The Advantages of an Association LMS

Web Courseworks

The desire to properly educate members will always be a top priority for associations around the globe. Associations constantly look for ways to educate their members in the most efficient and timely matter. A learning management system (LMS) makes eLearning easier for associations because it can administer training and certifications to an entire member base, including leadership positions, along with the ability to boost member engagement. Cost-Effective Education.

Top 10 Association LMS Features – 2020 Edition

Talented Learning

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.

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Association LMS Buying Companion

Talented Learning

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.

Supplementary Software for Your Association LMS: 5 Tips

Web Courseworks

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.

Association LMS eCommerce: How to Lift Online Learning Sales

Talented Learning

I genuinely love helping associations select learning management systems (LMS). Here’s why: As non-profit entities with a mission, associations aim to improve the world in countless ways by advancing ideas, people and professions. Once the only place to go for continuing education , associations now face serious competition from for-profit learning providers. This new landscape affects the status and influence of every association in its respective profession.

Podcast 9: Association LMS Trends – With Linda Bowers of WBT Systems

Talented Learning

EPISODE 9 – TOPIC SUMMARY AND GUEST: Associations everywhere are reinventing the way they engage and educate their members, thanks to ecommerce and LMS advances that help them drive new revenue streams from these strategies. Linda is Chief Technology Officer at WBT Systems , a Dublin-based software company that focuses exclusively on association learning and certification solutions. My background is in LMS implementation.

How Do Associations Drive Lifelong Learning? It Depends

Talented Learning

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.

eLearning Trends of 2016

Association eLearning

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 Associations seem to moderately agree with this trend. Here, we find, associations agree with this trend.

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

Talented Learning

Almost daily, new statistics highlight the need for effective skills training and professional development. 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. How can associations reverse this trend?

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.

Podcast 22: Launching a Learning Portal – With DirectEmployers Association

Talented Learning

That was the goal when the DirectEmployers Association (DE) envisioned its new learning portal, DE Academy. Q&A HIGHLIGHTS: Tell us about the DirectEmployers Association. We want DirectEmployers Association to be the go-to solution for contractors who need OFCCP compliance and talent acquisition information, resources and support. JEN: TopClass LMS is the learning management system we chose for DE Academy. What about large organizations with their own LMS?

Anatomy of an LMS Administrator – Part 2, Additional Roles of the LMS Administrator

Web Courseworks

Handling Site Settings, Report Generation, and the Front/Home Page – An Interview with Michael Lanius: As promised in my last post on LMS administration, I have a second set of interview clips to share from my chat with Michael Lanius about his perspective on an LMS Administrator’s role. Michael is a senior support staffer at Web Courseworks who has played all the roles related to being a Learning Management Systems (LMS) Administrator.

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eLearning Trends for 2015: Here to Stay or Go Away?

Association eLearning

Trends in eLearning come and go, but a good LMS is forever. Why, you ask, would an association want to create a MOOC? An association can leverage this free course model to increase membership and attract more people who are willing to pay for educational offerings in the future. Sadly, too few organizations and associations understand what gamification is and what it is not. Ok maybe not forever, but a provider can dream.

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

Association eLearning

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.

Digitec Offers iMIS AMS Bridge for LMS Integration

Association eLearning

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. MOWAA and Digitec Interactive Partner to Deliver LMS to Nutrition Professionals - July 23, 2013.

Motivation is More Important Than Information

Association eLearning

In cases like these, introducing awards and recognition programs, or even consequences for non-compliance, can be more effective than a webinar or self-paced course. I inherited a “blackboard” poster from a friend. I can write on it with chalk, erase it, and use it again. But I don’t. It still says the same thing it did the day I received it: “Knowing What To Do. ≠. Doing It. Motivation > Information”. It’s absolutely true.

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.

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

Talented Learning

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. Doppler Effect ). Need Proven LMS Selection Guidance?

Anatomy of an LMS Administrator – Part 2, Additional Roles of the LMS Administrator

Web Courseworks

Handling Site Settings, Report Generation, and the Front/Home Page – An Interview with Michael Lanius: As promised in my last post on LMS administration, I have a second set of interview clips to share from my chat with Michael Lanius about his perspective on an LMS Administrator’s role. Michael is a senior support staffer at Web Courseworks who has played all the roles related to being a Learning Management Systems (LMS) Administrator.

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

Talented Learning

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.

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

Talented Learning

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?

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

Talented Learning

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. Community Brands is an umbrella organization with different complementary technology products that serve common audiences – associations, nonprofits, schools and faith-based organizations.

Using Digital Credentials to Close the Skills Gap: Webinar

WBT Systems

How can associations help turn the tide? The most effective solutions may emerge from lifelong learning initiatives based on micro-credentials. But first, association leaders and learning professionals must know how to translate the promise of digital badges into practical strategies that engage members in relevant and meaningful ways. How associations can benefit from offering digital badges. · How some associations are already succeeding with digital badge programs.

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

Talented Learning

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. Everything on our LMS is available as a member benefit. Our LMS forums help facilitate that.

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Is Your LMS License Model Misaligned? How to Avoid Costly Mistakes

Talented Learning

Making Sense of LMS License Models. Throughout the last month, I’ve reviewed 12 RFP responses for 3 different LMS business scenarios: association learning, commercial training and corporate channel/customer education. These buying organizations are working with us as LMS selection consultants to define their learning technology requirements, identify the best vendor options and then conduct a formal proposal-based buying process. But what can LMS buyers do?

Podcast Episode 7: Modern Certification Programs – With Arleen Thomas

Talented Learning

EPISODE 7 – TOPIC SUMMARY AND GUEST: What can associations do to modernize certification programs for young professionals? Join me as I explore these challenges with Arleen Thomas , Managing Director of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) Offerings at the International Association of Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA). Likewise, certification programs must retool so they remain relevant and effective. It’s a highly effective way to learn.

Explore TopClass LMS at ASI Europe Insight Day 2016

WBT Systems

The seminar will inform the ASI Europe Community about the latest product updates, how to use the products more effectively, and most importantly provide an opportunity to network with colleagues from the not-for-profit sector. TopClass LMS, the flexible way to integrate learning with iMIS. The flexibility of TopClass LMS provides powerful learning solutions for iMIS customers through an off-the-shelf integration with iMIS 15 and iMIS 20.

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

Talented Learning

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.”

Join LearnUpon At #ASAE17

LearnUpon

Taking place on August 12-15, 2017 in Toronto, Canada, with thousands of association professionals expected to attend, ASAE is one of the biggest industry events of the year. Trusted by hundreds of associations including NTMA, American Retirement Association, IABC, Royal Australian Dentistry Association, LearnUpon will be demonstrating the value that a great LMS can have for your association. Associations LMS

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Association Learning: Does your Story Inspire Members?

WBT Systems

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. We have also posted in the past about how to successfully market your association learning management system to appeal to members and potential members. Is it a story that inspires your members to champion and recommend membership of your association to their peers?

Creating Connections: From Association Education to Employment

WBT Systems

The recent whitepaper, “ The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm ”, has generated significant conversation online about how associations need to lead change with education programs , as associations are uniquely poised to help bridge the growing gap between academic training and employers needs. Here we look at Lanke’s issues and explore some potential resolutions for both the association and its members.

Which Association Learning Trends Predictions Came True in 2016?

WBT Systems

With just a couple of weeks to the end of the year and a huge variety of association learning solutions being showcased this week at ASAE Technology Conference 2016 , it’s a good time to look back at the association learning trends that were predicted for 2016 and see which of these are still relevant. Which trends will be relevant to the associations attending ASAE Tech 16, looking to enhance or revise their learning technologies?

Digitec Produces eLearning for the International Sign Association

Association eLearning

Associations are moving to eLearning every day, but with limited resources, it can be a challenge to produce quality online courses. The International Sign Association (ISA) has overcome this challenge by partnering with Digitec on a cost-effective solution to create custom eLearning courses for its members, who are manufacturers, users and suppliers of on-premise signs and other visual communications systems.

WBT Systems’ TopClass maintains position as #1 LMS for Associations

WBT Systems

For the second consecutive year, WBT Systems’ TopClass LMS has been named the #1 Learning Management System for Associations in the Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards. This award honors the learning solution vendor which best caters for the unique and varied requirements of associations that provide education and certification programs for their members. TopClass LMS had previously been named the Best Association LMS in 2015.

Digitec Welcomes New Knowledge Direct LMS Partners

Association eLearning

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.

Learning Management Systems for Associations: The Essentials

WBT Systems

What are the essential functions of a Learning Management System for Associations? With so many options out there, and every vendor keen to advertise their platform with the latest bells and whistles or the ”prettiest” interface, how do you make sure that your LMS performs the way your organization needs it to? Always make sure that the LMS supports both SCORM and AICC standards for eLearning content, at a minumum. Generate Non-Dues Revenue with your LMS.

How Technology Partners Help Associations Comply with GDPR

WBT Systems

GDPR—the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation—went into effect on May 25, 2018. Since the EU approved GDPR on April 14, 2016, association technology firms have had lots of time to prepare for GDPR. In this post, we describe what your technology providers should do to help your association comply with GDPR. We also provide tips on some of the things staff should do to help their associations comply with GDPR—just in case you haven’t done them already.