Elearning! Media Group, the industry voice of the enterprise learning and workforce technology market, announces the Best of Elearning! 2011 award-winners. Recipients are chosen by Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines’ reader community via an open-ended online ballot posted each summer at www.2elearning.com.
Five vendors were multiple winners, including eCornell, which won in three categories: Best LMS (SaaS), Best Leadership Training, and Best Compliance/ Certification Program. Double winners were SkillSoft, Articulate, Brainshark and Adobe.
This year’s results featured new winners in many categories, including some that have been dominated by perennial winners in the past. For instance, in the Best LMS (enterprise) category, Meridian KSI was a first-time winner, as was BizLibrary in the Best LMS (SaaS) category.
The Best of Elearning! award-winners were honored at the Enterprise Learning! Conference & Expo on September 28th at the Anaheim Hilton, Anaheim, CA. Finalists in each category were honored with awards of excellence.
Altogether, 56 products across 20 categories have been named best-in-class by learning professionals and executives in 2011. Approximately 1750 nominations were collected over the 3 month balloting period.
“Given the number of nominations, to earn an Award of Excellence is quite an honor,” says Catherine Upton, Elearning! Media Group’s publisher. “And, to be named a category winner is a true testament to the vendor’s product and service excellence.”
Each honoree will be featured in the 2011 Best of Elearning! Awards issues of Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines. Readers can not only learn more about these solutions, but hear from real world users about how they are leveraging these solutions to drive enterprise performance. The awards issues will mail November 2011 and can be downloaded at www.2elearning.com.
The 2011 Best of Elearning! Award Recipients Are:
Best Learning Management System (software-as-a-service) - Winners (tie): BizLibrary Company College LMS and eCornell EDUCE Enterprise Platform. Award of Excellence to: Epignosis eFront Enterprise, NetLearning LMS, SumTotal Systems GeoMaestro.
Best Learning Management System (enterprise) - Winner: Meridian KSI Global LMS. Award of Excellence to: NetDimensions Enterprise Knowledge Platform, Saba Software Saba Enterprise.
What voters said about the winner: “Best-in-class support with up-to-date features and functionality.”
Best Learning Content Management System - Winner: OutStart LCMS. Award of Excellence to: SumTotal Systems LCMS, Xyleme LCMS.
What voters said about the winner: “A true LCMS with connection to mobile uses that is continually evolving to meet market demand.”
Best Open-Source Solution - Winner: Moodle LMS. Other finalist: Epignosis eFront LMS.
What voters said about the winner: “Easy to learn, easy to use, remarkably free of technical issues.”
Best Talent Management System - Winner: SumTotal Systems TMS. Other finalist: Saba Software TMS.
What voters said about the winner: “Great depth of talent analysis that ensures career development.”
Best I.T. Content - Winner: SkillSoft SkillChoice I.T. Other finalist: Lynda.com Software Training.
What voters said about the winner: “Huge catalog, always updated with basic, medium and specific courses offered.”
Best Leadership Training - Winner: eCornell Leadership & Strategic Management. Award of Excellence to: CoveyLink Speed of Trust, SkillSoft Leadership Advantage.
What voters said about the winner: “Solid, flexible Web-based interface that offers virtual classrooms and social networking.”
Best Soft Skills Training - Winner: BizLibrary Streaming Video Library. Other finalist: SkillSoft SkillChoice Business Collection.
What voters said about the winner: “One-hour options are wonderful, and streaming videos and trainer guides are helpful.”
Best Compliance/Certification Program - Winner: eCornell Project Leadership. Other finalist: NetLearning Compliance Series.
What voters said about the winner: “Authors truly understand the human dimensions of project leadership, and educators are top-notch.”
Best Rapid Development Tool - Winner: ReadyGo WCB. Award of Excellence to: Articulate Presenter, Snap! by Lectora.
What voters said about the winner: “Quick and easy-to-build modules that work on computers and all mobile devices.”
Best E-learning Development Tool - Winner: Articulate Studio Suite. Award of Excellence to: Adobe eLearning Suite, Lectora Pro Suite
What voters said about the winner: “Powerful features, including robust add-ons that enhance lessons.”
Best Simulation Tool - Winner: Adobe Captivate. Award of Excellence to: Kaplan Learning Technologies STT Trainer, TechSmith Camtasia.
What voters said about the winner: “Editing capabilities that are not always found in other screen captures.”
Best Assessment Tool - Winners (tie): Articulate QuizMaker, Questionmark Perception 5.2.
Best Video Capture, Publish Production - Winner: Sonic Foundry Mediasite. Award of Excellence to: Brainshark, Kaplan Learning Technologies Capture Point.
What voters said about the winner: “Well integrated hardware and software using the latest technologies with great documentation.”
Best Presentation Tool - Winner: Lectora Inspire. Award of Excellence to: Articulate Presenter, Brainshark.
What voters said about the winner: “Fast and easy way to get a consistent message out to captivate and inspire adult learners.”
Best Social Learning Tool - Winners (tie): Interactyx Topyx, Saba Live, SkillSoft InGenius.
Best Mobile Learning Solution - Winner: Brainshark Mobile. Award of Excellence to: NetDimensions Mobile EKP, OutStart Hot Lava Mobile, SkillSoft Books 24/7 Mobile Edition, Xyleme Pastiche.
What voters said about the winner: “Fast download time, great reporting system, delivers training in any environment.”
Best Mobile Application - Winner: Brainshark App for iPad. Award of Excellence to: Blackboard Mobile Learn, ReadyGo mLearn.
What voters said about the winner: “Allows our small training firm to compete with the big guys, and eliminates having the sales force lug laptops.”
Best Web Seminar Solution - Winner: Adobe Connect Pro. Award of Excellence to: Cisco WebEx MeetingCenter, Saba Centra.
What voters said about the winner: “Nice interface, great performance that allows in-depth learner interactions.”
Best Virtual Classroom - Winners (tie): Adobe Connect Pro, Citrix Online GoToTraining, Cisco WebEx TrainingCenter.
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