April, 2014

Topic: LCMS’s and Inspire

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014

6:00 – 6:30 pm: Networking
6:30 – 8:00 pm: Business Meeting / Program


Learning and Content Management Systems (LCMS) have been an important part of online training for several years both for creating online training and for tracking student progress. Rivertown Communications has developed Inspire LCMS™ to meet the needs of many organizations without the high costs normally associated with well-known systems such as SumTotal or Pathlore. A discussion of how a Learning Management System (LMS) works and how courses track progress using SCORM will be covered. We’ll also look forward to how new technologies, such as HTML5 and Tin Can, fit in to the picture.

Robb Jacobs. President and founder of Rivertown Communications / Stillwater, MN.

For more than 25 years, Robb has been designing, creating, and delivering technology-based training materials, including e-learning courses, web-delivered educational content, and video productions. Robb is an experienced script writer and instructional designer. Credits include productions for the Minnesota Secretary of State, most State of Minnesota Departments, Center for Disease Control (CDC), USDA, Parsons Electric, Stearns County and the British Home Office.

Jothan Sargent. Lead Programmer, Rivertown Communications.

Jothan has over fifteen years of experience developing computer-based instruction. Jothan’s expertise includes ColdFusion, ASP, PHP, JavaScript, PERL, HTML, HTML5, VB Script, Flash, Dreamweaver, SQL Server, MySQL, MS Access, Pathlore LMS, Prosperity LMS, SCORM-compliant LMS, JAWS, and the DHS system. Jothan is the lead developer on Rivertown’s Inspire ™ learning management system and Compass Plus ®, Rivertown’s online gap analysis tool. Jothan has a degree in Computer Science from the University of St. Thomas.



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The meeting is available synchronously via Breeze/Adobe Connect. It requires the installation of the Flash Player, which you can get for free online.

To virtually attend the meeting:

  1. Go to: http://collaborate.stthomas.edu/DLF
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  3. Type your name in the open field
  4. Click “Enter Room”

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The connection should be available by about 6:20 pm. Contact Candace Chou at 763-222-7798 if you cannot access the virtual meeting room.

Important Note: The DLF is an all-volunteer/no-dues organization. We cannot provide technical support. Also, we are not directly affiliated with UST. Therefore, if you experience problems signing in, do NOT contact the university.