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Association Learning System Rankings

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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.

2020 Learning System Awards (by Vertical/Industry)

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Which reminds me, I often wonder how many people are even watching live TV (and not recorded) when it is not a sporting event or a commercial-free movie? And now, it is time for the 2020 Learning System Awards by Verticals/Industries. Associations. Relias Learning.

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Top 10 Learning Systems for 2021

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For those new, each year, I publish what I see will be the top 10 systems for the coming year, based on a set of criteria (which will be listed shortly). When a system says they are forward-thinking, a roadmap really comes into play. Learning Systems is an umbrella term.

Association Learning Systems: Why and How to Invest in a Specialized LMS

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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.

Recommended Learning Systems

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T his post covers a list of systems that I’d recommend on any given day, that based on nearly 20 years of experience in online learning, and witnessing the trends, the duds, the promises and disappoints. What it isn’t – is a list of systems based on a 15 point criteria that I use for my Top 50 for 2020. That said, I will say to you, that before you just buy the learning system, please, please do due diligence on the system.

Top 10 Association LMS Features – 2020 Edition

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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.

Association LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

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But association executives look forward to August for a very different reason. How Learning Tech Buyers Can Prepare for ASAE. 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. So why not take an independent learning systems advisor along for the ride? WHITEPAPERS – Hype-free insights you can download anytime.

18 Top Learning Systems Trends to Watch in 2018

Talented Learning

Welcome to our 4th annual LMS and learning systems “Trends” post! As fiercely independent learning technology analysts, we think a trend isn’t just a fleeting idea that comes and goes like fashion, or a social media hashtag. A trend should matter to any buyer, seller or user of learning technology who wants to make ongoing, intelligent and informed choices. It directly affects learning technology buyers and sellers.

How Do Associations Drive Lifelong Learning? It Depends

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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.

Top 85 Learning Systems for 2020

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It does seem like such a large number, but when you realize that there are over 1,300 learning systems around the world, 85 isn’t such a big number. People always inquire why I like one system over the next, and how their system (if they are a vendor) is not on the list or if a customer, how the system they purchased is not on the list. And is one that is often overlooked when folks are considering a vendor. They should be free. .

COVID19 and Learning Systems Trends

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In the learning system space, despite what you may have heard or read, or in some cases, read pre-pandemic for projections, for many of the vendors, it is equally rough in comparison to many other industries, regardless if they are brick and mortar or online only. Vendors found that if the customer was already in project mode (i.e. the system was being built or contract was signed), then they were moving forward. non-profit, association, SME, large, B2B, etc.)

How Can Associations Improve Member Education? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

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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?

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

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So I’m not surprised when Talented Learning fans ask me when we’ll announce our annual LMS Awards. Why is this a good time to rethink the way we recognize learning systems excellence? We want to reflect those changes and provide more value to both learning systems buyers and sellers. Exactly 5 years ago, we opened the doors at Talented Learning. Introducing the 2019 Learning Systems Awards.

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

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LMS vendors, I owe you a post. It’s hard to believe nearly two years have passed since I last shared tips for selling learning systems. This year, in addition to launching “The Talented Learning Show” podcast, writing 20 in-depth articles, hosting 5 webinars and developing several commissioned industry reports, we’ve been up to our eyeballs in an endless series of comprehensive LMS selection assignments. Learning Management (LMS) Selling LM

Podcast 22: Launching a Learning Portal – With DirectEmployers Association

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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?

LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

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” That’s a lot of moving pieces, but it’s also a fair indicator of today’s complex and fluid learning technology landscape. Here’s my latest snapshot from the front lines of the learning technology space: LMS Trends Update. This new “specialist” technology landscape benefits LMS customers and vendors, alike. Actually, this move toward specialization isn’t new – nor is it about learning technology, alone.

Top 50 Learning Systems for 2020 (Rankings #50 to #40)

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It’s that time of the year, to announce my Top 50 Learning Systems for 2020, starting off with the rankings of #50 to #40. The initial list of vendors for consideration was 1,000 around the world. If your vendor isn’t on the list, it doesn’t mean they are a bad system or whatever. You may love your system, and I’m totally cool with that. Number of clients a vendor had, was not a factor in the process. Type of system.

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

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As an independent learning systems consultant , I’m often asked to share my opinion about what’s happening in the LMS market. Last month, I published a mid-year learning technology trends update. 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. Interest in learning systems remains strong.

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Covid-19 Aid: Free Tools and Resources for Virtual Learning and Remote Work

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As I discussed in last week’s post , organizations everywhere are suddenly taking a crash course in virtual learning. So we’ve compiled a list of free tools and resources in 7 categories: 1) Learning Technology Offers. 3) Learning and Business Services.

7 Reasons Why You Need To Adopt A Unified Learning System

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That a unified learning system helps in creating a wholesome learning experience for your learners, and alleviates the administrative operations for your administrators has been established. However, if you are still bolting on different systems with a hope to create a (pseudo) unified system, or still aren’t convinced of adopting a unified approach to learning management, it’s time to open up your view and look at the reality of a true unified learning system.

Top Learning Systems Trends – A 2019 Extended Enterprise Market Guide

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When you look at the list below you might wonder why we’re not calling this our 2019 Book of Learning Systems Trends. Well, a lot is happening in extended enterprise learning and we want to touch on all the high points. In fact, this guide is like the learning systems landscape, itself – deep, broad and multi-faceted. Our trends lists reflect how learning systems buyers are actually driving innovation with their dollars!

Podcast 31: Inside Open Source Learning Systems – With eThink CEO Brian Carlson

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WELCOME TO EPISODE 31 OF THE TALENTED LEARNING SHOW. To find out more about this podcast series or to see the full collection of episodes visit The Talented Learning Show main page. Join us as we discuss the latest developments in open source learning systems.

Online Customer Training: Behind the Surge in Specialized Learning Systems

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Recent research by the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) reveals the impact of training on several key dimensions of customer adoption: 68% of trained customers use products more often. With results like these, it’s no wonder why customer training platforms are one of the hottest segments in today’s learning systems market. Until a few years ago, customer training platforms didn’t even exist as a separate segment of the learning management system (LMS) market.

Social Learning for Associations: What to Expect in a Modern LMS

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Social learning. It is essential for any association learning management system (LMS). Yet no one can define “social learning” in a nutshell, because there is no universally accepted meaning. As LMS consultants , we’ve helped many different types of associations define their learning technology requirements. Public social media vs. private association social learning? What Is Social Learning for Associations?

How to Pick the WRONG Learning System

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This post covers what you SHOULD NOT DO when buying any type of learning system, regardless if it is an LXP, LMS, Learning Platform, SEP, DLP or even any type of talent or performance management system (for the folks who are not looking at learning, but are looking at PM or TM). If you want to always pick the WRONG system, here is what you will always want to do. Top 10 Ways to Pick the WRONG learning system. at the vendor).

Podcast: Selecting Association Software – With Chad Stewart of SmartThoughts

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WELCOME TO EPISODE 21 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. 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. We both help associations find software that meets their strategic needs, right? WANT TO LEARN MORE?

AI and Learning Systems: Is This Combo as Great and Powerful as it Seems?

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Yet many people still remain confused about the realities of artificial intelligence and its lesser-known subset, machine learning. As our lead analyst, John Leh, noted in a recent learning technology trends analysis, “It’s important to keep in mind that AI is hard to demonstrate and easy to exaggerate.” So I’ve compiled a collection of AI insights for learning technology decision makers. And what does it mean for your learning systems roadmap ?

Association LMS eCommerce: How to Lift Online Learning Sales

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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. Lifelong learning and collaboration are at the heart of their organizational decisions. Once the only place to go for continuing education , associations now face serious competition from for-profit learning providers.

Top 20 Learning Systems for 2020

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Okay, this is the continuation of the Top 50 Learning Systems for 2020. Below are the Top 20 Learning Systems (of those Top 50). . Unless otherwise noted, all of the systems can be found on Findanlms.com. Select up to four vendors and compare them!

Open Source LMSs Facts and Insight

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One of the areas that always gain interest and usage are open source systems, that is to say, free open source code (some are not), to which any organization, company, educational setting, government and so forth can build their own system (often noted as home-grown) and do what they wish with it.

2019 Talented Learning Awards: Continuing Education Systems

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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.

Reader’s Mailbag – You Ask, I Respond

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Before diving into the Q/A, for those who are interested but unaware, I know have a LinkedIn Group, called E-Learning Coach, which is me. Or ask which system should I buy between A or B. E-Learning Coach is a free service. Why then are so many vendors saying it is?”

What should we do?

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Should I write how EdTech scored a huge F this past year, with their continued believe that synchronous based learning is effective? OR some CLOs who are leery about e-learning, but have to add it, still they are driven by OD to such a degree, that it impedes the overall growth (IMO).

Customer Education Systems – Best of Best

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I’m referring to every analyst/consulting site that uses “Grids” in whatever format – design wise to identify top systems is this or that category. In the 16 above – Thought Industries, Intellum, Eurekos, and Learndot are those vendors. The system itself?

Talented Learning Greatest Hits – 2018 Edition

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So as you prepare for what’s ahead, join me as I reflect on topics that mattered most to the extended enterprise learning community in 2018. If I could choose a keyword to describe this year’s learning systems landscape, it would be “dynamic.” Regular readers know that this blog isn’t the only way we share advice with learning technology buyers and sellers. How do associations develop profitable learner-centered online education programs?

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Top 10 LXPs for 2020

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And Yes they are in order (feel free to disagree, after all, your aunt swears by her casserole). Can compete with any learning system out there, by the way. You have to login to use the extension capability (but you need to do that with any system that offers an extension).

Got LMS Implementation Questions? Ask a Learning Tech Analyst

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Previously, we explored extended enterprise learning tech trends , and talked about how organizations can choose the best learning system for their needs. With realistic expectations and the right approach, implementation can make your new learning system the success it deserves to be. However, it’s not the instant slam-dunk that some vendors may want you to believe – especially for extended enterprise learning. WANT TO LEARN MORE?

LXP – The Answers you seek

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They continue to muddle up the learning system space. If you ignore the “learning experience” angle, which is nothing more than a moniker, they are a content aggregator with a platform of features and functionality. Your end-users get access to it for free.

A Look Back at 2020 for E-Learning

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I will go thru several areas for e-learning, not just learning systems, although by far, it will be the most, since a lot has happened in 2020. . that needed a system. The most effective way to learn is to a. Learning Systems . E-Learning 24/7 .

Get Your Red Hot Skills Functionality

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Yes, there has been systems with skills frameworks and skills tied to career development (but I’d argue more with TM/PM and less with learning systems – although you could always do that yourself in the system – long story). E-Learning 24/7.