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6 Tips on Attracting Learners to Your LMS

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Are you among the m any organizations who transitioned an annual meeting (or multiple meetings) from in-person to virtual this year ? Maybe you even used your LMS to take registration, host the meeting, and to provide continuing education credits aft er the event.

Event Trends: Staying Virtual in 2021

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As 2021 kicks off, there is hope in the air. The COVID vaccine is being distributed and many are hoping that throughout the year we will be able to start returning to doing things we did pre-pandemic. For some, this includes hosting and going to in-person conferences and events. .

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Ask the Association Veteran Anything – October 2020

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Recently, Blue Sky’s VP of Continuing Education Solutions , Amanda Davis, sat down with our clients and prospects to answer their questions. You can view the entire webinar on-demand here , otherwise check out our recap (as well as some new tidbits!) of a few of the questions asked below. .

The Learning Equation That Will Revolutionize Your Training

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In your opinion, do you think training is effective? . How do you usually feel after a training experience? . Think about your training experiences over the past few years.

CFO’s Guide to Building an HR Team with Limited Time, Budget and Resources

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when CFOs have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

Going Virtual: What We’ve Learned Supporting 2000+ Virtual Events in 6 Months Part II

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In Part II of our Going Virtual: What We’ve Learned Supporting 2000+ Events in 6 Months series, we spoke with David Ditker, CEO of the Assistive Technology Industry Association came to talk to us while in the midst of preparing for his virtual conference. (If

5 Ideas for Repurposing Content After Your Virtual Event

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We’ve seen it time and time again with in-person events. So much goes into planning the in-person event from the speakers and sessions, meals to events, exhibit hall to travel. But what about after the meeting or conference? What about the people who weren’t able to attend? . The same goes for virtual meetings. Now that you’re virtual, it’s even easier to record your sessions – in fact, you might be having speakers pre-record their sessions before they are played back during the live event!

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4 Ways to Ensure Association Membership Renewal in 2020

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Many people join associations to meet other professionals in their field and take advantage of valuable networking opportunities. For these people, the cost of the membership is greatly justified by the value that the association brings, whether it’s through continued learning courses or large conferences with important speakers. .

Essential Instructional Design Principles – Webinar Recap

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Recently, Blue Sky’s VP of Learning Strategy and Development, Dan Streeter presented the webinar Essential Instructional Design Principles. You can read a short recap below, and watch the entire webinar on-demand here. .

Want Your Audience to Learn? Encourage Them to Get Straight Fs

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“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”. Denis Waitley, The Psychology of Motivation . We live in a society obsessed with success. So it may seem strange, but we’re going to encourage you to let your learners fail — again and again. .

The Role of Human Resources in Workplace Safety

While it may seem obvious to say that safety is important for any company to embrace, making it a priority as an HR representative will not only be beneficial to your employees but to your bottom line too. Download this whitepaper to learn more!

How to Give Your Learners the Training They Want

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Imagine you could time travel back to a just a decade ago and observe the typical day of someone working in your industry. Chances are the way they communicated, organized their work day, and pursued their strategic goals would be very different from how you work now. . We’ve adopted new technologies, structured our work days differently, and changed the way we define and measure success. So, why are so many companies still running training the way they always have? .

LMS Support: Top questions you’re not asking your LMS vendors — but should

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If you’re in the market for an LMS, you’re probably waist deep in the search process and dreaming of the light at the end of the tunnel. There are many important factors to consider when narrowing down the list of hundreds of vendors to your top three or four possible solutions. Certainly, you need the features and functionality your learners expect, and you need the administrative features and functionality that align with your existing technology and learning program.

The Top 5 Challenges Education Directors Face ? Webinar Recap

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Recently, Dan Streeter, Blue Sky’s very own Vice President of Learning Strategy and Development, sat down and talked about the five challenges education directors face. You can watch the full on-demand webinar here and view our high – level recap below! . PROBLEM 1: What do you mean by success? Learning Outcome: Develop a well-crafted content development and engagement strategy.

Webinar Pricing Strategies: How to Pick the Best for Your Organization

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Over the past couple months we’ve provided you with helpful hints on how to recruit and pay webinar speakers , and how to train your speakers to deliver top-notch content, now let’s talk a bit about how to price your webinar content for maximum success. When diving into any pricing strategy you need to be asking yourself, what are we trying to accomplish through the price structure? Are we looking to be competitive?

Five Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

Association Webinars: Not Just for Continuing Education

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Our Blue Sky eLearn team spends a lot of time working with clients producing webinars associated with continuing education for their members. But there are so many more use-cases to consider leveraging this engaging and cost-effective technology. We’ve outlined a few ideas for consideration: . New Member Onboarding. Build upon the exciting of a new member joining! The easy access to your organization helps them feel like they are instantly part of something b igger.

Education Sales: 3 Factors That Limit Them

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Recently I listened to the Leading Learning podcast, 3 Factors That Limit Sales of Education. When working with our association clients, we sometimes come across those that are struggling to sell educational programs or launch new initiatives. Here is what I learned from the podcast: . You have a market, but no audience. Having a market is not the same thing as having an audience. Your market is a broad group of people you can reasonably expect to be interested in what you have to offer.

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Presentation Tips: Help Your SME Deliver Their Best Content

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As we’ve discussed before the recruitment of good quality subject matter experts (SMEs) is one of the hardest parts of creating a solid curriculum. Now that you’ve identified the “right one ; ” let’s look at some tips and tricks you can provide your speaker to deliver their best content. Keep them happy and excited about teaching again and also have the best learner experience through the presenter’s preparations. .

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5 LMS Implementation Lessons from an Onboarding Manager

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Congratulations! You have decided to implement a L earning M anagement S ystem (LMS) , you’ve secured a budget from your board and you have a few fellow colleagues that have agreed to help you on this mission. Your members have been asking for more content, and now you have a way to deliver it! But where do you start and how do you ensure that your LMS actual goes live in a timely manner?

From Surviving to Thriving: Returning to what science says about how we think, work, and learn

Speaker: Clark Quinn, Ph.D., Author and Executive Director of Quinnovation

The pandemic and associated upheavals of 2020 has led to both the need and opportunity to rethink how we think, work, and learn. Being forced to distance, we took emergency steps to build mechanisms that supported remote-learning, with an emphasis on elearning and virtual training. The consensus suggests that our existing elearning and training weren’t as well-received as we hoped. Our efforts to rely on elearning more and translate training to virtual experiences weren’t well-designed. The underlying reason is that we’re not well aligned with how our brains really work! In this session, Dr. Quinn will also go over the implications for learning and working effectively both in general and in this new era. Come see what L&D can, and should, do to help transform organizations to work smarter (and wiser).

7 Creative Ways to Promote LMS Engagement

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When launching a learning management system (LMS) for the first time, organizations need to take into consideration different ways to generate excitement and interest in their new platform. This could mean email blasts and posts on social media to start creating buzz, as well as providing incentives and discounts for early visitors. We see these tactics often, in all aspects of life.

Draw from New Buckets to Fill Your Non-Dues Revenue Needs

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Relationships and partnerships are built and solidified during challenging times. Both personally and professionally, the way we react to enormous changes in our environment sets the tone for our future. Associations are the guiding light for their members and industry professionals through this time of disruption and unknowns.

6 Ways to Repurpose Your Webinar Content

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Just like your presenters do with a face-to-face presentation, they spend a lot of time preparing for their webinar presentations as well. And while they’re doing that, you’re spending the time marketing the webinar, you’re spending the money to work with a company who will assist you in hosting a professional event and take care of the technical and customer support needs. All of that time and money and within 30, 60, 90 minutes it’s all over.

Tips for Preserving Your eLearning Programs

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A volunteer member once enthusiastically told me “I love a good binder!” ” I’ve taken that to heart over the years and have created many, many good binders. To preserve the online education programs and processes I worked so hard to put in place! At some point, circumstances that may or may not be in your control will dictate that someone else is going to need to review past decisions in order to make future ones.

The Ins and Outs of Connecting Technologies in a Modern Learning Ecosystem

Speaker: TJ Seabrooks, former CEO at Rustici Software

Have you ended up with a collection of content inputs and data outputs that might be hard to wrangle? If your organization uses multiple LMSs and has content coming from many different places, or you’re heading in this direction, this webinar is for you.

Blended Learning: Tips for Successful Clinical Trial Training

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What is the best way to train study sites for a clinical trial? An onsite meeting? CRA training at the study site? Virtual meetings? On-demand modules? . While all of these are good options, blending these together can provide you the best option. . Blending learning combines live interactive training with self- paced on-demand training, which can include assessments or e xercises to reinforce learning objectives.

Keeping Your Members Involved: A Helpful How-To Guide

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Your association is most effective when you’ve created a strong community of members who value opportunities for professional development. Once your members have attended their first event or taken their first course through your association, you’ll want to take the necessary steps to keep them involved and motivated. When it comes to keeping your association’s members engaged, your software solutions are your secret weapon.

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The Learning Equation that Changes Everything

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As adults, most of us operate with a fundamental belief that we are terrible students. In fact, in many of the presentations I have delivered over the course of my career in education and public speaking have contained the following message in some form or fashion: “Let me make a prediction, most of you in this room believe you are terrible students.” And inevitably, this statement is met with head nods, cheers, and even a few “Amens.”.

Tips for Kickstarting Your Podcast Channel

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You’ve finally done it. You’ve decided your organization needs to start hosting podcasts. Or maybe you’re still on the fence and are just looking for some advice if you do decide to take the leap. Here are some tips to get you headed in the right direction. . Why . You should have a clear vision and mission in mind when you start your podcast channel. Are you shaping public perception and policy? Are you trying to reach new audiences or deepen your connection with your current network?

The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

Ten Strategies for Pricing eLearning Content

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Recently, Blue Sky eLearn Client Success Manager, Kara Adams, presented a webinar covering ten strategies for pricing eLearning content. Being that Kara worked in the education department of two associations before joining Blue Sky and consulting with our clients on their learning objectives, she had lots of good advice to share! You can watch the webinar on-demand here , and check out a summary of her ten strategies below. . Rethink, rename, and rebrand. .

How to Launch an LMS with No Content

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We must be kidding, right? Well, yes and no! We’ve talked to plenty of organizations who don’t believe they are ready or qualified to purchase a learning management system because of lack of content. While you can’t really launch an LMS with no content, you probably already have some waiting in the wings and can get up and running much sooner than you t hink ! . White papers. There is a good chance you have some white papers available on your website.

How to Design Smarter Learning Experiences

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Recently, I listened to a Leading Learning podcast that featured Connie Malamed a learning experience design consultant. Being in the LMS industry and seeing all of the different ways our clients design and present their eLearning programs, I always find topics like these interesting to share. Visual Design. The podcast kicked off with talking about visual design – visuals can be used to express ideas and concepts with so many different ways to use visual to depict scenarios.

5 Ways Associations Can Support Lifelong Employability

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We talk a lot about lifelong learning. With many of our clients being professional associations, it would only make sense that lifelong learning is often a topic of conversation. Many people join associations as they can be a great place to find education and training. There are people who just need to get their continuing education credits each year, and others who just have a genuine interest in continuing to learn – regardless if they need the credits or not.

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

3 Tips for Selling Sponsorship for eLearning

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Nowadays, eLearning or online learning isn’t a new or foreign concept. Most associations have some sort of eLearning program – be it recordings from annual meetings, monthly webinars, or content created specifically for on-demand courses. . So why, when we’ve made the transition from hosting all educational opportunities in person to hosting many aspects of them online, has sponsorship not followed suit? . Here are some tips for getting sponsors involved with your eLearning products. .

Now I Have My Speaker, How Do I Pay Them?

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We all know the recruitment of good quality subject matter experts (SMEs) is one of the hardest parts of creating a solid curriculum. But what happens after you have the recruitment down? How do you reward them and keep them coming back to offer additional content opportunities for you? . Over the years I’ve found a couple successful ways to compensate your loyal SMEs. It doesn’t always have to be a monetary reward.

Webinar Recap: Are Your Credentials Future Ready?: Making the Case for Digital Badges and Micro-credentials

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Recently, Ginger Malin, CEO of our partner company, BadgeCert, hosted a webinar for us Are Your Credentials Future Ready?: Making the Case for Digital Badges and Micro-credentials. If you’re not familiar with digital badging and micro-credentials, here’s a brief background. Digital Badging. Digital Badges are 100% authenticated and the embedded metadata within a badge can contain a plethora of important information.

Writing Conversations for eLearning

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In a previous post, How to Start Creating Conversation-Driven eLearning , I described how I use conversations between two characters (a mentor and mentee or learning character) to deliver eLearning content. In this post, I’ll explain how to write and structure these conversations for eLearning.

[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.