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.

Association LMS Buying Companion

Talented Learning

But for association professionals, August brings another kind of opportunity. Many are designed to help associations educate their members more effectively and to develop an ecommerce training business. If you’re an association decision maker, how do you decide which learning technologies are the best fit for your particular needs? So why not make it easier on yourself, and take an LMS analyst along in your hip pocket? Association LMS Buying Companion.

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Association LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

But association executives look forward to August for a very different reason. ASAE is also the place to be if you’re interested in new association learning technology. Each year, the variety of tools displayed in the vendor expo grows deeper and more expansive. WEBINARS – In-depth sessions featuring association community pace-setters. Launching a Learning Portal – With DirectEmployers Association. 5) How are associations driving new training revenues?

Association LMS – Yes or No?

Web Courseworks

Association LMS – Yes or No?: You Might Not Need an LMS I receive calls from associations who insist they need an LMS when they already have the software systems to deliver their informal professional development programs. Here are five questions you should ask yourself before entering the murky world of vetting vendors [.]. eLearning aLearning association elearning formal learning informal learning Jon Aleckson LMS Web Courseworks

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.

Association LMS Report & the Entrepreneurial Jeff Cobb

Web Courseworks

recently released a report focused on learning management systems for associations. Full disclosure: Web Courseworks’ LMS called CourseStage is one of the featured systems in the report. I am writing about the LMS Report because it is an invaluable guide for associations considering a business model involving eLearning. This new venture stemmed from what he saw as an important need for information in the association sphere. Jeff Cobb of Tagoras Inc.

When is it time for a new Association LMS?

WBT Systems

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? Does your LMS integrate fully with your member management software or association management system?

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!

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?

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. Q&A HIGHLIGHTS: Tell us about the DirectEmployers Association. We want DirectEmployers Association to be the go-to solution for contractors who need OFCCP compliance and talent acquisition information, resources and support. Who are the vendors? JEN: TopClass LMS is the learning management system we chose for DE Academy.

The Content or the LMS? Which Comes First?

Association eLearning

Without content the LMS is an empty cookie jar. Before EITHER the content or LMS is considered, it is important to step back and think: Who am I providing this content for and why do they need it? If you cannot answer either of those questions, then neither content NOR an LMS will help you provide successful educational material. Once you have a clear direction, understanding what type of content will be most relevant will help you select an LMS. You need both.

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.

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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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? Your IT infrastructure will change, or you may add more LMS administrators.

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.

Why an Open Source LMS Isn’t Always the Best Option

Association eLearning

You’re shopping for an LMS and behold FREE OPEN SOURCE LMS pops up. Yes, it sounds like a good idea, but if you own a business or run an association, you might want to think twice about open source. If it’s free, it may be because it’s an over-simplified bare bones LMS, counting on you to customize and make the platform what it should be. If it’s a free open source LMS then it’s probably not coming with technical support. A proprietary LMS vendor.

Four Wishes for LMS Buyers

Association eLearning

Every week, like clockwork, I get a call from someone who wants me to recommend an LMS for their association or small business. If an eLearning Genie would come out of a bottle and grant me four wishes for my LMS buyers, here is what I’d request. Wish #1: LMS Buyers understand what they are buying. I wish the genie would prompt all LMS Buyers to Google and read the definition of Learning Management System before calling me.

Getting Started with Online Member Education

Association eLearning

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. In short, associations, I was your target audience. Will I need an LMS? Try different scenarios and see if online learning is right for your association.

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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

Managing Moodle for Association Members at ASAE Technology Conference

Web Courseworks

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Association Forum of Chicagoland provide opportunities to reach the over one million associations operating nationwide. The Moodle platform is ideal for associations seeking to generate revenue through their professional development offerings— ranging from testing for credentialing to an entire certification curriculum. What association stakeholders should you involve before trying out this “free” LMS?

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.

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.

WBT Systems’ TopClass maintains position as #1 LMS for Associations

WBT Systems

For the second consecutive year, WBT Systems’ TopClass LMS has been named the #1 Learning Management System for Associations in the Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards. This award honors the learning solution vendor which best caters for the unique and varied requirements of associations that provide education and certification programs for their members. TopClass LMS had previously been named the Best Association LMS in 2015.

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.

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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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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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?