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.

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 is that tracked?

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Learning Management Systems and You

Association eLearning

People always want to know how their association could benefit from a Learning Management System (LMS). Also, we need to track each user and send them certificates upon completion. 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.

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

Association eLearning

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. It gives your association one software package that delivers, assesses, and reports on online training programs.

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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. Will we need an LMS? What can the association or organization expect to see in financial returns? Who’s going to run the program?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Teach Your Members How to Build a Learning Habit

WBT Systems

They’re more receptive to your marketing messages about educational programs, and will turn to you when they’re ready to invest in their education. Your association can also apply these behavioral science principles to strategies and tactics that help your members develop learning habits. You could even use a widget in your LMS to feature a Learning Tip of the Day. Help Members Track Their Progress. How can you help members track their learning progress?

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6 Signs It’s Time to Invest in an LMS

Association eLearning

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. Still it can be difficult to assess when it’s time to make the investment in an online learning management system (LMS) for creating, delivering, and marketing online education as well as testing and reporting on learner activity. How do you know it is time for your association to invest in 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.

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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How Associations Bridge the Skills Gap With Digital Badges

Talented Learning

Associations around the world face a common challenge — how to remain relevant and expand their footprint in their particular domain. Before the rise of social media and cloud computing, associations competed to attract new members — but only in a subtle “non-profit” sort of way. Associations face fierce competition from academic institutions, for-profit training companies and even individual subject matter experts. Why Look to Associations?

How Associations Bridge the Skills Gap With Digital Badges

Talented Learning

Associations around the world face a common challenge — how to remain relevant and expand their footprint in their particular domain. Before the rise of social media and cloud computing, associations competed to attract new members — but only in a subtle “non-profit” sort of way. Associations face fierce competition from academic institutions, for-profit training companies and even individual subject matter experts. Why Look to Associations?

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.

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.

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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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. Our LMS forums help facilitate that.

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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.

Summer School? No, time to evaluate LMS performance

WBT Systems

Typically the pace is a little slower during this time of the year giving you the opportunity to step back and take a look at whether your current training programs and platform are meeting the goals that were originally expected. There are three key elements to reflect on to determine the success or short-comings of your training programs. (1) 1) Training Program Outcomes. What are the outcomes of your training programs? 2) LMS Performance.

Driving Results at 7th Annual Higher Logic Super Forum

WBT Systems

Gilles Defer and Mike Bourassa will be representing WBT Systems and will be demonstrating our award-winning Learning Management System for Associations , TopClass, which is fully integrated with the Higher Logic platform. We are looking forward to meeting the Higher Logic Community and helping you with any questions you have about your education programs! TopClass LMS and Higher Logic Enable your Members to Learn and Engage Like Never Before!

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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. This may also impact on the availability of staff resources for other projects, resulting in delays and other costs to the association.

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. As the Learning and Development, Training, or Education director for your association, you are the curator of the education resources your association provides to members. Using your LMS as a Content Curation Tool.

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

Talented Learning

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.

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.

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.

Associations: Solving the Skills Gap with Digital Credentials

WBT Systems

Associations around the world face a common challenge — how to remain relevant and expand their footprint in their particular domain. Before the rise of social media and cloud computing, associations competed to attract new members — but only in a subtle “non-profit” sort of way. Associations face fierce competition from academic institutions, for-profit training companies and even individual subject matter experts. This is where associations and digital badges come in.

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.

Essential Steps BEFORE Planning for an LMS Implementation

WBT Systems

Similarly, it’s usually at this time of year that associations and other organizations start to review their training requirements and inevitably their delivery of that training. It’s during this time of evaluation that the organization’s learning management system (LMS) can come under scrutiny. Has your organization outgrown your LMS? Typically associations and the corporate world want to start new applications in January.

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Association Learning Blogs: Most Popular of 2016

WBT Systems

As we approach the end of June, and with a little inspiration from last week’s blog on Reflective Learning , we thought it was a good time to look back at some of the most popular association learning blogs of the first half of 2016. Retention is one of the most critical metrics for associations and membership organizations today, but what benefits truly increase value for association members and ensure they renew their membership?

Leadership through Blended Learning: Sorority LMS Success

WBT Systems

Blended Learning programs are the ideal way to deliver leadership development programs as they are more effective at creating behavioral change and deep learning. Successful Delivery of Blended Learning with an LMS. An LMS can be used to easily deliver the technology elements of your education program. As we have previously outlined in our blog, an LMS can also be a really useful tool to help organize and manage the delivery of offline learning.

New Year Resolution: Invest in Association Learning Technology

WBT Systems

Back at the office, this process is paralleled as the new year kick-starts strategic planning sessions to set goals for association management, covering everything from membership growth and retention to updating education and certification programs. Whether your association is planning to launch new education or certification programs, or revitalize and restructure existing programs, our suggestion for your new year resolution is to invest in association learning technology.