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Absorb LMS Blog

So, you complete a course and then what happens? Time-based enrollments in Absorb LMS.

The subject of time-based enrollments has come up in client discussions quite often lately, so I thought I’d write about it here. Here are some examples of what clients are asking for: A week after a learner enrolls in a course, we want to automatically enroll them in another course, and then another one week later, and […]


Weight Control Strategies for Learning and Development

A friend of mine, an Oxford-educated mathematician, had a smart strategy to succeed in university. When two or more of her professors scheduled exams for the same week, she would immediately ask the instructors to clarify to what extent these exams would influence the final class grade. If the exam in one class was worth, […]


A First Look at Absorb LMS Version 5

After more than a year and a half in development, Absorb LMS version 5 was launched this week. This release contains more than 400 new features and enhancements. Highlights include: A responsive, HTML 5, multilingual admin control panel that works on iPads and other tablets The addition of competency management features capable of issuing badges […]


Borrow this University Business Model to Sell Certification Programs

You, dear reader, can obtain an education from the most prestigious universities in the world, all for free. It makes no difference whether you received straight `A’s in high school or whether you spent your high school years sitting in your friend’s basement learning to play the opening to Stairway to Heaven on a Gibson Flying […]


Identify Your LMS Requirements Easily Using this Powerful Visualization Tool

I’ve ranted repeatedly (here, here, and here) about the horribly-designed Request for Proposals (RFPs) that cross my desk. Invariably, these so-called learning management system selection tools suffer from one or more of the following design flaws: They ask vendors to provide information they won’t ever disclose and/or is not relevant to the acquisition of a […]


The Powerful Amazon Feature You Should be Adopting in Your Learning Management System

It seems like just yesterday that business analysts were wondering whether this newfangled e-commerce fad would catch on. Would anxiety over credit card theft deter customers from trusting on-line retailers? Would people feel confident in buying stuff sight unseen or would they instead stick to going to brick-and-mortar stores to paw and sniff the merchandise? […]


How Branding Your Learning Management System Can Influence Culture (and Create a Fun Place to Learn)

The best companies I’ve worked with have had great workplace cultures. Management in these companies understand that happy team members are more productive and less likely to jump ship the next time an opportunity arises elsewhere. Whenever I speak to anyone about workplace culture, I often end up pointing them to a great Harvard Business […]


Try This `Winning Strategy’ to Increase Learner Engagement

There are two ways to get a young child to school on time in the morning: Method 1: Every minute or so, repeat the words `HURRY UP!’ at increasing levels of volume. After about ten minutes, and upon reaching a decibel level similar to a low flying jet, your goal will be achieved. Mind you, […]


Turbo Charge Scheduled Events in Your Learning Management System by Using Tags

Instructor-led sessions, either in physical or virtual classrooms, play a big part of many organizations’ learning strategies. To support such initiatives, the best learning management systems (LMS) are equally adept at managing scheduled instructor-led events as they are at managing self-paced learning. If your organization delivers a large number of scheduled events, it might be […]


The Most Important Learning Management System Features to Support Instructor-Led Courses

In many organizations, workplace learning consists of getting people into a room to listen to an instructor. If the workforce is distributed, the room used may be virtual instead of physical, and the donuts served may be imaginary instead of real. When these organizations become fed up with the effort of trying to manage their […]


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