Learners and Your LMS: If you build it, will they come?
MARCH 14, 2017
Working with many associations over the years, we have listened to many organizations describe the reasons why their members do not use their existing Learning Management System (LMS) and why they are looking for a new learning solution to re-engage their learners. Here we share four of the most common reasons associations seek to change their LMS platform. Maybe, maybe not.
Is your Association a Learning Organization?
JANUARY 31, 2017
Is your association a learning organization? A learning organization is one “that facilitates the learning of its members and continuously transforms itself” According to this definition , this type of organization is more responsive to external pressures, has a faster pace of change within the organization, and is better able to innovate and remain competitive.
How To Design a Digital Badge Strategy
DECEMBER 6, 2016
Dramatic changes have occurred in how learning is recognized, accredited and validated. Digital Badges are a part of these changes and are set to make a big impact on education and certification programs in 2017. More and more it is specific industry-recognized skills and experience that are most valued. Diplomas, degrees, certification, and skills quickly lose their relevance and become obsolete.
Using Digital Credentials to Close the Skills Gap: Webinar
MARCH 15, 2017
Today’s workforce is caught in a relentless skills gap that grows wider each year. Employers are desperate to find qualified talent among candidates who lack sufficient technical know-how and business competence to drive organizations forward. And educational institutions continue their struggle to equip students for the future of work. How can associations help turn the tide?
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Trends Impacting eLearning Solutions for Associations in 2017
JANUARY 10, 2017
Predictions for the next big trends in eLearning solutions started appearing before 2017 had even begun. With so many blog posts and articles, how do you wade through all the predictions to uncover what trends will directly impact your association’s learning technology strategy this year? You don’t have to! So what do you need to know? Trends Impacting Associations Right Now.
Association Education and Certification: Best Benefit Ever
JANUARY 24, 2017
What benefits truly increase value for association members, increasing engagement and ensuring that they renew their membership? It’s a question that many associations ask when planning benefit programs and communications to members. How do you make your member benefits both appealing and valuable to entice renewals and new membership subscriptions? What is the best benefit ever?
The 3 C’s of Social Learning for Associations
AUGUST 30, 2016
The 3 C’s of social learning for associations will help you decide what approach works best for your association members when incorporating social learning into the design of education programs. What is Social Learning? Like many individuals and organizations in modern society, associations maintain social media profiles for sharing content of interest to their members. Content . Connect .
Successful Learning Management System Implementation eBook
NOVEMBER 22, 2016
Recently, eLearning Industry invited WBT Systems to contribute to the publication of a free eBook which addresses one of the biggest concerns faced by organizations – the complexity and difficulty of Learning Management System implementation. We are honored to be asked to share our experience in this eBook, and delighted to share the contribution from our CTO, Linda Bowers with you here.
Take Charge of your eLearning environment
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Make it Easy for Members to Love your Association LMS!
JANUARY 17, 2017
Increasingly, associations are adopting Learning Management Systems (LMS) to help simplify the administration and delivery of education and certification programs to a membership that is more geographically dispersed, increasingly busy, and dealing with a changing economy which can make it more difficult to attend meetings and conferences in person. Easy Access to All Education Resources.
Managing Learning at your Association Annual Conference
FEBRUARY 21, 2017
Organizations offer a wide variety of professional learning opportunities to their members, employees, and partners which range from online courses and webinars, to regional or annual conferences, to classroom-based learning. Almost every association hosts conferences for their members and for many associations these events comprise the majority of their training. Reasons Members Attend Events.
3 Ways an Online Community Enhances Learning
NOVEMBER 8, 2016
With all the information available at our fingertips through the internet, connecting us globally with people who share our interests, society is progressively interacting more and more online. Just think of the last time you did a Google search for information. They do this through a variety of platforms including websites, social media, email, and increasingly through online communities.
eLearning Assessment and Feedback with your Association LMS
OCTOBER 4, 2016
Many associations are creating eLearning content for members that are spread over a wide geographical area, and who are increasingly “on the go”, voluntarily accessing learning when they can, where they can, outside of working hours. How can you use your association LMS to provide eLearning assessment that is supportive of the learning process and engaging for learners?
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Creating Connections: From Association Education to Employment
NOVEMBER 1, 2016
The recent whitepaper, “ The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm ”, has generated significant conversation online about how associations need to lead change with education programs , as associations are uniquely poised to help bridge the growing gap between academic training and employers needs. But we can’t stop there. Company employees are busier than ever.
Essential Steps BEFORE Planning for an LMS Implementation
OCTOBER 11, 2016
Fall is a transitional season, with the leaves changing color and starting to shed, and we start thinking about planning for the weather changes coming in the next season. Similarly, it’s usually at this time of year that associations and other organizations start to review their training requirements and inevitably their delivery of that training. Has your organization outgrown your LMS?
4 Stages of Falling in Love with your LMS
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
Every relationship passes through different stages from first meeting to real, lasting love. Your relationship with your organization’s Learning Management System is no different. Stage One: Falling in Love. For many people, love begins with lust. Falling in love is a wonderful process. American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine.
Which Association Learning Trends Predictions Came True in 2016?
DECEMBER 13, 2016
With just a couple of weeks to the end of the year and a huge variety of association learning solutions being showcased this week at ASAE Technology Conference 2016 , it’s a good time to look back at the association learning trends that were predicted for 2016 and see which of these are still relevant. Which association learning trends will still be important as we move forward into 2017?
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.
Association Learning: Does your Story Inspire Members?
NOVEMBER 15, 2016
Sometimes it’s nice to take a step back from all the news, busy work days, our hectic social and family lives and take some time to reflect, refocus, and refresh. Conferences can be a great place to do this, while also reconnecting with your peers, sharing experience, and learning about new ideas. David Spinks (@DavidSpinks) November 14, 2016. HLSF16. Diana T. Goethe . Ralph Waldo Emerson .
Open Source LMS: Hidden Costs for Associations
MARCH 7, 2017
Many associations have, at some point, considered the benefits of choosing an open source LMS for delivering their education programs. This is especially true of associations that may be considering implementing an online learning platform for the first time, or those with a limited budget. Hidden Costs of an Open Source LMS. Staffing Resources. Support and Maintenance.
Learning Content Curation for Association Member Education
JULY 19, 2016
Have you tried curating content for your education programs? Rather than creating all your course content from scratch, learning content curation can help you to update and extend your member education programs with new material. Curation is more than just collecting information, however. Content curation focuses on the accuracy, relevance, usefulness, value, and other aspects of knowledge assets.
WBT Systems’ TopClass maintains position as #1 LMS for Associations
DECEMBER 12, 2016
For the second consecutive year, WBT Systems’ TopClass LMS has been named the #1 Learning Management System for Associations in the Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards. This award honors the learning solution vendor which best caters for the unique and varied requirements of associations that provide education and certification programs for their members.
Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose
Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.
ASAE Annual Meeting 2016: Come see the new version of TopClass LMS!
JULY 14, 2016
We are excited to be heading to ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah from August 13-16 ! ASAE Annual Meeting 2016 is the biggest Association conference of the year and the schedule is jam packed with educational sessions, learning labs and social events. We have big news! The next version of TopClass LMS will be launched to coincide with the ASAE Annual Meeting and Expo.
LMS, LCMS, Content Authoring: Exploring eLearning Tools
NOVEMBER 29, 2016
Before getting started with using eLearning tools for your education or certification programs, it is important to know the difference between the different tools used to create, develop, and deliver eLearning content. Joe Ganci writes the Toolkit column for Learning Solutions Magazine , which reviews all the different tools available for creating eLearning content. PowerPoint Slide Presentations.
Discover how to Engage Learners with TopClass LMS at iNNOVATIONS 2017
FEBRUARY 22, 2017
WBT Systems is proud to sponsor iNNOVATIONS 2017 , hosted by Advanced Solutions International (ASI) in Orlando, Florida on March 8-9. We are very excited to sponsor INNOVATIONS, where this year we will be showcasing TopClass 10 LMS and our seamless integration with iMIS. Bob Alves, Chairman and CEO of Advanced Solutions International (ASI). Check out What’s new in TopClass LMS version 10?
Enhance eLearning Assessment to Maintain Learner Engagement
AUGUST 9, 2016
One way to improve the learner experience is to aim to improve engagement in our eLearning assessment by addressing the variety and format of the questions and answers we use. The scope of assessment variation is sometimes reduced to whether to use a Boolean, multiple choice or multiple answer question type. skills to hand. Using iFrames to Enhance eLearning Assessments. Video. Click on Embed.
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What makes an Association Education Program Successful?
SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
There is an association for every profession, trade, and interest. In the United States alone, there are tens of thousands of associations and non-profit organizations working to support, develop, and advocate for their respective members and industries. With such diversity, how do you determine what makes an association education program successful? Measuring Success - Determining the Metrics.
Collaborate, Discover, Explore Learning at ASAE Tech 2016
DECEMBER 3, 2016
WBT Systems will be exhibiting our award-winning TopClass Learning Management System and association learning solutions at Booth #615 during ASAE Tech 2016 , December 13-14. ASAE Technology Conference will help association executives to “ keep an eye on trends and leverage the best approaches to stay adaptable, overcome challenges, and move quickly into the future.
Why Digital Badges are the Future of Association Education
AUGUST 23, 2016
Why are Digital Badges the future of Association Education? The way we learn is constantly evolving. Association members use their professional social networks, curated feeds, and a myriad of other digital channels to enhance their professional skills. At the same time, the means whereby learning/training is recognized, accredited and validated is also changing. How do you achieve both?
Challenges and Opportunities for Association Education Programs
FEBRUARY 28, 2017
We have come across several interesting articles in the past couple of weeks, which discuss some of the social, political and economic changes that are currently impacting how we work and learn. In this post, we have collected some articles that we think will be interesting for associations, and that touch on some of the challenges and opportunities for association education programs today.
The complete eLearning journey
As an eLearning designer wouldn’t it be great if you could take charge of your eLearning environment right from storyboarding your ideas to generating responsive eLearning courses to being able to effectively deploy and track your learners’ performance?
The 5 E’s of Generating Non-Dues Revenue from eLearning
JULY 26, 2016
Is your association generating as much non-dues revenue as it needs to, wants to, or has the potential to? One great way to do this is to look to your online education and certification programs – with your Association Learning Management System, generating non-dues revenue is easy! Extend your Reach to a Wider Audience. Exploit the Full Potential of your Course Catalog.