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

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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

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According to the most recent IRS reports, nearly 64,000 professional and trade associations are based in the U.S. How different can continuing education methods be? 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.

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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?

Top 5 eLearning Trends Happening Now

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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? Once again Gamification tops the list of eLearning trends for 2016, as more training departments and continuing education providers seek new methods to engage learners and increase retention. What LMS features matter to your organization?

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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.

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.

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.

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. Jessica Lane – Director of Client Success for Freestone LMS at Community Brands. Smart associations recognize this by building flexibility into their content strategy.

Simplify Your Learning: 5 Tips for Slimming Down

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Bullet points are another popular method for reducing the word count. Do you have any other tips for keeping your association’s online learning from getting too overwhelming? Association eLearning Blog eLearning Featured Posts Tips & Tricks Association LMS elearning courses learning management system lms member education online education project management At some point, we’ve all been stuck in a meeting or class that seemed to drag on forever.

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

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.

Podcast Episode 7: Modern Certification Programs – With Arleen Thomas

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Tune-in with whatever method you prefer: Receive an email whenever we publish a new episode. 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).

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.”

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

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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. Successful associations are gaining significant leverage from integrating traditionally disparate assets – systems, data and content. What are the biggest challenges associations face in 2018? The LMS is not going to die.

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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Focus on Millennial Learners to Benefit Members of All Ages

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In June 2016, an article in Association Now magazine referenced a study titled “ Member Engagement Study: Aligning Organization Strategy With What Matters Most to Members.” The article noted that the key benefits that millennials want from associations are job opportunities, credentials and training, and while other membership groups of other age categories prioritized different benefits, job opportunities and credentials were consistently important across the groups.

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

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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. Shopping for an LMS, why not check out Knowledge Direct ?

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