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Collaboration eLearning Content Authoring and Delivery Tools

 

 

 

1. INTRODUCTION

 

 

1.1 Domain:  Collaborative Content Authoring Tools

 

With a marked increase in the popularity of using collaborative content authoring tools in administering, tracking, and delivering high quality content to end users, and the subsequent increase in the number of available products in this very competitive product domain, we have decided to focus our efforts exclusively on this domain. 

 

 

1.1.1 Subdomain:  Collaborative eLearning Content Authoring and Delivery Tools

 

During the course of this project, our team selected the sub-domain of collaborative eLearning content authoring and delivery tools as our subdomain for further research and investigation. The collaborative eLearning content authoring and delivery tools making up this subdomain are commonly referred to as learning management systems or LMSs. The typical LMS is a software application capable of creating, administering, documenting, tracking, and delivery of educational courses or training programs to schools as well as to businesses [1]. Collaborative eLearning tools allow an author or authors to create collaborative content for delivery to other users.  It is often the case, that the end user(s) may also have the ability to change or edit the authored content delivered to them or to comment on it. A robust collaborative eLearning content and delivery tool is device independent, as it is authored and delivered online, usually as a SaaS system, to any number of different computing devices.  

 

1.1.1.a  Within the subdomain, we identified several subcategories of collaborative eLearning tools. These subcategories include:

 

     1.  Collaborative eLearning Authoring/Delivery

     2.  Collaborative eLearning Authoring 

     3.  Collaborative eLearning Delivery

 

     Of the three subdomains above, the vast majority of tools fall into the subdomain of Collaborative eLearning 

     Authoring/Delivery tools, with the other two subdomains having very few examples relative to the

    collaborative eLearning authoring/delivery too subdomain.

 

 

2. USE CASES/USER JOURNEYS

 

 2.1 Methodology

 

After the choice of product domainwas established, three user stories were generated by team members; all using fictional characters in fictional settings, but with all users expressing a need to use a collaborative eLearning platform to author and deliver content to end users residing within the domain. Each user story was generated independent of the other user stories, with the acceptance criteria associated with each individual user story reflective of that user's expectations and requirements from a collaborative eLearning authoring and delivery platform.

 

 2.2 User Stories

 


 
User Story One

 

User 

Colonel James K. Turk

Profession 

Astronaut and science teacher at Grants Pass High School, Grants Pass, Oregon


Personal Information

Turk, married to his high school sweetheart for the past 31 years, is the father of three children; two daughters Samantha and Trisha, and son, James Junior. In his spare time, Turk is an avid fisherman and a professional fishing guide working on the Rogue River out of Grant Pass and Merlin, Oregon. Traveling to space and becoming a member of the ISS is a dream fulfilled for Turk, who has dreamed of journeying into space after viewing old reruns of Flash Gordon on Saturday morning television as a young child.


User Story

Colonel Turk will be conducting research on microcrystalline growth in fir trees in front of a live video feed broadcast to 26 high school classrooms located throughout the world. In all, approximately 500 students are expected to be in attendance for the one hour event. The students and their instructors will be able to communicate and ask questions simultaneous to Turk's video broadcast via a live message feed with the astronaut, with the other scientists aboard the international Space Station responding to the students' questions. After the completion of the video research demo event, Turk will respond directly to some of the more interesting questions, which will be shared with all participants.


Acceptance Criteria

  ●   Must support secure user login (encryption).

  ●   Must be accessible from all common user devices (desktop, laptop, tablet, phone).

  ●   Consolidate training initiatives on a scalable web-based Cloud-based, SaaS deployment (AWS) platform (~600 seats maximum).

  ●   Wants to video his lecture and pipe the videos to the students’ classrooms (with the assistance of his fellow astronaut/researchers).

  ●   Must support audio and video feeds download by Turk.

  ●   Must support messaging / blog posting by Turk, ISS crew, and students.

  ●   Supports synchronous and asynchronous QA between instructor and students.

  ●   Ability to web conference (instructor to group(s)) (one-to-many).

  ●   Wants the ability to respond to student questions in real-time during his presentation.

 



 

User Story Two

 

User 

Miranda Espinoza


Profession 

Senior Pre-sales Engineer, Sales Lead for Eastern Europe and Western Asia region for MetalImaging 3D Stereolithography Systems (MetalIMaging3D) of Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

User Story 

Miranda is conducting a routine, post-sales interview from her iPhone with one of her new sales team associates while waiting for her flight out of Miami International Airport to Odessa, Ukraine. During the meeting, Miranda and the new team associate will review the newly signed contracts (before uploading to Salesforce), and Miranda will provide further sales training to the new sales team associate by pointing out ways to improve as a salesperson through the viewing of online learning video content. After the videos are viewed, the team associate will take an online quiz on the subject matter. Then, the associate’s quiz score will be recorded.Miranda will review the new associate's score and schedule another online meeting at a later date where she will review with associate both strengths and weaknesses, and recommend further training and mentoring at that time.

 

Acceptance Criteria

●     Must support secure user login (password encryption).

●     All features must be accessible from all common user devices (desktop, laptop, tablet, phone).

●     Consolidate training initiatives on a scalable, web-based, Cloud-based, SaaS deployment (AWS) platform able to accomodate 25-30 team members.

●     Must support simple text chat or audio chat.

●     Must support content uploads/downloads.

●     Must support uploading and downloading of spreadsheets and sales data directly to Salesforce through a plug-in.

●     Ability to edit and/or annotate text documents as required using an embedded tool set.

●     Ability to web conference (one-to-one).

 



User Story Three

 

User 

Matt Smith

 

Profession

Car dealer, San Francisco, California


Personal information

Matt started working right after high school and is good at what he does. The work itself is not very challenging but for the past 10 years he has felt like that the money has been too good to pass.

 

Lately Matt has been looking for for a new challenge and wants to further develop himself without leaving his steady pay. There is an opportunity that has opened up at his current employer, but this requires him to take classes in project management, without taking time off work.

 

User Story

 Matt received special permission to take an online class during the slow hours at work as long as he can leave it whenever a customer enters. The class is interactive with other as long as he can leave it whenever a customer enters. The class is interactive with other  members across the country, but their schedule doesn’t always match, which makes group projects difficult. he, therefore, requires a collaboration tool that doesn’t require  talking (as it would distract him from customers), and that won’t be affected by  pausing it for an hour and then returning, so live streams or conferences wouldn’t be a good fit.

 

The class is a requirement for the management position, and involves a final project with other team members. According to the professor the project should take 60 hours to complete, and they have two weeks to finish it, which is why Matt has to work during work hours.The tools used will be specific to the final project and interaction with team members so that they, together, can create a good result. Without having to actually speak to each other.

 

More specifically, the specific tasks that the tool needs to deliver are scheduling-ability to set up deadlines that are shared among the members, a common work surface as well as the ability to create a presentation, as this is how the project will be delivered.

 

Acceptance Criteria

●     All features must be accessible from all common user devices (desktop, laptop,tablet, phone).

●     Cloud-based, SaaS deployment (AWS).

●     Must support text communication and visual collaboration.

●     Must support archival and retrieval of video lessons.

●     Must support easy access of all documentation; videos, audio.

●     Supports QA and feedback between instructor and students.

●     Supports feedback from classmates.

●     Supports download of course material.

  ●     Auto-save feature.

 



 

2.3 Combined Acceptance Criteria

 

The combined acceptance criteria is the acceptance criteria taken from all three user stories and combined into a blended  a singular de-duped acceptance criteria.  It is the acceptance criteria from which all products residing within the domain are tested against.

 
Combined Acceptance Criteria
 

 

  ●     Must support secure user login (encryption)

  ●     Must be accessible from all common user devices (desktop, laptop, tablet, phone).

  ●     Must be able to consolidate training initiatives on a scalable web-based Cloud-based, SaaS deployment (AWS)platfrom (~600 seats max).

  ●     Supports video recording lecture and piping the videos to end users.

  ●     Must support audio and video feeds download.

  ●     Must support messaging / blog posting by Turk, ISS crew, and students

  ●     Supports synchronous and asynchronous QA between instructor and students.

  ●     Ability to web conference (instructor to group(s)) (one-to-many)

  ●     Supports the ability to respond to student questions in real-time during his presentation.

  ●     Must support secure user login (password encryption)

  ●     Must support simple text chat or audio chat

  ●     Must support content uploads/downloads

  ●     Must support uploading and downloading of spreadsheets and sales data directly to  Salesforce through a plug-in.

  ●     Supports the ability to edit and/or annotate text documents as required using an embedded toolset

  ●     Supports the ability to web conference (one-to-one, one-to-many)

●     Must support text communication and visual collaboration.

●     Must support archival and retrieval of video lessons.

●     Must support easy access of all documentation; videos, audio.

●     Supports QA and feedback between instructor and students

●     Supports feedback from classmates

●     Supports download of course material

  ●     Supports an Auto-save feature

 


 


3. LIST of COLLABORATIVE eLEARNING AUTHORING AND DELIVERY PRODUCTS

 

3.1 Methodology

 

By defining the extents of the product domain, in this case  the prerequisite for a product meriting further investigation was that it resided within the domain of collaborative eLearning authoring and delivery products as determined by definition derived by the team, the product was documented along with specifics of the product; including the product's name, the product's manufacturer, the product URL, what domain the product resides, a brief description of the product, the product's price model, and the product's extensibility. Approximately three days was dedicated to product research/collection with all team members logging their products onto a common shared spreadsheet, from which all team members would commence product testing. 

 

Link: Full listing of Collaboration eLearning Content Authoring and Delivery Tools

 

Collaboration eLearning Content Authoring and Delivery Tools

 

PRODUCT
COMPANY
URL
DOMAIN/SUBDOMAIN
DESCRIPTION
PRICE MODEL
EXTENSIBILITY
Absorb Absorb absorblms.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery Administrators have more tools than ever before to craft the perfect learning experience. Creating our most personal, intelligent, and engaging experience ever. Priced per requirements - no cost data provided

Salesforce Integration,

historical data Import, targeted content contest

rewards, productivity suites

AccordLMS
AccordLMS
accordlms.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery SCORM-compliant, delivers and tracks all types of learning assets, provides role and profile based training enrollment and can launch in days, not weeks or months.
Tiered pricing based on number of users No information
Adobe Captivate Adobe
adobe.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery Adobe Captivate delivers a rich multi-media experience to thousands of e-Learners across the globe. Captivate is a tool that enables complete custom authoring. With Captivate, instructional designers can publish to HTML5, easily upload to YouTube, enliven the courses with actors, themes and interactive elements. Eye-catching quizzes, branching scenarios, smart interactions.
A full Adobe Captivate license will set you back $1,099 unless you
provide a student or teacher ID. The discount rate for the educational
sector is $349
None
Agylia Agylia agylia.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery The Agylia LMS brings you all the benefits of the very latest technology in a proven solution to help you achieve your current and future needs. Agylia provides a place for all your digital learning. Provide your employees with eLearning, microlearning, mobile learning, videos and performance support tools, all in one powerful and fully branded learner portal. No data available Yes - no addtional information.
Articulate Storyline Articulate
articulate.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery With Bloomfire, uploading and managing all types of content from your desktop or just about any mobile device is simple. Choose the content, upload it, and it’s easily searchable for your employees whenever they need it. Employees need to be able to find information in the flow of work to be successful. Bloomfire encourages employees to share content and what they know across the organization or with a specific group to increase your company’s collective intelligence. Bloomfire’s simple search makes it easy for employees to find the content they need to do their jobs. Why? Because we index every word in your documents, making them easily searchable. We even transcribe words said in videos, making the videos and the words said in them searchable. Bloomfire’s analytics tell you how your team is interacting with content — and how each piece of content is performing. Custom metrics give you the power to drive process improvements across your organization for better results. Articulate Storyline 2 is available for purchase starting at $1,398 per
1-year license ($699 upgrade from previous versions). A monthly
subscription ranges between $199 and $499 depending on the plan.
Students, teachers and learning institution employees are entitled to a 50% discount.
none
ATutor
ATutor
atutor.ca eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
ATutor is a free Open Source LMS, used to develop online courses and create elearning content. Free/ paid packages based on disk space used, number of users, and number of courses

Yes - no further details

available

Axis AtrixWare atrixware.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery The Axis Learning Management System by Atrixware comes with exclusive features that includes a platform for creating your own personalized website with all the necessary features and functionalities. The Portal and website designing option enables one to create attractive web pages using drag and drop option with easily manageable contents. The entire list of activities becomes quite achievable without investing much time, money and resources and therefore an organization in much need of a cost saving approach include such Learning Management Systems into its administration. Content authoring, preparing presentations, quizzes, online surveys, etc. can also be easily governed by the person responsible without putting in much effort and to the surprise it can be done absolutely the way you wanted to. No data available
Full support for plug-ins
Blackboard Learn Blackboard blackboard.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Blackboard Learn is a scalable, reliable foundation for a world-class learning experience. We've kept all the powerful functionality you know and love in the Original experience and added a new, streamlined option within the Ultra experience. The Ultra experience is accessible across all devices and is easier than ever for teachers to adopt. Keep students engaged anywhere, at any time. Personal, intuitive, always-on, and connected. No data available 

Extensive selection of plug-ins

available; Moodle

plug-ins and vendor plug-ins available. Custom installation

on request. 

Bloomfire Bloomfire bloomfire.com eLearning - Delivery With Bloomfire, uploading and managing all types of content from your desktop or just about any mobile device is simple. Choose the content, upload it, and it’s easily searchable for your employees whenever they need it. Employees need to be able to find information in the flow of work to be successful. Bloomfire encourages employees to share content and what they know across the organization or with a specific group to increase your company’s collective intelligence. Bloomfire’s simple search makes it easy for employees to find the content they need to do their jobs. Why? Because we index every word in your documents, making them easily searchable. We even transcribe words said in videos, making the videos and the words said in them searchable. Bloomfire’s analytics tell you how your team is interacting with content — and how each piece of content is performing. Custom metrics give you the power to drive process improvements across your organization for better results. No data available
No data available
Cornerstone OnDemand Cornerstone cornerstoneondemand.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery Cornerstone OnDemand offers a unified cloud platform to recruit, train, and manage people. No data available

Salesforce integration and

training among other vendor

plug-ins.

D2L Brightspace
D2L
d2l.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
An online platform designed by learning experts that can help you engage the next generation workforce. Designed for that can help you engage the next generation workforce. Tiered prices based on org size (S,M,L)

An extensive variety of vendor plug-ins are available for

education.

 

 

DigitalChalk
DigitalChalk
digitalchalk.com eLearning - Delivery
Creating the Knowledge-Driven Workforce. Bolster your learning & development program with a world-class corporate training solution. Sells pre-packaged classes, butno abilitry to author - only delivery. Must create content elsewhere. This sooution is limited to delivery ponly.
No data available
None
Docebo Docebo docebo.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Extend your Docebo LMS by installing applications and integrating it with your business tools, including your CRM, HR software, web conferencing tools, social media and more. Tiered pricing structure based on number of seats.
An extensive selection of plug-ins are available for HR, sales and marketing, education, productivity
Dokeos Dokeos dokeos.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Easily design personalized training modules with different Dokeos suite of  products.
Thanks to its many features, you can plot your unique learning pathway in just a few clicks. Re-use your own training materials with ease without recreating them. Import existing training and resource content directly into your training modules. Access your Dokeos LMS from anywhere, anytime. It's fully compatible across all browsers and platforms: desktop, tablet, or smartphones, with complete flexibility.
Tiered pricing structure based on sector of the economy: training centers, corporate, health and medicine
Education/learning API and plug-ins are supported in the form of a vendor-created suite
DominKnow
DominKnow

dominknow.com

eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Claro by dominKnow is another web-based content authoring system for e-Learning. Claro lets users cooperate on development, share materials and resources, and engage learners at scale with an array of interactive options. Claro keeps all project assets in a single centralized location so authors belonging to the same work group can access and re-purpose content any time. The solution is HTML5-compliant to provide native support for online, offline and mobile-based learning.
dominKnow Claro offers three use plans:
Lite: from $997/user/year or $97/user/month;Workgroup: from $2,497/user/year;Enterprise: ask for the quote.
No data available
Easy Generator
Easy Generator
easygenerator.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Easy Generator is yet another great tool for creating stylish courses. Available in the cloud, based on the goal-oriented didactical approach, Easy Generator boasts enhanced collaborative features, content authoring functionality, WYSIWYG interface, versatile templates and numerous output options (for instance, Tin Can as well as SCORM).
Easy Generator offers a free trial and several paid plans. The Starter
pack is available at $19 per author per month. Advanced Plus and Academy
 plans will set you back $39 and $59 per user/month, respectively. As
always, educational institutions get 50% off.
It’s possible to integrate Easygenerator into a 3rd party tool or platform using LTI integration.
Edmodo
Edmodo
edmodo.com
eLearning - Delivery
Edmodo is a global education network that helps connect all learners with the people and resources needed to reach their full potential. Edmondo is not a content creation or authoring tool.
Free
None
eFront eFront efrontlearning.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery eFrontPro is a powerful Learning and Talent Development Platform that improves the skills of your people and the competitiveness of your business. It can help you accelerate employee learning & development, ensure compliance training and deliver all the critical training your sector requires. eFrontPro is an effective way of engaging your workforce and achieving organizational goals. Trusted by hundreds of companies and organizations around the world, eFrontPro is the best way to make your talent thrive! Tiered pricing based on p[ackage level:  Business, Enterprise, Large Enterprise, Custom An extensive selection of plug-ins are available for HR, sales and marketing, education, productivity, salesforce.
Elucidat
Elucidat
elucidat.com
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Elucidat is an e-Learning authoring package featuring pre-made templates, theme collection, collaboration elements and a user-friendly layout. Focus on HTML5 courses. Elucidat helps instructional designers create engaging learning materials that work quickly and without a glitch on any browser or device. Read on to learn more about Elucidat’s core functionality.
$2400 per use per year
Support for third party vendor plug-ins
ExpertusONE ExpertUS  expertus.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery There’s a reason why ExpertusONE is consistently ranked as the best LMS for enterprise learning. It leaves the complexities of legacy learning management systems far behind. We’ve applied “the power of simplicity” to every aspect of this modern LMS platform, so you can deliver a learning experience that’s as engaging as Facebook, as immediate as Twitter and as relevant as Google! No data available Supports thrid-party plug-ins
Forma LMS
Forma Association
formalms.org eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Forma LMS is an award-winning Learning Management System, used to manage and deliver online training courses. Designed for corporate training, born to fit your company needs and processes. Easy integration with any intranet software, extend functionalities with a wide range of plugins.
Free
Accommodates many plug-ins as well as API
Google Drive
Google
drive.google.com
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
An online document filing program that allows users to quickly and easily share and collaborate on files. GD allows for creation and sharing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, etc. to other Google account holders. Free version for students; pay version for business
MSFT Office, Libre Office, other productivity suites
Google for Education
Google
edu.google.com
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Whether for Pre-K or PhD, Google for Education can support teachers, learners, researchers, and organizations. Learn more about the collaborative tools of G Suite for Education, powerful and affordable Chromebooks, and the Big Data, machine learning, and storage tools within Google Cloud Platform. G Suite for Education Suite Includes Classroom, Mail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and more. Access additional domain and user management features through the Admin Console. Business packages at different price points. Free
May be extended with productivity plug-ins.
IglooSoft
Igloo Software
igloosoftware.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Igloo connects people to three things: people, information, and processes. Everyone has access to what they need, using tools they already know. And, it's a representation of your brand and culture, so it looks like you, not like Igloo.
Tiered pricing structure based on size of org - basic, professional, enterprise IglooSoft offers full integration with many plug-ins including Goole, MSFT Office, Salesforce, etc.
ILIAS
ILIAS
ilias.de
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
LIAS is a versatile course management, learning modules, test & assessment, portfolios, surveys, wikis and blogs are all built into the core, making ILIAS a "one-stop solution" for your e-learning needs.
Tiered pricing structure based on number of active users.
Yes, Excel, finance, education, etc.
Infor Learning Management
Infor
infor.com
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Infor Learning Management is the most robust end-to-end solution on the market for creating, delivering, and reporting on learning throughout your internal and extended organization. It accelerates the rate at which you can help employees achieve their full potential by improving productivity, enhancing compliance, and contributing directly to the success of your enterprise.
No data available
Capable of using many vendor plug-ins, including HR, business management, finance, Salesforce, analytics, productivity.
Inquisiq LMS R4
Inquisiq inquisiq.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery Quickly upload all your user accounts and assign enrollments (one-time or recurring) and catalogs individually or by group. Easily specify prerequisites and configure delayed enrollments to keep users moving forward with training. Batch upload historical training data and keep all your records in one place. Price model based on SaaS solution or hosted. Six tiers of service. Plug-in support - no specifics
iSpring
iSpring
ispringsolutions.com
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
iSpring Suite is a comprehensive e-Learning authoring solution that offers pretty much everything you need to develop attractive courses. SCORM/AICC compliance, customizable player, smooth audio and video recording,
quizzes and grading, surveys and advanced course protection against unauthorized use. All in all, iSpring Suite helps you develop real-life,
LMS- and mobile-ready courses.
The iSpring Suite license options include:
1 license: $697;3 licenses: $1,764;5 licenses: $2,716.
iSpring allows discounts for educators, students and non-profit
organizations (40% off) as well as governmental institutions (20% off)
Includes plug-in support, but nothing other than PowerPoint specified. 
Lectora Inspire/Publisher
Trivantis
trivantis.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery

Develop interactive, responsive learning for all devices with cutting-edge tools. Lectora Inspire for desktop includes the eLearning Brothers Lectora Template Library, Cutout People Library, and Interaction Builder, plus Camtasia and Snagit. This easy‑to‑use and easy to master desktop tool helps you create responsive content that gets results. Lectora Publisher grows with you, no matter your skill level or expertise. Quickly author professional eLearning right out of the box.

Fixed price solution: $1595/$2174.00
No data available
 
Lessonly Lessonly lessonly.com eLearning - Delivery Capture and share essential work knowledge that helps your team succeed. Improve and

reinforce skills and best practices to keep your team on the path to high-performance.

Deliver and measure quicker ramp times, increased productivity, happier customers, and more closed deals. Delivery platfrom only.

No data available Plug-ins including Saleforce are avaiable.
Litmos CallidusCloud
CallidusCloud
litmos.com
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Litmos is a SAAS/Cloud platform for e-learning, also known as a learning management system or LMS, based in Silicon Valley, CA, USA. Litmos is used for employee training, customer training, channel training, and compliance training.
Tiered pricing based on org/school size and type of org and type of solution, Special Salesforce installation
Extencible with numerous plug-ins, including Saleforce.
Mango
Mango
mango.co
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Highly customizable collaboration systems - Real-Time Team Communications - real-time information to and from your team is a crucial advantage. With our mobile solutions, we can create apps that will get the right information at the right time to your team and getting it back just as fast.
Custom priced based on requirements
 Extensible with most vendor plug-ins, scripts
Matrix Cyber Learning matrixlms.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery Web-based content authoring system for e-Learning and business.  The solution is HTML5-compliant to provide native support for online, offline and mobile-based learning. Tiered pricing from $129 per month to $11999 per month depending on requirements. Supports API and most vendor plug-ins including Salesforce.
Meridian KS
Meridian Knowledge Systems
meridianks.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Deliver targeted training courses aimed at on-boarding talent, increasing engagement, fostering collaboration, improving skills, achieving compliance, accelerating performance and advancing individual career growth.
Tiered pricing structure with no other details or prices) included. 
Seamlessly integrate your LMS with other applications, including your human resources information system (HRIS), customer relationship management (CRM) technology, Salesforce.
Modo
Modo
modolabs.com
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery/APP Builder
Modo Labs offers an enterprise-scale mobile engagement and communication platform that allows customers to quickly and easily create institutional or corporate apps that engage recruits, employees, candidates, students, faculty, and alumni. By using Modo, our customers quickly unlock innovation and digitally transform their organizations, by harnessing the domain skills of any person in their Company or University, no matter their technical skill set.
No data provided
Supports most vendor plug-ins.
Moodle
Moodle
moodle.org
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Moodle is an open source learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalized learning environments. You can download the software onto your own web server or ask one of our knowledgeable Moodle Partners to assist you. Good for large scale MOOCs.
Moodle is offered free as open source software under the GNU General Public License. Any user can adapt, extend, or modify Moodle for both commercial and non-commercial projects without any licensing fees and benefit from the cost savings, flexibility and other advantages of using Moodle.
Most plug-ins can be used with Moodle. Saleforce is supported.
Office Mix
Office Mix
mix.office.com
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Officemix is a free plug-in that works with MSFT PowerPoint.  It can be used to create and deliver cointent.
Free
Supports MSFT PowerPoint.
OpenOLAT
Infinite Learning
openolat.com
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery

OpenOLAT is a web-based e-learning platform for teaching, learning, assessment and communication, an LMS, a learning management system. OpenOLAT impresses with its simple and intuitive operation. A sophisticated modular toolkit provides course authors with a wide range of didactic possibilities. Each OpenOLAT installation can be individually extended, adapted to organizational needs, and integrated into existing IT infrastructures. The architecture is designed for minimal resource consumption, scalability, and security in order to guarantee high system reliability

Tiered pricing structcture:  Gold, Silver, Bronze
No information available
OmniSocial Learning
Mzinga
mzinga.com
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Employee productivityis critical to remain competitive. Transform your organization into a more open, productive work environment by introducing collaboration and interactivity into your employees’ everyday experience. Using OmniSocial Learning, you can create a social business ecosystem that enables social learning, ongoing communication, collaboration, knowledge sharing, peer support, and more.
Tiered pricing structure. No additional information provided. 
Supports most plug-ins, including Salesforce.
Opigno Opigno opigno.org eLearning - Authoring/Deliver Opigno is an Open Source e-learning platform based on Drupal that allows you to manage your online trainings, and efficiently ensure that student, employee and partner skills remain up to date. Opigno LMS is designed for Companies, Corporations and Universities, looking for an e-learning solution that is flexible and is easily scalable. Opigno LMS is designed for Companies, Corporations and Universities, looking for an e-learning solution that is flexible and is easily scalable. Pricing based on features installed and deployment size and type.  
Oracle iLearning/PeopleSoft
Oracle
ilearning.oracle.com
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Oracle iLearning is an enterprise Learning Management System (LMS) and a core component of Oracle's E-Business Suite. Oracle iLearning provides a complete infrastructure for organizations to manage, deliver, and track training for online and classroom based environments. Use Oracle iLearning to consolidate training initiatives on a scalable, cost effective LMS, assemble and deliver learning content rapidly, deliver the optimal blend of classroom and online training, measure the effectiveness of training initiatives, integrate with an overall E-Business solutions. No data available Support for most vendor plug-ins plus API.
PBWorks PBWorks pbworks.com

eLearning -

Authoring/ Delivery

PBWorks is a collaboration tool allowing students, schools, businesses to collaborate on projects.

Free for <20 users

$20/user/month,

or take advantage of our Starter Package:

• 20 users

• 100 GB of storage

• Unlimited workspaces

• Only $1,995 per year

No data avaiable
Podio Citrix podio.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery Podio is an online SaaS that provides a social-media-like experience to collaborators who wish to share information, documents, and collaborate as effectively as possible. Free version (students)/pay (per seat-tiered) Salesforce, multiple for charting pakgs, email, messenging, office productivity, custom built per client spec
Saba Software/Thinq
Saba
saba.com
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Saba solutions are built on the Saba Cloud platform, a highly scalable, reliable and extensible architecture that exceeds industry performance, and security standards. Our multi-tenant cloud architecture enables us to rapidly innovate – delivering new features to our customers four times per year. Saba's solution is highly configurable and flexible, so you aren’t locked into customizations when your business needs change. The platform itself adapts by using dynamic resource allocation, and horizontal and vertical scalability. Saba has taken a holistic security approach that incorporates our people, policies, technology and compliance to ensure we provide the best end to end security for your data. Saba meets the highest standards set for Cloud security and quality including SSAE-16, AT101, and ISO 27001.

 

No data available - custom deployment per spec. 
Saba makes this easy with a variety of tools to fit your needs including the Saba Marketplace, which provides access to rich set of applications through cloud connectors. Saba’s platform also provides a rich set of out of the box data templates and APIs through Data Integration studio that allows you to import data from any external systems and/or extract data from Saba’s enriched profiles.
SAP
SAP
sap.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Enable collaborative learning and development enterprise-wide. Enable collaborative learning and development enterprise-wide. Inspire a culture of continuous collaboration and learning with accessible, relevant, and personalized training – so you can develop the talent needed to improve organizational strength.
No data available
No data available
SH!IFT
SHIFT eLearning
shiftelearning.com
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
SHIFT Learning is an award winning e-Learning authoring system that claims to provide users with significant cost savings, flexibility and ease-of-use. Indeed, SHIFT Learning is pretty quick and simple,ease-of-use. Indeed, SHIFT Learning is pretty quick and simple,
ease-of-use. Indeed, SHIFT Learning is pretty quick and simple, empowering instructional
highly interactive content with no technical skills required
Free 15-day trial;SHIFT Lite for SMBs, individuals and freelancers with basic e-Learning needs. $1,200/yr or $120/mo;SHIFT Power User for small to medium-sized businesses. Adds a
built-in audio recording tool as well as phone and email support.
$3,500/yr or $350/mo;SHIFT Enterprise for large companies. Adds access to collaboration tools and greater storage capacity. $8,500/yr or $850/mo;
No data available
Show Document
Show Document
showdocument.co
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
ShowDocument is an online program that offers many collaboration tools on their site for free.
free and extended functionality with registration
No support for APIs or plug-ins.
SumTotal Learn
SkillSoft
sumtotalsystems.com
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
SumTotal Learn is the only enterprise learning management solution that connects the dots between the skills and competencies people need to be better at their jobs –delivered in the context of what they are trying to accomplish – and, prepares the organization for tomorrow, to measurably improve performance.
Custom pricing based on requirements
No data available
Talent LMS Talent LMS talentlms.com eLearning - Authoring/Delivery No need to install, upgrade or backup anything. TalentLMS is a Cloud powered Learning Management System. Enterprise friendly LMS. Building blocks like Branches and Single Sign-On (SSO) that fit your extended learning enterprise. A secured and encrypted channel for all data communication. Reuse your presentations and videos or a wide range of online material with our social integrations. Make stunning courses with minimal effort. Reports that make sense. Simple and comprehensible analytics about everything that happens inside your elearning environment. Tiered pricing starting at Free to $349/month depending on features. Supports productivity extensions.
TEDS
TEDS

teds.com

eLearning - Authoring/Deliver
TEDS Learning Management Solution is designed to boost your employees’ development by providing learners with flexible, easy to use learning and training tools. Whether your learners are at multiple sites or in different countries, on the job or on their own, TEDS empowers your employees through self-management of individual training and personal development.
No data available
Plug-ins are supported but no indication of which ones.
ThinkBinder Echo360 echo360.com
eLearning - Authoring/Deliver
Thinkbinder is an online binder that lets users collaborate for free on a whiteboard, share files, update a calendar, as well as post status updates among group members. Designed for schoolds and instructors to deliver content.
Pay version (no more info available) CMS, business, and other plug-in integrations
Thought Industries
Thought Industries
thoughtindustries.com
eLearning - Authoring/Deliver
The Thought Industries Learning Business Platform is a powerful and flexible cloud-hosted solution which consolidates all of the functionality you need to create, manage, and deliver online learning experiences globally.
Tiered pricing based on size of org - Launch =<1000 users, Growth 1K-5K users, Enterprise >5K user None.
Titan Pad
Titan Pad
titanpad.com
eLearning - Authoring
TitanPad is an online document-creation program that makes it incredibly simple for users to collaborate in real time, track revisions, and keep account of different users working on the same file.  Authoring tool, only. 
Fee. No registration required. 
CMS, business, and other plug-in integrations
Torch LMS Torch
torchlms.com eLearning - Authoring/Deliver Torch Learning Management System (LMS) is a hosted, web-based application that allows organizations to easily manage and track employee training. It is both powerful and easy to use.  Torch LMS software is as powerful as the most expensive solution providers, but more affordable and more intuitive to use. Price on request (submit form) Plug-ins are supported.
Travitor LMS Travitor  https://travitor.com/ eLearning - Authoring Education and learniung LMS. No authoring - only a delivery tool. Tiered proicing based: Pro $4, Teams $5, Enterprise ? (all per month)  No data available.
Udutu
Udutu
udutu.com
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery Udutu is a freemium course authoring tool. The manufacturer creates no barriers as to the number of users in the same project, or the number of courses authored. Easy for beginners and sophisticated for experts. Works smoothly with multimedia and professional effects in any browser or device.
Free, fremium, paid versions. 
None.
WBT Systems
WBT Systems
wbtsystems.com
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery Deploy, configure and manage multiple customer portals easily and efficiently. Delegate the operational tasks to your customers while keeping full control. Manage your Extended Enterprise training needs and compliance requirements with a proven LMS that integrates with your existing systems. Reach and convert your education customers in more effective ways. Apply proven adult learning principles with ease to achieve measurable outcomes that keep learners coming back.
No data available
Integration capabilities: SSO, Open XML interface, database bridge, Adobe Connect bridge
Whatfix
Whatfix
whatfix.com
eLearning - Authoring/Delivery
Whatfix is a performance support platform for businesses to ease onboarding,
improve support and reduce training effort for its users
No data available
Supports vendor plug-ins including Salesforce.
             

 

4. TOOL RECOMMENDATIONS

 

4.1 Methodology

 

Tool recommendations are based on each product passing acceptance tests created independent of the products being subjected to tested.  For acceptance testing, a  binary rating system was devised where products passing the acceptance criteria were assigned a value of “1” and those products failing to pass the acceptance criteria test were assigned a value of “0.” Only those products passing acceoptance testing and assigned a numeric score of "1" made it to the second round of testing; the application of a "goodness" filter to each product passing the initial acceptance testing.

 

The “goodness” filter, based on qualitative acceptance factors, was applied to the products to obtain a goodness score of 1-5, with 5 being the best score a product could obtain, and a score of 1 being the poorest score a product could obtain.

 

Using the acceptance criteria score (0,1), and adding the “goodness” score (1-5), provided an aggregate score for each product (acceptance criteria score + goodness score == aggregate product score or cS + gS == pS). From the aggregate product scores obtained, it was possible to identify the best products within the domain (highest aggregate score) versus those products receiving lower aggregate scores, thus lower quality products.

 

                 Using this system, the highest rated products within the product domain could be identified. Ultimately, the highest rated products

                 would become our final product recommendations.

 

   

Recommended Collaboration eLearning Content and Delivery Tools


1. Litmos Cloud

 

Aggregate score:  6

 

Website: litmos.com

 

Litmos by CallidusCloud passed all our acceptance criteria and our “goodness” filter, receiving the highest possible aggregate score among all products tested.  Litmos caters to the vast majority of business sectors and most vendor plug-ins can easily be integrated within their SaaS platform.

 

Litmos bills itself as the easiest to use elearning content management system on the market.For training professionals who need a trusted vendor with deep domain expertise, Litmos provides a cloud-based learning management solution (LMS) that unifies virtual, classroom, mobile, social and eCommerce capabilities in a single, secure, and scalable platform that can meet any organization's training needs.

 

With Litmos, you can engage learners anytime through native apps for Android and iOS, extend your ecosystem by using prepackaged connectors and REST APIs, and protect your data through enterprise-grade security. Litmos accomodates most third-party plug-ins, including Salesforce. Litmos LMS is used for employee training, customer training, compliance training, and partner training [2].

 

Litmos’s pricing structure is tier-based, with three tiers available. Litmos’s Pro service, their basic plan, is free for 150 active users or less, $4 per seat for 151-500 active users, and $3 per seat for up to 1000 active users. Litmos’s middle tier service costs $9 for 150 active users or less, $6 per seat for 151-500 active users, and $5 per seat for up to 1000 active users. Their top tier service costs $0 for 150 active users or less, $6 per seat for 151-500 active users, and $5 per seat for up to 1000 active users. In all cases, for companies requiring over 1000 seats, custom pricing is available by contacting Litmos’s sales department.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

2. Omnisocial Learn

 

Aggregate score:  6

 

Website:  mzinga.com

 

Omnisocial Learn from Mzinga is a leading provider of enterprise social software solutions and services serving the learning, marketing and support markets for employees, customers and partners. Through a combination of enterprise-class technology, strategy and online moderation services, Mzinga’s social solutions enable businesses to increase revenue and lower costs by improving brand visibility, employee performance, workplace satisfaction, and customer loyalty. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Mzinga empowers millions of users at many of the world’s largest organizations in 160 countries worldwide [3].

 

OmnisocialLearn has 30 apps that come with the system with another 40 available. Additionally, most third-party plug-ins can be integrated into the application.

 

Mzibga’s pricing model involves a monthly subscription fee.  While specific pricing is not disclosed, the subscription fee varies based on whether you are choosing to deploy on an internal/private site or on an external/public site. In either case, the monthly subscription fee applied would be based on a user model or page view model.

 

Omnisocial Learning by Mizinga was another contender for best collaborative eLearning authoring nd delivery platform. Employee productivity is critical to remain competitive. Transform your organization into a more open, productive work environment by introducing collaboration and interactivity into your employees’ everyday experience. Using OmniSocial Learning, you can create a social business ecosystem that enables social learning, ongoing communication, collaboration, knowledge sharing, peer support, and more.


 

 

 

 

     

3. eFront

 

Aggregate score:  5

 

Website:  efrontlearning.com

 

eFront by eFront Learning is a leading enterprise Learning Management System that can support any training scenario, no matter its complexity. The full-featured LMS enables you to deliver employee and extended enterprise training, scalable to any size. eFront supports extensive customization needs, making it the best training solution for any enterprise environment and highly regulated industries.

 

Fully extensible, eFront can be used to train employees, customers, partners, and vendors through its advanced feature set. Most third-party vendor plug-ins are supported, including Salesforce. And Front's API allows developers to control the platform programmatically and integrate it with third party applications and scripts. eFront comes with a comprehensive set of endpoints allowing the integration of third party programming languages and/or platforms. The platform also offers REST-based API [4].

 

eFront supports a tiered pricing model, based on the number of users. The Business package supports up to 1000 users for $750 per month, the Enterprise package supports up to 2000 users at a cost of $1000 per month, and the Large enterprise package supports up to 5000 users at a cost of $2000 per month. A tailored option is also available (pricing on request).

 

 

 

 

 

                

 

5. CONCLUSION

 

With the vast number of collaborative eLearning authoring and delivery products in the marketplace, choosing the optimum solution for learning can be daunting. Through our research, we have attempted to find the best products available while keeping in mind our end users and our acceptance criteria. By doing so, we have been able to reduce the number of products drastically, from the original 58 to only a handful. That being said, it would still be beneficial for any party interested in building out a collaborative eLearning authoring and delivery platform to choose wisely, hopefully based on your own needs and your own acceptance criteria. Also, our research was conducted in the latter part of October 2017, so please keep in mind that products change, products disappear, and new products come to market routinely in this product domain.

 

 

6. SOURCES CITED

 

1. Ellis, Ryann K. (2009), Field Guide to Learning Management, ASTD Learning Circuit.

2. https://www.litmos.com

3. http://mzinga.com

4. https://www.efrontlearning.com/

 

 

Team Scary is:

 

Elin Boerjesson

Sampath Dindi  

Dorian Gattepaille

Gary  Leicht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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