The Advantages of an Association LMS

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The desire to properly educate members will always be a top priority for associations around the globe. Associations constantly look for ways to educate their members in the most efficient and timely matter. This is the reason many have made the switch from traditional learning to online learning or eLearning. All online learning platforms have the same goal—to provide training to their employees.

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.

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The Content or the LMS? Which Comes First?

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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.

What Do I Need in an LMS? I’m Looking to Market and Sell eLearning.

Association eLearning

Let’s say you’re an association. You know you need an LMS. But “FIDDLESTICKS” (Yes, I said fiddlesticks, this is a professional blog people) you exclaim as you ask yourself “What do I need in an LMS?”. This means you’ll need an ecommerce system built into your LMS. The Knowledge Direct LMS has an ecommerce system built in allowing credit card payments through Stripe credit card processing. Looking for a new LMS?

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.

The Benefits of SaaS: Hosted LMS

Association eLearning

So, when an LMS provider say they have a SaaS LMS, they’re really saying we offer a cloud LMS. Because you aren’t purchasing hardware and hiring IT support staff to go along with your software solution, your up-front costs are lower than they would be if you simply purchased an LMS that was not hosted elsewhere. Taking this on by yourself could be a hassle, as you first have to find skilled IT staff, and then they have to learn the LMS.

2015 Year End Review

Association eLearning

What new trends will be important to association leaders? As a company, we consistently strive to transform learning to change lives. 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. What a year it’s been!

Give your Professional Associations a Worthwhile LMS Therapy

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Do you know what are associations? Association are the government bodies which aims at selling training courses. These associations can be into any domain like healthcare, education, hospitality, transport etc. There are over 80,000 professional associations in the U.S. The growing popularity of various associations gives online learning portals plenty of opportunities to align with them. and what are they known for?

Digitec Produces eLearning for the International Sign Association

Association eLearning

Associations are moving to eLearning every day, but with limited resources, it can be a challenge to produce quality online courses. The International Sign Association (ISA) has overcome this challenge by partnering with Digitec on a cost-effective solution to create custom eLearning courses for its members, who are manufacturers, users and suppliers of on-premise signs and other visual communications systems.

LMS Selection: 7 Features Associations Need

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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? Through a learning management system (LMS). Learning management systems have taken over how associations distribute and generate revenue from their professional development materials.

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.

Social Learning for Associations: What to Expect in a Modern LMS

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Social learning. It is essential for any association learning management system (LMS). Yet no one can define “social learning” in a nutshell, because there is no universally accepted meaning. As LMS consultants , we’ve helped many different types of associations define their learning technology requirements. Public social media vs. private association social learning? Manager, AICPA.

Association Learning: Does your Story Inspire Members?

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Conferences can be a great place to do this, while also reconnecting with your peers, sharing experience, and learning about new ideas. 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. This week, however, we want to inspire you to reflect on the story your association education programs tell your members.

Associations Need to Lead Change with Education Programs

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“ 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

We have come across several interesting articles in the past couple of weeks, which discuss some of the social, political and economic changes that are currently impacting how we work and learn. 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.

Open Source LMS: Hidden Costs for Associations

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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.

Is your Association a Learning Organization?

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Is your association a learning organization? A learning organization is one “that facilitates the learning of its members and continuously transforms itself” According to this definition , this type of organization is more responsive to external pressures, has a faster pace of change within the organization, and is better able to innovate and remain competitive. A learning organization becomes more like a community that members can feel a commitment to.

Learning Content Curation for Association Member Education

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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. As L&D Managers know, reviewing and refreshing your content is important to ensure that your members are engaged and interested in learning.

Association Learning Blogs: Most Popular of 2016

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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?

Which Association Learning Trends Predictions Came True in 2016?

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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?

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

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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.

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.

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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Meet WBT Systems in Austin for PersoniFest 2018!

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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.

ASAE Annual Meeting 2016: Come see the new version of TopClass LMS!

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ASAE Annual Meeting 2016 is the biggest Association conference of the year and the schedule is jam packed with educational sessions, learning labs and social events. WBT Systems are looking forward to making the most of our time there, both by attending sessions and while exhibiting our learning solutions for Associations in the Expo Hall at Booth #515. The next version of TopClass LMS will be launched to coincide with the ASAE Annual Meeting and Expo.

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.

Leadership through Blended Learning: Sorority LMS Success

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Blended Learning programs are the ideal way to deliver leadership development programs as they are more effective at creating behavioral change and deep learning. When your organization is concerned with “Building Strong Girls” as is Gamma Phi Beta, the first women’s organization to be called a ‘sorority’, a blended learning approach supports the development of both leadership skills and organizational growth.

Top Technology Strategy Tips for NiUG Discovery

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With less than a week to NiUG Discovery 2016 , we are excited to be sponsoring this great, interactive, learning and networking event for the iMIS Community! As we pack and ship our materials, arrange meetings with partners, clients and associations, and put the finishing touches on our TopClass demos, we started thinking about our top technology strategy tips for getting the most out of the conference.

The 5 E’s of Generating Non-Dues Revenue from eLearning

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Is your association generating as much non-dues revenue as it needs to, wants to, or has the potential to? One great way to do this is to look to your online education and certification programs – with your Association Learning Management System, generating non-dues revenue is easy! Here are five ways your LMS can help you to generate non-dues revenue for your association: Ensure your LMS has eCommerce Capability.