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. Once the only place to go for continuing education , associations now face serious competition from for-profit learning providers. This new landscape affects the status and influence of every association in its respective profession.

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2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

Talented Learning

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. Our mission is to map the LMS world.

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. Not surprisingly, many continuing education learning systems vendors are specialists. Higher Logic is not a LMS.

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. 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. Rely heavily on an LMS as a foundation for their learning technology stack.

How to Get the Most out of Your LMS Demo

Association eLearning

If you’re in the beginning stages of selecting a learning management system (LMS) for your association, you might be feeling overwhelmed by all the choices and information from various vendors. To help you make the most of your time, and land at the best solution for your association, here are the “Do’s and Don’ts” for LMS demos: Do. Most LMS demos are scheduled for 1 hour. If you and the vendor can spare an additional half an hour or more, great!

Questions to Ask Client References Before Selecting Your LMS

Association eLearning

Selecting an LMS can be a very involved process. Once you have narrowed the list of vendors that seem to fit your needs, watched demos to see the Learning Management System functionality, and narrowed the field, then comes the reference checking. Is there an integration with an Association Management System? Has the reference been through a version upgrade of the LMS software? What is the customer service experience?

LMS Awards Just Got Better: A New Way to Celebrate Learning Systems Excellence

Talented Learning

So I’m not surprised when Talented Learning fans ask me when we’ll announce our annual LMS Awards. Well, if you’ve followed the market in recent years, you know the LMS landscape has changed dramatically. But before I share details about what’s ahead, let’s take a quick look back: Setting the Stage for Extended Enterprise LMS Recognition. Before Talented Learning, LMS analysis and commentary focused primarily on talent management issues.

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?

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.

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

Podcast Episode 7: Modern Certification Programs – With Arleen Thomas

Talented Learning

On a regular basis, I’m interviewing some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the field of extended enterprise learning – including vendor executives, consultants, customers and others. EPISODE 7 – TOPIC SUMMARY AND GUEST: What can associations do to modernize certification programs for young professionals? We saw a role for our association in that education process with the CGMA. Every association and non-profit organization is unique.

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.

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.

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

Talented Learning

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. For years, fresh variations on an LMS theme have been popping up in every imaginable niche.

How to Create a Really Good LMS RFP

WBT Systems

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. Never send an RFP to 12 vendors or even 8 vendors.

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How Technology Partners Help Associations Comply with GDPR

WBT Systems

Since the EU approved GDPR on April 14, 2016, association technology firms have had lots of time to prepare for GDPR. In this post, we describe what your technology providers should do to help your association comply with GDPR. We also provide tips on some of the things staff should do to help their associations comply with GDPR—just in case you haven’t done them already. We’re not an European or international association. Your association is the “data controller.”.

Which Association Learning Trends Predictions Came True in 2016?

WBT Systems

With just a couple of weeks to the end of the year and a huge variety of association learning solutions being showcased this week at ASAE Technology Conference 2016 , it’s a good time to look back at the association learning trends that were predicted for 2016 and see which of these are still relevant. Which trends will be relevant to the associations attending ASAE Tech 16, looking to enhance or revise their learning technologies?

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.

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?

How to Make the Most of ASAE Annual Expo 2016

WBT Systems

With less than two weeks to the ASAE Annual Meeting and Expo 2016 , the largest event for Associations each year, we are putting in place our final preparations to exhibit at Booth #515. As we pack and ship our materials, arrange meetings with partners, clients and interested associations, and put the finishing touches on our demos, we started thinking about all the opportunities that the ASAE Annual Expo 2016 provides.

Paradiso LMS Ranks #2 on Softwareworld’s Top Learning Management System Global List

PSB

SoftwareWorld proudly accredits Paradiso LMS as one of the top three leading learning management systems that helps its users in achieving the best outcomes. An efficient LMS not only upgrades the learning experiences, but also eases the procedure of publishing digital content.

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Choosing an LMS: Why LMS Requirements Matter

Web Courseworks

Talented Learning recently released its 2016 LMS Almanac: Corporate Edition. Web Courseworks, along with 72 other LMS providers are put under the microscope to give readers a detailed list to choose which LMS is right for them. ( When an association or company has made the decision to purchase an LMS, it is not always clear which LMS will be the right fit. This will ensure that the maximum value that the LMS can give to the association is achieved.

Top 5 Reasons You Will Leave your LMS – and How to Switch Successfully

Association eLearning

There was quite a bit of focus at the 2012 Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando on Learning Management Systems (LMS) and how dissatisfied many users are. Digitec presented a session on “ Making a Successful LMS Switch ” which drew a crowd of conference attendees. Some attendees were the victims of an LMS that had been acquired from a merger which had affected the product support. But with so much dissatisfaction, how can they make sure they choose a better LMS?

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What’s Hot In Learning Technology? Summer Webinar Series

Talented Learning

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. Even if you can’t attend, we’ll send you a link to the recording — so feel free to register for one or all: Secrets of Global LMS Success: The Most Overlooked Corporate Learning Essentials. Is your LMS ready? I’ll be joined by one of the world’s best LMS experts, Gary Underhill, Sr.

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. 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. Regardless of whether you’re an LMS buyer, seller or user, I hope you’ll find this Q&A helpful.

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Top Learning Systems Trends – A 2019 Extended Enterprise Market Guide

Talented Learning

Every day, we interview vendors to understand their product strategy, features and roadmap. 21 Vendor Expansion and Consolidation Continue at a Brisk Pace. As 2019 begins, 762 vendors are on our learning systems radar – and new innovators are entering the fray all the time. Popular vendors in this space include Cornerstone OnDemand, CrossKnowlege , Degreed , EdCast , eLogic Learning , Media Defined/NetExam , OnPoint Digital , PeopleFluent , Saba , Skilljar and Totara.

Trends Impacting eLearning Solutions for Associations in 2017

WBT Systems

With so many blog posts and articles, how do you wade through all the predictions to uncover what trends will directly impact your association’s learning technology strategy this year? We’ve put together a quick summary of what the experts are saying about general trends for eLearning solutions and analysed how these might impact your association, so you can focus on innovating and developing your education programs in 2017. Trends Impacting Associations Right Now.

Top 47 Posts and 10 Hot Topics for February

eLearning Learning Posts

Technologically Externalized Knowledge and Learning « Connectivism , February 11, 2010 Connectivism networked and social learning « Utah State OpenCourseWare, lowriders, and system design Future of learning: LMS or SNS? Here are the charts from my presentation as promised: Learning Styles Reviewed by Association for Psychological Science AND FOUND WANTING. LMS = Losing My Smile - aLearning , February 5, 2010 [Association LMS Vendors, Take Note!] LMS (37).

Best LMS? 2016 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards

Talented Learning

It is not easy choosing the best LMS for 2016. LMS specialists of every size, shape and focus continue to enter the space with impressive new capabilities. In years past, the same dozen or so vendors competed for all the LMS market share. Nearly every vendor earned its bread and butter by selling to employee-minded buyers in HR. Finding the Best LMS in a Complex World. Every day, we see LMS vendors in action, selling their products.

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

Association eLearning

Analyst John Leh says there are 700 LMS vendors in the industry. Except that their service, once you have their shiny new LMS, stinks. But instead of simply asking for a “yes” or “no” to a feature list with check boxes, allow vendors to clarify whether a feature is in development, in beta testing (and when it will be available to the public), available now, or not available. Shopping for an LMS, why not check out Knowledge Direct ?

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