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As I said before, Learning Management is really taking off and I get many client requests to do some kind of integration or custom solution for them.
In one of my latest articles I started listing solutions for WordPress, WordPress and the LMS universe.
But those solutions might not always be the best fit for your project. Many of them actually try too hard to be everything. The amount of cross linked functionality is getting insane and increases the point of failure.
In some cases a trimmed down solid solution might be the better way to go. SaaS (Software as a Service), part of the cloud trend, is providing more and more options, this includes the LMS arena. Stop worrying about the software and concentrate on your content again. The SaaS provider takes care of functionality, support, updates and delivery. This is nothing new, solutions like TalentLMS or Litmos LMS offer this for some time now.
Modern SaaS solutions provide Public APIs, that allow you to seamlessly integrate them with your current solution. So in case of a LMS, that part of your project could be handled by the SaaS provider, while e-commerce, social and other content areas remain under your full control.
One solution I am currently looking at is Intuo, which is a fresh startup out of Gent / Belgium. They provide a solid set of features and a clean API to handle single signons and content access. That would allow a seamless integration into WordPress for example :)
We are looking at a very crowded LMS market, but always nice to have options :)
In the past 2 years, the e-Learning market has been exploding. Online Learning Management Systems (LMS) have become very popular, to build e-learning platforms.
They not only offer text based content, quizzes, assignment management, course evaluation, social features, but also allow the integration of video, audio and other linked content. Many support SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model), allowing the exchange of learning content and results.
Over the past few years, I have been helping clients to build or transform their e-learning platforms. Sometimes its better to build a customized LMS solution from scratch :), than tweak or customize an offered solution. It all depends on the features you want to see integrated and on the budget available ;)
In this article I want to share current solutions offered for WordPress.
I will divide them into themes and plugins for now. In the future I plan do some feature comparison as well :
These are standalone plugins, that provide LMS functionality and integrate into your WordPress themes. Ease of integration and options differ.
These themes mostly dependent on one of the plugins above or offer only a simple subset of LMS functionality.
Integrated solutions, that are supposed to offer a tight integration of WordPress, theme and its own plugins.
I started adding a standard preface to emails from clients asking to work with me. So here it is, for potential new clients, that think about working with me :)
Anything else about me can be read here:
If you made it so far and you still would like to work with me, we can move to step 2 :)
A question I have asked myself over and over again.
There are countless options these days, that claim to be the ultimate solution to all our developments needs.
I have build applications with
I have looked at
And I seem to be evaluating new options every week :)
The only answer I can give you is that :
In the end its a matter of personal taste and project requirements. We only have limited resources to finish a project and find solutions to unsolved problems in a timely fashion (yes this always happens). Go out and play :) Also take a look at TodoMVC, which might help you to decide. No guarantees !
Over the past few month I have evaluated all the things that I used in the past. I started stripping it all down to a bare set of essentials, that have been following me for a long time. There are solutions that just fit and require no replacement.
So my answer for the perfect framework, is a set of solid singular solutions that have proven themselves over the years. Working solo or together in harmony.
Like a painter I want to choose my own brushes and color mixture. Programming is an art that needs freedom. A freedom that can often be limited by a too strictly defined framework. Structure is important, but it should never dictate the options you have to fulfill your project goals and limit you.
I will be covering some of those tools here in coming articles.
I will talk about:
“Holland America Line Reisprofile Test” provides an interface for customers to find out which cruise type they are.
By sliding the images you are choosing your preferences and define your cruise type, which allows you to get an individual set of cruises sent to you.
film2learn is a new Learning Management System (LMS) / platform for B2B partners, that I just released together with Dr Dish TV this week.
A highly customized system, that gives each partner their own little LMS universe to share knowledge with distribution partners or staff.
An easy way to introduce new products and teach how to promote them.
With the keywords defined, we can start with the setup of the campaign.
I am not actually going over each of the options provided by the Adwords interface, but I provide you with an initial and fast first start. The Google Adwords documentation is very detailed and it makes no senses replicating that here.
Continue reading Building up a Google Adwords campaign (2) – Starting the campaign
Which keywords are most relevant to your campaign and are used by people to find your product/service/company?These are also relevant for the keywords that you will be using on the target website itself.
Can also be adjusted in the long run by checking the log and see what search keywords visitors used to reach the website.
Adwords also provides a quality score for keywords, so that you don’t waste your time on underperforming keywords.
Consistency between the landing page content and Adwords keywords is important. Quality search results are awarded with a higher quality score by Google. Continue reading Building up a Google Adwords campaign (1) – Research
Launched Danone Generation Growth by Nutricia with More than Live yesterday
Over the past months I have been building a virtual competition, for one of my clients, for the tournament 2014 in Brazil.
The project had its challenges and I plan to dive into some of those areas in the future, as soon as the tournament is over ;)