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. How can you use your association LMS to provide eLearning assessment that is supportive of the learning process and engaging for learners? Below is an example of each of these question types from TopClass LMS.

When is it time for a new Association LMS?

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With over 600 LMS vendors providing solutions for a variety of education technology needs, from generic to niche solutions, open source to proprietary platforms – how can you be sure that you have the right learning solution for your association? When is it time to look for a new Association LMS? Do your learners need a new association LMS? Does your LMS integrate fully with your member management software or association management system?

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Four Wishes for LMS Buyers

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Every week, like clockwork, I get a call from someone who wants me to recommend an LMS for their association or small business. If an eLearning Genie would come out of a bottle and grant me four wishes for my LMS buyers, here is what I’d request. Wish #1: LMS Buyers understand what they are buying. I wish the genie would prompt all LMS Buyers to Google and read the definition of Learning Management System before calling me.

Teach Your Members How to Build a Learning Habit

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Learning is part of their character and they seek it out wherever they can find it by: Reading blogs, articles, reports, tip sheets, white papers, ebooks, and books. As behavioral scientists learn more about the brain, their findings on habit development have been the basis of countless articles in traditional and digital media. Your association can also apply these behavioral science principles to strategies and tactics that help your members develop learning habits.

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eLearning Trends of 2016

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However, our research has shown that associations are lukewarm on the idea of gamification. Taken from an article on the Wharton University of Pennsylvania website : Joanna Koivisto researcher for the University of Tampere Game Research lab in Finland has discovered that badges are effective tools to increase work activity. “In Another trend that was critically important in 2016 per eLearning articles and bloggers was social learning.

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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. The authors of this whitepaper make a compelling case for associations to step in and bridge the growing education-to-employment gap by offering alternative, affordable, industry specific education programs for professional development and credentialing.

How To Design a Digital Badge Strategy

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It is no longer a foregone conclusion that organizations, associations, employers, or individuals are happy solely with courses and training from traditional higher-level and training institutions. Associations and other professional training organizations are uniquely poised to lead change in education programs of the future. How will it fit within the current (planned) online learning delivery environment (LMS or LCMS)? Does your association, organization etc.,

Association Learning: Does your Story Inspire Members?

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The results that Harley Davidson have achieved by leveraging the stories and passion of their community are incredible, and are outlined in this Harvard Business Review article. The Twitter conversations during this session also sparked some interesting thoughts about how associations can inspire their member communities to become passionate about what their association has to offer. Or do you need to refocus and refresh the brand story for your association learning programs?

Learning Content Curation for Association Member Education

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As the Learning and Development, Training, or Education director for your association, you are the curator of the education resources your association provides to members. David Kelly has written several articles on the importance of content curation as a core competency for the Learning Professional skill set. Well, one of the most useful tools for learning content curation for member education programs is your Association Learning Management System.

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. In June 2016, an article in Association Now magazine referenced a study titled “ Member Engagement Study: Aligning Organization Strategy With What Matters Most to Members.”

3 Ways an Online Community Enhances Learning

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For associations in particular, finding ways to help members engage with each other and the organization is always important in order to maintain the vitality of the association membership community. Similar to the association’s annual conference or a virtual classroom, it is a space that is monitored, has rules to regulate behaviour, and yet enables participants to network with each other and have open discussions on topics of shared interest.

Essential Steps BEFORE Planning for an LMS Implementation

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Similarly, it’s usually at this time of year that associations and other organizations start to review their training requirements and inevitably their delivery of that training. It’s during this time of evaluation that the organization’s learning management system (LMS) can come under scrutiny. Has your organization outgrown your LMS? Typically associations and the corporate world want to start new applications in January.

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Re-Energize Online Learning for Members

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There have been some interesting articles and blogs posted in recent weeks with great ideas for engaging members in learning, curating online content to ensure relevancy, and ensuring your organization has a strategically digital mindset. Associations can reinvigorate online learning by providing opportunities for learners to engage more deeply with the content and each other through encouraging communication and collaboration as part of the learning process.

Challenges and Opportunities for Association Education Programs

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We have come across several interesting articles in the past couple of weeks, which discuss some of the social, political and economic changes that are currently impacting how we work and learn. In this post, we have collected some articles that we think will be interesting for associations, and that touch on some of the challenges and opportunities for association education programs today. Six Issues Associations Are Having Difficulty Responding To.

Is your Association a Learning Organization?

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Is your association a learning organization? Do any of these themes sound familiar to your association? Though the label of ‘learning organization’ is more usually applied to corporate organizations, the concept is becoming more relevant to associations, especially in light of several recently published whitepapers that highlight the need for changes in the provision of continuing professional education and the levels of technology usage by association members.

How to Make the Most of ASAE Annual Expo 2016

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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. As we pack and ship our materials, arrange meetings with partners, clients and interested associations, and put the finishing touches on our demos, we started thinking about all the opportunities that the ASAE Annual Expo 2016 provides.

Association eLearning vs Free Online Courses

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There are a multitude of blogs and articles outlining the benefits of taking free online courses for professional development to advance your career, but do these courses actually deliver the value and opportunity they profess to provide to adult learners? Why should adult learners concerned with career development consider Association eLearning programs as providing superior value and career opportunities?

New Year Resolution: Invest in Association Learning Technology

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Back at the office, this process is paralleled as the new year kick-starts strategic planning sessions to set goals for association management, covering everything from membership growth and retention to updating education and certification programs. 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.

Why Digital Badges are the Future of Association Education

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Why are Digital Badges the future of Association Education? Association members use their professional social networks, curated feeds, and a myriad of other digital channels to enhance their professional skills. It is no longer a foregone conclusion that associations, organisations, employers, or individuals are happy solely with courses and training from traditional higher-level and training institutions. Balancing Badges to Benefit Association, Employer, and Member Needs.

Top Technology Strategy Tips for NiUG Discovery

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As we pack and ship our materials, arrange meetings with partners, clients and associations, and put the finishing touches on our TopClass demos, we started thinking about our top technology strategy tips for getting the most out of the conference. For any association executives looking for new technology solutions for learning, engagement, or community, or seeking to change to a new system, there will also be a range of trusted vendors to choose from at the Exhibitor Showcase.

Trends Impacting eLearning Solutions for Associations in 2017

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With so many blog posts and articles, how do you wade through all the predictions to uncover what trends will directly impact your association’s learning technology strategy this year? We’ve put together a quick summary of what the experts are saying about general trends for eLearning solutions and analysed how these might impact your association, so you can focus on innovating and developing your education programs in 2017. Trends Impacting Associations Right Now.

Top 47 Posts and 10 Hot Topics for February

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Indeed, Cheskin’s Davis Masten and Tim Plowman characterized digital ethnography as the next wave in understanding the consumer experience in a Design Management Journal article as early as 2003. Technologically Externalized Knowledge and Learning « Connectivism , February 11, 2010 Connectivism networked and social learning « Utah State OpenCourseWare, lowriders, and system design Future of learning: LMS or SNS? LMS (37). LMS = Losing My Smile , February 5, 2010.