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.

What’s the Difference Between an LMS and an LCMS? Hint: It’s Not Just the Letter “C”

Association eLearning

It gives your association one software package that delivers, assesses, and reports on online training programs. As a result, your association can create, store, reuse, and manage courses and training materials all in the same program. Your association pays a vendor to create an interactive course that goes over the features of this new product. Now suppose the association wants to save money by making the course themselves and decides not to hire a vendor.

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Getting Started with Online Member Education

Association eLearning

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.

LMS Selection: 7 Features Associations Need

Web Courseworks

Association members grow and change over time, and their needs grow and change with them. Unless the association addresses these changes, members won’t see the value of their membership. But how do associations accomplish this? Learning management systems have taken over how associations distribute and generate revenue from their professional development materials. But like everything else, not all association LMS platforms are created equal.

When Misused Buzzwords Attack

Association eLearning

It’s important to realize that these can mean one thing to you and your association and something different to an eLearning vendor or instructional designer. Example : Someone goes to an eLearning vendor and asks for a course that’s interactive, immersive, innovative, effective, and fun. If someone else asks a vendor for a course with the same qualities but can’t describe what they’re looking for, they need to work with the vendor to figure out what will work best.

The Content or the LMS? Which Comes First?

Association eLearning

When we get requests from associations considering an LMS, it is always interesting to get an understanding of the current learning environment. The process of determining LMS requirements, narrowing down vendors, getting stakeholders to review demos, and debriefing on the different options can take weeks or months. You need both. Without content the LMS is an empty cookie jar. It’s pretty looking but frustrating every time you open it.

Four Wishes for LMS Buyers

Association eLearning

Every week, like clockwork, I get a call from someone who wants me to recommend an LMS for their association or small business. The genie would show the LMS Buyer a vision of the eLearning world, and that there are a wide variety of vendors in the marketplace. Although there are a core set of features that every LMS has, the extra features and functions that LMS vendors offers varies significantly.

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.

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

Association eLearning

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. Gamification and game-based learning (sometimes abbreviated GBL) are both hot topics and the terms are often used interchangeably.

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. Their research helps organizations at every stage of the learning technology lifecycle, including business case development, requirements identification, technology vendor selection, deployment and adoption marketing.

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.

Association LMS – Yes or No?

Web Courseworks

Association LMS – Yes or No?: You Might Not Need an LMS I receive calls from associations who insist they need an LMS when they already have the software systems to deliver their informal professional development programs. Here are five questions you should ask yourself before entering the murky world of vetting vendors [.]. eLearning aLearning association elearning formal learning informal learning Jon Aleckson LMS Web CourseworksThe Truth Is….

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. Who are the vendors? For members of DirectEmployers Association, we include a handful of content with their membership.

How Do Associations Drive Lifelong Learning? It Depends

Talented Learning

According to the most recent IRS reports, nearly 64,000 professional and trade associations are based in the U.S. I found out several months ago, when I hosted a roundtable with leaders from two prominent member-based organizations – Kevin Pierce , Manager of Digital Learning at The American Academy of Dermatology and Jake Gold , Director of Education at The Community Associations Institute. In 1970, there were only 10,000 associations representing 2 million residents.

eLearning Outsourcing – How To Select A Vendor?

Upside Learning

When meeting prospects, I often face this objection – “ We have tried outsourcing in the past but have had a real bad experience and (hence) we are not willing to take the risk again “ What they fail to understand is that, in most of the cases, the problem lies much beneath – improper vendor selection. Sometimes they choose a vendor without proper evaluation only to end up having a bad experience – missed deadlines, shoddy output & unprofessional teams.

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. Launching a Learning Portal – With DirectEmployers Association. 5) How are associations driving new training revenues?

Creative: You Asked For It, But Now It’s Terrifying

Association eLearning

The association had asked for something creative, but this… Cold sweat formed on the reviewer’s brow as their muscles tightened. It’s critical that you and your course developer (whether it’s an external vendor or someone in your association) have the same creative vision. Since your association’s eLearning is for the members letting them weigh in is a good way to find out what’s acceptable to them. It was a bright and glowing computer screen.

Association eLearning Book Helpful for Vendor-Client Relationship

Web Courseworks

Ellen Behrens calls her new self-published book aLearning: A Trail Guide for Association eLearning. If you are an association education director or you are tasked with re-igniting eLearning as a non-dues revenue source for your non-profit, then this book will serve as a handy reference guide. In the following eight minute interview, I caught up with the retired association education director turned author while she as RVing on the West Coast.

Avoiding Confusion During Reviews

Association eLearning

Whether you’re working with an outside vendor or someone within your association, clear communication and good documentation can make the process much smoother. Reviews are a key part of developing any eLearning. In my experience, they’re also one of the steps that cause the most confusion and delays. Reviews generally take place at two points, the storyboard and the actual course. Both of these have their own review challenges and best practices. Reviewing a Storyboard.

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?

Customize New Hire Training: 5 Reasons to Partner Up With a Vendor for Your Onboarding Program

Obsidian Learning

Partnering with a talented vendor might be your best bet for designing a customized program that reflects the culture and values of your organization. Let’s look at 5 reasons why you might want to partner with a vendor to develop a robust, customized onboarding program.

Avoiding Confusion During Reviews

Association eLearning

Whether you’re working with an outside vendor or someone within your association, clear communication and good documentation can make the process much smoother. Reviews are a key part of developing any eLearning. In my experience, they’re also one of the steps that cause the most confusion and delays. Reviews generally take place at two points, the storyboard and the actual course. Both of these have their own review challenges and best practices. Reviewing a Storyboard.

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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6 Reasons Why Associations & Nonprofits Need a Digital Archive

Kitaboo

And a majority of these organizations are the nonprofit associations. In this blog we will focus on why nonprofit associations and societies must have a digital archive of their documents. Here are 7 effective guidelines to create an e-Report for associations.

Podcast: Selecting Association Software – With Chad Stewart of SmartThoughts

Talented Learning

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. We both help associations find software that meets their strategic needs, right? And why do you specialize in association software? So, what are the major technology components associations rely upon today?

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.

5 Considerations When Shopping for CME Hosting Vendors and Providers

EthosCE

As a busy CE director, you may find that choosing from several CME hosting vendors can be overwhelming. While comparing CME hosting vendors, you can focus on these five crucial considerations to help you pick the right vendor for your continuing medical education program.

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

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?

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?

LMS Vendors: How to Select the Right Vendor for your Goals

Hurix Digital

Organizations generally prefer to outsource their LMS requirements to vendors or service providers, mainly because it saves them time and money and also because they do not have an in-house IT team to design, build and maintain a custom solution. This being said, how to choose the right LMS vendor for your organizational goals? These benefits will also help you shortlist the right vendor from your LMS vendors list: Some of the benefits of a LMS (Learning Management System) are: 1.

6 Reasons Why Associations and Nonprofits Need a Digital Archive

Kitaboo

And a majority of these organizations are the nonprofit associations. In this blog we will focus on why nonprofit associations and societies must have a digital archive of their documents. Creating a digital archive will help the associations to manage the information efficiently. Now let us see how associations and non-profit societies can benefit from creating a digital archive. How can associations create a digital archive?

Meridian Knowledge Solutions Joins Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA) Board of Advisors

Meridian

Learning industry veteran Patrick Devlin, Chief Business Development Officer for Meridian Knowledge Solutions, has joined the Board of Advisors of the Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA). FGDLA’s Board of Advisors is a distinguished body of distance learning and industry leaders who advise the Board of Directors on matters relating to the advancement of the goals of the Association. Reston, VA – March 3, 2021?

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.

Managing Moodle for Association Members at ASAE Technology Conference

Web Courseworks

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Association Forum of Chicagoland provide opportunities to reach the over one million associations operating nationwide. The Moodle platform is ideal for associations seeking to generate revenue through their professional development offerings— ranging from testing for credentialing to an entire certification curriculum. What association stakeholders should you involve before trying out this “free” LMS?

Learning Management Systems for Associations: The Essentials

WBT Systems

What are the essential functions of a Learning Management System for Associations? With so many options out there, and every vendor keen to advertise their platform with the latest bells and whistles or the ”prettiest” interface, how do you make sure that your LMS performs the way your organization needs it to? Various technologies, including learning management systems for associations , can help to bridge the time between events, by enabling members to connect online.