LMS RFP

Tony Karrer

Continuing on from my earlier posts: LMS Selection Presentation Reformulated LMS Selection Team and Stakeholders LMS Selection Process From several comments and from looking at my list of issues, I realize that writing a good LMS RFP is challenging and it's easy to make lots of mistakes. LMS RFP Resources John Theis wrote a dissertation on the contents of 25 RFPs submitted to an LMS vendor. But, what I see as the most common problem in LMS RFP documents are the requirements.

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Request for Proposal (RFP) Samples

Tony Karrer

Based on my post LMS RFP , I've been asked several times if I knew where you could find samples of Request for Proposals (RFPs) for custom eLearning development, performance support tools, learning content management systems (LCMS), elearning authoring tools , etc. RFP OR "Request for Proposal") - find either of these terms (LCMS OR "Learning Content Management System") - find either of these terms Obviously, substitute the key terms such instead of LCMS.

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Listen Up: A New, National RFP Offers Nonprofits and Funders Tools to Survey Clients

Beth Kanter

Through its new RFP, Shared Insight will be offering up to 75 Listen for Good grants this year. Note from Beth: Melinda T. Tuan, Managing Director, Fund for Shared Insight shares details about an incredible funding opportunity for nonprofits.

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Light Rail Heavy Force Now

Nine Shift

The city has announced an RFP (request for proposals) for a company to build a non-stop light rail service from downtown Chicago to O'Hare Airport. Here's the latest light rail news: 1.Los Angeles. An extension of the Gold line in Los Angeles was announced last week. Another 12 miles.

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a simpler approach to km

Harold Jarche

The RFP is for a measurement framework that reflects current industry standards. I doubt that any of this will ever appear in an RFP in the near future, or that PKM, with an emphasis on personal methods, would be an acceptable framework for those obsessed with measurement.

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Amazon's New HQ

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The Request for Proposals (RFP) identifies a desire for a metro area of a million people or more "with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent." Canada also offers a number of advantages not listed specifically in the RFP. Originally published on CanTech Letter. Amazon.com is inviting proposals for a second North American headquarters from states, provinces and metro areas. The presumption by many ( example here ) is that this means a U.S. location.

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Swelling ground

Doc Searls

The second is Advertising In Reverse , which riffs off (Dilbert cartoonist) Scott Adams’ Hunter Becomes the Prey , a post in which he suggests “broadcast shopping,&# by means which VRM folks have been calling by the dull name Personal RFP. Two posts worth noting over at the ProjectVRM blog.

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LMS Selection Presentation Reformulated

Tony Karrer

Confusing an RFI and an RFP. Putting the wrong requirements in an RFP. Making an RFP that will make vendors hate you. Writing an RFP that won't help you differentiate between vendors. Missing a few critical questions in the RFP or selection process. Topic #5 - Writing a Good RFP The RFP strikes me as being a big enough topic on it's own.

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Larger LMS Audience Means Lower Satisfaction

Tony Karrer

Other posts around Learning Management Systems: LMS Selection Presentation LMS Team Size and Time LMS RFP LMS Selection Presentation Reformulated LMS Selection Team and Stakeholders LMS Selection Process Learning Management Systems (LMS) GotchasI just pulled a report as part of an LMS Evaluation and saw an interesting pattern: The pattern shows that the larger the audience the lower the satisfaction scores.

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LMS Selection Presentation

Tony Karrer

Just to close the loop on my series of posts that I created as part of preparing my presentation: LMS Team Size and Time LMS RFP LMS Selection Presentation Reformulated LMS Selection Team and Stakeholders LMS Selection Process LMS Satisfaction Features and Barriers Thanks again for the input.

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Model responses

Clark Quinn

I’m talking about things like writing up an RFP, or a response letter, or creating a presentation, or responding to a live query. I was thinking about how to make meaningful practice, and I had a thought that was tied to some previous work that I may not have shared here. So allow me to do that now. Ideally, our practice has us performing in ways that are like the ways we perform in the real world.

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LMS Selection Process

Tony Karrer

Difference between an RFI and an RFP. What requirements to put in an RFP. How to balance making an RFP response useful to you and not too hard for a vendor. How much should you lead a vendor in the RFP requirments. I'm preparing for my part of an upcoming session at DevLearn on LMS selection as part of The Learning Management Systems Symposium. I'm going to prepare for this in a slightly different way.

[pdf] Aneesh Chopra, Federal CTO

David Weinberger

“No RFP, no convoluted process, just a smart person&# that the prize system uncovered. Aneesh Chopra, the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, is opening the second day of Personal Democracy Forum. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other peoples ideas and words. You are warned , people.

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All Social is Learning | Organizational Knowledge Design

Martijn Linssen

Learning Management Suite RFP Template | Catadoc.com - [.]

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Bigger is not better

Harold Jarche

I have worked on both sides of the RFP/Proposal & purchasing/selling continuum. However, most large corporations and government agencies write their requestes for proposals (RFP) in such a way as to exclude small operators, thinking that they are mitigating their risks. Common business wisdom used to be that nobody gets fired for buying IBM. Implicit in this statement is that it’s best not to rock the boat if you want to keep your job.

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How long does it take to select an LMS?

Tony Karrer

Tail of Process - Demos, Hands-on Testing, Negotiation The tail of Bryan's process is: Week 9 - Read and Grade Proposals Week 10 - Final meeting to pick system (Bryan has demos in Week 5) The tail of my process has: Demos Pilot or hands-on tests Negotiate Final selection Bryan talks about having demos earlier in the process: In my model, I have learned the value of moving the demo upfront, rather than waiting until after the RFP.

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Amusing Findings in Keywords

Tony Karrer

worst learner laggard in technology innovation bad day elearning corporate training sucks worst presentation award bad things about e-learning worst learning experience beer elearning bad rfp requirements wasting time on technology And my personal favorite where I rank #1 is: top ten lamest people Don't believe that Google thinks I'm the "top ten lamest people" or "worst learner".

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Harold Jarche » Free-agents and natural enterprises are better value

Harold Jarche

However, most large corporations and government agencies write their requestes for proposals (RFP) in such a way as to exclude small operators, thinking that they are mitigating their risks.

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I was overheard to have said…

Doc Searls

For example, we’ll want one easy way to issue a personal RFP, or to store and selectively share personal data on an as-needed basis. Nice interview with Dan Levy of Sparksheet : From Part I : What opportunities does the widespread adoption of mobile smartphones present for VRM? This is the limitless sweet spot for VRM. Humans are mobile animals. We were not built only to sit at desks and type on machines, or even to drive cars. We were built to walk and talk before we did anything else.

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Book week

Doc Searls

Like”) and exercise their consumer power by broadcasting their intent via a sort of online RFP (Request for Proposal). The Intention Economy came out on Tuesday, and coverage has been spreading. Meanwhile, while I’ve been busy at IIW , where VRM mojo has been major. Notes from the many VRM sessions at #IIW14 will appear on this page soon. Meanwhile here are some excerpts pieces that ran this week. From Selling You: Not Just on Facebook , by Haydn Shaughnessy in Forbes —.

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Intensive and Extensive Processing: Making Formal Stickier

Clark Quinn

responding to an RFP) that has enough deliberate ambiguity to generate productive discussion is great. I’ve been thinking around the ways to use social learning to augment formal learning, and it’s bringing interesting things together. The point is that there are things that make formal learning work better, and we want to draw upon them in smart ways.

Top 100 eLearning Items

Tony Karrer

LMS RFP The Nature of Online Collaboration Connectivism and the modern learner Nursing Simulation in Second Life eLearning Course or Online Demo - which is better? Using eLearning Learning , I thought it would be interesting to go look what it thinks are some of the top items of all time. Learning 2.0 - The Things How we read online. -

The Outcome of Our Outcomes

Beth Kanter

It’s a preamble to an RFP. Flickr Photo By Mastery of Maps. Note from Beth: I’m hosting a small army of guest bloggers, grantmakers, who are attending the GeoFunders National Conference taking place this week in Seattle.

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LMS Team Size and Time - Wow 23 Months!

Tony Karrer

The other related posts are: LMS RFP LMS Selection Presentation Reformulated LMS Selection Team and Stakeholders LMS Selection Process LMS Satisfaction Features and Barriers Other posts on LMS: Learning Management Systems (LMS) Gotchas Tracking Without an LMS LMS Dissatisfaction on the Rise Do You WANT an LMS?

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Rapid Learning Management Systems

Tony Karrer

So here are some of the requirements I see for this customer that are a bit different from what you would find in a normal corporate LMS RFP. I've been asked numerous times over the past couple of years by various types of people and companies a very similar question: I plan to or have been conducting and charging for training workshops for clients. I'd like to creating this as self-paced eLearning possibly with other capabilities as well. And I want to charge for this. How can I do that?

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LMS Satisfaction Features and Barriers

Tony Karrer

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eLearning Portal Integration

Tony Karrer

These discussions center on what requirements should go into an LMS RFP and more broadly how the LMS should really be integrated into the organization. I've had a similar discussion several times over the past few months. Initially, the conversation was about having learning content appear on the enterprise portal. Many LMS vendors provide portlets, gadgets or widgets that allow for access of learning content (most often meaning courses and courseware) through the corporate portal.

[berkman] Doc Searls

David Weinberger

Imagine that for car rentals… A: That’s an example of a personal RFP. Doc Searls is giving a Berkman lunch called “The Intention Economy.&# [ Note: I'm live-blogging, missing points, paraphrasing badly, making spellping errors, etc. He begins by talking about some problems. E.g., "the people vs. Comcast." Customers are unhappy. Comcast can't fix itself alone." Or, customer loyalty cards that are the Green Stamps of our time.

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Doc Searls Weblog · UnAmerican Airline

Doc Searls

Also at the complex end, you should be able to issue a “personal RFP&# in the form of a request to the whole market for something you’re ready to buy, without having to go into a silo such as eBay or Amazon.

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First Time Visitor Guide

Tony Karrer

Update 2/6/2008 based on recent Top eLearning Posts It can be daunting to visit a blog for the first time. The author(s) have been writing individual articles for months or years. This is my attempt to help you get a sense of topics of my blog and find some of the more interesting past articles. Managing your RSS Feeds - If you are considering subscribing to this blog, you might want to read this.

2008 2009

Tony Karrer

for Learning Professionals Ten Predictions for eLearning 2008 Test SCORM Courses with an LMS Request for Proposal (RFP) Samples Training Method Trends Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis SCORM Test Web 2.0

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Department of Corrections

Doc Searls

Personal RFP. <pissed> After spending two years working on a book, trying to make as clear as possible something that is still new, has no precedent, and will change the world if it actually plays out — one might be forgiven for getting cranky when people who haven’t read the book say wrong things about it — or about what you’ve been doing and saying for the last twenty years or more. Or about a 300-word piece in a magazine. Such is the case for me right now.

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Social Movement Learning (Winnie Chow, Thomas Mark Turay and Bev Burke)

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Also, put out RFP for knowledge exchange. From the Canadian Council on Learning conference on adult education, Fredericton. See also the formal report. Winnie Chow, Thomas Mark Turay What is Social Movement Learning (SML)? This report has never been done, so far as we know. We found only three things in Google. How would we write a report on only three authors - that's not really state of the field. So what is it?

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Foucault, Control and the LMS

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Spyware Alert - Thx to DArcy Norman | Main | Learning is Not New, Games Are Not New » April 22, 2007 Foucault, Control and the LMS I came across Brent Schlenkers post on personal learning environments tonight and as I sat reading through some of the links I just kept thinking about how I hope the discussion continues to be around how we can build opportunities for people to use a variety of tools to build their own PLEs or else we fall down the same rabbit hole of thinking that we can somehow design learning instead of opportunities for learning. This keyed in with another article I had been reading about Jonathan Lethem and copyright and even a conversation via post&comments that I had been following on Will Richardson and Dave Cormiers blogs respectively about a new degree being offered by the University of Michigan in Social Computing. What then is the connecting thread here you are right to ask? It seems to me, possibly only because of the allergy medication I am on, that the element of control is clearly present in all these discussions. This is something I have been thinking about since Boston and the e-Learning Guild conference where I described instructional design as being a schema for control. Then I did something that was actually banned in my graduate school history lounge, I turned and brought in Michel Foucault. Foucault was banned incidentally because it seemed that his influence was such that he could be brought into almost any discussion and so we decided that he would get a pass and we would simply stipulate the presence of his arguments. Again its late Sunday and I am medicated but when I read these passages from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) , which describe Foucaults "modern disciplinary society" and its techniques for control, I am struck by how they almost seem to be taken from an RFP for an LMS acquisition: Hierarchical observation : "A perfect system of observation would allow one "guard"to see everything (a situation approximated, as we shall see, in JeremyBenthams Panopticon). But since this is not usually possible, there isa need for "relays" of observers, hierarchically ordered, through whomobserved data passes from lower to higher levels." Normalizing judgment : "A distinctive feature of modern power (disciplinary control) is itsconcern with what people have not done (nonobservence), with, that is,a persons failure to reach required standards. This concernillustrates the primary function of modern disciplinary systems: tocorrect deviant behavior. The goal is not revenge (as in the case ofthe tortures of premodern punishment) but reform, where, of course,reform means coming to live by societys standards or norms." The examination : "The examination (for example, of students in schools, of patients inhospitals) is a method of control that combines hierarchicalobservation with normative judgment. It is a prime example of whatFoucault calls power/knowledge, since it combines into a unified whole"the deployment of force and the establishment of truth" (184). It bothelicits the truth about those who undergo the examination (tells whatthey know or what is the state of their health) and controls theirbehavior (by forcing them to study or directing them to a course oftreatment)." So where am I going with all this? Fabulous question and as answer I shall defer to the preamble of this blog which reminds readers that what you are really about here is watching me formulate an interior monologues in a public way.that is, I am working my way through this stuff out in the open. I dont have a pat answer but what I suspect is that as we grow as a profession toward a greater "Professional" profession (again with the language of control), we may need to really nail down what we are about. This is not to argue that all control is bad or that learning can not occur with external controls present but that we should at least be a bit more open about what we are about. We have the privilege and honor to serve what I think is a grand idea and I think that grand ideas are served best by critical thought.help me serve. April 22, 2007 in From the land of "I wonder." | Permalink Technorati Tags : control , Foucault , learning , LMS TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Foucault, Control and the LMS : » Foucault, Control and the LMS from University Update [Read More] Tracked on April 23, 2007 at 12:10 AM Comments Dave, Great pointers to the "paper" stuff.makes me think about one of my favorite historians, Robert Darnton, and a piece he wrote for the New York Review of Books all the way back in 1999 called "the New Age of the Book." ([link] In this great article, Darnton laments the limits imposed on the publishing of academic mongraphs by the paper-based, university press-controlled world of academic printing. He looks to e-books as a way to salvage monographic publishing from an increasing shrinking channel. Couldn't agree with you more on the beer vs speech distinction. I have railed repeatedly about the fact that what companies could never win in an open battle, they are quietly taking (with our own assistance!) through "Terms of Service" agreements like Wal-Mart's online musice store where you don't actually "buy" music but merely obtain a sub-license which can be revoked at their discretion. Unholy. Last point in what I agree is a great chat.I'm still not clear on the "margins" note.I'm fully embroiled in working with clients in helping them define these environments for their employees and how they will have to grapple with issues of control to make full use of the productivity possible with these new toolsets. I guess I'm asking, who is on the margins? Posted by: mark oehelrt | April 23, 2007 at 01:29 PM Hi Mark. Yup. bit of a sloppy comment on my part. Deadlining and couldn't resist getting a few words in :). Here are my opening thoughts about paper [link] founded on work done by my now partner/best friend [link] sidelines should say 'margin' as to tools. you said "people to use a variety of tools to build their own PLEs" and I read 'online tools' and 'free tools' into that sentence because i wasn't reading closely enough. I too have a sensitivity to the differences, and am becoming more and more concerned about people confusing the difference between 'free' as in beer and 'free' as in speech when they talk about tools. Too much very important Open Source space is being co-opted by large corporations that are offering 'free' services with very long legal declarations that people are not reading. great chat. thanks for your patience with my bumbling. Posted by: dave cormier | April 23, 2007 at 12:21 PM Dave, Thanks for the comments.replies and questions follow. -I don't understand the 'sidelines' comment. -I do agree on the 'let's not tear down one dualith only to erect another' point though.in fact, having worked on an e-learning technical standards project for many years, I almost chipped in with the somewhat counter-intuitive point that standards themselves can freeing.your point about language makes it better than I probably would have. -I also find interesting and challenging the idea that course-based instruction is a reaction to the weakness of paper as a medium. The archaeologist in me finds that attractive, that the entire course of western education was shaped by the faculties of a physical artifact. The historian in me wants to dig deeper and ask how closely entwined are the development of paper and the move to course-based instruction? Also if an artifact could have such an impact once, could another medium/artifact have a countervailing impact now? Are we living thru the locus of the digital moving past the paper-based as the dominant educational medium of the realm? -finally, I was looking back thru my post and did I actually mention 'free' tools or just tools? I appreciate the fine point between those two and just wondered about the comment Thanks for a thought-provoking comment Dave. Posted by: mark oehelrt | April 23, 2007 at 10:59 AM mmm. And the problem about being on the sidelines, speaking for change is that we need to be very cautious about how we speak in opposition to formative/normative/control mechanisms. I hear Michele creating a dualith "Conformity is the antithesis of creativity and innovation" juxtaposing conformity/creativity. Without conformity, we have no language. Conformity is necessary to assess goals towards which we want to move in a society. The other end of the spectrum/continuum from conformity is, in my mind, something closer to anarchy. Spreading them out as a yes/no proposition is the fast track towards the kind of polarization that keeps change from happening. I do however, completely agree that allowing the tools to flex to the user if far better than a normative course based system. which is really built to respond to the weaknesses of paper as a medium for recording and distributing knowledge. I'll have to read around this blog a little more, but I do wonder if the 'free tools' powered by corporations are the tools that Mark is talking about. Would love to have you come out for an interview to talk about it! cheers. Posted by: dave cormier | April 23, 2007 at 09:52 AM Michele, I certainly hope you are not in the minority although I suspect we both are.but I am hopeful that the percentages are changing. I am struck however by yet another Foucault thought cribbed from the SEP. "The premise of the archaeological method is that systems of thought and knowledge (epistemes or discursive formations, in Foucault's terminology) are governed by rules, beyond those of grammar and logic, that operate beneath the consciousness of individual subjects and define a system of conceptual possibilities that determines the boundaries of thought in a given domain and period." That thought makes me wonder what will be required to move our industry past its current boundaries and open up our range of "conceptual possibilities." Posted by: mark oehlert | April 23, 2007 at 07:19 AM I'm probably in the minority on this, but I'm of the belief that as knowledge proliferates and its half-life grows shorter, we are chasing our tails if ID and training are about structuring courses. I think that what we do has to shift into helping individual learners and organizations figure out how to learn themselves. To me this means facilitating the use of various tools, accessing knowledge resources and helping people learn to learn. In a knowledge economy that is supposedly built on individual ability to create and learn, we are making a big mistake if we continue to focus on systems that are designed to get people to conform. Conformity is the antithesis of creativity and innovation. And in the global economy, Americans in particular will only benefit if we figure out how to do the "higher level," non-rules based work. Work that is based on applying rules and conforming is either being automated or sent to other countries where it can be done more cheaply. Our competitive advantage as a country and as individuals lies in our ability to create value through creativity and innovation, which to my mind can only happen if we're supporting individual learners in tapping into their own learning and creativity processes. 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