Association LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

But association executives look forward to August for a very different reason. ASAE is also the place to be if you’re interested in new association learning technology. But with so many options, how can you select the right solution for your continuing education programs? WEBINARS – In-depth sessions featuring association community pace-setters. Modern Certification Programs – With Arleen Thomas of AICPA. 7) How are associations preparing for the future?

Association LMS – Yes or No?

Web Courseworks

Association LMS – Yes or No?: You Might Not Need an LMS I receive calls from associations who insist they need an LMS when they already have the software systems to deliver their informal professional development programs. eLearning aLearning association elearning formal learning informal learning Jon Aleckson LMS Web CourseworksThe Truth Is….

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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.

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.

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. 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.

eLearning Trends of 2016

Association eLearning

As the year ends, we look back at three eLearning trends of 2016. eLearning Trends: Gamification. However, our research has shown that associations are lukewarm on the idea of gamification. In his study, employees in e-learning programs used leaderboards that rewarded not just learning outcomes, but time and effort. “He eLearning Trends: Social Learning. Another trend that was critically important in 2016 per eLearning articles and bloggers was social learning.

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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). So, how does this kind of certification program succeed in today’s environment?

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. If you don’t fully understand your audience’s learning needs, preferences and behaviors, your program is at risk. Q&A HIGHLIGHTS: Tell us about the DirectEmployers Association. About 97% of these member organizations are government contractors that must meet Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) requirements.

2019 Talented Learning Awards: Continuing Education Systems

Talented Learning

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. Blue Sky eLearn.

RECP and Digitec Partner to Offer Online Certification Program

Association eLearning

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.

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.

6 Signs It’s Time to Invest in an LMS

Association eLearning

It in recent years, online education (also known as eLearning, distance learning, and computer-based training) has grown to include self-paced courses, certifications, and even game-based simulations. 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. How do you know it is time for your association to invest in an LMS?

What makes an Association Education Program Successful?

WBT Systems

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.

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. But wait…How will you explain eLearning to your Executive Director? It’d save time and resources, and you could standardize training, but how do you explain eLearning to the CEO? Here are 7 things about eLearning your CEO/Executive Director will want to know. Will we need an LMS?

Associations Need to Lead Change with Education Programs

WBT Systems

“ 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.

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). They had a business plan for their eLearning.

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Anatomy of an LMS Administrator – Part 1

Web Courseworks

Setting Things Up and Dealing with Errors – An Interview with Michael Lanius: Anatomy of an LMS Administrator – Personal Attributes Desired, LMS Duties and Technical Skills Required. Today we are going to focus on some of the nitty gritty software issues that LMS Administrators face in uploading user information and assigning users to courses in the LMS system. I asked Michael, “When an error is found, how does the LMS Administrator fix the error?

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Challenges and Opportunities for Association Education Programs

WBT Systems

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. Connectivity is replacing knowledge – association education must facilitate feedback, understanding and application to provide true value.

What’s the Difference Between an LMS and an LCMS? Hint: It’s Not Just the Letter “C”

Association eLearning

It can be difficult to understand eLearning terms when they’re used interchangeably. For example, you’ve likely seen Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) discussed on various websites and company pages. Oh sure, the LMS will manage your learners, but will it help you create content?”. What’s an LMS? An LMS manages people’s interactions with learning content. How is an LCMS Different from an LMS?

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Don’t Undervalue Association Training Programs!

WBT Systems

When pricing your association’s training offerings, it is important to assess their value, and then price accordingly. Many associations are guilty of devaluing online learning courses and webinars as there is typically less administration overhead and no hard costs associated with things like booking a room or organizing lunch, so the event is perceived as creating less of an impact.

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.

Why an Open Source LMS Isn’t Always the Best Option

Association eLearning

You’re shopping for an LMS and behold FREE OPEN SOURCE LMS pops up. Yes, it sounds like a good idea, but if you own a business or run an association, you might want to think twice about open source. Taken from How Stuff Works : To be considered as open source software by the software development industry, certain criteria must be met: The program must be freely distributed (It can be part of a package that is sold though, such as Red Hat has done with Linux ).

Learning Management Systems and You

Association eLearning

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.

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.

7 Creative Ways to Promote LMS Engagement

Blue Sky eLearn

When launching a learning management system (LMS) for the first time, organizations need to take into consideration different ways to generate excitement and interest in their new platform. While these strategies have certainly been proven to work, we wanted to share some other creative ways one of our clients is considering to get their audience to engage with their new LMS. . Host digital scavenger hunts that bring people through different areas of your LMS.

Bridge the Skills-Gap with Competency Based Learning

Association eLearning

Dear Associations, I am trying to get into a skilled labor position at company X. Dear Associations, Help! Associations, the letters above represent your prospective members, and what they want is a career. I could have joined an association to get better. What would make me join an association today? Give me a learning path, a journey, and support that journey with the courses I need to be better, to grow from an entry level marketing associate to a CMO.

The Benefits of SaaS: Hosted LMS

Association eLearning

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.

2015 Year End Review

Association eLearning

What new technologies will emerge in eLearning? What new trends will be important to association leaders? The Knowledge Direct 7 learning management platform, is a major upgrade of the company’s flagship learning management system (LMS). Knowledge Direct 7 goes beyond traditional LMS functionality to provide advanced customization and configuration flexibility. Knowledge Direct NOW includes: Knowledge Direct LMS Version 6.5.1. What a year it’s been!

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. The Modern Association LMS: Why Here And Now?

Anatomy of an LMS Administrator – Part 1

Web Courseworks

Setting Things Up and Dealing with Errors – An Interview with Michael Lanius: Anatomy of an LMS Administrator – Personal Attributes Desired, LMS Duties and Technical Skills Required. Today we are going to focus on some of the nitty gritty software issues that LMS Administrators face in uploading user information and assigning users to courses in the LMS system. I asked Michael, “When an error is found, how does the LMS Administrator fix the error?

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2015 Year End Review

Association eLearning

What new technologies will emerge in eLearning? What new trends will be important to association leaders? The Knowledge Direct 7 learning management platform, is a major upgrade of the company’s flagship learning management system (LMS). Knowledge Direct 7 goes beyond traditional LMS functionality to provide advanced customization and configuration flexibility. Knowledge Direct NOW includes: Knowledge Direct LMS Version 6.5.1. What a year it’s been!

2015 Year End Review

Association eLearning

What new technologies will emerge in eLearning? What new trends will be important to association leaders? The Knowledge Direct 7 learning management platform, is a major upgrade of the company’s flagship learning management system (LMS). Knowledge Direct 7 goes beyond traditional LMS functionality to provide advanced customization and configuration flexibility. Knowledge Direct NOW includes: Knowledge Direct LMS Version 6.5.1. What a year it’s been!

Association eLearning vs Free Online Courses

WBT Systems

Why should adult learners concerned with career development consider Association eLearning programs as providing superior value and career opportunities? While three of these purported reasons to take free, public online courses are technically true, and also apply to Association eLearning, how valid is the claim that free, public online courses create career opportunities? The post Association eLearning vs Free Online Courses appeared first on WBT Systems.

Enhance eLearning Assessment to Maintain Learner Engagement

WBT Systems

One way to improve the learner experience is to aim to improve engagement in our eLearning assessment by addressing the variety and format of the questions and answers we use. Here, WBT Systems’ Lead User Experience and Design Architect, James Sheil , talks us through how to enhance eLearning assessments easily with multimedia. Using iFrames to Enhance eLearning Assessments. Any eLearning content creation tool which allows access to the underlying HTML code can be used.

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?

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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Using Digital Credentials to Close the Skills Gap: Webinar

WBT Systems

How can associations help turn the tide? 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. Today’s workforce is caught in a relentless skills gap that grows wider each year.

What’s the Difference between Selling and Marketing eLearning?

WBT Systems

What’s the difference between selling and marketing eLearning courses to learners – association members and non-members alike? We came across this great image this week on LinkedIn , and it got us to thinking about how associations can achieve greater success by using their LMS for marketing eLearning, rather than just selling their online education and certification programs. Selling eLearning with your LMS.

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.”

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 know that a good education program can be a valued benefit to offer members, helping to increase member engagement. We have also posted in the past about how to successfully market your association learning management system to appeal to members and potential members.