Free Learning Management System Software

Learning management system software is a dime a dozen right now. There are so many choices competing for attention, most people wouldn’t have time to go through even 1% of them. There could be a great system hiding at the bottom of the pile that no one will ever discover because legacy systems have so much more marketing spend that they can effectively erase small competitors. But there are some small online learning platforms that really stand out. I want to talk about one of them today, that you may have read about in some of my prior posts: RomyLMS.com.

Learning Management System Software

Learning Management System Software

I created a training delivery and tracking software for my employees with the idea that it would better organize and automate our training processes. After further research, I found that not only was our system easier to use, more streamlined, and just as functional as other LMSs, it also served a niche that currently wasn’t being addressed. I decided to invest more into this learning management system software and make it into its own business.

Now that it has been acting separately from Coalition Technologies for over a month, it’s time to review its progress.

When we split it off from CT in March, although most of the functionality was there, the UI was terrible. Today, the navigation is much easier and the UI is much more polished:

RomyLMS

RomyLMS

While how a system looks isn’t always a great judge of how it actually performs, having a modern navigation makes software much easier to use (and particularly learning management system software that can get very complicated very fast). Since every who uses modern web applications is familiar with a certain type of navigation, mimicking this navigation already puts RomyLMS above most of the legacy systems in terms of usability. Most of the older systems look like excel spreadsheets with buttons everywhere; you need advanced training just to start training other people using these systems.

In addition to the modern UI, RomyLMS also differentiates itself from old learning management system software by keeping the list of features to the essentials. By focusing on core features, they have prevented the system from getting overwhelming and over-complicated. You’ll never get lost inside menus nested in menus found through searches and settings and on and on (this actually happened to me when I was testing other online learning platforms, and I am really tech-savy).

They have also completed upgraded the reporting functionality. It is a breeze to find how an individual employee is doing on their assignments or to see how a team has performed on a test. There are also elements of gamification built into the system; progress bars, badges, and a leaderboard makes training much more appealing.

RomyLMS is now a full-featured, cutting edge, learning management system that is perfect for small and medium businesses. They still have a little way to go to make the system more friendly for larger organizations, but from a programming standpoint, those changes will be fairly easy to make. I think RomyLMS is the easiest to use LMS on the market right now.

If you’re interested in trying them out for yourself, you can sign up and train 5 users for free, or you can log in to their demo site and poke around.

A10 Warthog

http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-a-10-warthog-may-be-kept-out-of-retirement-by-law-1773923092

I get why people are trying to save the A10.  It is a legendary aircraft that performed well for many years.

I also agree that the new F35 is a ridiculously expensive boondoggle of an aircraft.

But this plan to make a law keeping the A10 is harmful to us. So is trying to launch the idiotic F35. We are just trying to fight yesterday’s wars with ancient technology.

Our next enemy is going to use an armada of drones. Drones are far cheaper, far more maneuverable, far faster, and can carry a much heavier weapons load than any human powered aircraft. The human in a cockpit is obsolete and dangerous to our national security. We need to invest in a drone fleet capable of facing down another drone fleet successfully. Think a million mass produced drone aircraft.

Big Task To Start Each Day

The worst way to start a work day is by checking your email. Email sucks you in and takes your most productive hours from you while only allowing you to get low priority tasks completed.

A much more efficient way to do things is to figure out what you need to achieve the night before then start working on that right away in the morning. Check your email before lunch when your productivity is down.

Complexity

Managing complexity is one of the greatest challenges developers and managers face. Developers face complexity in the form of having code that can grow difficult to understand, and managers face it in businesses that become hard to comprehend. The human mind is finite and can only hold so much in it at a given time.

Developers have a number of tools and best practices to try to help make code more understandable. These range from MVC frameworks to self-documenting code to abstracting away complexity.

Business managers deal with it by trying to track what is going on and break down responsibilities and assign them out in a comprehensive way.

Sportslorette

Nevin had a sports themed bachelor party this weekend in Dallas and I came along. 26 guys had a giant sports tournament playing flag football, soccer, halo tourney, basketball, 4×400 relay, badminton, home run derby, and tennis.

We had a huge 117 acre estate in Dallas we stayed at with a main house, cabana, pool house, pool, and spa.

All of the guys were new to me, but I made a lot of new friends. Everyone seemed to be pretty great guys.

I won the 3 on 3 basketball tournament and was QB of the runner up in flag football. I got killed in all of the other sports lol.

Good break, I am ready to get back to work now.

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Screen Time

I wake up and pull my phone off its charger and go through my morning routine of reading Hacker News, Nytimes, Facebook, occasionally playing a bit of Chess.com. I head into work and stand on my treadmill desk in front of my laptop and external monitor working all day. In the evening, I go home and read on my Kindle or play on my phone or occasionally watch a movie. I even check my emails at stoplights sometimes.

I spend 95% of my waking life staring at a screen. Even if I didn’t work, I would still spend that time in front of a screen. Screen time is an addiction that seems to have captured everyone I know. I’m not even sure that’s a bad thing. It just is.

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