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. Many associations are discovering they are now behind their for-profit competitors.

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. Lifelong learning and collaboration are at the heart of their organizational decisions. Once the only place to go for continuing education , associations now face serious competition from for-profit learning providers.

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

Talented Learning

WELCOME TO EPISODE 9 OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW! To learn more about this podcast series or to see the full collection of episodes visit The Talented Learning Show main page. 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. My background is in LMS implementation.

Getting Started with Online Member Education

Association eLearning

Way back when I was just a marketing minion working in development at a nonprofit, I used to attend workshops and classes that would help me learn more about my industry. 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.

When is it time for a new Association LMS?

WBT Systems

Not all learning management systems are equal. With over 600 LMS vendors providing solutions for a variety of education technology needs, from generic to niche solutions, open source to proprietary platforms – how can you be sure that you have the right learning solution for your association? When is it time to look for a new Association LMS? Do your learners need a new association LMS? Has Your Association outgrown your LMS?

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

Association eLearning

You’ve decided that it’s time to move your courses online. As an Education Director, you see the writing on the wall, and have decided that eLearning is the answer your association’s needs. If you’re part of a corporation, maybe you’ve decided that training and employee development would be more efficient if it were all online. Will we need an LMS? What can the association or organization expect to see in financial returns?

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. But when it comes to supporting lifelong learning , they’re definitely not created equal. Over the past few years, I’ve helped more than 50 organizations choose a learning platform as a backbone for continuing education programs. Lifelong Learning: Two Views. Are strategically committed to providing lifelong learning.

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

Talented Learning

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?

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

Talented Learning

Social learning. It is essential for any association learning management system (LMS). Yet no one can define “social learning” in a nutshell, because there is no universally accepted meaning. As LMS consultants , we’ve helped many different types of associations define their learning technology requirements. Public social media vs. private association social learning? The same is true for online learning.

What Do I Need in an LMS? I’m Looking to Market and Sell eLearning.

Association eLearning

Let’s say you’re an association. You want to start delivering online courses for certification and credentialing for your members. You know you need to convert your ILT to an online format. You know you need an LMS. But “FIDDLESTICKS” (Yes, I said fiddlesticks, this is a professional blog people) you exclaim as you ask yourself “What do I need in an LMS?”. This means you’ll need an ecommerce system built into your LMS. Looking for a new LMS?

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.

Open Source LMS: Hidden Costs for Associations

WBT Systems

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.

3 Ways an Online Community Enhances Learning

WBT Systems

With all the information available at our fingertips through the internet, connecting us globally with people who share our interests, society is progressively interacting more and more online. 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? What is an Online Community? So, how do online communities enhance learning?

Podcast 22: Launching a Learning Portal – With DirectEmployers Association

Talented Learning

WELCOME TO EPISODE 22 OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW! To learn more about this podcast series or to see the full collection of episodes visit The Talented Learning Show main page. 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. What did you learn from Carla?

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

WBT Systems

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. Learn from expert instructors who have real-life experience using iMIS, network with colleagues from across the globe, and share, compare, and become more aware of what you can do with iMIS! TopClass LMS, the flexible way to integrate learning with iMIS.

NSGC Medical Association Goes Live with LMS

Association eLearning

Digitec is pleased to announce the launch of the National Society of Genetic Counselors’ (NSGC) new online learning portal, powered by the Knowledge Direct Medical LMS. NSGC’s offerings of accredited online courses include Genomics, The Common Disease in Family History, and Genetic Counseling in the New Era of Genetic Medicine. Learn more about the Knowledge Direct MED LMS by visiting our newly redesigned website.

Discover your new TopClass LMS at NiUG Discovery 2016!

WBT Systems

Gilles and Mike will be flying over to meet the NiUG community and talk to you about all your Association eLearning questions. WBT Systems has been has been helping Associations to build and improve their education and certification programs since 1995. With our standard integration between TopClass LMS and iMIS , we provide iMIS users the power to get the most out of their learning programs. Discover the new TopClass LMS version 10 at NiUG Discovery!

Podcast 11: Top Association Technology Trends ? With Tamer Ali of Community Brands

Talented Learning

WELCOME TO EPISODE 11 OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW! To learn more about this podcast series or to see the full collection of episodes visit The Talented Learning Show main page. With two decades of proven success in developing and delivering continuing education solutions, Tamer is my go-to source for insight into cutting-edge association technology trends. These are the drivers for association technology trends in 2018. The LMS is not going to die.

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

Talented Learning

WELCOME TO EPISODE 14 OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW! To learn more about this podcast series or to see the full collection of episodes visit The Talented Learning Show main page. That’s what I discuss today with guest, Mary Burke , Associate Director of Educational Services at Land Trust Alliance. KEY TAKEAWAYS: Land trusts play an integral role in U.S. Our strategy is to create different learning for different people. WANT MORE LMS INSIGHTS?

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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.

How to Scale Online Learning: B2B Market Strategies for Assocations

WBT Systems

How can your organization expand online learning reach? Learn from successful corporate market strategies! Selling online learning content to individuals is challenging enough. Join us to learn exactly what it takes to succeed! In this dynamic one-hour roundtable, panelists will share valuable lessons learned, along with advice about how to: Build a viable business model for bulk sales. Wednesday, May 23, 2018 – from 1-2pm ET.

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

WBT Systems

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?

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.

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.

What’s Hot In Learning Technology? Summer Webinar Series

Talented Learning

The Weather Is Heating Up — So Is Learning Technology Thought Leadership. But are you warming up to all the innovation that is redefining today’s red-hot learning technology market? Fortunately, at Talented Learning, we make it our business to know. I’ll be co-hosting each of these live online sessions, along with thought leaders from some of the learning technology industry’s coolest vendors. Your learning business is always open.

Select an LMS Consultant Before Beginning Your LMS Selection

WBT Systems

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.

How to Develop Really Good LMS Requirements

WBT Systems

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.

How to Present a Business Case for a New LMS

WBT Systems

Do you ever daydream about having a new learning platform? 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.

How to Prepare a Business Case for a New LMS

WBT Systems

Do you feel like giving your learning platform a heave-ho out the door? 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. Or, it doesn’t have the functionality to allow your online learning business to grow. Preparing Your Case for a New LMS.

Is your Association a Learning Organization?

WBT Systems

Is your association a learning organization? A learning organization is one “that facilitates the learning of its members and continuously transforms itself” According to this definition , this type of organization is more responsive to external pressures, has a faster pace of change within the organization, and is better able to innovate and remain competitive. A learning organization becomes more like a community that members can feel a commitment to.

Challenges and Opportunities for Association Education Programs

WBT Systems

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.

2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

Talented Learning

Learning management systems didn’t die. Quick LMS History. Much of the investment was upfront and only the largest companies or companies with the most compliance risk exposure could afford an LMS. Every LMS tried to be all things to all types of customers in all industries. The LMS market started changing after the dot com bust in 2001. LMS companies (and many software companies) were top heavy, poorly run organizations and the strong gobbled up the weak.

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

Talented Learning

And today’s learning systems market definitely gives us plenty to consider. 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.

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

Talented Learning

As an independent learning systems consultant , I’m often asked to share my opinion about what’s happening in the LMS market. Last month, I published a mid-year learning technology trends update. 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. LMS Market Trends 2018: Top 10 Questions.

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Top Learning Systems Trends – A 2019 Extended Enterprise Market Guide

Talented Learning

When you look at the list below you might wonder why we’re not calling this our 2019 Book of Learning Systems Trends. Well, a lot is happening in extended enterprise learning and we want to touch on all the high points. In fact, this guide is like the learning systems landscape, itself – deep, broad and multi-faceted. Our trends lists reflect how learning systems buyers are actually driving innovation with their dollars! Top Learning Systems Trends for 2019. #21

Top Technology Strategy Tips for NiUG Discovery

WBT Systems

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.

The 5 E’s of Generating Non-Dues Revenue from eLearning

WBT Systems

Is your association generating as much non-dues revenue as it needs to, wants to, or has the potential to? One great way to do this is to look to your online education and certification programs – with your Association Learning Management System, generating non-dues revenue is easy! Here are five ways your LMS can help you to generate non-dues revenue for your association: Ensure your LMS has eCommerce Capability.