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3 Ways an Online Community Enhances Learning

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I bet one or more of the top results came from a message board or discussion forum for an online community, where someone else was seeking answers from their peers on a similar topic? Just as we are seeing more organizations delivering education and certification programs through online Learning Management Systems , there is a growing expectation for organizations to be able to communicate and share knowledge with their customers, members, or employees efficiently and expertly online.

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.

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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.

Association Learning: Does your Story Inspire Members?

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This week we were motivated by the keynote session of the Higher Logic Super Forum , where we heard Ken Schmidt of Harley Davidson describe the power of storytelling in creating a passionate member community that will champion your brand. 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. Telling your story and championing community value for you.

Learning Content Curation for Association Member Education

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Have you tried curating content for your education programs? Rather than creating all your course content from scratch, learning content curation can help you to update and extend your member education programs with new material. 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. Using your LMS as a Content Curation Tool.

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. How can you ensure your education program provides benefits to members of all ages?

Is your Association a Learning Organization?

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Is your association a learning organization? A learning organization becomes more like a community that members can feel a commitment to. Do any of these themes sound familiar to your association? The second article points out that association members are much more “tech savvy” than association executives may think. Is your Association a Learning Organization. The number of program completions by our members is greater than last year.

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.

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. Participating in online communities. They’re more receptive to your marketing messages about educational programs, and will turn to you when they’re ready to invest in their education. You could even use a widget in your LMS to feature a Learning Tip of the Day.

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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 Technology Strategy Tips for NiUG Discovery

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With less than a week to NiUG Discovery 2016 , we are excited to be sponsoring this great, interactive, learning and networking event for the iMIS Community! 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.