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.

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.

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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.

2020 LMS Considerations: Wrap-Up

CommPartners

This year we took a deeper look at several considerations that providers should apply to their LMS to support their learning community while increasing impact and reach in 2020.

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Learning Events: 10 Ways to Level Up Your Content Programming

Talented Learning

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. Of course, no one can afford to sink unlimited resources into content programming. Jessica Lane – Director of Client Success for Freestone LMS at Community Brands.

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. Higher Logic is not a LMS.

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.

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.

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.

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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Association Learning System Rankings

eLearning 24-7

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.

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.

Learning Management Systems and You

Association eLearning

People always want to know how their association could benefit from a Learning Management System (LMS). I told them, ‘I know just the person for the job.’ 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. Online training programs are often called eLearning.

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.

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. 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. We offer in-person training.

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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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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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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.

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.

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?

2015 Year End Review

Association 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. The added convenience and simplicity allows our association to go the extra mile for our members seeking continuing education.

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. They realize that member interests have changed and they’re ready to transform continuing education programs, accordingly. By definition, associations are niche.

2015 Year End Review

Association 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. The added convenience and simplicity allows our association to go the extra mile for our members seeking continuing education.

2015 Year End Review

Association 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. The added convenience and simplicity allows our association to go the extra mile for our members seeking continuing education.

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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Discover how to Engage Learners with TopClass LMS at iNNOVATIONS 2017

WBT Systems

We are very excited to sponsor INNOVATIONS, where this year we will be showcasing TopClass 10 LMS and our seamless integration with iMIS. “TopClass LMS is a natural fit with iMIS and together they deliver a sophisticated learning environment with the cloud-based simplicity, convenience, and security that associations demand. ”. – TopClass LMS and iMIS: Integrated, Engaging, Cloud-Safe Learning. Check out What’s new in TopClass LMS version 10?

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.”

Explore TopClass LMS at ASI Europe Insight Day 2016

WBT Systems

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. The two-way, real-time integration allows associations to increase non-dues education and certification revenue by providing a seamless, engaging and personalized learning experience that ensures learners keep coming back to take more training.

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.

Learning Content Curation for Association Member Education

WBT Systems

Have you tried curating content for your education programs? Rather than creating all your course content from scratch, learning content curation can help you to update and extend your member education programs with new material. From the Latin ‘curare’, curate means ‘to take care’ and ‘curator’ refers to the person who is responsible for taking care of and managing a collection. Using your LMS as a Content Curation Tool.

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.

3 Ways an Online Community Enhances Learning

WBT Systems

Just as we are seeing more organizations delivering education and certification programs through online Learning Management Systems , there is a growing expectation for organizations to be able to communicate and share knowledge with their customers, members, or employees efficiently and expertly online. We know that education programs provide one successful way to increase member engagement , whether through the annual conference, webinars, or online education and certification programs.

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. Prioritizing LMS requirements.

Focus on Millennial Learners to Benefit Members of All Ages

WBT Systems

How can you ensure your education program provides benefits to members of all ages? 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.” A poll of Association Adviser readers published this week seems to suggest that there might be a difference in preference for how learning is delivered among association members.

Meet WBT Systems in Austin for PersoniFest 2018!

WBT Systems

Hosted by Personify , this conference will run from April 8-11 and provide users of Personify360 and Small World Community the opportunity to “discover resources and solutions for automating processes, increasing profits and of course, optimizing relationships with your constituents” WBT Systems helps associations to build and deliver world-class education and certification programs with TopClass, the #1 Association Learning Management System.

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. WBT Systems are very excited to partner with NiUG for this event and our representative, Mike, will be there to meet the NiUG community and answer all your Association eLearning questions. TopClass LMS, the flexible way to integrate learning with iMIS.