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How to Get Your Association to Support Staff’s Professional Development

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Pick an association website at random and read their About page. Chances are you’ll see something in their mission or values about education. Associations have long been leaders in the lifelong learning business—which is why it’s so shocking to see how few associations support staff’s professional development, according to these survey results from Association Media & Publishing.

How to Get Useful Student Feedback on Online Courses

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When you collect useful student feedback on online courses, you can confidently assess and improve the effectiveness of your e-learning programs. However, you need the right type of feedback. Too often, feedback tools elicit useless information because they ask the wrong questions. Good feedback gives you the data you need to improve courses yourself and to make a case for hiring professional instructional designers to develop courses.

The Importance of an LMS Roadmap When Selecting a Learning Platform

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Is your LMS provider stuck in a rut? Are you using a 20th century system in the 21st century? If your LMS isn’t moving forward with you, it might mean it’s going downhill. The next time you select a new learning platform, one of the factors to consider is the vendor’s LMS roadmap. LMS roadmap: are promises delivered? A product roadmap is the vendor’s plan for their software’s continual improvement.

How to Develop Really Good LMS Requirements

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The request for proposal you send to learning management system (LMS) providers is only as good as the process you use to develop your LMS requirements. If you don’t accurately and completely identify and prioritize your real needs during that process, your new LMS will fall short of expectations. Before you even think about creating a request for proposal (RFP), you must spend time on the LMS requirements gathering and analysis process.

3 Reasons to Prioritize On-Demand Customer Training

How can you provide a great onboarding experience while keeping up with a growing customer base? By leveraging on-demand training. This guide describes three benefits of adding on-demand training to your onboarding process. Click here to download.

How to Build an Online Learning Program with a Limited Budget

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It’s frustrating when you’re the only one in your office who can see the future. You know your association should provide online learning programs to members and others in your industry. However, you don’t have the budget to hire instructional designers to develop courses.

How to Create a Really Good LMS RFP

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You finally got the budget to purchase a learning management system (LMS). What’s your next step? Ask around for request for proposal (RFP) samples and send one of them to a dozen LMS vendors? You know the answer already if you read last week’s post : an LMS RFP is not the first step of the selection process, it’s the result of the first step. The first step is gathering and prioritizing your requirements for a new LMS.

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Using Digital Credentials to Close the Skills Gap: Webinar

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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.

How to Scale Online Learning: B2B Market Strategies for Assocations

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How can your organization expand online learning reach? Learn from successful corporate market strategies! Wednesday, May 23, 2018 – from 1-2pm ET. Selling online learning content to individuals is challenging enough.

State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.

Associations: Solving the Skills Gap with Digital Credentials

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Associations around the world face a common challenge — how to remain relevant and expand their footprint in their particular domain. Success depends on the ability to create value for their brand.

How to Sunset an Educational Program

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A note for the meeting planner: please order decaf for the next committee meeting. Only 30 minutes in and your highly energetic committee members have already come up with several new online learning program ideas. You love their passion but not the ever-increasing workload for your small department.

Associations Have the Advantage in the Digital Badges Market

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It’s a great time for job-hunting—as long as you have the skills employers need. But, 92 percent of executives believe Americans don’t have the right skills for available jobs. 54 percent of those executives say the education system doesn’t teach the skills needed for today’s workforce. Colleges and universities can’t adapt their curricula fast enough to meet the demand for new skills—but associations can.

How Technology Partners Help Associations Comply with GDPR

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Time’s up! GDPR—the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation—went into effect on May 25, 2018. Since the EU approved GDPR on April 14, 2016, association technology firms have had lots of time to prepare for GDPR. In this post, we describe what your technology providers should do to help your association comply with GDPR. We also provide tips on some of the things staff should do to help their associations comply with GDPR—just in case you haven’t done them already.

How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

How to Think Like a Futurist

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Every January, articles about trends take over the internet. You’ve probably read a few yourself—including, we hope, the one published here last week about six non-obvious online learning trends for 2018. But every association has a distinct audience who may behave differently than how trend-spotters predict. If you want to identify the most relevant trends for your membership, learn how to think like a futurist.

OpenBadges: Increasing Visibility of Association Education

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There has been much discussion lately about the value of digital badges for both association education and certification programs.

Association Learning: Does your Story Inspire Members?

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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.

What makes an Association Education Program Successful?

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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.

The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.

3 Ways an Online Community Enhances Learning

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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.

Associations Need to Lead Change with Education Programs

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“ The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm ”, a recently published whitepaper, outlines the potential for Associations to lead a much needed change in the current education industry.

Creating Connections: From Association Education to Employment

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Focus on Millennial Learners to Benefit Members of All Ages

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There are countless articles describing how we need to change the way we deliver learning to attract and engage millennial learners, but many of these articles seem to forget that organizations must deliver learning to learners across multiple generational groups.

Your Guide to Creating a Customer Onboarding Program

Even if you don’t have a formal program in place, customer onboarding is already happening at your organization. The question is, are you dictating it and guaranteeing a great experience? If not, this guide can help help.

Meet WBT Systems in Austin for PersoniFest 2018!

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In just five days, we will be returning to sunny Austin, TX to sponsor PersoniFest 2018!

Successful Learning Management System Implementation eBook

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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.

Collaborate, Discover, Explore Learning at ASAE Tech 2016

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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.

Explore TopClass LMS at ASI Europe Insight Day 2016

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WBT Systems is delighted to announce their sponsorship of the ASI Europe Insight Day hosted by Advanced Solutions International (ASI), October 19, 2016. This annual client seminar will take place in Victoria, London, UK.

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

Don’t Ignore Non-Dues Revenue Potential of Digital Badges!

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This week Eric Kuhn, opening keynoter at ASAE’s 2017 Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference advised attendees to “ adopt social media next practices , not just best practices “, when describing social media as one of the most powerful marketing tools for associations.

Learn with iMIS and TopClass LMS at the 2018 NiUG Greater Chicago Conference

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WBT Systems is delighted to be an official strategic partner of the 2018 NiUG Greater Chicago Conference , hosted by NiUG International , April 4-6, in Rosemont, Illinois.

Essential Steps BEFORE Planning for an LMS Implementation

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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.

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What If Your Association Can’t Afford an Instructional Designer?

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Great news: you got the go-ahead to offer a new online course. Now, the bad news: you didn’t get the budget to hire a professional to design and develop the course. What are your options if your association can’t afford an instructional designer? At least, we’ll save money…or will we? You won’t necessarily save money in the long-run by handling instructional design yourself.

How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

How to Present a Business Case for a New LMS

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Do you ever daydream about having a new learning platform? Your wish can come true if you know how to make a persuasive case for a new learning management system (LMS) to the decision-makers at your association. Last week, we explained how to prepare your business case for a new LMS —from collecting evidence to gathering allies. Now, it’s time to learn how to present a business case for a new LMS to your board, CEO, or other decision-makers. Learn about decision-makers and their expectations.

eLearning Assessment and Feedback with your Association LMS

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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.

The Unsung Power of Establishing Audacious Goals (Even if You Fail)

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How failure led to a mentoring relationship with Marshall Goldsmith. Pivot: Reinvention Central

How to Convince Employers to Pay for Professional Development

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When you’re a lifelong learner, it’s frustrating to see people in positions of power who don’t understand the value of professional development. It’s especially frustrating when these people are employers in your association’s industry or profession. What do you do when members (and non-members) are interested in your online learning programs but their employers won’t pay for professional development?

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.