New Association LMS Selection White Paper Available

Association eLearning

As a follow up to our recent webinar with association eLearning experts, Celisa Steele and Jeff Cobb with Tagoras , we’ve published a new white paper for associations beginning or in the midst of selecting a new learning management system (LMS) for their online membership education programs. Download it now for free and feel free to share the great tips it includes with other association professionals.

How Do Associations Drive Lifelong Learning? It Depends

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According to the most recent IRS reports, nearly 64,000 professional and trade associations are based in the U.S. Over the past few years, I’ve helped more than 50 organizations choose a learning platform as a backbone for continuing education programs. Rely heavily on an LMS as a foundation for their learning technology stack. JAKE SAYS: Over the past few decades, community associations (homeowners associations and cooperatives) have experienced explosive growth.

Learning Events: 10 Ways to Level Up Your Content Programming

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Historically, associations built educational content programming around live location-based events. And with the arrival of innovative virtual learning technologies like live streaming and webcasting, many associations are racing to offer continuing education in a variety of new forms. Of course, no one can afford to sink unlimited resources into content programming. Jessica Lane – Director of Client Success for Freestone LMS at Community Brands.

6 Signs It’s Time to Invest in an LMS

Association eLearning

But no matter the form, associations are seeing an increased demand for online member education and many are finding it to be a great source of non-dues revenue. Still it can be difficult to assess when it’s time to make the investment in an online learning management system (LMS) for creating, delivering, and marketing online education as well as testing and reporting on learner activity. How do you know it is time for your association to invest in an LMS?

7 Things About eLearning Your CEO/Executive Director Wants to Know

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As an Education Director, you see the writing on the wall, and have decided that eLearning is the answer your association’s needs. We all have a boss and even our best ideas require an explanation, so before you get an LMS, start designing courses, and tracking learner progress, you’ll need to get his or her approval. Make sure you’ve submitted an RFP (request for proposal) to a few LMS providers that offer the features your specific association or organization needs.

How Can Associations Improve Member Education? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

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In this environment, you’d think associations would be bursting at the seams with participants in member education programs. Not surprisingly, a 2018 survey of more than 1000 association members confirmed that career development is now the primary reason why most people join associations. However, only 53% relied on their association for those educational experiences. How can associations reverse this trend? What does this mean for associations?

Learning Management Systems and You

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People always want to know how their association could benefit from a Learning Management System (LMS). How are you supposed to compile all of your association’s training material in one, easy-to-access place, and still finish everything else that’s on your plate? Find yourself a good LMS. An LMS is a system for managing learning. It’s software that organizes, administers, and tracks online training programs and certifications.

Getting Started with Online Member Education

Association eLearning

Although I didn’t join the associations that put these things on, I voraciously ate up the content they were offering, as often as my employer would allow me to attend. I have since moved on, from marketing minion to marketing maven, but have never forgotten the associations that taught me a thing or two. In short, associations, I was your target audience. Will I need an LMS? Try different scenarios and see if online learning is right for your association.

RECP and Digitec Partner to Offer Online Certification Program

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The Real Estate Certification Program (RECP), Indiana’s oldest and largest real estate school, has partnered with Digitec to create and offer a new online course. The new 24-Hour Broker Transition Course, delivered through the Knowledge Direct Learning Management System (LMS), is now available for licensed Indiana real estate agents. All of the RECP courses will eventually be offered through the Knowledge Direct LMS.

The Benefits of SaaS: Hosted LMS

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So, when an LMS provider say they have a SaaS LMS, they’re really saying we offer a cloud LMS. They then pay a fee, either by subscriber or by monthly usage to the provider who maintains the software program and provides technical support to the client. Because you aren’t purchasing hardware and hiring IT support staff to go along with your software solution, your up-front costs are lower than they would be if you simply purchased an LMS that was not hosted elsewhere.

Association Learning System Rankings

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The Association market is by far, IMO, one of the top three markets, that as a vendor, you should be in. In the past, I’ve always listed the association mkt within the B2B/Customer Education, because it does fit nicely within. Before diving into the rankings and the explanation on this new approach to rankings, here are some interesting factoids about the association space. There are Professional (which most folks are aware of) and Trade associations.

Education and Marketing – Why the Two Must Team for Success in eLearning

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Even in a small association there is generally someone responsible for marketing and another person in charge of education and professional development. This is generally a good thing and ensures expertise in a particular area, whether it is marketing your association’s conferences and membership or designing certification programs and managing your association’s learning management system (LMS).

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Podcast 14: Managing Nonprofit Member Education at The Land Trust Alliance

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That’s what I discuss today with guest, Mary Burke , Associate Director of Educational Services at Land Trust Alliance. Compared with professional associations, Land Trust Alliance’s training challenges are unique, because participants are often volunteer members of land trusts or conservation affiliates and their professions don’t depend on land trust education. We deliver self-study training through our LMS. Our LMS forums help facilitate that.

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Podcast 30: Learning From Customer Conferences – With Tristan Jordan and Tara Pawlak of Community Brands

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With more than 1800 attendees, this is the largest forum of its kind in the association and non-profit world. And what’s ahead for association technology ? This year’s Xperience conference revealed that associations have reached a pivotal point in their commitment to innovation. They realize that member interests have changed and they’re ready to transform continuing education programs, accordingly. By definition, associations are niche.

MOWAA and Digitec Interactive Partner to Deliver LMS to Nutrition Professionals

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Digitec Interactive is pleased to announce its partnership with the Meals On Wheels Association of America to provide a new online portal, accessible through Digitec’s Knowledge Direct® association learning management system (LMS). It will act as a single, unified repository for self-paced and blended learning courses, including emergency preparedness training, for the network of nutrition professionals the Association serves. “We

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Open Source LMS: Hidden Costs for Associations

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Many associations have, at some point, considered the benefits of choosing an open source LMS for delivering their education programs. This is especially true of associations that may be considering implementing an online learning platform for the first time, or those with a limited budget. Hidden Costs of an Open Source LMS. Case Study: Limitations of an Open Source LMS. Resolving Open Source Issues with an Association LMS.

Get Ready for a Season of Learning Tech Success! Fall Webinar Series

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Our “ Summer of Learning ” webinars were so popular, we’ve decided to extend the series with four new topics — all designed to help you drive successful learning programs for employees, customers, association members and more. How artificial intelligence can work in combination with an LMS for dramatic improvement in learning experience and results. Even better, 87% rate their association’s professional development program as “very good” or “excellent.”

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. Prioritizing LMS requirements.

Digitec Welcomes New Knowledge Direct LMS Partners

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The Irrigation Association (IA), the leading membership organization for irrigation companies and professionals, has selected the Digitec Knowledge Direct learning management system for its online certification, continuing education and recertification programs. With the addition of the association’s new online learning portal, IA is able to deliver and track eLearning courses, learner progress, completions and continuing education units (CEUs) earned.

Select an LMS Consultant Before Beginning Your LMS Selection

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With more than 700 learning platforms on the market, how do you narrow the field down to the best learning management systems (LMS) for your association’s needs? Or, to ensure you absolutely get the best LMS for your association, hire an LMS consultant to help you with requirements, selection, and implementation. Benefits of Working with an LMS Consultant. Their knowledge of LMS providers goes beyond a company’s reputation.

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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How to Present a Business Case for a New LMS

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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. You must figure out how to connect a new LMS to those values.

How to Prepare a Business Case for a New LMS

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As dysfunctional and frustrating as that old learning management system (LMS) is, your association still relies upon it. But, let’s face it, your current LMS is holding you back. Maybe it wasn’t designed for associations in the first place. You need a better LMS but the powers that be aren’t going to like that news. Your argument for a new LMS has to be rock solid, so first we’re going to explain how to prepare a business case for a new LMS.

How to Create a Really Good LMS RFP

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You finally got the budget to purchase a learning management system (LMS). 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. Borrowing another association’s LMS RFP.

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Getting Started with Online Learning for Associations

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For associations, getting started with online learning can feel the same way. Many associations considering offering online learning to their members start by providing webinars, or recorded conference sessions online. If you have questions about whether online learning is right for your organization, whether you intend to provide online training or certification programs, you might want to see how education programs increase value for association members.

Where to Host Your eLearning Catalog and eCommerce: AMS or LMS?

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During the selection and implementation of a learning management system (LMS), you have many decisions to make. But one decision often takes associations by surprise: Should you host your eLearning catalog and eCommerce on your LMS or on your association management system (AMS)? Where do you want members and customers to search for online learning programs and where do you want them to make their purchase (register/enroll)—in your LMS or in your AMS?

What Factors Are Shaping the LMS Market? 2018 Learning Systems FAQ

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As an independent learning systems consultant , I’m often asked to share my opinion about what’s happening in the LMS market. At that time, I promised to share additional thoughts about what these trends mean for LMS buyers and sellers. Keep in mind that I view the LMS landscape through an extended enterprise lens. Regardless of whether you’re an LMS buyer, seller or user, I hope you’ll find this Q&A helpful.

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2020 LMS Trends: An Analyst’s Extended Enterprise Learning Predictions

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But which 2020 LMS trends really deserve your attention? But now, let’s start with the issues and opportubities at the top of my watch list… 2020 Extended Enterprise LMS Predictions. For years, fresh variations on an LMS theme have been popping up in every imaginable niche. This consolidation trend remained front-and-center in 2019, with M&A headlines like these: Absorb Software Acquires Extended Enterprise LMS Provider, eLogic Learning. New year.

2017 Talented Learning LMS Awards: Best of the Best

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It’s time again for the annual Talented Learning LMS Awards! The Talented Learning LMS Awards are not chosen by marketers, or designed for marketers. These awards are different and valuable because they’re based on insights from the front lines of LMS buying and selling. 2017 LMS Awards: Best of the Best. Last year , we counted more than 700 vendors in the LMS space. Never settle for someone else’s “Best LMS.” Best Customer LMS.

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Best LMS? 2016 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards

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It is not easy choosing the best LMS for 2016. LMS specialists of every size, shape and focus continue to enter the space with impressive new capabilities. In years past, the same dozen or so vendors competed for all the LMS market share. Now, more than 700 solutions claim at least some piece of the LMS pie — and for most of them, employee training is not a mainstay. Finding the Best LMS in a Complex World. BEST ALL-PURPOSE EXTENDED ENTERPRISE LMS.

RF, Please…Why an RFP Isn’t the Best Method For Choosing an LMS Vendor

Association eLearning

Analyst John Leh says there are 700 LMS vendors in the industry. Except that their service, once you have their shiny new LMS, stinks. It is arguably more important that the vendor you choose be responsive to your organization’s needs not just today but into the future, than it is that the LMS have every feature you listed in an RFP. In it Jennifer De Vries asks prospective clients to offer their eLearning rationale, and their goals for the eLearning program.

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