Online Course Forum Tips

LearnDash

Many online courses today have some component of online forum for discussion about the course material. But creating an effective forum takes more than having the proper technology in place. Start Simple - Before asking users to answer questions based on content, get them used to the program you are using for your forums. Promote Community - Give other students an opportunity to facilitate (or lead) discussions in the forum. Reference: Michaels & Associates.

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Software for Associations | 15 Platforms to Consider

Web Courseworks

Your association is responsible for creating engagement opportunities—from continuing education courses to conferences and events—to help your members grow in their careers and meet like-minded professionals in related fields. Association management encompasses all activities related to achieving these goals, including program development, member communications, and recruitment. Association Management System (AMS) Software for Associations.

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Another Lens for Viewing Your eLearning

Association eLearning

There are nine elements of good instruction you can use as litmus tests to see where your association’s eLearning is doing well and where it has room to grow. Your association should guide its members and let them know what to do next, even when they’ve finished a course. This saying applies to lots of things: playing a musical instrument, using a computer program, dancing, and so on. Or, consider opening a forum to discuss the subject or holding a competition.

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.

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?

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.

How Associations Bridge the Skills Gap With Digital Badges

Talented Learning

Associations around the world face a common challenge — how to remain relevant and expand their footprint in their particular domain. In the past, they achieved this in part by selling continuing education content to members, either directly or indirectly through conferences and forums. Before the rise of social media and cloud computing, associations competed to attract new members — but only in a subtle “non-profit” sort of way.

How Associations Bridge the Skills Gap With Digital Badges

Talented Learning

Associations around the world face a common challenge — how to remain relevant and expand their footprint in their particular domain. In the past, they achieved this in part by selling continuing education content to members, either directly or indirectly through conferences and forums. Before the rise of social media and cloud computing, associations competed to attract new members — but only in a subtle “non-profit” sort of way.

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?

Driving Results at 7th Annual Higher Logic Super Forum

WBT Systems

WBT Systems is delighted to be a Platinum Sponsor of the 7th Annual Higher Logic Super Forum , taking place in Arlington, VA, November 14-15. The 2016 Higher Logic Super Forum is an exclusive two-day training, educational, and social event for Higher Logic clients, partners and community enthusiasts, with the theme: Results Driven. We are looking forward to meeting the Higher Logic Community and helping you with any questions you have about your education programs!

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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?

Association Learning: Does your Story Inspire Members?

WBT Systems

This week we were motivated by the keynote session of the Higher Logic Super Forum , where we heard Ken Schmidt of Harley Davidson describe the power of storytelling in creating a passionate member community that will champion your brand. 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.

eLearning Trends of 2016

Association eLearning

However, our research has shown that associations are lukewarm on the idea of gamification. In his study, employees in e-learning programs used leaderboards that rewarded not just learning outcomes, but time and effort. “He 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? Post your questions and comments in the forum.

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Is your Association a Learning Organization?

WBT Systems

Is your association a learning organization? Do any of these themes sound familiar to your association? Though the label of ‘learning organization’ is more usually applied to corporate organizations, the concept is becoming more relevant to associations, especially in light of several recently published whitepapers that highlight the need for changes in the provision of continuing professional education and the levels of technology usage by association members.

Associations: Solving the Skills Gap with Digital Credentials

WBT Systems

Associations around the world face a common challenge — how to remain relevant and expand their footprint in their particular domain. In the past, they achieved this in part by selling continuing education content to members, either directly or indirectly through conferences and forums. Before the rise of social media and cloud computing, associations competed to attract new members — but only in a subtle “non-profit” sort of way. Why Look to Associations?

Learning Management Systems for Associations: The Essentials

WBT Systems

What are the essential functions of a Learning Management System for Associations? What are the basic elements an LMS for Associations must have to deliver effective, engaging member education and certification programs, while also simplifying the delivery of learning for administrators? Being able to connect with peers, discuss challenges, and have a forum for conversation improves learner engagement among association members, whether the learning is on or offline.

Quality Assurance: Fine-Tuning Your eLearning to Be Its Best Part 3

Association eLearning

For example, many companies, associations, and government entities still use Windows 8. There are programs and apps that can run your course within an environment that emulates an older browser. Test in the Target LMS – Sometimes, because there are many LMS programs, you may find it necessary to test in a specific system. It is a saying within the QA world that ALL computer programs – whether they’re eLearning, video games, or other software – have bugs.

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!

Why an Open Source LMS Isn’t Always the Best Option

Association eLearning

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. Taken from How Stuff Works : To be considered as open source software by the software development industry, certain criteria must be met: The program must be freely distributed (It can be part of a package that is sold though, such as Red Hat has done with Linux ). Why would letting you customize a program be a bad thing?

Best Practices for Retail Training Programs

Roundtable Learning

In this article, we cover common types of retail training programs, best practices to implement your program and review a successful retail point of sale training case study. Types of Retail Training Programs. Best Practices for Retail Training Programs.

The 3 C’s of Social Learning for Associations

WBT Systems

The 3 C’s of social learning for associations will help you decide what approach works best for your association members when incorporating social learning into the design of education programs. Like many individuals and organizations in modern society, associations maintain social media profiles for sharing content of interest to their members. How is Social Learning relevant to Associations? . The 3 C's of Social Learning for Associations.

Why are Associations missing from the Digital Credentials conversation?

WBT Systems

“ This stark statement is the key finding of a new report by the World Economic Forum, Realizing Human Potential in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell, will demand a mix of non-traditional programs and partnerships providing learning opportunities across a work life that is likely to span 60 years or more.” Associations are Missing From The Conversation. How can associations take their rightful place in this conversation?

Best Practices for Blended Learning Design

Web Courseworks

Darcy Luoma, Lead Instructor, UW–Madison Professional Life Coach Certificate Program. Aphra Mednick, Program Director, UW–Madison Professional Life Coach Certificate Program. Association educational leaders who are responsible for developing adult learning programs often struggle with defining what makes for a quality educational program, especially one that relies heavily on technology. Key Ingredients of Blended Learning Program Design.

Why (and How) to Design Association Education for Young Professionals

WBT Systems

Their numbers alone are enough to compel associations to pay attention to the educational content and delivery methods these generations need and seek. Your association will want to develop relationships with them, prove your relevance, and provide what they need to excel in life. Your members’ companies do too—and your association can help them do that. Consider offering bulk pricing to company members so they’re incentivized to register employees in your eLearning programs.

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. As an added benefit, when members use your LMS for these purposes, they’re more likely to explore your other online learning programs. #1 8 – Offer leadership training programs.

Three Reasons to bring your Community into your Online Education Programs

CommPartners

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to present at the 2019 Higher Logic Super Forum, on the topic of community-based learning. Blog Associations commpartners community e-learning higher logic Learning Management System LMS webinarsAt the start of the session, I discussed the difference between training and learning. I suggested that training tends to be one dimensional or instructional, in support of a specific process or job with a […].

Effective Training Methods for Your Online Learning Programs

LearnUpon

This post explores the different types of training methods you can use to create effective online learning programs. . Easy to use and with no shortage of software options, webinars are a key method to utilize within online learning programs.

Trends Impacting eLearning Solutions for Associations in 2017

WBT Systems

With so many blog posts and articles, how do you wade through all the predictions to uncover what trends will directly impact your association’s learning technology strategy this year? We’ve put together a quick summary of what the experts are saying about general trends for eLearning solutions and analysed how these might impact your association, so you can focus on innovating and developing your education programs in 2017. Trends Impacting Associations Right Now.

Best Practices for Blended Learning Design

Web Courseworks

A Case Study of the UW Professional Life Coaching Certificate Program. Darcy Luoma, Lead Instructor, UW–Madison Professional Life Coach Certificate Program. Aphra Mednick, Program Director, UW–Madison Professional Life Coach Certificate Program. Association educational leaders who are responsible for developing adult learning programs often struggle with defining what makes for a quality educational program, especially one that relies heavily on technology.

MOOCs for Employee Learning – The Mechanics – Online Forum

Learning Cafe

Dr Geoff Sharrock is Program Director at the LH Martin Institute and has wide experience in public administration and management consulting. Dr. Ram is also the Associate Dean for Pre-Health and Science Education at Emory University Preetha has been invited to speak at TEDx. Thursday, November 7, 2013 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM AEST (Sydney). www1.gotomeeting.com/register/419751728.

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The US Needs More Adult Learning Programs

CLO Magazine

Department of Education hosted the first Adult Schools Growth Forum on December 1. The forum focused on expanding access to high-quality learning for low-skilled adult learners, disconnected youth who are working age but are neither in school or employed, and other disadvantaged older youth and adults. Bravetta Hassell is a Chief Learning Officer associate editor. The U.S.

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Help Members Overcome Obstacles to Learning

WBT Systems

You made your way here because you wanted to read something that will help you do your job, in this case, increase attendance for your online learning programs. Some of these obstacles are self-created, some are environmental, and some may be related to your learning management platform and programs. To induce a little FOMO (fear of missing out), share why prospective students say they’re investing time and money in this program. They might even abandon the program.

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.

Stakeholder Alignment A Key to Realizing Program Benefits

Training Industry

The vast majority of courses in project and program management present theory and the mechanics of managing a project or program. All of these “mechanical skills” are necessary, yet through my many years of experience developing, delivering and reviewing programs, I have often seen projects or programs use sophisticated tools and then fail spectacularly. Gaining this alignment must begin prior to the program’s kickoff.

Teach Your Members How to Build a Learning Habit

WBT Systems

They’re more receptive to your marketing messages about educational programs, and will turn to you when they’re ready to invest in their education. Your association can also apply these behavioral science principles to strategies and tactics that help your members develop learning habits. Make sure your online courses include community forums. Associations Blog eLearning Tips Association LMS Continuing Professional Development elearning Online education tips

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Learning Programs From the Future

Abila

In this exercise I asked them to think ahead to five years in the future and ask themselves the question: How will our learning program have changed to become more SUCCESSFUL? Here are some of our participant’s plans that you should also consider as you look to evolve your learning program into the future. We also discussed cross-selling nano programs into the longer-form versions and vice versa. .

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. They realize that member interests have changed and they’re ready to transform continuing education programs, accordingly. By definition, associations are niche.