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.
Learning Management Systems for Associations: The Essentials
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
What are the essential functions of a Learning Management System for Associations? With so many options out there, and every vendor keen to advertise their platform with the latest bells and whistles or the ”prettiest” interface, how do you make sure that your LMS performs the way your organization needs it to? Support Best Practice with eLearning Content Standards.
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.
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?
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New Year Resolution: Invest in Association Learning Technology
JANUARY 3, 2017
We are all making personal and professional new year’s resolutions for 2017, setting goals and making promises to ourselves to keep them this year. Whether your association is planning to launch new education or certification programs, or revitalize and restructure existing programs, our suggestion for your new year resolution is to invest in association learning technology.
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.
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.
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 .
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. They do this through a variety of platforms including websites, social media, email, and increasingly through online communities. – International Data Corporation (IDC). What is an Online Community?
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?
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. As a starting point for evalutating your current learning solution, you might want to have a look at the post “ When is it Time for a New LMS “, and ask these questions: Are your learners frustrated? …but, WAIT!
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. What You might be surprised.
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?
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 .
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.
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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. WBT We have big news! The next version of TopClass LMS will be launched to coincide with the ASAE Annual Meeting and Expo.
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. skills to hand. An easy, quick and effective way to address this is to look to the use of embedded streaming media via the use of iFrames. Using iFrames to Enhance eLearning Assessments. Video. Click on the Share link/icon.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Driving Results at 7th Annual Higher Logic Super Forum
NOVEMBER 2, 2016
WBT Systems is delighted to be a Platinum Sponsor of the 7th Annual Higher Logic Super Forum , taking place in Arlington, VA, November 14-15. The The 2016 Higher Logic Super Forum is an exclusive two-day training, educational, and social event for Higher Logic clients, partners and community enthusiasts, with the theme: Results Driven. Measure. Manage.
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.
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.
OpenBadges: Increasing Visibility of Association Education
OCTOBER 18, 2016
There has been much discussion lately about the value of digital badges for both association education and certification programs. Digital badges inspire new pathways to learning and connect learners to opportunities, resources, and one another ”. The social connectivity offered by digital badges aligns perfectly with the nature of association membership and education programs in particular.
Leadership through Blended Learning: Sorority LMS Success
JULY 12, 2016
Blended Learning programs are the ideal way to deliver leadership development programs as they are more effective at creating behavioral change and deep learning. The eLearning Coach , Connie Malamed, outlines some of the benefits of blended learning as follows: Technology-enabled delivery can reach a geographically dispersed audience. Successful Delivery of Blended Learning with an LMS.
Getting Started with Online Learning for Associations
SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
The start of the new school year in September always makes us think of wide-eyed children, venturing into their new classrooms, with all their shiny new notebooks, pens, and tablets. They can be both excited and nervous at the prospect of what they will learn and experience in the coming year. For associations, getting started with online learning can feel the same way.
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How to Make the Most of ASAE Annual Expo 2016
AUGUST 2, 2016
With less than two weeks to the ASAE Annual Meeting and Expo 2016 , the largest event for Associations each year, we are putting in place our final preparations to exhibit at Booth #515. Are you ready? For any association executives looking for new technology solutions, or seeking to change to a new system, there will be a huge range of solution providers to choose from. 10:15 a.m.–1:45 p.m.