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.

Supplementary Software for Your Association LMS: 5 Tips

Web Courseworks

Your association LMS, or learning management system, helps your members develop valuable professional skills and progress in their careers by providing them with the courses they need to grow. You want to do everything you can to facilitate and keep track of your members’ progress as they use your association LMS. If so, you should be aware of the many opportunities that arise when you integrate these two valuable software solutions.

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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.

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.

Top 5 eLearning Trends Happening Now

Association eLearning

I was able to talk with many training and development representatives from a wide variety of organizations about their LMS needs. During these discussions I asked, “what aspects or features are you looking for in an LMS? All LMS providers will be expected to provide a mobile responsive platform this year. A mobile responsive LMS is one that adapts to various screens, like an iPad or an android phone. What LMS features matter to your organization?

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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. Will I need an LMS? Try different scenarios and see if online learning is right for your association.

Make it Easy for Members to Love your Association LMS!

WBT Systems

Increasingly, associations are adopting Learning Management Systems (LMS) to help simplify the administration and delivery of education and certification programs to a membership that is more geographically dispersed, increasingly busy, and dealing with a changing economy which can make it more difficult to attend meetings and conferences in person. Here we share a few often overlooked tips to help you make it easy for your members not just to use, but to love your Association LMS!

Association Learning System Rankings

eLearning 24-7

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.

2015 Year End Review

Association eLearning

What new trends will be important to association leaders? 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. The added convenience and simplicity allows our association to go the extra mile for our members seeking continuing education.

2015 Year End Review

Association eLearning

What new trends will be important to association leaders? 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. The added convenience and simplicity allows our association to go the extra mile for our members seeking continuing education.

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?

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.

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. JEN: TopClass LMS is the learning management system we chose for DE Academy. What about large organizations with their own LMS?

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?

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?

Digitec Begins LMS Integration with Personify Association Management System

Association eLearning

Digitec has begun building a bridge to integrate its Knowledge Direct learning management system with TMA Resource’s Personify association management system. An off-the-shelf integration with the Personify AMS will provide users of both systems with single sign-on, secure data transfer, eCommerce and enhanced member self-services. MOWAA and Digitec Interactive Partner to Deliver LMS to Nutrition Professionals - July 23, 2013.

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. Customization and Integration.

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.

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?

eLearning Trends of 2016

Association eLearning

However, our research has shown that associations are lukewarm on the idea of gamification. The ability for learners to share their thoughts, discuss content, and integrate social media into their courses was deemed integral to the new learning standards. Associations seem to moderately agree with this trend. Here, we find, associations agree with this trend. What trends are important to your association for 2017?

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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.

Digitec Offers iMIS AMS Bridge for LMS Integration

Association eLearning

Digitec is pleased to announce the release of several standardized iMIS Association Management System (AMS) bridges for the Knowledge Direct Learning Management System (LMS). iMIS is one of the most popular association management systems available today and is used by many Knowledge Direct clients. MOWAA and Digitec Interactive Partner to Deliver LMS to Nutrition Professionals - July 23, 2013.

How to Select an LMS – Association Specific Webinar

Web Courseworks

This week on Thursday, March 17 th at 1:00PM ET, Tagoras will be hosting a free Webinar lead by industry expert Jeff Cobb called, “Essentials of LMS Selection: Getting It Right the First Time.” Jeff Cobb is an independent researcher dedicated to education and learning for non-profits and associations. Specifically, Cobb will be focusing on key factors regarding LMS selections for associations.

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? The post What Do I Need in an LMS?

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. 2019 Awards List: Best Continuing Education & Association Learning Systems. Higher Logic is not a LMS.

Questions to Ask Client References Before Selecting Your LMS

Association eLearning

Selecting an LMS can be a very involved process. Do they have similar integrations with an ecommerce solution? Is there an integration with an Association Management System? Is that integration the same platform and version you are using? Has the reference been through a version upgrade of the LMS software? Customers that have stayed with their LMS for long periods of time can give you an idea of the stability and longevity of your potential vendor.

NSGC Medical Association Goes Live with LMS

Association eLearning

Digitec is pleased to announce the launch of the National Society of Genetic Counselors’ (NSGC) new online learning portal, powered by the Knowledge Direct Medical LMS. Digitec integrated Knowledge Direct with NSGC’s association management system, iMIS, to allow single sign-on authentication for members to seamlessly move between the learning portal and the association website.

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.

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?

What makes an Association Education Program Successful?

WBT Systems

There is an association for every profession, trade, and interest. In the United States alone, there are tens of thousands of associations and non-profit organizations working to support, develop, and advocate for their respective members and industries. Many of these associations offer some form of professional development, continuing education, or training to both members and non-members, and increasingly this includes an online learning element.

Why Digital Badges are the Future of Association Education

WBT Systems

Why are Digital Badges the future of Association Education? Association members use their professional social networks, curated feeds, and a myriad of other digital channels to enhance their professional skills. It is no longer a foregone conclusion that associations, organisations, employers, or individuals are happy solely with courses and training from traditional higher-level and training institutions. Balancing Badges to Benefit Association, Employer, and Member Needs.

Why the Growing Interest in CRM Solutions for Associations?

WBT Systems

Over the last few years, inbound marketing has become a key component of association marketing strategy. With inbound marketing, associations leverage content and online behavior tracking to develop and deepen relationships with prospective members and customers. In a typical example, a website visitor provides their email address to the association in exchange for downloadable content—and so the relationship begins. The increasing use of CRM solutions by associations.

2020 LMS Considerations: Community + Learning

CommPartners

For this month’s dive into The Evolution of the Association LMS: 10 Considerations for 2020, we are looking at Community and Learning, the idea of integrating community into your content and your LMS.

Associations Need to Lead Change with Education Programs

WBT Systems

“ 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.

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.

Challenges and Opportunities for Association Education Programs

WBT Systems

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. Connectivity is replacing knowledge – association education must facilitate feedback, understanding and application to provide true value.

Managing Learning at your Association Annual Conference

WBT Systems

All of these different types of training have varying costs and levels of accessibility for members to attend, yet the most infrequently offered and (usually) most expensive to attend, the association annual conference remains perennially popular among members. Almost every association hosts conferences for their members and for many associations these events comprise the majority of their training. Integrated conference management in the LMS facilitates: .