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As part two of our series celebrating our clients recent wins, we’re sharing insight our customers included in Craig Weiss’s “Top Learning Systems for 2018.”

Craig is the CEO and Lead Analyst for the Craig Weiss Group, LLC, and he has been named The Most Influential Person in the eLearning and LMS space countless times. Craig’s E-Learning 24/7 blog is read by eLearning professionals around the world to help inform their technology purchasing decisions.

Craig’s “Top Learning Systems for 2018” lists the top 50 learning systems by rank. The full list can be found via his downloadable mini-report, while the top 25 are detailed within 3 separate blog posts (#25 through #16, #15 through #11, and #10 through #1). This is the full criteria Craig uses to build this list. We’re going to highlight just those customers who appeared in the top 25… and here they are:

#17 MindTickle!

MindTickle! is a Sales Enablement platform that is integrated with SCORM Engine. MindTickle! is a great example a non-traditional learning platform that still benefits from eLearning standards support.

#14 Degreed

Degreed is a leader in the Learning Experience Platform space, allowing for content to be pulled into the Degreed platform from multiple sources. Degreed has an integration with SCORM Cloud, which enables their customers to include SCORM and xAPI content right along side content from Lynda.com, YouTube, and many other third-party content services.

#13 Blackboard Corporate

Blackboard has been a long time SCORM Engine customer, using Engine to handle the details around playing and tracking SCORM, AICC and xAPI content in the Learn application.

#9 SumTotal

SumTotal is a major player in the LMS space. The platform has an integration with SCORM Engine, which includes xAPI and Learning Record Store (LRS) support. Their Engine integration enables their users to import, launch and track xAPI and cmi5 compliant eLearning content, as well as connect third-party xAPI Learning Record Providers to the LRS.

#4 Unicorn LMS

Unicorn’s SkillServe LMS (now Unicorn LMS) is a growing SaaS based learning platform. They integrated SCORM Engine to allow clients to import, launch and track standards based eLearning content and support xAPI. Unicorn also integrates our SCORM Driver Cross Domain solution in their ContentServe application in order to deliver their content to clients on a third-party platform while maintaining control of their assets.

#2 Litmos

Litmos is a leading SaaS based LMS, and were an early adopter of the Experience API and a Learning Record Store (LRS). They were the first LMS to integrate with with our Engine LRS. Recently, they have also adopted our mobile/offline SDKs, enabling their mobile applications to run and track SCORM content offline, then sync data back to the LMS when the Internet connection resumes.

#1 eLogic

eLogic and Rustici Software have worked together for many years. We’ve enjoyed watching their LMS platform evolve and have helped their team offset the burden of managing the eLearning standards support within the eSSEntial LMS. Our SCORM Engine solution helps eLogic support SCORM, AICC, xAPI and PENS within the LMS and includes support for offline SCORM support in their mobile app.

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If you’re anything like me, you love “Best Of” lists: The Best Movies of 2018, The Best Songs of 2018, The Best Local Restaurants of 2018, The Best Smart Home Tech of 2018, etc. Without Best Of lists I’d find myself going to far too many mediocre movies, spending way too much time scouring music blogs for the next great song, dining in subpar restaurants, and being stuck with useless home tech that doesn’t allow me to turn off all of the lights in my house from the comfort of my couch. These lists have done the hard work for us, clearing away the clutter and just presenting us with the best of the best.

With all of that said, a Best Of list is really only as good as the list creator. The individual or organization behind the list has to be reputable and an expert in their particular space. We are spoiled in the eLearning and HR industries with numerous high quality sources for this type of curated information. In this series, I will be focusing on the following, as well as highlighting Rustici Software clients mentioned in each list and describing how we help them:

When you talk to Chris and me about why technology vendors should work with us, rather than implement standards on their own, one of the things you’ll hear us say is, “Standards support will not be a differentiator for your technology, but working with us will free up your developers to focus on building features and functionality into your platform or system that will differentiate your technology from your competitor.”

Our customers included in these Best Of lists are proof that outsourcing eLearning standards support, which can gobble up a ton of development time to implement and support, enables their teams to focus more time on making their applications and systems exceptional.

Tomorrow, we’ll kick off this series by sharing more insights into Craig Weiss’s “Top Learning Systems for 2018.” Next week, we’ll celebrate winners of John Leh’s Best of the Best and the week after we’ll dig into the Fosway 9 Grids. So stay tuned.

Note: Some of our clients are more private than others when it comes to talking about using our software. So the lists included in this series honors that and only includes the clients that are okay with sharing more about the work we do together.

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I always find it worthwhile to make our customers aware of what other customers are doing in case they find it helpful. Recently, our customer Steven Westmoreland, did some work around the SCORM Cloud API that I thought was worth sharing.

We occasionally have people contact us looking for a JavaScript, or Node.js specifically, client library for our SCORM Cloud API. We don’t create one ourselves at this time. However, Steven has done the community a huge solid by open sourcing his SCORM Cloud API Wrapper and providing some instructions for getting started with Node.js for Cloud on his site.

If you’re someone looking to integrate SCORM Cloud into your Node application this could be a great place to get started. The wrapper Steven has created currently supports most of the SCORM Cloud API Services and is available from both npm and GitHub.

If you’re aware of other interesting community efforts built around our projects, please let us know! We’d love to share them and promote people’s work.

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As a recent Rustici Software hire, I’ve been impressed to see that the spirit of collaboration we so actively promote in our office also extends to how we work with our clients.

The case is made in the collaborative relationship we have with D2L, who wanted to make their Brightspace LMS 508 Compliant. While SCORM Engine has never needed to be compliant itself, it is a building block for other eLearning applications and it’s important for us to provide the accessibility features our customers need. That way, our clients can confidently provide the support they desire for their customers! When D2L wanted to improve Engine’s player so it could more easily cooperate with screen readers, we were game.

Throughout the process, we worked closely with two Quality Assurance Analysts at D2L who made a big impact on us. Their team is passionate about creating the most positive user experience possible. As a result, they provided us with great advice and resources (if you’re looking for resources, we would highly recommend this Section 508 Checklist and Deque’s aXe for testing).

The thing that made the biggest difference for us, however, was the help we received from one of D2L’s QA analysts, who is blind. She was able to show us exactly how she used Engine’s player and what needed to be improved. When we shared the final revision with her and she cried because she was excited to be able to use the platform for learning…well, it pretty much made our year.

As we have worked on updating, changing and improving Engine’s user interface, we’ve also been able to make significant changes to the way we structure Engine’s player so it can more easily cooperate with screen readers. We redid the Player’s menu, buttons and navigation so that VoiceOver can now read them properly. We also updated Engine so that Landmarks (this is like a shortcut popup that allows users to quickly navigate to pages) get properly populated.

Learn more about the additional changes made to Engine in the 2017.1 release here. And if you have any questions about 508 compliance in eLearning or want to talk to us about an upgrade, just contact us.

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Rustici Software awarded CLO Award

We are thrilled to share that Chief Learning Officer (CLO) magazine announced the winners of the 2017 Learning in Practice Awards and Rustici Software won a Bronze Award for Excellence in Technology Innovation! Our submission recognized the work the SANS Institute has done using Content Controller to update their content distribution strategy. We are very thankful they allowed us to highlight their story and thrilled to consider these industry leaders our clients.

The SANS story

SANS’s use of Content Controller is an interesting story in and of its own, which we have explored in the SANS Content Controller case study. But to submit the award we also dug into the overall landscape. The difference between what SANS is doing to distribute content and what the industry has historically done is pretty staggering.

The Learning Management System (LMS) marketplace is expected to be valued at $7B/year by 2018 and is primarily split into two deployment models: on-premise and SaaS. LMSs have been supporting off-the-shelf eLearning content via third-party content providers since 1997. The model may appear simple: content providers license (for a certain number of users usually) courses to client who then access content via their own LMS. But this twenty-year old model has inherent flaws: content creators have found a lack of license control, a risk of inaccurate content, multi-language pain and a lack of data regarding course engagement.

The SANS Institute has solved these traditional challenges by shifting their distribution model. Using Content Controller, SANS centrally hosts their content to easily deliver the latest, most accurate content to learners and streamline their license admin. They’ve seen a 90% reduction in time spent updating existing content, saving $100K in employee costs per year. If you want to learn more about their story, check out the SANS case study.

Celebrating other clients who won CLO awards

In addition to our win, we were pleased to see that a number of other Rustici clients were also CLO award winners. The Learning in Practice Awards celebrate those who have crafted new and innovative education initiatives. Booz Allen Hamilton won A Silver Business Partnership Award and their Director, David Sylvester, won a Gold Trailblazer Award. Our client Grovo won a Bronze Excellence in eLearning award. Hats off to them!

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