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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.

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. Assessment of Learning.

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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. But when it comes to supporting lifelong learning , they’re definitely not created equal. Over the past few years, I’ve helped more than 50 organizations choose a learning platform as a backbone for continuing education programs. However, the way they combine strategies and systems is as unique as the organizations, themselves.

Podcast 22: Launching a Learning Portal – With DirectEmployers Association

Talented Learning

WELCOME TO EPISODE 22 OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW! To learn more about this podcast series or to see the full collection of episodes visit The Talented Learning Show main page. That was the goal when the DirectEmployers Association (DE) envisioned its new learning portal, DE Academy. If you don’t fully understand your audience’s learning needs, preferences and behaviors, your program is at risk. What did you learn from Carla?

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 to convert your ILT to an online format. 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.

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

Anatomy of an LMS Administrator – Part 2, Additional Roles of the LMS Administrator

Web Courseworks

Handling Site Settings, Report Generation, and the Front/Home Page – An Interview with Michael Lanius: As promised in my last post on LMS administration, I have a second set of interview clips to share from my chat with Michael Lanius about his perspective on an LMS Administrator’s role. Michael is a senior support staffer at Web Courseworks who has played all the roles related to being a Learning Management Systems (LMS) Administrator.

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Anatomy of an LMS Administrator – Part 2, Additional Roles of the LMS Administrator

Web Courseworks

Handling Site Settings, Report Generation, and the Front/Home Page – An Interview with Michael Lanius: As promised in my last post on LMS administration, I have a second set of interview clips to share from my chat with Michael Lanius about his perspective on an LMS Administrator’s role. Michael is a senior support staffer at Web Courseworks who has played all the roles related to being a Learning Management Systems (LMS) Administrator.

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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.”.

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. In this clip Michael briefly tells the problem with dealing with other formats: [link].

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2019 Talented Learning Awards: Continuing Education Systems

Talented Learning

Last week we kicked-off the 2019 Talented Learning Awards by honoring the best learning systems in our first category – corporate extended enterprise systems. And this week the celebration continues, as we recognize excellence in our second category – continuing education systems. Of course, other kinds of learning software also deserve recognition. Why Are Continuing Education Systems Special? WBT Systems. eLogic Learning.

10 Unconventional Ways to Get More Value from Your Association’s LMS

WBT Systems

If your association’s learning management system (LMS) is only used by staff in the education department, you’re not taking full advantage of its potential. An LMS can do so much more than help you manage online courses, certification and accreditation programs, digital badges, and webinars. We’ve come up with ten additional ways you can use an LMS to deliver more value to members and staff. Take a blended learning approach.

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 14: Managing Nonprofit Member Education at The Land Trust Alliance

Talented Learning

WELCOME TO EPISODE 14 OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW! To learn more about this podcast series or to see the full collection of episodes visit The Talented Learning Show main page. That’s what I discuss today with guest, Mary Burke , Associate Director of Educational Services at Land Trust Alliance. Our strategy is to create different learning for different people. We offer many types of learning opportunities to meet diverse needs.

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How To Design a Digital Badge Strategy

WBT Systems

Dramatic changes have occurred in how learning is recognized, accredited and validated. A flexible, structured Digital Badge Strategy applied to your planned and existing online learning programs will help to validate your badging initiative – ensuring that you meet your learning and organisational goals. Often it is the intrinsic, on-the-job skills and best practices that are learned and applied that provide the most value and benefit.

Focus on Millennial Learners to Benefit Members of All Ages

WBT Systems

There are countless articles describing how we need to change the way we deliver learning to attract and engage millennial learners, but many of these articles seem to forget that organizations must deliver learning to learners across multiple generational groups. In June 2016, an article in Association Now magazine referenced a study titled “ Member Engagement Study: Aligning Organization Strategy With What Matters Most to Members.”

Tips for Developing an LMS RFP

Association eLearning

Distributing an RFP is a wonderful way to “set the stage” for your ideal learning management system (LMS). If you have itemized your requirements in writing, you are increasing the odds of finding the best LMS for your organization— at an affordable price. An RFP is especially beneficial if you have a lot of requirements, because it gives you a simple way to evaluate and compare numerous LMS systems. Previous LMS experience.

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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. Borrowing another association’s LMS RFP.

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Enhance eLearning Assessment to Maintain Learner Engagement

WBT Systems

One way to improve the learner experience is to aim to improve engagement in our eLearning assessment by addressing the variety and format of the questions and answers we use. We might stretch to the odd use of basic text formatting, emphasizing a particular word or phrase, or maybe even using still images. Here, WBT Systems’ Lead User Experience and Design Architect, James Sheil , talks us through how to enhance eLearning assessments easily with multimedia.

2017 Talented Learning LMS Awards: Best of the Best

Talented Learning

As 2017 draws to a close, the learning community is buzzing with chatter. It’s time again for the annual Talented Learning LMS Awards! The Talented Learning Awards are not a money-making affair for us. The Talented Learning LMS Awards are not chosen by marketers, or designed for marketers. They are intended to help buyers navigate the uncertain waters of today’s learning technology marketplace. 2017 LMS Awards: Best of the Best.

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Best LMS? 2016 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards

Talented Learning

It is not easy choosing the best LMS for 2016. That’s because the learning management systems market has never been stronger or more diverse. LMS specialists of every size, shape and focus continue to enter the space with impressive new capabilities. Buyers see exciting ways to rethink their learning infrastructure, while incumbents are being challenged to up their game. Finding the Best LMS in a Complex World. Absorb LMS.