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.

TOPYX a Top LMS Solution for Associations

TOPYX LMS

TalentedLearning.com recently announced that TOPYX learning management system (LMS) made the Top 10 Association LMS Solutions in the World. Over 100 LMSs were reviewed to determine the top learning management solutions for associations of all sizes. Talented Learning, led by CEO, John Leh, is a research and consulting organization dedicated to the advancement of enterprise learning technology solutions. See more reasons why TOPYX LMS is perfect for associations.

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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? I hope this virtual “Association LMS Buyers Companion” helps you before, during and after the ASAE conference.

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: That’s where our consultant Carla Downing came in. Who are the vendors?

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. Also, if you’d like more direct guidance, feel free to contact me for a free initial phone consultation.

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?

How to Write an RFP for LMS Vendors

Web Courseworks

An RFP, or Request for Proposal, allows you to outline what you are looking for in your ideal Learning Management System vendor and creates a standardized form or checklist for all would-be vendors to follow. Since the RFP allows you to review LMS presentations and proposals quickly and easily, with all needed information included, it can streamline the decision-making process and help you quickly identify the products or vendors that best match your needs, budget and program.

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Podcast: Selecting Association Software – With Chad Stewart of SmartThoughts

Talented Learning

EPISODE 21 – TOPIC SUMMARY AND GUEST: As an independent learning systems consultant, I’m obsessed with finding the ideal solution for each client’s unique needs. I invite you to join Chad and me, as we compare notes about key technology trends and their implications for association software buyers. In particular, the center-of-gravity for association software has shifted from all-in-one AMS platforms to diverse ecosystems. How is association software changing?

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.

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.

Software Demo Tips: What Works? Ask an LMS Selection Consultant

Talented Learning

For nearly 5 years, our consultants have been on a mission to help extended enterprise LMS buyers make better purchasing decisions. We obsess about every facet of the LMS market so our clients can more effectively attract, engage and educate learning audiences of all types – B2B and B2C customers, channel partners and contractors, employees, association members, continuing education students and the public-at-large. For each opportunity, we’ve shortlisted 4 qualified vendors.

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. LMS consultants have helped dozens, if not hundreds, of associations choose the best LMS for their needs.

Association LMS Report & the Entrepreneurial Jeff Cobb

Web Courseworks

recently released a report focused on learning management systems for associations. I am writing about the LMS Report because it is an invaluable guide for associations considering a business model involving eLearning. In the interview featured below, he talks about how during the dot-com period earlier this century, he saw a need for a learning management system focused on serving the needs of non-profits and associations. Jeff Cobb of Tagoras Inc.

Associations: Should You Move to a New LMS for Continuing Education?

Talented Learning

It also means that independent learning technology consultants like me are enjoying pretty good job security these days.). 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. Does this mean your association should part ways with your current learning management system?

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. Public social media vs. private association social learning?

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. Implementation and customization of the functionality of an open source platform will require a significant investment of time and association staff resources that can easily be underestimated.

2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

Talented Learning

Innovation was stagnant and most vendor effort was invested in stealing customers from one another. The cloud enables new LMS vendors to create and support one product that all customers use providing economies of scale in research, customer support and required investment capital. The LMS industry in 2015 now has hundreds and hundreds of viable vendor solutions. The 2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Winners . ASSOCIATION LMS.

5 Reasons Why Associations and Training Companies Should Use an eLearning Platform

eThink Education

Associations and other companies that provide some form of education or training can benefit from implementing an eLearning platform to support initiatives like professional education, certification and membership success. Consult experts to help navigate the LMS market.

EL247?s Vendors 2 View Guide @ #ASTD2014

eLearning 24-7

” Seriously though, a lot of people ask me what vendors to see or what vendors I look at, etc. Tweets will be tied to anything – a product that I find interesting that is new or strikes me on the super wow scale, a product or products that I find missed the mark or are underwhelming, feedback from folks wallking the floor and from vendors. The vendors that I list below in my guide, are across the board. If the vendor is not listed it could mean.

Let Go Through BPO for eLearning

Web Courseworks

BPO: Managing Services & Association eLearning. Associations love their members. So, associations strive to provide those opportunities to their members. However, many associations are starting to recognize that while members are central to their functions, the deployment of professional development is not an association’s core business. How does that work for associations? So, the association hires experts to provide the services to fill that need.

10 Ways to Lose at Selling Learning Systems: For LMS Vendors

Talented Learning

LMS vendors, I owe you a post. In fact, we just completed two concurrent full-scale LMS selection projects — one for a corporate extended enterprise client and another for an international professional association. Then we recommend 4 highly qualified, matching vendors to evaluate in a formal RFP process. Learning systems buyers are always more successful when they invest time upfront qualifying vendors for their specific business situation).

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.”.

Vetting Vendors Vigorously: Three Tips For a Thriving Learning Ecosystem

Degreed

Between these extremes, the smartest organizations are finding vendors that fit their individual needs. The full conversation is worth watching, but we’ve also summed up the major takeaways to help you select the right technology vendor for your learning ecosystem.

Make the Most of ASAE Annual 2013 Conference: An Interview with Jay Daughtry of Chatterbachs

Association eLearning

Jay is an association enthusiast and social media strategist that brings connections, innovation, and engagement to the Association world. In my quest to be the most digitally connected man in the association world, I’ve realized just how powerful of a tool (that’s a lot friendlier term than “weapon”, don’t you think?) Personally, I want to have discussions with association executives around content marketing and visual social media. Have conversations with vendors.

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.

How Does LMS Selection Work? This Case Reveals All

Talented Learning

With 13 years in LMS sales and now nearly 3 years as LMS selection consultants, we’ve been directly involved in $65,000,000 worth of LMS selling and buying. Through practical, front-line experience, we’ve identified the information and steps that are most effective in defining requirements and formulating a short list of highly qualified vendors for any type of learning management scenario. Vendor 2 quickly emerged as the option to beat.

LMS: Further Due Diligence

Your Training Edge

You can probably take a deep breath after your selection of LMS vendors has been made. During the time period between the selection and the signing of contracts, start moving forward on conducting some final due diligence in relation to the LMS, its functionality, its specifications, and the vendor. But you most certainly want to review the contracts yourself, especially if the legal counsel was not involved in vendor selection.

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.

2020 LMS Trends: An Analyst’s Extended Enterprise Learning Predictions

Talented Learning

But the industry’s unbridled expansion started to lose steam a couple of years ago, when vendors began seeking growth through acquisition. And as vendors focus more heavily on gaining market share dominance, buyers should prepare for further M&A confusion, uncertainty and disruption.

It’s a Wrap! ATD ICE 2017: It’s All About Connections with Chris Coladonato

Learning Rebels

Here is Chris Coladonato, Learning Consultant with Farmers Insurance – with her wrap up thoughts about ATD ICE and connections. With so many sessions, vendors, chance meetings…where do you even begin? For me, conferences are all about connections – to ideas, people, vendors, products, ways of working and more! How will we be able to effectively consult and recommend the RIGHT solution? To people, ideas and products/vendors?

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Is Your LMS License Model Misaligned? How to Avoid Costly Mistakes

Talented Learning

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. It starts when you misunderstand a vendor’s pricing strategy.

What Factors Are Shaping the LMS Market? 2018 Learning Systems FAQ

Talented Learning

As an independent learning systems consultant , I’m often asked to share my opinion about what’s happening in the LMS market. In other words, I’m most interested in learning solutions designed for business customers and channel partners, association members, continuing education participants and the public-at-large. Of course, no vendor can innovate effectively in all areas at once, so each chooses matters most in its niche.

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LMS RFP Tips: How to Find Your Best Learning Technology Fit

Talented Learning

RFPs help buyers get organized, formalize requirements, evaluate vendors logically, create a historical record and show vendors you are serious. Over the past two years as an independent LMS selection consultant, I’ve helped dozens of buyers use RFPs to buy the best solution for their organization. It also includes instructions on how and when vendors should submit a response. Excel is good at capturing binary answers, and it makes vendor comparison easy.

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LMS Awards Just Got Better: A New Way to Celebrate Learning Systems Excellence

Talented Learning

We wanted to be the most trusted independent source for insight and advice about extended enterprise learning systems. (“Extended enterprise” involves solutions for non-employee audiences such as customers, channel partners, association members and individuals seeking continuing education from commercial training companies.). To test this theory, we began investigating LMS vendors, documenting their extended enterprise capabilities and client case studies in detail.

Tips for Working Successfully with an eLearning Partner

Association eLearning

Sometimes these roles are filled by people outside of your associations, such as an eLearning vendor, an independent consultant, or a volunteer. According to the old saying, “it takes a village to raise a child.” Similarly, in eLearning, it takes a team to create a course. You might have a different person in each role or you may have a few people wearing multiple hats, but it’s unlikely you’re creating an online course alone.

3 Levels of Extended Enterprise LMS eCommerce

Talented Learning

Extended enterprise LMSs are the system of choice for organizations to train their prospects, customers and partners, but also for training companies, associations and any other entity that is selling content as a core business. Need a One-on-One Consultation About your LMS eCommerce Plans?

Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

Talented Learning

How do associations develop profitable learner-centered online education programs? What can associations do to develop more profitable learner-centered online education programs? These topics attracted the strongest interest this year: #3 Association Learning Systems: Why and How to Invest in a Specialized LMS. You may be ready for a specialized association learning system. 3 For LMS Vendors: Why It Pays to Wake Up to Extended Enterprise Learning.

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