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AUGUST 19, 2011  Content Curation
Content curation as defined by Rohit Bhargava in a 2009 blog post titled, “Manifesto for the Content Curator. All debates about using the terms “curation and “curator aside, figuring out ways of “finding, grouping, organizing or sharing the best and most relevant content on a specific issue * is something that all associations should be doing. Because we’re already doing most of it, and it’s a big (maybe even gigantic ) reason our members pay dues to belong to our selective group. Aren’t they?!? Of course they are. Methodically?! Voila!
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JULY 7, 2011  Secrets to Successful eLearning Revealed!
They’ve updated their 2009 State of the Sector report — with the all the insight and expertise you’d expect. Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele at Tagoras have been very, very busy these days… We recently noted their updated LMS for Associations Report ( see Tagoras On Target ) and now they’ve done it again. They’ve renamed it the “Association Learning + Technology State of the Sector Report, which bears a bit of attention. Just 15%?!?? Sad, but true. Why so few? Make use of professional instructional design. That explains it! Not tomorrow. Today.
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FEBRUARY 17, 2012  Stealing from the Rich…
And because the series we did that dissected what the ASTD BEST Award winners did in 2009 had so many hits (and still does), I figure it’s worth our time to look at some other companies, what they’re doing, and what we can learn from them. Stealing what works in elearning from the rich corporations, that is… First, my usual caveat: we’re not corporations. We shouldn’t assume that everything they do is worthy of emulation by associations and other nonprofits. But that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from them, right? Source? Why not? If not, why not?
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DECEMBER 13, 2009  Meta What?!?!!?
Back in grad school, when discussion turned to “deconstructionism, I mentally closed down. Something about that term turned me off, maybe because it sounded pretentious when people uttered it. Here’s another one: metacognition. But the concept is simple, and — thanks to learning and development specialist Taruna Goel — easy to implement, all for the good of your association. Metacognition is learning from learning, “perhaps more important than learning itself, Goel writes. It is about being aware of your learning and taking control of the same..
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DECEMBER 31, 2011  Lessons Learned at the End of the Year
We knew when we sold our house in early 2009 and became “full-time RVers” that we’d need to watch our expenses, so we chose not to spend money on a satellite system or any of those plug-in cards for Internet access. Lesson One. It’s been a hectic year — we traveled more than 11,000 miles, driving from the West Coast to the Atlantic and back again, straying northward during those scorching summer weeks. What we learned is that free Web access — despite the fact that we’re a dozen years into the new millenium — is still elusive. Plenty.
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MARCH 25, 2015  aLearning Trail Guide Now Available on Amazon
Much has changed in the technology of elearning since the trail guide was originally published in 2009, but the step-by-step instructions for gathering what you need to develop, and then create, your association’s elearning strategy are still valid. When the book came out, it was the only place to get such detailed information in a practical, useful format. How cool is that?
ALEARNING  How Did You Do in 2009?
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2009
Some of us see the end of the calendar year as a good time to evaluate learning against established industry standards. Benchmarking. Figuring out how we did. Where we stand. And from that, plotting a path through the next year. If your association dedicates more than 30% to alearning, congratulate yourself for moving online for the convenience of your members! – If you’ve experienced a return on your elearning investment, you’ve met the benchmark. Only 0.9% reported losing money and fewer than 4% reported breaking even. Don’t know if you’re generating revenue? MORE >>
ALEARNING  Learning Team of One
| SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 2010
For example, one of the ASTD 2009
BEST Award winners is VF Asia Limited, a business unit of VF Corporation. For the details, please see the October 2009
issue of T+D. So many of the resources available about elearning seem to be directed primarily at organizations (especially for-profits) with a large training staff that it’s hard to implement much of what they do — couldn’t we do so much more with bags of money and rooms full of learning specialists? And how do they do it with a tight budget and high urgency for producing timely training? They had a clear plan. MORE >>
ALEARNING  Free Course = Revenue
| SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2009
Of course, folks like Jeff Cobb have been advocating free learning for some time(see especially his Mission to Learn blog on this topic if you haven’t been there yet), but this particular angle occurred to me while reading the October 2009
issue of T+D , covering the ASTD BEST Awards (I’m trying not to rant this year about not having association learning awards) (and, yes, I’m still catching up on reading. How can that be? How can offering something that will cost you money to create bring in revenue if you offer it for free? Not necessarily. Here’s an Example. MORE >>
ALEARNING  What State are You In?
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2009
ASTD State of the Industry Report is one way to do that. How was it different than the previous year(s)? – Was your learning budget impacted in 2009
? . It’s generally not wise to benchmark alearning against corporations — the business models for our training and education programs are vastly different, after all — but keeping an eye on what corporations are doing can serve as an excellent guide for benchmarking in and of itself. Corporate training departments are doing more with less, and for less money. Is this true for associations as well? MORE >>
ALEARNING  Are Your Business Needs Being Met?
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009
many associations saw their historically long waiting lists rapidly dwindle, leaving them to wonder and worry about what could happen if they suddenly couldn’t fill the convention hall. Yes, non-profits/not-for-profits have business needs. Making sure you bring in enough revenue to cover your costs/expenses is the ultimate need, but what drives those revenues? Membership dues, you say. Registration fees to the conference and other events. Conference booth revenues. Sponsorships. Maybe some advertising. Do they understand your membership application process? Renewal process? MORE >>
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