Top 10 Association LMS Features – 2020 Edition

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Prior to 2020, many associations relied heavily on in-person tradeshows, seminars and on-site training because they were historically popular offerings for both the association and the member. Over the last decade many associations slowly started to transform their offering to include some of their education, but rarely all their education, certifications and test prep online via an LMS. Many Types of LMS. Top Association LMS Features.

Association LMS Buying Companion

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But for association professionals, August brings another kind of opportunity. Many are designed to help associations educate their members more effectively and to develop an ecommerce training business. If you’re an association decision maker, how do you decide which learning technologies are the best fit for your particular needs? So why not make it easier on yourself, and take an LMS analyst along in your hip pocket? Association LMS Buying Companion.

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Association LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

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But association executives look forward to August for a very different reason. The conference is a great chance to reconnect with colleagues, discuss industry trends and pursue top-notch professional development. ASAE is also the place to be if you’re interested in new association learning technology. WEBINARS – In-depth sessions featuring association community pace-setters. We hope this guide is helpful, whether you attend the ASAE conference or not.

Supplementary Software for Your Association LMS: 5 Tips

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Your association LMS, or learning management system, helps your members develop valuable professional skills and progress in their careers by providing them with the courses they need to grow. You want to do everything you can to facilitate and keep track of your members’ progress as they use your association LMS. You can use the features of your AMS to supplement those of your association LMS. Their history of involvement with your association.

Make it Easy for Members to Love your Association LMS!

WBT Systems

Increasingly, associations are adopting Learning Management Systems (LMS) to help simplify the administration and delivery of education and certification programs to a membership that is more geographically dispersed, increasingly busy, and dealing with a changing economy which can make it more difficult to attend meetings and conferences in person. Ensuring members are engaged in learning is a key challenge for associations.

Digitec Publishes Association LMS Selection White Paper

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Selecting an LMS is a big decision for any organization. To help make sense of it all, Digitec has released its new industry white paper, 8 Steps to Selecting an Association LMS. Whether you’re just getting started, or have narrowed down your list to a select few, the white paper offers a few practical suggestions on how to simplify the process of selecting your new LMS. Download 8 Steps to Selecting Your Association LMS.

Attending Conferences a Must

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I was inspired recently after reading Thom Singer’s blog post : “Five Reasons You Should Attend A Conference.” ” It got me thinking about the importance of conference attendance on a personal level and a company level. On a personal level, it is important for your team members to be aware of association conferences they should belong to and attend. Become an Expert—build confidence in your team members by becoming a conference session speaker.

Digitec Supports iMIS at the Users Group Conference

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On September 12-14, Digitec will attend the iMIS Users Group gathering in Philadelphia, demonstrating our Knowledge Direct learning management system for associations. Some of our iMIS association partners include the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and the Direct Marketing Association.

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

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Tara and Tristan are joining us fresh on the heels of their annual customer conference, Xperience. With more than 1800 attendees, this is the largest forum of its kind in the association and non-profit world. What exactly makes this conference so successful? And what’s ahead for association technology ? Community conferences are a powerful way to build a brand – strengthening relationships while you celebrate customer successes and explore common challenges.

Managing Moodle for Association Members at ASAE Technology Conference

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After over seven years of speaking at eLearning and training conferences, I decided to concentrate my session speaking at conferences dedicated to a specific population. The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Association Forum of Chicagoland provide opportunities to reach the over one million associations operating nationwide. What association stakeholders should you involve before trying out this “free” LMS?

Managing Learning at your Association Annual Conference

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Organizations offer a wide variety of professional learning opportunities to their members, employees, and partners which range from online courses and webinars, to regional or annual conferences, to classroom-based learning. All of these different types of training have varying costs and levels of accessibility for members to attend, yet the most infrequently offered and (usually) most expensive to attend, the association annual conference remains perennially popular among members.

2019 Talented Learning Awards: Continuing Education Systems

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Specifically, today we focus on top learning and certification solutions used by trade and professional associations , mission-driven non-profits, commercial training providers, trade schools and subject matter experts. Associations and continuing education companies must attract, engage and sell to people who voluntarily choose to consume instructional content. 2019 Awards List: Best Continuing Education & Association Learning Systems. Higher Logic is not a LMS.

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. I found out several months ago, when I hosted a roundtable with leaders from two prominent member-based organizations – Kevin Pierce , Manager of Digital Learning at The American Academy of Dermatology and Jake Gold , Director of Education at The Community Associations Institute. Rely heavily on an LMS as a foundation for their learning technology stack.

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?

6 Steps to Printing Money at Your Association with eLearning

Association eLearning

It’s no secret that associations want higher member retention, increased non-dues revenue, and a unique value-add members can’t get anywhere else. And how can associations generate a new, profitable revenue stream AND create higher member engagement? In this Webinar, Tom Morrison, CEO at the Metal Treating Institute (MTI) and Jack McGrath, President and Creative Director at Digitec Interactive come together to share the secret to “printing money” at your association with eLearning.

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 Events: 10 Ways to Level Up Your Content Programming

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Historically, associations built educational content programming around live location-based events. That’s one reason why national conferences have become magnets for members seeking professional development and certification. 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. Every association and non-profit organization is unique.

How Associations Bridge the Skills Gap With Digital Badges

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Associations around the world face a common challenge — how to remain relevant and expand their footprint in their particular domain. In the past, they achieved this in part by selling continuing education content to members, either directly or indirectly through conferences and forums. Before the rise of social media and cloud computing, associations competed to attract new members — but only in a subtle “non-profit” sort of way.

Top 5 eLearning Trends Happening Now

Association eLearning

I recently attended the Training 2016 Conference and Expo as an exhibitor. I was able to talk with many training and development representatives from a wide variety of organizations about their LMS needs. During these discussions I asked, “what aspects or features are you looking for in an LMS? Attendees at the Training conference were especially interested in badging and leaderboards to enhance training with competition and social sharing of achievements.

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How Associations Bridge the Skills Gap With Digital Badges

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Associations around the world face a common challenge — how to remain relevant and expand their footprint in their particular domain. In the past, they achieved this in part by selling continuing education content to members, either directly or indirectly through conferences and forums. Before the rise of social media and cloud computing, associations competed to attract new members — but only in a subtle “non-profit” sort of way.

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

WBT Systems

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. There’s no better way to make purchasing decisions for your association than to learn about the product first-hand and talk face-to-face with a knowledgeable supplier. Get the convenience and value of that experience by attending the 2018 NiUG Greater Chicago Conference, April 4-6, in Rosemont, Illinois.

Learning Management Systems and You

Association eLearning

People always want to know how their association could benefit from a Learning Management System (LMS). The board loved all the courses we offered at the conference last week. 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.

Digitec Offers iMIS AMS Bridge for LMS Integration

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Digitec is pleased to announce the release of several standardized iMIS Association Management System (AMS) bridges for the Knowledge Direct Learning Management System (LMS). iMIS is one of the most popular association management systems available today and is used by many Knowledge Direct clients. When she is not counting down to "cake time", Amy is busy meeting with folks at national conferences and sharing her love for eLearning.

Associations: Should You Move to a New LMS for Continuing Education?

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For example, consider the association segment of the LMS industry. Only a few years ago I was writing about how smart associations were adopting LMS technology as a foundation for continuing education programs. But since then innovation has erupted all around and leading-edge associations are now embracing a full “tech stack” approach to differentiate and comparatively sell more content. The Modern Association LMS: Why Here And Now?

eLearning for Associations – If It’s Worthwhile They Will Come and 5 Tips to Keep Them Coming Back

Association eLearning

Many association members or potential members face economic or family situations that make continuing their education critical for them to find a better life. As association professionals, we need to provide the learning that can serve these basic needs. So, in this post, I’d like to offer five tips that can help drive traffic to your association eLearning, and keep those learner coming back for more. For many of us, education and learning are a passion.

ASAE Professional Development & Social Media: Where does eLearning fall?

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In the following six minute interview with eLearning consultant and social media expert Jeff Cobb, we discuss the ASAE Professional Development Council and Jeff’s thoughts on the recent ASAE conference in Toronto. I was particularly interested in his ideas on the intersection of eLearning and social media with respect to associations. Tags: ASAE Association eLearning Association LMS

Association Learning Systems: Why and How to Invest in a Specialized LMS

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Way back in 1953, when the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) first reported industry financial benchmarks, membership dues represented a whopping 96% of the typical organization’s revenues. In fact, by 2016, subscription income averaged only 45% for trade associations and 30% for professional associations. Currently, learning programs contribute nearly 25% of average non-dues association revenue, according to a 2017 Association Adviser poll.

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

Association eLearning

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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Social Learning for Associations: What to Expect in a Modern LMS

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It is essential for any association learning management system (LMS). As LMS consultants , we’ve helped many different types of associations define their learning technology requirements. Almost always, we find association leaders who are unsure about precisely where social functionality should fit into their learning strategies, and which social features are best for their members’ needs. What Is Social Learning for Associations?

ASAE Annual Meeting 2016: Come see the new version of TopClass LMS!

WBT Systems

ASAE Annual Meeting 2016 is the biggest Association conference of the year and the schedule is jam packed with educational sessions, learning labs and social events. WBT Systems are looking forward to making the most of our time there, both by attending sessions and while exhibiting our learning solutions for Associations in the Expo Hall at Booth #515. The next version of TopClass LMS will be launched to coincide with the ASAE Annual Meeting and Expo.

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. We deliver self-study training through our LMS. We host a conference with about 2000 people every year. Our LMS forums help facilitate that.

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How to Make the Most of ASAE Annual Expo 2016

WBT Systems

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.

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.

Collaborate, Discover, Explore Learning at ASAE Tech 2016

WBT Systems

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. ASAE Technology Conference will help association executives to “ keep an eye on trends and leverage the best approaches to stay adaptable, overcome challenges, and move quickly into the future. TopClass LMS also seamlessly integrates with popular webinar, community management, and ecommerce systems.

MOWAA and Digitec Interactive Partner to Deliver LMS to Nutrition Professionals

Association eLearning

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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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. Many of these associations offer some form of professional development, continuing education, or training to both members and non-members, and increasingly this includes an online learning element.

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. This may also impact on the availability of staff resources for other projects, resulting in delays and other costs to the association.