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. Share this on Facebook. According to BigFish games, 58% of Americans play video games , with 68% of that population older than 18.

Valuing Your Association’s eLearning: Tips for Pricing Membership Education

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How do you decide what is a fair price for your association’s eLearning? The first consideration you should make when pricing your association’s online learning is how much value it offers your members. When content is interactive and audience specific, it helps drive the perceived value to learners and can yield a higher return for the association. To improve the perceived value of your learning, focus on creating quality courses that help your members solve a problem.

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Bridging the Skills Gap: An Opportunity for Associations

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There’s a huge skills gap problem facing our nation today, but this crisis represents an opportunity for associations to reinvent themselves and compete with traditional suppliers of higher education. I was recently asked to present on the skills gap issue and the opportunities it creates for associations at the ASAE Great Ideas conference in Orlando. There are many facets to the problem. Skills gap isn’t a “someday” problem. Share this on Facebook.

Getting Your Association’s Board Behind Online Learning

Association eLearning

For many associations and nonprofits, a new eLearning initiative requires approval from their board. Understandably, some association executives have anxiety about the type of resistance they may face when presenting online learning to their board for the first time. Or perhaps your association struggles with a board that is simply averse to change and prefers to do things “like they’ve always done them.” Have you recently ventured into eLearning at your association?

Developing a Results Driven Curriculum

design a curriculum solution that: • has a clear goal tied to a well- articulated business problem, • meets the needs of your target. to solve the business problems that need solving. clear on your business problem and desired outcomes. problem? problem and desired result.

Are You Asking the Right Questions at Your Association?

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Both are well known veterans to the association industry. They have extensive knowledge and experience on what it means to look at big data in order to make association decisions. One of the biggest problems we encounter in decision-making is the problem of asking the right question. The most common false positive we hear in the association world arises from the question, “How do we get more members?” Share this on Facebook.

How Associations Can Compete with Higher Education

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Associations have a tremendous opportunity to serve an unmet need in education and training. Colleges and universities are not teaching specialties any longer and thus creating a skills gap problem in the workforce. Associations are uniquely suited to bridge the skills gap and become the new post higher education learning system our country needs. Already, many associations are providing education for their members. Share this on Facebook.

Why Your Association Should Be Considering Responsive Web Design

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She is excited by the ways that social media has allowed associations to better connect with — and understand — their members. What does this all mean for associations? This isn’t a new problem of course. So some associations created dedicated mobile version of their website — simplified, streamlined editions that are stripped down of images and elements and some content. Why Your Association Should Be Considering Responsive Web Design - July 16, 2013.

Digitec Blog Post Named to Association Universe’s Daily Best

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Digitec, reported on the skills gap problem facing industries and what associations can do to help solve the problem. “Can Associations Bridge the Skills-gap for Their Members” even made it on Association Universe’s Daily Best list. In the post, Jack shares a compelling new continung education model in which associations help members identify, then fill, skill-gaps. Share this on Facebook.

Getting Started with Online Member Education

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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. Share this on Facebook.

Questions to Ask Client References Before Selecting Your LMS

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Is there an integration with an Association Management System? If they were able to solve problems similar to yours, most likely they will have no trouble helping you as well. The chances of never having a problem are most likely zero. How are problems handled? Keep in mind sometimes problems are caused by the LMS, but sometimes they are caused by other issues. Make sure you understand where the problems originated, and how they were resolved.

Education and Marketing – Why the Two Must Team for Success in eLearning

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Even in a small association there is generally someone responsible for marketing and another person in charge of education and professional development. This is generally a good thing and ensures expertise in a particular area, whether it is marketing your association’s conferences and membership or designing certification programs and managing your association’s learning management system (LMS). All of the successful associations had these three things in common: 1.

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Top 3 Questions to Ask Before Choosing eLearning for Your Association

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A major issue in the news lately is the “skills-gap” problem. 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.

The Importance of Implementing a Marcom Strategy for Continuing Education

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So, if your association is marketing continuing education (CE) to members and nonmembers, it’s going to need a marcom strategy based on detailed market research and a solid marketing plan. If your association provides CE credits, you’re half way to your goal already. Use this information to come up with a marketing message that demonstrates that you understand them and have the solution to their problems. Share this on Facebook.

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

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It is usually applied to topics that require problem solving, critical thinking, or lots of practice. 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. Share this on Facebook.

How to Choose an LMS That’s Right for Your Association

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Associations may struggle to find the technology that’s right for them, in part because they’re unsure about what they need in an LMS. They suggest starting by identifying and clarifying objectives and asking what opportunities you’d like to take advantage of and what problems you’re trying to solve. If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Abila on Twitter , Facebook , Google+ and Linkedin.

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Frustratingly Effective Learning

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Maybe they’re having trouble finding or accessing it and the course itself isn’t the problem. Share this on Facebook. I worked on a particular course that had it all: pre-work, an individual practice activity, and then a live event assignment that drew on the earlier pieces. The learners demonstrated the skills they were supposed to be learning and came up with a range of creative solutions to the assignment. It was wonderful!

Challenge Your Learners By…

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Manage distractions and increase creative problem solving by offering only the essentials learners need to achieve WIIFM. So, remove anything that inhibits creative exploration and problem solving processes, but don’t sacrifice usability. While this may pose a challenge to the Instructional Designer, it is not an impossible problem! Share this on Facebook.

Education Programs Prepared With Purpose

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But if you’re trying to teach something more complex, such as problem solving, putting more work into the training can definitely pay off. But what does that mean and how can your association do it? Let’s say an association wants to provide eLearning to help its members learn how to use a new piece of equipment. The association could create a job aid that shows a labelled image of the equipment and gives a brief description of what each part does.

How to Compete with FREE eLearning

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And if your association has plans to sell your next online course or webinar, you might not be too excited to hear your competitor is offering a similar product for free. So, how can you apply the same principles used at Starbucks to your association’s online learning? Many associations make the mistake of creating “one-size fits all” education products. If you are a trade association or professional society, determine if an industry certification already exists.

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If the User Experience Annoys, Fix It.

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That’s definitely not the feeling any association wants its learners to have when they’re taking eLearning. If the course expects the learner to do something, but the learner doesn’t know that, there’s a problem. If you roll out the best eLearning your association has ever had but it doesn’t work correctly it won’t do anyone any good. So, it’s up to you and your association to think about the UX when you’re developing eLearning. Share this on Facebook.

What to Do If Your Association’s Online Course Failed

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Problem: Market need. Here are a few other ways to test an idea and assess demand: Create a lead magnet (an ebook or report) related to the course topic and send traffic to it via newsletter links, Facebook ads, and other paid advertising. If you can fix the problem, it’s worth trying again. Problem: Awareness. Paid ads: Online advertising—for example, Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook—gives you the ability to target specific demographic and interest groups.

Getting the Board behind Online Learning Part 1

Association eLearning

For many associations and nonprofits, a new eLearning initiative requires approval from their board. Understandably, some association executives have anxiety about the type of resistance they may face when presenting online learning to their board for the first time. Or perhaps your association struggles with a board that is simply averse to change and prefers to do things “like they’ve always done them.” Have you recently ventured into eLearning at your association?

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Social Learning Online: It’s Possible

Association eLearning

Now we can say that social learning online is possible, and is helping to bring more training and development options to organizations and associations anywhere on any device. Today’s learning management systems are built with social features that allow people to work in groups, facilitate discussions, and even integrate with social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google.

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Gamification Basics

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Using mircrocredentials to reward users for acquiring new knowledge or improving skill sets is a potential growth area for associations looking to enhance eLearning initiatives and increase learner engagement, but the concept of gamification extends far beyond the use of badges and achievements. In addition to the simulation experience, learners can connect and share their experiences on Facebook. How can your association harness the power of online gaming?

Learner Engagement – Are Games the Answer?

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If you read industry journals like “T&D” from ASTD or Associations Now, you’ll see that engagement is hot. And wrapping a game around that won’t fix the problem. They don’t necessarily need a certificate, a Facebook badge or status update. Share this on Facebook. Everyone is talking about increasing engagement, and many are turning to gamification, social learning networks, and anything else they think will work to increase learner engagement.

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Find out if social learning chemistry works for you!

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For this retailer, most store computers were dedicated to sales and related management reporting with associates having neither a company computer or a tablet, nor a phone. Challenges faced included the following: To encourage a peer-to-peer problem-solving approach between employees. Encourage a system that enabled peer-to-peer problem solving between employees.

Smarter Uses for Social Media

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In the presentation Maddie made a really great point – member perspective is mission critical in your association’s membership engagement strategy. Simply changing your mindset from what your association needs to what your members need can make all the difference. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve seen associations invite members to an event or conference through email (and ONLY via email) and then wonder why they didn’t get the attendance they hoped for.

PowerPoint or Prezi: Which is Best for eLearning?

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Here are a few points to consider before making a choice for your association: “Is the eLearning well-designed?”. If the font(s) your association uses aren’t there, you’re out of luck if you’re using a free account. PPT is not known to cause any significant problems. Your association may even experiment with using both. Share this on Facebook. The question is becoming more and more common — “Should I use PowerPoint (PPT) or Prezi?”

SHRM 2018: People at the End of Every Policy

CLO Magazine

“For such a long time, HR was the last resort to addressing problems after they had already arisen,” Muñoz said. ” Presenter Amy Hayes, vice president of learning and development at Facebook, discussed the importance of establishing a learning culture in the workplace.

Secret to Creating Self-Motivated Learners

Association eLearning

Your learners’ interest in your association’s educational offerings works the same way. Learners are more likely to take advantage of your association’s educational offerings if you: . ? If your association already uses an annual survey or other method of polling members, include questions related to professional development and continuing education offerings. Passing a multiple choice test probably won’t have the same impact as solving a realistic problem.

Putting Members’ Needs First: Working with Subject Matter Experts

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If you are not doing this already, you may have bigger problems. Share this on Facebook. Association eLearning Blog Association Management Creative Design eLearning eLearning News Featured Posts Instructional Design Member Engagement & Retention Project Management Tips & Tricks eLearning Project Management instructional designers member education Online Member Education online training project management SMEs Subject Matter Experts

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Women in Leadership: Surmounting Barriers and Bias

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According to a 2017 study by Lee Hecht Harrison, “ Elevating Women in Leadership ,” most organizations see this as a problem but haven’t been successful in fixing it. Next Concept HR Association CEO Greg Morton agreed there needs to be more action in changing the demographic of leadership. From the American Association of University Women report, “Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership.”. Ave Rio is a Chief Learning Officer associate editor.

Gamification Basics

Web Courseworks

Using mircrocredentials to reward users for acquiring new knowledge or improving skill sets is a potential growth area for associations looking to enhance eLearning initiatives and increase learner engagement, but the concept of gamification extends far beyond the use of badges and achievements. In addition to the simulation experience, learners can connect and share their experiences on Facebook. How can your association harness the power of online gaming?

Online Learning Trends and Predictions for 2018

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Sourcing and channeling points to the trend where associations become the source of content for other organizations or serve as a channel for outside content. On the channeling side, more content producers are looking to broker relationships with associations to distribute their programs. . There are many benefits to this content sharing, such as having access to more varied subject matter experts and broader content, as well as saving time and money for your association.

5 Creative Ways to Market Your eLearning on a Budget

Association eLearning

You’ve spent months, perhaps years even, curating content and working with subject matter experts to perfect your association’s new eLearning offerings, and it’s finally time to launch your course(s)! Now, the really fun part begins – sharing the good news with your members and getting them excited about your association’s eLearning programs. Rewards can include discounts on future courses, free merchandise from your association’s eStore, gift cards, or simply bragging rights.

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How to Leverage the Marketing Power of Social Proof

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Association members encounter an overwhelming amount of information every day from organizations pushing themselves into the already crowded professional development space. Your association can leverage the power of social proof when marketing your online learning programs. Your association can increase the power of your educational marketing efforts by leveraging four types of social proof. #1 What can your association offer to them in return?