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Game Based Learning: Is It Appropriate For My Association?

Association eLearning

In fact, the average age of a video gamer is 35 – a key demographic we’d all like to include in our association’s ranks, right? Why are games so popular, and how can we leverage gamification for association learning? So, it’s no surprise that so many associations are exploring game-based learning experiences for their members. According to BigFish games, 58% of Americans play video games , with 68% of that population older than 18.

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5 Ways to Bring Contextual Learning to Your Association

Association eLearning

Making your association’s learning contextual will not only help your members make sense of information, it will also help them remember it. Let’s take a look at five ways your association can add context to its eLearning. Let’s say that an association’s eLearning explains how to fill out a specific form and stresses that it’s important to do it correctly. Then it exploded. By itself, this sentence doesn’t say much. What exploded and was it supposed to? Why did it blow up?

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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. 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. What can the association or organization expect to see in financial returns? Is there a demand for online education at your association or organization?

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

Association eLearning

It gives your association one software package that delivers, assesses, and reports on online training programs. As a result, your association can create, store, reuse, and manage courses and training materials all in the same program. Your association pays a vendor to create an interactive course that goes over the features of this new product. Now suppose the association wants to save money by making the course themselves and decides not to hire a vendor.

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Discover the Secrets to Creating More Meaningful Training Experiences

Speaker: David Kelly - CEO The Learning Guild & Luke Talbot - Chief Product Officer at Userlane

During this webinar, you will learn how to streamline your software training, boost ROI for your systems, and increase employee productivity.

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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. Try different scenarios and see if online learning is right for your association.

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The Worst eLearning Course Ever

Association eLearning

You can help keep bad eLearning away from your association. You read the title correctly. This post is dedicated to pet peeves, worst practices, and other abominations that terrorize eLearning. What follows is a combination of things that give Digitec-ies nightmares and headaches. I considered listing them here, but there were quite a few and a list alone did not express the sheer torment these things can cause.

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eLearning Trends for 2015: Here to Stay or Go Away?

Association eLearning

Why, you ask, would an association want to create a MOOC? An association can leverage this free course model to increase membership and attract more people who are willing to pay for educational offerings in the future. Sadly, too few organizations and associations understand what gamification is and what it is not. Trends in eLearning come and go, but a good LMS is forever. Ok maybe not forever, but a provider can dream.

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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). 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? Remember those courses from the conference your association already has? To help explain, let me present a little scenario. Johnson!” Your boss calls to you.

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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.

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The Roses and Thorns of an LMS Strategy: How to Flourish with the Right LMS

Speaker: Amanda Davis, Chief Experience Officer and Liam O'Malley, VP of Association Solutions

The "new normal" is now a little less new, a little more normal. Does that mean your current LMS strategy is in need of a refresh? Join Amanda Davis and Liam O’Malley to learn how to navigate the selection process from beginning to end so that your organization and eLearning content can truly flourish.

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Top 5 eLearning Trends Happening Now

Association eLearning

According to a 2012 Bersin and Associates research report, “By allowing users to actively engage and share knowledge with one another, organizations are not only empowering them to teach one another, but are also actively assisting in fostering the types of conversations that organically lead to creativity and problem-solving.” From major associations to universities, accessibility standards were not followed and learners were not afraid to demand compliance in the courts when necessary.

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Writing Effective eLearning Narration: Making It Easy to Read, Say, and Comprehend

Association eLearning

Many courses rely upon voiceover to help connect with their learners. This is a solid approach and, when used well, can make for great learning experiences. But what I have found is that the narrated portion of courses is often written like something you would find in a textbook. The problem here is that all people, regardless of age or experience with digital media, generally expect the narration to be conversational. Reading straight from a book, of course, is not conversational.

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The Content or the LMS? Which Comes First?

Association eLearning

When we get requests from associations considering an LMS, it is always interesting to get an understanding of the current learning environment. You need both. Without content the LMS is an empty cookie jar. It’s pretty looking but frustrating every time you open it. Then again, content without an intuitive platform for delivery is a treasure hunt, often without a treasure map to guide you. But wait, don’t order yet, there’s more.

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When Misused Buzzwords Attack

Association eLearning

It’s important to realize that these can mean one thing to you and your association and something different to an eLearning vendor or instructional designer. They envision a course for retail associates that’s set in a store, allows them to make decisions about what to do over the course of their “day,” pulls scenarios from real events, and has multiple paths through the day depending on their decisions. Interactive. Immersive. Innovative/ Creative/ Different. Effective.

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The Future of Learning: How to Make Knowledge Accessible In The New Normal

Speaker: Dharshan Chandran, Product Marketing Manager at Whatfix

As we continue to navigate these trying times, a hybrid workforce is looking like the new normal and the temporary changes that L&D leaders have made to remote training are not sufficient. It's time for L&D leaders to devise more longterm strategies and methods to training a distributed workforce.

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Creative: You Asked For It, But Now It’s Terrifying

Association eLearning

The association had asked for something creative, but this… Cold sweat formed on the reviewer’s brow as their muscles tightened. It’s critical that you and your course developer (whether it’s an external vendor or someone in your association) have the same creative vision. Since your association’s eLearning is for the members letting them weigh in is a good way to find out what’s acceptable to them. What has your association done to try creative, new eLearning approaches?

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Learning isn’t Linear

Association eLearning

I heard a quote the other day that really got me thinking. “A A three year old is not half a six year old.” The thought being that, on average, at six years old a person is not double a three year old in any capacity. Not in height or weight, but also not in knowledge. So, this begs the question, why isn’t a six year old twice as smart as a three year old? The answer has to do with the sheer amount of knowledge a newborn gains between the ages of zero and three.

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Another Lens for Viewing Your eLearning

Association eLearning

There are nine elements of good instruction you can use as litmus tests to see where your association’s eLearning is doing well and where it has room to grow. Your association should guide its members and let them know what to do next, even when they’ve finished a course. Looking at eLearning from different angles can help you pin down ways for your association to improve its offerings. There is more than one way to look at an object.

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How to Prevent Member Education Burnout

Association eLearning

Your association is in a unique position to provide subject matter expertise that can define your membership and keep their knowledge of the field current. Curating the most interesting news stories, posting regulatory changes, and bringing experts together for annual meetings helps reinforce the association’s position as the “go to” source for information.

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3 Guiding Principles to Support the Human Dimension in Learning

Speaker: Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting

Join Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting, for her exclusive session where she will be discussing the 3 guiding principles for the future of learning, and how these can affect the design of work in organizations.

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Education Balancing Act: Asynchronous, Synchronous, and Blended Learning

Association eLearning

What category does most of your association or organization’s training fall under? What do you think of when you hear the term eLearning? Maybe your mind jumps to webinars or interactive courses in a Learning Management System (LMS). There are many different types of eLearning, so it isn’t surprising that they can be divided into categories. Let’s explore them and take a look at their advantages and disadvantages. Asynchronous/ Self-Paced.

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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. The conversation goes something like this… Typical Phone Call Example. 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.

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Gamification or Game-Based Learning? What’s the Difference?

Association eLearning

If your association decides to go this route, make sure the game(s) fulfills your needs. This is a big undertaking, so your association will want to find a proven vendor that will work with you to make your game-based eLearning a reality. Gamification and game-based learning (sometimes abbreviated GBL) are both hot topics and the terms are often used interchangeably. They’re not the same thing, but a lot of the definitions and explanations that are floating around aren’t very clear.

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Blended Learning: Not your Mother’s, Grandmother’s, or Possibly Even Older Sibling’s Training

Association eLearning

In hopes of saving time and increasing learners’ base knowledge, the association offering Melanie’s certification has sent out a link in advance of the face-to-face training with some key information. This is how blended learning can not only help your association cover more ground, but improve the overall learner experience. For associations, it’s not always easy to incorporate change in training programs. Blended learning is not new to training.

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Use Chaos to Build a Stronger Organization

Speaker: Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner at Sapient Insights Group

As we look to tomorrow, it is time to ask ourselves what lessons have we learned and how do we create flexible organizations that can survive what the future holds. Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, will share insights, data, and tools that are helping organizations adapt and even thrive in this difficult environment. She’ll discuss the emerging trends in the Learning technology market, and how these exciting new approaches to creating micro, adaptive, and personalized content is changing the face of workforce development while creating strong connections to business outcomes.

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Why Negative Reinforcement is Actually Quite Positive!

Association eLearning

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Zoom & the LMS: The Blended Online Workshop for association members

Web Courseworks

Those in the association market moved annual meetings online with heavy use of Zoom for live sessions and for recording sessions in advance. Professional development and continuing education offered by associations shifted online with live workshops being conducted using Zoom.

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Don’t Treat Beginners and Experienced Learners the Same Way

Association eLearning

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Challenges Associations Face with Adult Learning

Lambda Solutions

2020 proved to be a sink or swim year for many associations and membership training. Learner Engagement Onboarding and Training AssociationsThe forced shift to online alternatives from traditional, in-person, instructor-led training (ILT) has had mixed results.

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Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

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Top 3 Questions to Ask Before Choosing eLearning for Your Association

Association eLearning

For years, associations have played a critical role in addressing the skills gap problem by providing professional and continuing education for their members. In the past, highly-specialized, industry education was provided through association annual meetings and educational sessions. But due to increased travel costs, many associations are seeing lower attendance at their annual meetings. Of your association members and potential members, how large is the possible market?

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Competency-Based Learning: How to Bridge the Skills-Gap

Association eLearning

especially within those industries that are supported by professional associations. Continuing education is needed to address the crisis, but while most associations do provide education, a number of third-party suppliers have entered the marketplace as well. But if continuing education is readily available elsewhere, why should members continue to join associations? – Attracting new members to the association, while giving the labor force new career opportunities.

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Don’t Just Tell, Show: the Value of Examples

Association eLearning

Perhaps your association has best practices, regulations, or new techniques you’d like your members to follow. There are a number of ways to put examples to work in your association’s eLearning: Present case studies. I found something interesting while cleaning off an old shelf recently. It was a children’s story called Officer Buckle and Gloria, by Peggy Rathmann. I planned on reading it one last time and then donating it. Instead, I kept the book. Here’s a summary.

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Dense eLearning Isn’t Smart

Association eLearning

That’s not something you want to see in the feedback for your association’s eLearning. “It was too much all at once. I was overwhelmed.” Luckily, there are ways to make eLearning more digestible, regardless of the subject matter. Managing content density is the key. What is Density? In essence, density is how much “stuff” is packed into a given space. A higher density means there’s more “stuff” and the object is harder. For example, water is less dense than concrete.

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The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

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The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy (And when to use each one)

Association eLearning

“Make your audience care.” It’s an often repeated tenet of instructional design and it sounds great in theory. If you can make your audience care about the material they will engage more deeply with the content and retain it longer. Just saying “make your audience care” is not the whole story though. While many designers will spend time trying to figure out how to make people care, they won’t spend any time figuring out what “kind” of caring they want to elicit, and, yes, there is more than one.

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How to Write Good Assessment Questions

Association eLearning

Your association can have the best course in the world, but if the assessments or knowledge checks aren’t written well they can make the whole thing fall apart. “Can someone explain this question to me? I don’t know what it’s asking.”. How am I supposed to know the answer to this? It wasn’t in the lesson.”. Believe it or not, it can be hard to write effective questions. This is true whether you’re making an eLearning assessment or writing questions for a traditional in-classroom test.

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eLearning Memories of a Millennial Instructional Designer

Association eLearning

Even if you or your association aren’t building “games” these are still essential components that can be used in other types of learning offerings. What do you picture when you hear the word “eLearning”? Chances are everyone thinks of something slightly different, based on their personal experiences. I’d like to share my first impressions of it, from back before I’d ever heard of “eLearning.” This was years before I became an instructional designer, back when I was a kid.

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LMS Selection: 7 Features Associations Need

Web Courseworks

Association members grow and change over time, and their needs grow and change with them. Unless the association addresses these changes, members won’t see the value of their membership. But how do associations accomplish this? Learning management systems have taken over how associations distribute and generate revenue from their professional development materials. But like everything else, not all association LMS platforms are created equal.

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Accessibility and eLearning: The Association’s Guide to WCAG

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy and Design at BlueSky eLearn, and Eduardo Meza-Etienne, Director of Compliance and Accessibility Team Lead eSSENTIAL Accessibility

This webinar will define what it means to deliver accessible online learning content & analyze a user experience from the lens of accessibility and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG 2.2, due to be released June 2022.