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. Linda is Chief Technology Officer at WBT Systems , a Dublin-based software company that focuses exclusively on association learning and certification solutions. So the association will contract directly with that company to provide learning content. WANT TO LEARN MORE?

Association LMS eCommerce: How to Lift Online Learning Sales

Talented Learning

I genuinely love helping associations select learning management systems (LMS). 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. The purchasing process and online learning environment should mirror popular digital experiences (e.g. Association Learning eCommerce: Why So Complex?

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Connect with TopClass LMS at 2017 NiUG New Orleans Conference

WBT Systems

WBT Systems is delighted to be an official partner of the 2017 NiUG New Orleans Conference , hosted by NiUG International , May 22-24. WBT Systems has been has been helping Associations to build and improve their education and certification programs since 1995. With our standard integration between TopClass LMS and iMIS , we provide iMIS users the power to get the most out of their learning programs.

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 has been helping Associations to build and improve their education and certification programs for over 20 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. WBT Systems has been has been helping Associations to build and improve their education and certification programs since 1995. With our standard integration between TopClass LMS and iMIS , we provide iMIS users the power to get the most out of their learning programs. appeared first on WBT Systems.

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! For any association executives looking for new technology solutions for learning, engagement, or community, or seeking to change to a new system, there will also be a range of trusted vendors to choose from at the Exhibitor Showcase. WBT Systems has been a proud supporter and partner of NiUG International for years.

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. Members don’t understand learning – if they did, association education programs would suffer. Most certification academic standards have limited value – without the ability to apply learning. Lifelong Learning is Becoming an Economic Imperative.

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.

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. The post Getting Started with Online Learning for Associations appeared first on WBT Systems.

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.

How to Build an Online Learning Sponsorship Program

WBT Systems

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. It means getting industry partners involved in developing and presenting online education. Collaborate with your online learning sponsors.

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 Millennials Get Jobs: Offer Online Learning & Career Resources

WBT Systems

Online career center. Create an online career center that features professional development programs and other career resources for young professionals. You could also try a webinar series , mini-courses, or an online learn-a-skill challenge. Use the career center to funnel millennials into your online learning programs. Include industry-relevant business management classes in your online programs. Learning pathways.

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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 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?

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.

A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

eLearning 24-7

The year kicked off with lots of potential, lots of excitement in the air and lots of customers gearing up to purchase new systems, despite global economic woes. Mobile Learning. Sadly though many still are in the dark on true mobile learning – i.e. not accessing their platform via a mobile web browser. Those who aren’t are either offering native apps with online/offline synch or performing the shell game via the mobile web browser and calling it mobile learning.

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

Talented Learning

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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2020 LMS Trends: An Analyst’s Extended Enterprise Learning Predictions

Talented Learning

And today’s learning systems market definitely gives us plenty to consider. Based on my work as an independent advisor to learning tech buyers and sellers , I’ve outlined 16 key extended enterprise learning trends and related predictions. Ever since cloud technology burst onto the scene a decade ago, hundreds of new learning solutions have entered the market. Absorb Software Acquires Cloud-Based Learning Tech Company, ePath Learning.

LMS Gamification: Are We Having Fun Yet?

Talented Learning

It’s not about playing games in a learning management system. But it is about leveraging game-oriented mechanics to drive interest and involvement in online training content. In other words, it’s about tools and techniques that work together in a LMS to create a more engaging and effective learning experience. However, less is known about gamification at the learning platform level. Learning games may teach you a skill in an entertaining context.

LMS Trends: 2018 Mid-Year Learning Systems Market Update

Talented Learning

” 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. Actually, this move toward specialization isn’t new – nor is it about learning technology, alone. For example: • CORPORATE LEARNING. 4) Customer-Focused Learning Systems Are on Fire.

Want to Sell More Content? Put More Lines in the Water

Talented Learning

” That’s the number one question on the minds of everyone who develops and sells learning-related content. Here’s why: The business model for selling online content is simple and incredibly attractive. Below are eight ways you can increase total catch from the same piece of content using a specialized ecommerce learning management system as your technology backbone. 5) Provide a Private, Branded Learning Site.

Association LMS Buyers Companion – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

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? AWARDS – Our choices for the Top 25 Continuing Education Systems in 2019. Read highlights and listen to complete 30-minute interviews from The Talented Learning Show : 1) How are associations transforming certification? WBT Systems.

The Future of E-Learning – Forecasts

eLearning 24-7

Well, for one thing it identifies one of the items I see as gaining hot momentum in 2014 and continuing to hit the heat cycle in 2015 – Learning Chunks/Bytes. Some learning byte content will show up in word format – but frankly, I don’t see it as truly engaging. I’d rather have you send me notes written on an old typewriter than stick it online. For another, it never specifically states it tied to e-learning.

Top Learning Systems Trends – A 2019 Extended Enterprise Market Guide

Talented Learning

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!

E-Learning Q&A November Issue

eLearning 24-7

It is a short week for me as I am heading off to London to speak at the Unicorn Training Conference before zinging over to Berlin to speak at Online Educa Berlin. In this riveting issue we will be covering the international e-learning scene, my State of the Industry LMS Report – specifically the Top 50, LMS ROI, e-learning costs and web conferencing. I’m curious to know what you are seeing in other countries regarding e-learning? eLogic Learning.

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Learning Technology Blogs: An Analyst’s Reading List

Talented Learning

When you need solid advice about learning strategy and technology, which blogs come to mind? But as an independent analyst, I spend my days investigating which companies excel at driving learning technology forward. They want to be a relevant, useful voice in today’s learning community conversation. A must-read for learning technology decision makers. Open source LMS Totara topped our list of 2016 learning industry thought leaders. Customer Learning.

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?

Don’t Undervalue Association Training Programs!

WBT Systems

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. Online learning that is engaging and delivers important educational messages is every bit as powerful and effective as attending a classroom training event, so don’t be afraid to charge good money for it.

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? Can you access all the information you need in one system? Does your LMS integrate fully with your member management software or association management system?

How To Design a Digital Badge Strategy

WBT Systems

Dramatic changes have occurred in how learning is recognized, accredited and validated. A flexible, structured Digital Badge Strategy applied to your planned and existing online learning programs will help to validate your badging initiative – ensuring that you meet your learning and organisational goals. Often it is the intrinsic, on-the-job skills and best practices that are learned and applied that provide the most value and benefit.

3 Ways an Online Community Enhances Learning

WBT Systems

With all the information available at our fingertips through the internet, connecting us globally with people who share our interests, society is progressively interacting more and more online. I bet one or more of the top results came from a message board or discussion forum for an online community, where someone else was seeking answers from their peers on a similar topic? What is an Online Community? So, how do online communities enhance learning?

What makes an Association Education Program Successful?

WBT Systems

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. What type of education will you offer – conferences and seminars, blended learning, webinars, online courses, offline materials, or a mixture of all of these? Association LMS Buying Guide – from Talented Learning. Leadership through Blended 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.

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 know from over 20 years of partnering with associations to develop learning solutions, that associations have unique and specific needs regarding the creation and delivery of education programs. Online Learning and Cloud-based Learning Solutions. Mobile and On-Demand Learning.

How to Motivate Certification Candidates

WBT Systems

WBT Systems will be exhibiting at the ICE Exchange and listening in on conversations about credentialing, but we thought we’d start one first here about motivating certification candidates. He said: “The secret to high performance and satisfaction—at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.”. Nurture a membership culture of learning.

Select an LMS Consultant Before Beginning Your LMS Selection

WBT Systems

With more than 700 learning platforms on the market, how do you narrow the field down to the best learning management systems (LMS) for your association’s needs? They stay on top of online learning trends and are familiar with learning systems and other association technology. You’ll choose technology that helps you deliver the best learning experience possible to members and customers, and the maximum revenue to your bottom line.