    >> Courses focus on students’ work performance development while providing guidelines and 24-hour assistance.
    >> The eCornell team is equipped with patient listening, is very helpful and very sincere, and members are devoted to their work.

    Product Description:

    As the domestic economy and international markets become more interdependent, the demand is increasing for professionals who are able to conduct business with knowledge of various economic, political and cultural nuances. eCornell offers deep, rich curriculum through certificate programs and individual courses authored by Ivy League faculty and subject-matter experts at the top of their fields. It assembles a formidable catalog of options in its business leadership training.

    Product Information:

    www.ecornell.com/certificate-programsenterprise

    Contact Information:

    eCornell
    950 Danby Road, Suite 150
    Ithaca, NY 14850
    (607) 330-3200
    www.ecornell.com

    BEST SOFT SKILLS CONTENT

    Category Winner: eCornell Human Resource Management
    Awards of Excellence: Learn.com LearnCenter Managing to Excel, SkillSoft Business Skills Library

    What Voters Said:

    >> eCornell possess qualified skills to provide counseling to students, who are then able to apply their knowledge at their work place.
    >> The assessment tool is precise.
    >> The discussion forum is very key, as it encourages e-learners to share their work experiences with others and also creates a social forum where e-learners will continue to interact even after the course.

    Product Description:

    eCornell has developed programs for human resource management online to its exacting Ivy League standards. eCornell offers human resource management training for management and professional skills development from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Some of the courses: Issues and Concepts in EEOC Law; Fundamentals ofWelfare and Legal Benefits; Organizational Culture and Work/Life  Balance; The Staffing Process; Human Resources Leadership; Building a Talent Management Culture; and much more.

    Product Information:

    www.ecornell.com/individual-courselist/human-resources-managementcourses/fam/hr

    Contact Information:

    eCornell
    950 Danby Road, Suite 150
    Ithaca, NY 14850
    (607) 330-3200

    BEST COMPLIANCE PROGRAM

    Category Winner: (tie) Learn.com LearnCenter Ethics & Compliance

    Product Description:

    Learn.com has partnered with RedHawk Communications to write a full spectrumof
    ethics and compliance programs covering important topics such as Sarbanes-Oxley compliancy and code-of-conduct implementation. RedHawk has been creating worldwide ethics training and social responsibility initiatives for some of the world’s most prestigious corporations for more than 14 years. It uses motivation techniques such as communicating from the top down, encouraging public
    commitments to ethics, and creating spheres of influence—all key factors in changing behavior and creating an ethical culture.

    Product Information:

    www.learn.com/learncenter.asp?id=178409

    Contact Information:

    Learn.com
    14001 N.W. Fourth St.
    Sunrise, FL 33325
    (954) 233-4000 or (800) 214-8000

    Category Winner: (tie) SkillSoft Compliance Training Academy
    Awards of Excellence: Corpedia Sexual Harassment Course, NetLearning Core Compliance Series, PureSafety Safety Management

    Product Description:

    SkillSoft’s Compliance Solution encompasses a proven compliance learner management solution called the SkillSoft Academy, which offers features such as custom demographic labels (e.g. job function, department), curriculum assignments, scheduling, tracking and reporting. It helps organizations ensure compliance by allowing consistent and specific training requirements to be set and
    tracked to completion for different customer defined learner groups. Automated retraining functionality alerts learners, supervisors and training administrators on training status via an e-mail notification system.

    Product Information:

    www.skillsoft.com/products/course_collections/compliance.asp

    Contact Information:
    107 Northeastern Blvd.
    Nashua, NH 03062
    603-324-3000 or (877) 545-5763
    www.skillsoft.com

    BEST RAPID DEVELOPMENT TOOL

    Category Winner: Articulate Presenter Awards of Excellence: Adobe
    Captivate, Kaplan IT Learning Atlantic Link Software, Rapid Intake ProForm

    What Voters Said:

    >> It is highly intuitive and easy to use.
    >> Master Slides make it so easy to create engaging, fast content.
    >> Easy, classy, but — most importantly — superb customer support.

    Product Description:

    Articulate Presenter ‘09 makes it easy for anyone to add interactivity and narration to PowerPoint slides. Just click a button to turn your presentation into a compelling
    course. Articulate Presenter ‘09 saves your content in the universally accepted Flash format, so it runs on any Web server or LMS (plus the Articulate Online service). It also creates SCORM and AICC-compliant content so you can easily track results on your LMS. Quickly distribute highly interactive, persuasive materials. Help subject-matter experts share their expertise directly. Spread your message everywhere in a format everyone can view.

    Product Information:

    www.articulate.com/products/presenter.php

    Contact Information:
    Articulate
    244 Fifth Ave., Suite 2960
    New York, NY 10001
    (800) 861-4880 or (646) 706-7596
    www.articulate.com

    BEST E-LEARNING DEVELOPMENT TOOL

    Category Winner: Articulate Studio Suite
    Awards of Excellence: Adobe Captivate, Kaplan IT Learning Atlantic Link Software, Rapid Intake Unison, Trivantis Lectora

    What Voters Said:

    >> Ease of use, flexibility and its minimal learning curve make Studio a great product.
    >> It’s termed as a rapid development tool, but has many features that allows developers to create complex multibranching scenarios.
    >> It provides users with a comprehensive feature set and flexibility; also, the extent to which it integrates with PowerPoint and the way it lends itself to scenario-based e-learning are pluses.

    Product Description:

    Articulate Rapid E-Learning Studio ‘09 gives you a number of powerful products in one integrated package.You’ll have everything you need to quickly create e-learning courses and develop stunning interactive content, quizzes, assessments, and surveys. The Standard suite includes Presenter ‘09,Quizmaker ‘09 and Engage ‘09. The Professional suite also includes Engage ‘09.Additionally, you can use Articulate’s Video Encoder ‘09 to import any video and convert it to Flash.

    Product Information:

    www.articulate.com/products/studio.php

    Contact Information:

    Articulate
    244 Fifth Ave., Suite 2960
    New York, NY 10001
    (800) 861-4880 or (646) 706-7596
    www.articulate.com

    BEST SIMULATION DEVELOPMENT TOOL

    Category Winner: Adobe Captivate Awards of Excellence: Kaplan IT Learning STT, OutStart SoftSim, TechSmith Camtasia
    What Voters Said:

    >> After learning Flash and ActionScript in the past couple of months, Captivate is hands down a much faster solution.
    >> The new Master Slide and Object Style features enable consistent look and feel with just a few clicks.
    >> Captivate is very intuitive but has many great features.

    Product Description:

    Quickly create interactive simulations and software demonstrations. No programming or multimedia skills are required; content can be made engaging with interactivity; audio and video and the software integrate easily with other Adobe products and e-learning applications. Capture and record screen activity and synchronize audio and video with Adobe Captivate software. Rapidly develop soft-skills training with complex branching scenarios. Design engaging, interactive Adobe Flash and multimedia presentations online. Create and deploy interactive tutorials and randomized quizzes with randomized answer options. Create informal learning content such as podcasts and screencasts.

    Product Information:

    www.adobe.com/products/captivate/

    Contact Information:

    Adobe, Inc.
    345 Park Ave.
    San Jose, CA 95110-2704
    (408) 536-6000
    www.adobe.com

    BEST VIDEO CAPTURE, PRODUCTION, PUBLISHING SOLUTION

    Category Winner: Articulate Screenr Awards of Excellence: Sonic Foundry Mediasite, TechSmith Camtasia

    What Voters Said:

    >> Easy to use, and it gives you the ability to integrate the output with e-learning projects.
    >> Simple to use, with a hosting option and clarity of audio and graphics.
    >> The simplest solution for creating quick screencasts that can be immediately shared on Twitter, embedded as a Web object in an e-learning course, posted on a blog, or downloaded as an MP4 video file.

    Product Description:

    Screenr is a free Web-based tool that lets you create screencasts without installing any software.With Screenr, you can create publicly sharable high-definition screencasts of up to five minutes in duration. All you need is a Web browser and
    Java, which most browsers already have installed.With Screenr, you can record from a Mac or PC; preview your screencast before publishing; retweet your favorite screencasts; publish directly to YouTube; share the link via e-mail; embed in your Website or blog; play videos in full-screen mode; and play back via your iPhone.

    Product Information:

    screenr.com

    Contact Information:

    Articulate
    244 Fifth Ave., Suite 2960
    New York, NY 10001
    (800) 861-4880 or (646) 706-7596
    www.articulate.com

    BEST ASSESSMENT TOOL

    Category Winner: Articulate Quizmaker

    Awards of Excellence: NetDimensions EAP, QuestionMark Perception, Ingenious TestCraft

    What Voters Said:

    >> The ability to branch and customize the screens has made it a top-notch tool.
    >> Key features are its simplicity, flexibility and integration options.
    >> The form-based assessment tool allows for unlimited variations to make boring quizzes engaging.
    >> It yields a professional look with minimum work.

    Product Description:

    Articulate Quizmaker ‘09 gives you power and freedom through a streamlined interface. Easily create professional, custom Flash quizzes and surveys with two intuitive development modes: form-based editing with form view by tabbing from field to field; and free-form editing with slide view where you can create your own vision with the freedom of Flash but none of the hassles. Switch between modes at any point. Advanced features allow you to quickly group and randomize questions — without separating questions that should appear together — or include images, Flash and audio.

    Product Information:

    www.articulate.com/products/quizmaker.php

    Contact Information:

    Articulate
    244 Fifth Ave., Suite 2960
    New York, NY 10001
    (800) 861-4880 or (646) 706-7596
    www.articulate.com

    BEST SOCIAL LEARNING PLATFORM

    Category Winner: Interactyx Topyx
    Awards of Excellence: Jambok, Saba Live

    What Voters Said:

    >> Topyx brings the best interactive software together into a single platform.
    >> The social media feature that enhancing learning through an electronic teamwork concept.
    >> It helps us to provide the ability for anytime, anywhere learning by our employees that are all over the country.

    Product Description:

    Topyx is an affordable, fully-hosted social learning management system (LMS) elearning software as a service (SaaS) solution with integrated, innovative
    social learning resources that meet the needs of today’s learners. It adds tools similar to Facebook and LinkedIn to a traditional LMS to provide a unique elearning platform. Topyx is an all-in-one user-friendly, feature-rich application. The result is a collaborative, engaging learning experience for users, whenever they wish and wherever they may be.

    Product Information:

    www.interactyx.com

    Contact Information:

    Interactyx
    3461 Bonita Bay Blvd., Suite 207
    Bonita Springs, FL 34134
    (888) 575-2266
    www.interactyx.com

    BEST MOBILE LEARNING SOLUTION

    Category Winner: (tie) Adobe Air

    Product Description:

    The Adobe Air 2.5 runtime enables developers to use HTML, JavaScript, Adobe Flash Professional software, and ActionScript to build Web applications that run as stand-alone client applications without the constraints of a browser. Adobe Air, a key component of the Flash platform, unleashes the creativity of designers and developers by providing a consistent and flexible development environment for the delivery of applications across devices and platforms. Support for Android, BlackBerry, Tablet OS and iOS mobile operating system, and TVs is now available.

    Product Information:

    www.adobe.com/products/air/

    Contact Information:

    Adobe, Inc.
    345 Park Ave.
    San Jose, CA 95110-2704
    (408) 536-6000
    www.adobe.com

    Category Winner: (tie) OutStart Hot Lava Mobile
    Award of Excellence: ReadyGo Mobile

    Product Description:

    Reach, train and communicate with your mobile workforce and on-the-go employees, partners, and customers. With Hot Lava Mobile, you can rapidly create and deliver media-rich, trackable and secure mobile-casts for a wide variety of purposes including mobile learning, marketing, business communication and data capturing scenarios. Readily deliver secure mobile-casts to more than 500 different Internet-enabled mobile devices without the need for customization. Be confident that communications have been received, read and understood. Allow your organization to interact, enable instant feedback, report and instantly measure results.

    Product Information:

    www.outstart.com/about-hot-lavamobile.htm

    Contact Information:

    OutStart
    745 Atlantic Ave., 4th Floor
    Boston,MA 02111
    (617) 897-6800
    www.outstart.com

    BEST PRESENTATION TOOL

    Category Winner: Articulate Presenter
    Award of Excellence: Microsoft PowerPoint

    What Voters Said:

    >> Easy to use for non-tech people.
    >> I’ve been using this product from the start, and nothing else gives you the options like Articulate Presenter.
    >> I do not need to know Flash to make creative, engaging animations or other interactions.

    Product Description:

    Articulate Presenter ‘09 makes it easy for anyone to add interactivity and narration to PowerPoint slides. Just click a button to turn your presentation into a compelling Flash course. You’ll enjoy being able to: quickly distribute highly interactive, persuasive materials; help subject matter experts share their expertise directly; and spread your message everywhere in a format everyone can view. With Articulate Presenter ‘09, you’ll get attention and inspire learning with easy-to-use features.

    Product Information:

    www.articulate.com/products/presenter.php

    Contact Information:

    Articulate
    244 Fifth Ave., Suite 2960
    New York, NY 10001
    (800) 861-4880 or (646) 706-7596
    www.articulate.com

    BEST WEB SEMINAR SOLUTION

    Category Winner: Adobe Connect
    Awards of Excellence: Citrix Online GoToWebinar, Cisco WebEx MeetingCenter, Microsoft Live

    What Voters Said:

    >> Easy to navigate and set up for a Webinar with support for Flash and rich media.
    >> Connect also has load balancing to enable even hundreds of thousands of users to attend a single seminar.
    >> It provides flexible pod layouts, content management and speed.

    Product Description:
    With Adobe Connect software, you can host high-impact Web seminars to help increase leads, boost response rates, and close deals faster. As for your audience — clients, partners and prospects — all they need is a Web browser and Adobe Flash Player software. It allows a maximum of 80,000.

    Product Information:

    www.adobe.com/products/acrobatconnectpro/webconferencin/marketingsales.html

    Contact Information:

    Adobe, Inc.
    345 Park Ave.
    San Jose, CA 95110-2704
    (408) 536-6000
    www.adobe.com

    BEST VIRTUAL CLASSROOM

    Category Winner: Adobe Connect
    Awards of Excellence: Citrix Online GoToTraining, Cisco WebEx TrainingCenter

    What Voters Said:

    >> It gives all participants the ability to send messages to each other collectively or privately.
    >> The platform allows development of Flash-based content and interactions.
    >> It gives us a lot of options to deliver virtual training and is very cost-effective.

    Product Description:

    With Adobe Connect software, you can deliver training where it’s needed, when it’s
    needed through self-paced courses. Or stream video, audio and interactive content in a live, virtual classroom. Attendance is easy for your students — all they need is a Web browser and Adobe Flash Player software. Quickly create high impact training content. Deliver training via virtual classrooms or self-paced courses. Reuse learning assets with templates and content libraries. Track participation, progress and course effectiveness. Enhance training sessions by integrating Adobe Connect with third-party systems.

    Product Information:

    www.adobe.com/products/acrobatconnectpro/elearning/

    Contact Information:

    Adobe, Inc.
    345 Park Ave.
    San Jose, CA 95110-2704
    (408) 536-6000
    www.adobe.com


     

     


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