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The Association’s Pursuit for Relevance: What Role Do Certifications, Certificates and Micro-Credentials Play?

Blue Sky eLearn

Credentialing: This is an umbrella term, used to refer to concepts such as certification, licensure, certificate programs, micro-credentialing, accreditation, etc. Often certification programs have eligibility requirements (i.e.

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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. New Year, New Goals, New Technology.

2020 Association Technology Trends And Predictions

Nimble AMS

Want to know what’s on the horizon for association technology in 2020? But when it comes to association technology trends, you don’t necessarily have to look far into the future to see the road ahead. Nimble AMS Technology

Life goes on…and so does learning

Aaron Wolowiec

As a result, certification programs, assessment-based certificate programs, digital badging and competency-based education are likely to be areas of significant growth for continuing education and professional development providers.”.

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Is your Association a Learning Organization?

WBT Systems

Is your association a learning organization? A learning organization becomes more like a community that members can feel a commitment to. Is your Association a Learning Organization. My organization invites people to contribute to the organization’s vision.

Survey says: Most of us are lifelong learners

Aaron Wolowiec

Of those who responded to the survey, 63 percent of working adults have taken a course or engaged in professional development throughout the last year to improve job skills, mostly for career advancement. 2 was education, followed by nonprofit organizations.

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Preparing your association for trending technology: system integration

Nimble AMS

When you think about delivering a great member experience, your first thought might not be about integrating your technology systems. The Enterprise Technology Trends report from Salesforce includes system integration as a key trend impacting enterprise IT leaders.

How To Design a Digital Badge Strategy

WBT Systems

Digital Badges are a part of these changes and are set to make a big impact on education and certification programs in 2017. Diplomas, degrees, certification, and skills quickly lose their relevance and become obsolete. Does your association, organization etc.,

Challenges and Opportunities for Association Education Programs

WBT Systems

Most certification academic standards have limited value – without the ability to apply learning. Mobile technology changes everything, and makes associations nervous. Online learning communities , discussion groups, or courses can provide a shared learning platform.”

Associations: Solving the Skills Gap with Digital Credentials

WBT Systems

Prior to the digital revolution, these credentials were called certificates of completion. Badges recognize program and certificate completion, with badge color based on skill level. What kind of technology infrastructure is needed to support open badges.

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Learning Management Systems for Associations: The Essentials

WBT Systems

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?

Why are Associations missing from the Digital Credentials conversation?

WBT Systems

“A recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Centre showed that a mere 16% of Americans think that a four-year degree course prepares students very well for a high-paying job in the modern economy.” What kind of technology infrastructure is needed to support open badges. ·

Digital Badges: The 21st Century Credential

Association Adviser

Online trainings, courses, tutorials, webinars and other forms of continuing education allow individuals personal and professional enrichment from qualified institutions in formats much easier, and usually much less costly, to access than education in a traditional classroom setting.

Association Certification and Accreditation Programs: Minimizing the Liability Risks

Plexus Consulting

Venable LLP, Washington, DC Certification and accreditation programs ("certification" programs) sponsored by trade and professional associations are increasingly common. However, standard-setting and certification programs are not without liability risk, sometimes potentially significant risks. Fortunately, proper care in establishing and operating certification programs can go a long way toward minimizing those risks. by Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq.,

Personalized Learning: Who, What, Why? 

Blue Sky eLearn

Why does personalized learning matter for your organization? What does that mean for you, an organization who provides eLearning? What can you do to make sure your organization remains an industry leader and a top provider of the education and training your learners are looking for? .

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How to Launch an LMS with No Content

Blue Sky eLearn

We’ve talked to plenty of organizations who don’t believe they are ready or qualified to purchase a learning management system because of lack of content. You can also wrap things like pre- and post-tests, evaluations, and certificates around live webinars. We must be kidding, right?

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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. Especially if there is no continuing education or certification involved.

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Recruiting members. and keeping them

Association Adviser

Include member news in your communications, which allows members to market their organization to others. Remind members why they are part of your organization by celebrating them year-round. Support member certification. Julie Frey, APR, CPRC.

LMS Integration: Why is it important?

Blue Sky eLearn

You have tests, surveys, and certificates. You charge money for people to take your courses and track their progress. The AMS is typically the database of record for a membership organization (similar to how a CRM may be for a corporation).

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Goodbye e-learning

Aaron Wolowiec

So when I came across “Association Learning + Technology 2014,” a recent report by Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele , founders of consulting firm Tagoras , imagine my delight! Young or old, technology has redefined the way we learn and work. The point is: Don’t be afraid to taste technology.

Leadership through Blended Learning: Sorority LMS Success

WBT Systems

When your organization is concerned with “Building Strong Girls” as is Gamma Phi Beta, the first women’s organization to be called a ‘sorority’, a blended learning approach supports the development of both leadership skills and organizational growth.

Interview with an Expert Series: Associate Executive Director, Myke Kudlas

Blue Sky eLearn

Eventually, my love of eLearning brought me to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as the organization’s first Director of Instructional Technology. I have seen many LMS portals that are beautiful, welcoming, and professional, with a wide array of interesting features, but once I drill down, I find only a handful of courses. We had completed a major eLearning course called “CT Basics” about a year before.

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In an effort to support organizations during these uncertain times, hundreds of tech companies are offering free use of their product, extended trials, discounts, and more. Vonage : Free Vonage Business Communications services for non-profit organizations within the US, UK, and Australia.

Top 6 Types of Content and Perks to Offer Your Members

Blue Sky eLearn

Supporters, members, and donors are the lifeblood of your organization or association. Slipping engagement statistics can be a serious warning sign for your organization! Prioritize features like certifications that can bring added value to all of your engagement efforts.

Association e-learning: what you need to know

Aaron Wolowiec

Selling courses and certifications online provides a new revenue source for the association while adding more value for members. Will an eight-hour course be something members will utilize or do they prefer shorter “mini modules?”

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.

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). Offer certifications, accreditations, and other valuable resources.

Your Conference Renewal Begins With Wondering

Velvet Chainsaw

Professors defined your learning objectives in course syllabi, chose your textbooks and distributed your assignments for graduation. And it is quite different from the workshops you have to take to obtain and maintain professional certification.

6 Ways Associations Can Use Webinars to Engage Members and Increase Non-Dues Revenue

Higher Logic

Showcase Benefits of Technology. To supplement the webinars, provide additional online courses and certifications through a Learning Management System (LMS) and boost your non-dues revenue even more. Showcase Benefits of Technology.

Best Practices for Monetizing Your eLearning Content

Blue Sky eLearn

Over the last few decades, the biggest driver of non-dues revenue has been technological advancements. Technology has paved the way for innovative methods of generating non-dues revenue while providing significant value to your members.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.22.20

Reid All About it

Jake Toohey, Senior Digital Consultant, Adage Technologies. Joe Post, Vice President Strategy, Adage Technologies. This series of 15-minute videos cover hot topics and issues related to 501c organization management. Redefine your value to the organization.

Price Your eLearning Right

Blue Sky eLearn

For example, package a certification program seat fee with an online learning kick off course, webinar discussions, and study aids. Or, redesign a two-day in-person certificate program as a multiple course online program paired with exercises, assessments, and web coaching.

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Virtual: A Day in the Life - Training Specialist

Association Management

I’ve been a Training Specialist at Virtual for five-plus years, I’m part of a team that manages the coordination and administration of the Global Certification Programs for one of our largest clients, a security standards council for the payment card industry. 1) WHAT DO YOU DO AT VIRTUAL?

Best Practices for Monetizing Your eLearning Content

Blue Sky eLearn

Over the last few decades, the biggest driver of non-dues revenue has been technological advancements. Technology has paved the way for innovative methods of generating non-dues revenue while providing significant value to your members.

Learners and Your LMS: If you build it, will they come?

WBT Systems

Working with many associations over the years, we have listened to many organizations describe the reasons why their members do not use their existing Learning Management System (LMS) and why they are looking for a new learning solution to re-engage their learners.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.14.18

Reid All About it

If you’ve ever tried to get people at work to adopt a new technology, you know what kind of uphill battle that can be. Fíonta explains the reasons behind resistance to change and provides change management advice for technology, in their case, Salesforce, implementations.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.15.20

Reid All About it

and Europe, changing regulations as a result of the pandemic, virtual meetings and the rapid release of new technology, legal disclaimers and new Force Majeure language, and the new HCP experience. What new technologies can they employ? Host: DelCor Technology Solutions.

Association Disruption: What’s your Educational Moonshot?


At Google X, a project qualifies as a moonshot if it tackles a huge problem, proposes a radical solution, and involves breakthrough science or technology. Help people put together a career curriculum based upon courses offered by your association and other online learning organizations.

Association Learning: Does your Story Inspire Members?

WBT Systems

Whether your association is a trade association or professional society, don’t forget to remind members that a key part of any association’s mission is to provide education and/or certification programs.

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