Best of Elearning! 2008 Awards

LearnCenter, GeoMaestro and Captivate were repeat winners in the 2008 “Best of Elearning!” awards competition, which ended in November.   LearnCenter from Learn.com was a repeat winner in the “Best Enterprise LMS” category. Finalists in that category were Outstart Evolution, Meridian’s Global LMS and Blackboard’s Learning Suite.  GeoMaestro from GeoLearning was also a repeat winner, in the “Best SaaS LMS” category, outdistancing GeoLearning’s Express, Learn.com’s LearnCenter On-Demand and Brisinger BGI’s LMS portal.
Adobe’s Captivate repeated in the “Best Simulation Solution” category for the second year in a row. Finalists in that category were Atlantic Link (Capture Point) and Outstart (SoftSim).    Winners were determined in a total of nine categories, with a tie in “Best Web Seminar Solution” between Citrix GoToMeeting and Cisco WebEx Meeting Center.  Finalists were named in four additional categories, but were too close to name a clear-cut winner. All finalists earned an Award of Excellence.

According to a recent Elearning! Summit poll conducted by this magazine, 61 percent of readers indicated that award recognition impacts their decision to consider or purchase from honored vendors. More than half also rely on word-of-mouth and referrals as sources of product information.

Votes were cast via Elearning! magazine’s Website. More than 847 nominations  were received from end-users and vendors. Voters were limited to one ballot per e-mail address, and vendors were only allowed to vote for their products once. (In no category did one vote decide the outcome.)
Here are all of this year’s honorees:

BEST ENTERPRISE LMS
Winner: Learn.com (LearnCenter)
Finalists: Outstart (Evolution), Meridian (Global LMS), Blackboard (Learning Suite)
What Voters Said:
>> “Versatile, flexible, and easiest to implement at fixed cost.”
>>“Authoring, testing, ILT, VILT, WBT, performance all in one solution, one low price.”
>> “Has greatly improved the time we get new hires onboard, train them, standardize business processes and promote a corporate culture that believes in rewarding strong achievers.”
Product Description:
The LearnCenter platform manages the entire pre-hire to retire lifecycle by creating a cost-effective, 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
Contact Info:
Learn.com
14001 Northwest 4th St.
Sunrise, FL 33325
Phone: (888) 544-1023 or (954) 233-4000
Website: www.learn.com

BEST SaaS LMS
Winner: GeoLearning (GeoMaestro)
Finalists: GeoLearning (Express), Learn.com (LearnCenter On-Demand), Brisinger BGI (LMS Portal)
What Voters Said:
>> “Easy to use for both administrators and students. Good tracking mechanisms and reports.”
>> “Can be as simple or as complex as required with a clean-looking user interface.”
>> “Flexibility to add ‘best-in-breed’ modules, for example, training analytics and Web conferences.”
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 (e-learning, classroom, self-study, Webcast, mentoring, blended, etc.). Measure learning effectiveness, impact on productivity, business results and return on investment.
Product Information: www.geolearning.com/main/products/geomaestro/overview.cfm
Contact Info:
GeoLearning
4600 Westown Parkway, Suite 301
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Phone: (800) 970-9903 or (515) 222-9903
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web: www.geolearning.com

BEST SIMULATION SOLUTION
Winner: Adobe (Captivate)
Finalists: Atlantic Link (Capture Point), Outstart (SoftSim)
What Voters Said:
>> “Powerful, Flash-based and dynamic; usable in Connect Pro Virtual Classrooms.”
>> “Low cost with robust, intuitive features.”
>> “It just doesn’t get any easier. Adobe rocks!”
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. Complete Help provides comprehensive task-based information. 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 Info:
Adobe
151 Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 536-8500
Website: www.adobe.com

BEST VIRTUAL CLASSROOM
Winner: Adobe (Acrobat Connect Pro)
Finalists: Sonic Foundry (Mediasite), Cisco WebEx (Training Center)
What Voters Said:
>> “Full integration of the best online meetings with fully trackable content in Connect Training.”
>> “Makes otherwise on-demand content available live and recorded.”
>> “Flexible interface, lots of presenter control options, minimal installation.”
Product Description:
With Acrobat Connect Pro, you get instant access to customized, branded online meeting and virtual classrooms. Using the product, you can conduct live, online meetings and e-learning sessions that go beyond screen sharing and PowerPoint. Unlike passive Web conferencing experiences, you can engage audiences with rich, dynamic, interactive content like streaming video, Flash animations, interactive simulations, custom quizzes and breakout rooms. All sessions are interactive, whether synchronous or asynchronous. Easily create and deliver compelling self-paced courses, conduct highly interactive virtual classes, and efficiently manage training programs. Acrobat Connect Pro delivers courses via virtual classrooms or self-paced courses; reuses learning assets with templates and content libraries; and tracks course effectiveness with robust reports.
Product Information:
www.adobe.com/products/acrobatconnectpro/
Contact Info:
Adobe
151 Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 536-8500
Website: www.adobe.com

BEST PRESENTATION TOOL
Winner: Sonic Foundry (Mediasite)
Finalists: Articulate (Presenter), Articulate (Studio 9), Microsoft (PowerPoint)
What Voters Said:
>> “End-to-end solution makes recording and posting lectures to the Web simple.”
>> “Its quality and performance far outshine the competition.”
>> “Excellent for capturing lectures, preparing multimedia resources with no post-production.”
Product Description:
During presentation, the Mediasite Recorder synchronizes what you say with your visual aids and instantly streams them both over the Internet. You can reach out to everyone at once, personally conveying the significance of your message. Others can view your multimedia presentation through the Mediasite Viewer using any standard Web browser. They can watch at their convenience, either live or on-demand. And you can interact with them through polls and Q&A to boost collaboration, eliminate distractions, reduce travel costs and provide just-in-time information to complete projects more quickly.
Product Information:
www.sonicfoundry.com/mediasite/
Contact Info:
Sonic Foundry
222 West Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (877) 783-7987 or (608) 443-1600
Website: www.sonicfoundry.com

BEST WEB AUTHORING
Winner: Rapid Intake (Proform)
Finalists: Articulate (Presenter), Atlantic Link (Content Point), Trivantis (Lectora)
What Voters Said:
>> “Excellent support, customization, reliable product.”
>> “Intuitive in design. Provides helpful tutorials for first-time users and online forums for advanced user questions.”
>> “The ability to incorporate video, sound and graphics is at the click of a finger.”
Product Description:
ProForm enables users and subject matter experts (SMEs) to simply fill out form-based templates to create interactive Flash-based course, while advanced users create reusable custom templates by accessing the Flash source code (.fla). Output is SCORM compliant, rich media compatible, and works on most PC and Mac browsers.

Product Information:
www.rapidintake.com/flashform_index.htm
Contact Info:
Rapid Intake
P.O. Box 816
Lehi, UT 84043
Phone: (866) 231-5254 or (801) 766-8454
Website: www.rapidintake.com

BEST ASSESSMENT TOOL
Winner: Articulate (QuizMaker)
Finalists: Adobe (Captivate), QuestionMark (Perception)
What Voters Said:
>> Easy to use and allows me to create Flash content and interactive courses.”
>> “Good depth and breadth. Superb features and multiple output options.”
>> “Enables me to make crisp quizzes that match my presentation.”
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 — even create a scenario that develops over several screens. You can also animate objects and adjust their timing on the click-and-drag timeline; and/or give your quiz-takers specific results and feedback based on their scores.
Product Information:
www.articulate.com/products/quizmaker.php
Contact Info:
Articulate
244 5th Ave., Suite 2960
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (800) 861-4880 or (646) 706-7596
Website: www.articulate.com

BEST WEB SEMINAR SOLUTION
Winners (tie): Citrix (GoToMeeting) and Cisco WebEx (Meeting Center)
Finalist: Sonic Foundry (Mediasite)
Product Description:
Citrix: There’s no need to pre-install software or purchase separate accounts for attendees. They join your meeting instantly just by clicking the link you send them and participate as your free guests.
During your meeting, instantly share any file or application on your desktop, change presenters or give keyboard and mouse control to attendees. Free integrated VoIP and phone conferencing, and you can record meetings for future use.
Cisco WebEx: Make presentations, share applications, and update spreadsheets in WebEx online meetings with integrated audio conferencing. Meet online with customers, partners, and colleagues anywhere—as easily as if they were down the hall. Schedule meetings in advance or start an instant online meeting and invite people to join you via email or IM. WebEx services are stringently audited by prestigious third parties, ensuring your online meeting are secure and private.
Product Information:
Citrix: www.citrix.com/English/ps2/products/product.asp?contentID=13976&ntref=hp_nav_US
Cisco WebEx: www.webex.com/smb/web-meeting-center.html
Contact Info:
Citrix Systems
851 West Cypress Creek Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone: (800) 393-1888 or (954) 267-3000
Website: www.citrix.com
Cisco WebEx
3979 Freedom Circle
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Phone: (877) 509-3239
Website: www.webex.com

BEST MOBILE LEARNING TOOL
Finalists: Sonic Foundry (Mediasite Podcast), Adobe (Flashlite), Chalk (Mobile Chalkboard)
Contact Info:
Sonic Foundry
222 West Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (877) 783-7987 or (608) 443-1600
Website: www.sonicfoundry.com
Adobe
151 Almaden Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 536-8500
Website: www.adobe.com
Chalk
11921 Freedom Dr.
Two Fountain Square, Suite 550
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: (703) 736-8389
Website: www.chalk.com

BEST I.T. CONTENT
Finalists: Learn.com (LearnCenter Tech Library), Element K (IT & Skills Development), SkillSoft (IT Skills Courseware)
Contact Info:
Learn.com
14000 Northwest 4th St.
Sunrise, FL 33325
Phone: (888) 544-1023 or (954) 233-4000
Website: www.learn.com
Element K
500 Canal View Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14623
Phone: (800) 434-3466 or (585) 240-7500
Website: www.elementk.com
SkillSoft
107 Northeastern Blvd.
Nashua, NH 03062
Phone: (877) 545-5763 or (603) 324-3000
Website: www.skillsoft.com

BEST LEADERSHIP TOOL
Finalists: Learn.com (Learn2 Managing To Excel), American Management Association (Advanced Executive Leadership), Kepner Tregoe (PSDM)
Contact Info:
Learn.com
14000 Northwest 4th St.
Sunrise, FL 33325
Phone: (888) 544-1023 or (954) 233-4000
Website: www.learn.com
American Management Association
1601 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 586-8100 or (877) 566-9441
Website: www.amanet.org
Kepner Tregoe
Research Road
P.O. Box 704
Princeton, NJ 08542
Phone: (609) 921-2806 or (800) 537-6378
Website: www.kepner-tregoe.com

BEST SOFT-SKILLS TOOL
Finalists: Learn.com (Learn2: Professional Development), SkillSoft (Business Exploration Series), American Management Association (Blended Learning: Business Skills)
Contact Info:
Learn.com
14000 Northwest 4th St.
Sunrise, FL 33325
Phone: (888) 544-1023 or (954) 233-4000
Website: www.learn.com
SkillSoft
107 Northeastern Blvd.
Nashua, NH 03062
Phone: (877) 545-5763 or (603) 324-3000
Website: www.skillsoft.com
American Management Association
1601 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 586-8100 or (877) 566-9441
Website: www.amanet.org

BEST COMPLIANCE TOOL
Finalists: Learn.com (Learn2: Financial Compliance), SkillSoft (Legal Compliance Course), Corpedia (Ethics)
Contact Info:
Learn.com
14000 Northwest 4th St.
Sunrise, FL 33325
Phone: (888) 544-1023 or (954) 233-4000
Website: www.learn.com
SkillSoft
107 Northeastern Blvd.
Nashua, NH 03062
Phone: (877) 545-5763 or (603) 324-3000
Website: www.skillsoft.com
Corpedia
2020 N. Central Ave., #1050
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (877) 629-8724 or (602) 712-9919
Website: www.corpedia.com

 


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