Podcast 9: Association LMS Trends – With Linda Bowers of WBT Systems

Talented Learning

WELCOME TO EPISODE 9 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 9 – TOPIC SUMMARY AND GUEST: Associations everywhere are reinventing the way they engage and educate their members, thanks to ecommerce and LMS advances that help them drive new revenue streams from these strategies. So how would Company ABC get users in the system?

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. 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.

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Association LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

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. So why not take an independent learning systems advisor along for the ride? WEBINARS – In-depth sessions featuring association community pace-setters. AWARDS – Our choices for the Top 25 Continuing Education Systems in 2019.

Challenges and Opportunities for Association Education Programs

WBT Systems

We have come across several interesting articles in the past couple of weeks, which discuss some of the social, political and economic changes that are currently impacting how we work and learn. 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.

Podcast 22: Launching a Learning Portal – With DirectEmployers Association

Talented Learning

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?

Getting Started with Online Learning for Associations

WBT Systems

They can be both excited and nervous at the prospect of what they will learn and experience in the coming year. For associations, getting started with online learning can feel the same way. Many associations considering offering online learning to their members start by providing webinars, or recorded conference sessions online. Ensure that your vendor provides flexible models and understands how associations operate.

Learn with iMIS and TopClass LMS at the 2018 NiUG Greater Chicago Conference

WBT Systems

WBT Systems is delighted to be an official strategic partner of the 2018 NiUG Greater Chicago Conference , hosted by NiUG International , April 4-6, in Rosemont, Illinois. There’s no better way to make purchasing decisions for your association than to learn about the product first-hand and talk face-to-face with a knowledgeable supplier. WBT Systems has been a proud supporter and strategic partner of NiUG International for years.

Discover your new TopClass LMS at NiUG Discovery 2016!

WBT Systems

WBT Systems is delighted to announce their sponsorship of the NiUG Discovery 2016 Conference , hosted by NiUG International , April 11-13. Gilles and Mike will be flying over to meet the NiUG community and talk to you about all your Association eLearning questions. WBT Systems has been has been helping Associations to build and improve their education and certification programs since 1995. TopClass LMS, the flexible way to integrate learning with iMIS.

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.

Re-Energize Online Learning for Members

WBT Systems

If you have been providing continuing education programs or professional development training via your website or learning management system, but your members don’t seem to be interested in the training you are offering, how can you re-energize online learning for members? If your members are finding your online learning content to be a bit stale, or if participation levels are dropping, don’t despair!

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. This may also impact on the availability of staff resources for other projects, resulting in delays and other costs to the association.

Is your Association a Learning Organization?

WBT Systems

Is your association a learning organization? A learning organization is one “that facilitates the learning of its members and continuously transforms itself” According to this definition , this type of organization is more responsive to external pressures, has a faster pace of change within the organization, and is better able to innovate and remain competitive. A learning organization becomes more like a community that members can feel a commitment to.

Don’t Undervalue Association Training Programs!

WBT Systems

When pricing your association’s training offerings, it is important to assess their value, and then price accordingly. Many associations are guilty of devaluing online learning courses and webinars as there is typically less administration overhead and no hard costs associated with things like booking a room or organizing lunch, so the event is perceived as creating less of an impact. appeared first on WBT Systems.

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.

Association eLearning vs Free Online Courses

WBT Systems

There are a multitude of blogs and articles outlining the benefits of taking free online courses for professional development to advance your career, but do these courses actually deliver the value and opportunity they profess to provide to adult learners? Why should adult learners concerned with career development consider Association eLearning programs as providing superior value and career opportunities? Experience should be at the root of all learning tasks and activities.

Top Technology Strategy Tips for NiUG Discovery

WBT Systems

With less than a week to NiUG Discovery 2016 , we are excited to be sponsoring this great, interactive, learning and networking event for the iMIS Community! As we pack and ship our materials, arrange meetings with partners, clients and associations, and put the finishing touches on our TopClass demos, we started thinking about our top technology strategy tips for getting the most out of the conference.

Your Education Team Needs an Association Intrapreneur

WBT Systems

Itching to have a positive impact on your association and industry? Worried your online learning programs might be losing their edge? Be an association intrapreneur. And, they even have their own association, of course, the League of Intrapreneurs. We love entrepreneurship—WBT wouldn’t be here otherwise—but there’s something to be said about the benefits of staying on the association side. You believe in your association’s mission.

2019 Talented Learning Awards: Continuing Education Systems

Talented Learning

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.

Why are Associations missing from the Digital Credentials conversation?

WBT Systems

“ The world’s education systems are failing our children by not preparing them for the workplace of the future. Other key recommendations in the report focus on the need for digital fluency and “ incentivizing employees to commit to lifelong learning so they continue to develop their skills or even retrain for new roles “, as noted in this analysis. “ (‘Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative’, The Economist , Jan 12, 2017.

When is it time for a new Association LMS?

WBT Systems

Not all learning management systems are equal. 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? Can you access all the information you need in one system?

Improve Student Success with an Online Learning Community

WBT Systems

Do you ever think about your association’s online learners and how they manage to fit your courses into their busy lives? Imagine: after a long day of work, errands, and household chores and duties, they manage to find time to finish the week’s assignments for the online course they’re taking with your association. A learning community makes courses more engaging and enjoyable. Enhance the online learning experience with a learning community.

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. Encouraging affiliate/associate members to sponsor young professional education. On-demand, self-directed learning.

How to Create a Culture of Learning at Your Association

WBT Systems

The only way to do that is to cultivate a culture of learning. One of those behaviors is: “Seek learning. We want to surround ourselves with people who are obsessed with learning and development.”. Good things happen when an organization adopts a culture of learning. How Does a Culture of Learning Help an Association? Millennials don’t just want learning opportunities, they expect them. How Does an Association Create a Culture of Learning?

Increase Member Engagement with an Online Learning Challenge

WBT Systems

Participating in an online learning challenge is a great way to kick-start a new habit, acquire a new skill, or accomplish a long-desired goal. A 7-day green smoothie challenge helped the founders of Simple Green Smoothies build an online community of more than 200,000 people. Countless fitness and wellness experts have used 30-day challenges to grow successful online businesses. Why learning challenges are a fit for association members.

How to Build an Online Learning Sponsorship Program

WBT Systems

When associations think about sponsorship opportunities, events usually come to mind first. However, by focusing only on in-person event sponsorships, you miss an opportunity to build stronger partnerships with industry vendors through online learning sponsorships. An online learning sponsorship program offers more than insert a sponsor’s logo on a webinar slide or displaying their advertising in a sidebar. Collaborate with your online learning sponsors.

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

Your Association Members & Customers Have an Ear for Podcasts

WBT Systems

It’s time your association gets a podcast too. By adding podcasts to your online learning curriculum and communication strategy, you will attract the attention and loyalty of members, customers, and prospects, while enhancing the impact of your educational content. Users listen to podcasts using an app on their mobile device or listen online with their computer. Like associations, there’s a podcast for every topic you can imagine.

Help Millennials Get Jobs: Offer Online Learning & Career Resources

WBT Systems

Every association wants to recruit millennial members, but the cost of membership may exceed a millennial’s budget. Although they’re the biggest generation in the workforce, millennials make up only 19 percent of association members, per MGI. Millennials are putting membership off—a big loss for them and for associations. If you help them find a job, your association becomes a life-changer. Online career center. Learning pathways.

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The State of Association E-Learning: Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine

WBT Systems

The future looks bright for association e-learning. The growing lifelong learning market provides plenty of opportunity. However, one missing element is clouding the picture for associations. One weakness is holding associations back from reaching their market potential and becoming lifelong learning powerhouses. I learned about this vulnerability while reading the fifth edition of Association Learning + Technology from Tagoras.

How to Scale Online Learning: B2B Market Strategies for Assocations

WBT Systems

How can your organization expand online learning reach? Learn from successful corporate market strategies! Selling online learning content to individuals is challenging enough. Join us to learn exactly what it takes to succeed! Linda Bowers, CTO, WBT Systems. In this dynamic one-hour roundtable, panelists will share valuable lessons learned, along with advice about how to: Build a viable business model for bulk sales.

How to Build an Online Learning Program with a Limited Budget

WBT Systems

You know your association should provide online learning programs to members and others in your industry. Here are some ways to build an online learning program with a limited budget. When taking on any new initiative, it’s best to develop a strategy so you don’t squander resources, especially when you’re trying to create an online learning program with a limited budget. What did they need to learn to do their current job?

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.

Keep Ahead of Higher Ed, the Professional Development Competition for Associations

WBT Systems

Associations have always been the first place members turn when thinking about professional development. Meet the new professional development competition for associations: higher education. “If What about associations—aren’t they stepping into that gap? “As Cobb made that point five years ago, but, unfortunately, in many industries, associations are still missing from the conversation. Sounds like digital badges—a concept many associations are also trying out.

Teach Your Members How to Build a Learning Habit

WBT Systems

Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century.”. Earlier this year, The Economist reaffirmed his message: “ Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative.”. Your members would agree that lifelong learning is critical for advancing in their careers and remaining employable. But how many set aside time on a regular basis to learn? The Benefits of a Learning Habit. They’re intrinsically motivated to learn.

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6 “Non-Obvious” Online Learning Trends for 2018

WBT Systems

We’re bringing six of them to your attention because we think they’re also non-obvious online learning trends for 2018. 1: Light-Speed Learning. Bhargava predicts: “The road to mastery on any topic gets faster through the help of bite-sized learning modules that make education more time efficient, engaging, useful and fun.”. The standard mode of learning is accelerating because the longing for lifelong learning is colliding with the desire for instant gratification.

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. You wouldn’t hesitate to pursue other learning paths, like registering for an online course if it fit your needs, budget, and schedule. Many of them don’t gravitate naturally toward learning of any kind. Psychological Obstacles to Learning. Help members develop the learning habit.

What to Do If Your Association’s Online Course Failed

WBT Systems

You really thought you had a great idea for an online course. After you and your colleagues put so much effort into it, how do you explain to your boss and committee chair why your online course failed? Learn why your online course failed. The first thing to do is to realize that, as cliché as it sounds, failure is a learning opportunity. The survey said members want to learn the skills taught in the course. What in-person or online events do they attend?