Association Management: Online vs. In-person Engagement

Blue Sky eLearn

As an association leader, you know the importance of engaging your members. Managing your members is no easy feat— it requires dedicated association management software as well as a strategic plan for engaging your constituents. The importance of association engagement.

7 Creative Ways to Promote LMS Engagement

Blue Sky eLearn

When launching a learning management system (LMS) for the first time, organizations need to take into consideration different ways to generate excitement and interest in their new platform. While these strategies have certainly been proven to work, we wanted to share some other creative ways one of our clients is considering to get their audience to engage with their new LMS. . Host digital scavenger hunts that bring people through different areas of your LMS.

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5 Tips for Implementing an LMS to Increase Productivity

Higher Logic

One of the main functions of an association is facilitating the professional development of your members. The easiest way to do this is by implementing a Learning Management System (LMS). Check out the following tips for doing so: Choose the right LMS for your association’s needs. Integrate your AMS and LMS for heightened abilities. Choose the right LMS for your association’s needs. Integrate your AMS and LMS for heightened abilities.

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AMS/LMS integration blueprint: Create efficiency, enhance experience, bridge the gap.

YourMembership Blog

Perhaps one of the most important features of a learning management system (LMS) is its ability to integrate with the heart of your operation—your association management software (AMS) system. The handshake between these two systems, and the seamless exchange of data between them, can mean all the difference in how your association is able to. The post AMS/LMS integration blueprint: Create efficiency, enhance experience, bridge the gap.

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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? Through a learning management system (LMS). Learning management systems have taken over how associations distribute and generate revenue from their professional development materials.

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Compare Association Management Software Platforms

GrowthZone

Could an Association Management Software (AMS) solution be the answer to the inefficiencies that plague your association? This article will help you evaluate ten association software options. What is Association Management Software (AMS)? In a nutshell, an AMS provides membership-based organizations an all-in-one member management system. Association Software 10 1. Popular Association Software Platforms.

2015 Association Management Trends and Important News from YM

YourMembership Blog

It’s only the first week of the New Year and we are already off to an exciting start as YourMembership proudly announced this week the acquisition of Digital Ignite and that we will be adding its Learning Management System to YM’s expanding suite of products. You may be wondering why an LMS offering now? AMS, LMS and Job Board technologies have proven themselves in the association marketplace, but what about the new offerings we’ve yet to consider? Welcome to 2015!

6 signs your association management software may be a dinosaur

Nimble AMS

Six signs your association management software may be outdated. . Is your association failing to keep up with technology? Just as your association grows and evolves, technology changes too. Here are six signs that your association management software (AMS) may be outdated or obsolete: 1. Most associations looking for a new system are doing so because their current software has fallen behind. It’s newer to the nonprofit and association world.

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. Hidden Costs of an Open Source LMS. This may also impact on the availability of staff resources for other projects, resulting in delays and other costs to the association.

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Five LMS Content Strategies to Attract, Engage and Support your Learners

Fonteva

Essentially, it is the bread and butter of an LMS. These 5 strategies will help you create LMS content that attracts, engages, and supports your stakeholders: 1. Shared information and ideas are constantly evolving, and your learners will want to check your LMS daily to see what they might have missed. Foundational and curriculum-based courses serve as the core substance of your LMS, offering the most impactful and enriching opportunities.

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5 learning tech trends for 2017.

YourMembership Blog

A snapshot from one expert of what associations can expect from learning management systems. eLearning Industry News + Trends Product Information Resource Center Thought Leaders adaptive learning ams association management software elearning learning management software learning management system LMS mobile app online learning professional development professional education talented learning video

How to Create a Really Good LMS RFP

WBT Systems

You finally got the budget to purchase a learning management system (LMS). Ask around for request for proposal (RFP) samples and send one of them to a dozen LMS vendors? You know the answer already if you read last week’s post : an LMS RFP is not the first step of the selection process, it’s the result of the first step. The first step is gathering and prioritizing your requirements for a new LMS. Borrowing another association’s LMS RFP.

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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. Ensuring members are engaged in learning is a key challenge for associations.

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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? Has Your Association outgrown your LMS?

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WBT Systems’ TopClass maintains position as #1 LMS for Associations

WBT Systems

For the second consecutive year, WBT Systems’ TopClass LMS has been named the #1 Learning Management System for Associations in the Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards. This award honors the learning solution vendor which best caters for the unique and varied requirements of associations that provide education and certification programs for their members. TopClass LMS had previously been named the Best Association LMS in 2015.

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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. We’ve come up with ten additional ways you can use an LMS to deliver more value to members and staff. 2 – Help affiliate/associate members succeed.

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Where to Host Your eLearning Catalog and eCommerce: AMS or LMS?

WBT Systems

During the selection and implementation of a learning management system (LMS), you have many decisions to make. But one decision often takes associations by surprise: Should you host your eLearning catalog and eCommerce on your LMS or on your association management system (AMS)? Where do you want members and customers to search for online learning programs and where do you want them to make their purchase (register/enroll)—in your LMS or in your AMS?

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Keep Your Association on Track: 4 Ways to Stay Organized

Blue Sky eLearn

For your association’s member businesses, this may mean mastering new emerging technologies in your industry or even hitting specific success metrics within their own internal processes. Your association’s management as a whole probably has slightly different resolutions for the new year. It’s essential that your association has a fresh start to stay on track with and eventually achieve your New Year’s resolutions. Embrace association management software.

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Association’s Event

Blue Sky eLearn

For an association, hosting events like conferences, networking meetups, and learning sessions is an effective way to bring people who share a common goal or passion together. Plus, events are one of the ways that your association can raise non-dues revenue. . There’s a lot riding on your association’s next event, so how can you get the most out of it? . Picking the Right Association Management Software. Data management.

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4 Ways to Increase Non-Dues Revenue

Web Courseworks

Do you currently manage an eLearning department at an association? Association content and development can vary. If you are part of a medical association, the way you obtain and develop that content is going to look very different from an association focused within the trade industry. If you are purchasing a learning management system, do you have an LMS administrator?

Can associations bridge the skills-gap for their members?

YourMembership Blog

Jack is the inventor of Knowledge Direct ® - a robust learning management system (LMS) used by dozens of trade associations and professional societies including the Emergency Nurses Association, the Direct Marketing Association and the American Society of Clinical Oncologists, among others. Industries are facing a major problem that associations may just be the key to solving. So how can associations fill this gap?

IMIS Cultivates Strong Business Partners

Web Courseworks Associations

Many of our customers use an association management system (AMS) as their system of record. Our CourseStage Learning Management System (LMS) must integrate or talk to the AMS in order to allow users to have a seamless “single-sign on” experience as they move from association website to our LMS. Often, transcript information is also sent to the AMS from the LMS. This network of re-sellers better serves the very diverse non-profit associations.

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.

Webinar Recap: Let’s Learn Together: Enhancing Online Learning with Communities

Blue Sky eLearn

Recently, Heather McNair, VP of Engagement Strategy over at Higher Logic , teamed up with Blue Sky’s Channel Manager, Jodi Ray, to discuss how organizations can enhance their online learning with communities. Across generations and industries, data shows professional development is the biggest driver of engagement and value received from an association. Many associations are falling short of providing members value.

How 3 Associations Used a Microsoft-powered AMS to Execute Digital Transformation

Protech

A ssociation management software ( AMS ) help s member-based organizations optimize processes, energize member engagement, enhance organizational decision making and transform their organizations. . The Protech AMS is the core of how we manage our business.

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. 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. Associations face fierce competition from academic institutions, for-profit training companies and even individual subject matter experts. This is where associations and digital badges come in.

Which Association Learning Trends Predictions Came True in 2016?

WBT Systems

With just a couple of weeks to the end of the year and a huge variety of association learning solutions being showcased this week at ASAE Technology Conference 2016 , it’s a good time to look back at the association learning trends that were predicted for 2016 and see which of these are still relevant. Which trends will be relevant to the associations attending ASAE Tech 16, looking to enhance or revise their learning technologies?

The Benefits of Being a Personify Partner

Web Courseworks

Many of our customers use an association management system (AMS) as their system of record. Our CourseStage Learning Management System (LMS) must integrate or talk to the AMS in order to allow users to have a seamless “single sign on” experience as they move from association website to our LMS. Often, transcript information is also sent to the AMS from the LMS. Our CourseStage LMS is a robust system with many high end features.

Social Learning: Creating Community Around Learning

Fonteva

Before we get into the details around software and ideas on how to wrap community software around learning, it’s important that you’ve built a sense of community with your association members in general. There are many options out there so find the one that works best for you — we recommend making sure it can play well with other items in your tech stack, such as your association management system and your learning management system.

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New Year Resolution: Invest in Association Learning Technology

WBT Systems

Back at the office, this process is paralleled as the new year kick-starts strategic planning sessions to set goals for association management, covering everything from membership growth and retention to updating education and certification programs. Whether your association is planning to launch new education or certification programs, or revitalize and restructure existing programs, our suggestion for your new year resolution is to invest in association learning technology.

Best Practices for Monetizing eLearning Content

Fonteva

For as long as most of us can remember, a large majority of revenue for professional associations came from membership dues. These advancements allow associations to be more innovative while increasing the value they can provide to their members. According to the Tagoras Virtual Events Report from last year, 42% of associations reported that they had previously offered a virtual event. As for the associations that had not yet offered a virtual event?

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5 eLearning Implementation Best Practices for Associations

Fonteva

If your association is looking for more ways to facilitate your members’ professional development and encourage them to take active roles in all that your association has to offer, you’ll want to consider providing them with eLearning opportunities. eLearning helps your association improve your members’ engagement by providing them with a valuable resource for their growth and keeping them informed in their field. Share learning opportunities on your association’s website.

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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.

8 things your association’s online career center should do

Aptify

Provide member value and job opportunities to your association’s members. One of the top benefits an association provides for its members is job opportunities. In fact, according to the 2018 Member Education and Career Development Report , 66 percent of members look to their professional associations to help them find new job opportunities. . Connecting your career center and your LMS: . Association Management Community Brands

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Member Engagement Strategies: A Guide for Associations

Fonteva

Association memberships are rewarding experiences and unique in the way that members pay dues in order to continue to be a part of the organization. That’s why it’s important that your association actively works hard to keep members coming back year after year, offering value through opportunities and events that can’t be found otherwise. Engagement secures your association’s relevance and fuels healthy member retention. Association member engagement strategies.

How technology can improve your association’s value prop

Aptify

In the study, most members of professional membership associations say technology helps them be more efficient, has transformed the way they live their lives for the better, and makes life more fun. TECH TIP: Be sure you have association management software (AMS) that allows you to easily capture, track, and report on member data. Integrate your association technology. association technology can?help Association Management Community Brands

Don’t Nickel-and-Dime Members: Ideas to Increase Non-Dues Revenue

.orgCommunity

Associations have traditionally used membership “as an excuse to sell more stuff at discounted prices to members,” said Garth Jordan , senior vice president of corporate strategy at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). Their new membership model includes unlimited access to certifications, online education, newsletters, industry analyses, and communities—the “ pay-to-play ‘extras’ in most association business models.”.

Continuing Education Offerings: 5 Engagement Strategies

Higher Logic

Technology advancements allow working professionals to take classes, earn credits, or achieve certifications through software called a Learning Management System (LMS). One of the most important aspects of making sure that your continuing education offerings are being used to the fullest extent is reminding your association members that they exist. However, this requires that your LMS has a set of features that encourages this process.

Association Disruption: What’s your Educational Moonshot?

.orgCommunity

How grand is your association’s vision for your educational programs? Thinking small isn’t going to turn your association into a market leader and innovator, but an educational moonshot will. At the 2019 digitalNow conference , Dr. Radhika Dirks, CEO and co-founder of XLabs , talked to an audience of association executives about her work with moonshots. Can you think of a wicked problem in society that your association could solve? Association moonshots.

GDPR Will Affect Both Facebook and Online Learning

Web Courseworks Associations

We at Web Courseworks are in the business of helping national associations stand up an online learning business using our CourseStage learning management system. At Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent Senate hearing on privacy, an Associated Press photographer was able to snap a readable photograph of Mark’s talking points — and at the very bottom of the second page, they addressed GDPR.