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Top 6 Types of Content and Perks to Offer Your Members

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Supporters, members, and donors are the lifeblood of your organization or association. They’re the very reason for your membership program in the first place. Needless to say, keeping them engaged is of paramount importance.

LMS Implementation: Top Tips for Success

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You’ve made your decision. Selected your LMS provider. Now comes implementation. Not all LMS platforms and providers are created equal. Having a successful implementation can make or break the success of your platform and eLearning programs, especially initially.

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Where Does Your Association Fit in a Changing Postsecondary World?

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In the late 1990s, higher education and the importance of a four-year college degree started to change. The education systems themselves were not changing, but businesses were. It had been a national standard that in order to get a start a successful career you must first earn a college degree.

The Association’s Pursuit for Relevance: What Role Do Certifications, Certificates and Micro-Credentials Play?

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As has been discussed at length, for a number of years – the viability of associations is under attack and the relevance of many associations is in question.

[Webinar] Driving Customer Health Through Education

How actionable is your customer education data? And are you combining it with other business metrics to uncover the impact of your training program? Innovative Education Services teams are integrating their Customer Training Platform (CTP) and CRM systems to uncover valuable insights, and answer mission-critical business questions. Join Skilljar and Pat Durante, President of the Computer Education Management Association and Senior Director, Technical Enablement at Talend for a Q&A webinar exploring the intersection of customer health and education.

10 Tips to Take You from Zero to eLearning Hero

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Whether you’re a solo eLearning hero or you’re like the Avengers and you have a whole squad, we are counting down 10 tips that’ll help you put some POW into your program! Tip #10 – Preparation. Start preparing NOW.

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Best Practices for Selecting an LMS

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Selecting an LMS is a big decision. Check out our best practices for when you make your decision! Selecting an LMS is a big decision. There’s the financial aspect. The time you’ll put into implementing the platform – adding courses, creating content.

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Personalized Learning: Who, What, Why? 

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Why does personalized learning matter for your organization? In 2018, we have access to personalized experiences throughout the day.

Interview with an Expert: Emilio Arocho, Director of Technology and Digital Strategy at FDLI

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Emilio Arocho is a Washington, DC professional with over a decade of experience empowering nonprofit organizations by allocating their modest resources towards mission-focused digital transformation strategies. As Director of Technology and Digital Strategy at the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI), he facilitates data-driven decision making across teams and tailors cloud architecture and business processes to anticipate and exceed stakeholder demands.

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.

LMS Buy-In: How to Overcome these Top 4 Objections

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It’s Not in Our Budget. If you’ve never implemented a Learning Management System (LMS) before then it’s never been a part of your budget before.

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Make a Splash: Promoting Your New LMS and Making a Great First Impression

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Your LMS is ready to launch. What’s next? Congratulations! You did it. You’ve finished the initial implementation of your LMS and are ready to go live. Now what? It’s time to announce your new learning platform and create some excitement while inviting your learners to check it out!

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Interview with an Expert: Laurie Frye, Cannon Financial Institute

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Laurie Frye is a Professional Education Coordinator at Cannon Financial Institute, where she has worked for the past 10 years. Over the years she has gained ample experience and knowledge in the professional education sector. How long have you been involved with professional education? Just over 10 years now. How did you get involved with the virtual and eLearning side of things? By default really. Someone left the company and I was asked to step up, and I’ve done it ever since!

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The Top Reasons You Should Be Using Microlearning

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If you’re in the elearning industry, there is a pretty good chance you’ve heard the buzzword ‘microlearning’. Perhaps you’ve already started implementing microlearning into your overall elearning program. If you have not, or are still on the fence about starting to use microlearning at all, here are some of the top reasons to start! Reinforce or supplement formal training. According to a 2017 ATD Report , 81% of adopters cited this as the most common application.

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.

Getting a High Return on Your LMS Investment: 5 Takeaways

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Recently, I listened to Tagoras’ Leading Learning podcast, 5 Keys to Getting a High Return on Your LMS Investment. They shared some great tips everyone should consider when developing their eLearning program and LMS strategy.

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How to Use Webinars to Promote Your eLearning Programs

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What kind of pricing should we use for our webinars? How can we monetize our webinars? These are two popular questions we receive from our clients. There is no right answer. Every client is different, every audience is different, every webinar is different.

Price Your eLearning Right

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Rethinking Event-Based Pricing. One of the most common mistakes I see in pricing eLearning is exclusively applying the old one-time registration model. When we realize eLearning is not bound by the same constraints as in-person events, new opportunities multiply our revenue potential.

Sponsorships That Sell

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You have a lot more in common with your prospective sponsors than you may suspect. If you think about it, you both offer value, you both seek to be sustainable businesses, and you share a common target market.

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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 Strategies to Recruit Members Through Association Software

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When it comes to recruitment for your association, you have to walk a thin line. You need to actively encourage members to join without driving them away by being too pushy. The trick to striking the right balance?

Professional Learning in the Era of Netflix and Amazon

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What if I were to say, companies like Netflix and Amazon are your association’s biggest point of competition? For some, I suspect this statement catches them off guard and does not quite make sense.

Increase Value By Cutting Your Content

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No, that’s not a typo. If you intend to deliver real value through online learning, you’ve got to cut your content. Continuing education has become an information dumping grounds. This tendency is rooted in our live in-person session reflexes to give event participants bang for their buck.

Tips for Monetizing Your Webinars

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So, you’ve decided to start offering webinars. Or maybe you’ve been hosting webinars for a while but now you’ve decided it’s time to start monetizing them.

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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.

Tips on Attracting Millennials to Your Professional Association

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Millennials are the most abundant generation in today’s workforce yet represent the smallest percentage in most professional associations.

Interview with an Expert Series: Associate Executive Director, Myke Kudlas

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Myke Kudlas is the Associate Executive Director of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and has been a champion of eLearning for over 15 years. How long have you been involved with eLearning? I first took an interest in eLearning in 2001, but became more involved in 2003, when I was the Program Director for the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville Radiography Program. How did you get involved with eLearning?

Interview with an Expert Series: Tracy King

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Education is a lifelong passion for Tracy. Throughout her early career she was repeatedly asked to develop and deliver training – so she decided to pursue her masters and become an instructor. Fresh out of graduate school, she realized she was a subject expert but had a lot to learn about learning. Her first day in the classroom she could see before her eyes when her methods succeeded or epically failed.

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Measuring eLearning Success: What’s Your Data’s Story?

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How do you know your eLearning programs are successful? A meaningful evaluation strategy is much more than crafting a course evaluation template in your LMS or running a report.

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.

Should Your Association Have a Podcast Channel?

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Podcasts have become increasingly popular over the past decade and as a millennial I am going to give my insights as to why. Prefacing my opinions, I would like to talk about two studies I came across that revealed notable insights on U.S. citizens and podcasts. The first is a 2018 study conducted by Nielsen and Edison Research which found: 42% of millennials, ages 18-34, listen to at least one podcast a week. 17% of the entire population listens to at least one podcast a week.

Quick Tips: 3 Ways to Rock Your Portal Home Page

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A learning portal home page is your first impression to woo and win your target audience. Consider these three strategies to drive results. Graphic Appeal: What’s your ratio? Take a look at your learning portal home page and estimate the word to graphics ratio. Pretty heavy on the words?

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Interview with an Expert: Beth Hayson, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

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Beth Hayson has been working in education at associations for the past 20 years, with 14 of them being with AAOMS. Beth is the Associate Executive Director of Continuing Education, Meetings and Exhibitions at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. She’s been working with AAOMS for the past 14 years and has spent 20 years working in education in some capacity at associations. How long have you been involved with eLearning? Since I began working at AAOMS in 2002.

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Why You Should Consider Blended Learning

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Blended learning (hybrid, mixed-mode or technology-mediated instruction) is simply combining traditional face-to-face instruction with online learning.

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.

Building Community with Content

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Self-expression is an adult learner requirement. Learning scientists believe we do not learn something new unless we have the opportunity to articulate during the learning process – talking about our ideas as they are forming – refining our ideas with others.