How To Design a Digital Badge Strategy

WBT Systems

Dramatic changes have occurred in how learning is recognized, accredited and validated. Digital Badges are a part of these changes and are set to make a big impact on education and certification programs in 2017. How Do I Use the Digital Badge Strategy Design Canvas?

How to Sunset an Educational Program

WBT Systems

Since some of your courses have been around forever, you wonder if it might be time to sunset an educational program or two. How to tell it’s time to sunset an educational program. Talk to past students too about their experience. Value to market.

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Q&A: How to Prepare for the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Higher Logic

We recently hosted a webinar to detail what you need to know and how you can prepare*. Check out the most commonly asked questions below for a primer on how you and your organization can learn and prepare for the changes. How GDPR Works.

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How to Prepare a Business Case for a New LMS

WBT Systems

Or, it doesn’t have the functionality to allow your online learning business to grow. You need a better LMS but the powers that be aren’t going to like that news. Your argument for a new LMS has to be rock solid, so first we’re going to explain how to prepare a business case for a new LMS. Then, in our next post, we’ll explain how to make a compelling presentation of that case. How is it negatively impacting learners?

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3 Types of Online Learning Experiences Association Members Love (And How to Provide Them)

Higher Logic

Online learning and distance education is on the rise, providing easy-to-access and challenging development opportunities for users. One student works on their own to consume educational material and pass assessments. How to Provide an Individual Learning Experience Online.

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. However, you don’t have the budget to hire instructional designers to develop courses. Here are some ways to build an online learning program with a limited budget.

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How to Protect Your Member Data and Reduce Risk for Your Association

Nimble AMS

We all hear a lot about data security these days — from state, federal, and international data privacy and protection laws to consumer demands for privacy. As your association grows and collects personal information about your members, you simply can’t afford not to protect your member data.

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. Success depends on the ability to create value for their brand. According to the U.S. That includes many notoriously hard-to-fill jobs.

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What will 2016 bring for associations?

Aaron Wolowiec

From memberships to learning to partnerships, software and services provider Abila just released its predictions for associations in 2016. The demand for knowledge will continue to grow this year, specifically the focus on certification programs. It’s a new year.

3 Ways Your LMS Facilitates Reflective Learning

WBT Systems

Reflection is an important part of learning, allowing us to process and comprehend new information, taking time to consider it in light of our experience, which helps us to create meaning and knowledge that can be applied to improve performance.

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Information Overload

Moving through the Association World

The past two days I spent locked away in a workshop going over the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standard for personnel certification. As an organization we decided this was a top priority for us to accomplish and this was a first step as we prepare to file for pre-approval. We see this as a top priority because of the increasing interest and support of the government in ANSI Accredited programs, which will greatly benefit our certification base.

When a plan comes together

Moving through the Association World

It was about a year ago when I started my current position as a certification manager at an organization that tests and certifies professional construction managers. We test twice a year, about 2,000 university students test at our Level 1 and 200 professionals for the Level 2 certification. I am the only staff person within the organization that handles the certification program, the membership side has 2 half time staffers.

Building Buy-In for an Online Community at Your Association

Higher Logic

You don't have to be a hypnotist or a master of persuasion to build support for an online community among your association’s board and executive team. Instead, you need to align your new online community with the mission and priorities of your association's leadership.

Membership 101: Life Time Value

Spark Consulting

One of the questions I get asked a lot is: “How much should I be willing to invest to recruit a member?” That means you spent $200 each to acquire those members. But how much more? What I can tell you, though, is that you do need to think about it.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.21.20

Reid All About it

We all want to be fair and inclusive, but biases are natural and inevitable. In the last post of their series on chapters in crisis, Billhighway explains how to help chapters recover from and prepare for natural disasters. How’s that, you say?

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.7.18

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… How do you manage if you’re an education department of one ? How does any association professional juggle everything on their to-do list? Nine ways to convert webinar leads into sales.

Daily Buzz: Hone Your Data Management Process

Associations Now

Add these housekeeping tips to your data management plan. Also: improving the certification exam experience. Your member database is a portal to a lot of information—like, a lot. What is worrying your members about the certification exam? Drowning in data?

Education Is Not Enough

Eric Lanke

Dealing with the fundamental thesis of the white paper--that there is a crisis brewing in the global education-to-employment system, and that associations are uniquely positioned to provide useful solutions--is a massive undertaking.

114 Free Resources for Associations and Chambers


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. Comcast : Free Xfinity Wi-Fi for everyone, with hotspots available to all, including non-Xfinity subscribers.

6 Key Features of the Best Learning Management Systems

Higher Logic

According to employers, new college graduates don’t have the skills to fill entry-level jobs. Their professional development and competency-based learning offers are second to none. To make sure you’re on the right path, look for a system with these five essential features.

Time to Give Your Resume a Refresh

Associations Now

It’s always a good time to update your resume, but a reminder certainly helps. September may be nearly over, but there’s still time to spruce up your resume. They have a reputation of being pretentious and vague, and no one wants to read them all the way through.”

3 technology trends to improve your association’s member experience

Nimble AMS

These three should be on your priority list to ensure a great member experience. Failing to keep up with technology may cause your organization to fall behind in its ability to deliver a great member experience. The next movie Netflix suggests to you is also AI at work.

How Associations Can Improve The Member Experience Through Technology

Nimble AMS

How can your association deliver the experience your members have come to expect? Turn to technology innovation. One of the key findings from Salesforce’s second edition of the State of the Connected Customer report , points to the importance of innovation.

We Asked, You Answered: Learning From Mistakes

Associations Now

Learn how other association pros bounced back from past errors. Try as you might, mistakes will always be there to put a stumble in your step. So how can you turn that stumble into a spring? While I tried my best to avoid mistakes, being human, it’s inevitable.

Should Staff Be in Your Online Community?

Higher Logic

It’s a tricky tightrope to walk -- how involved should your organization’s staff be in the online community? Although it’s tempting to leave staff out for simplicity's sake, or to have one token staff member and no one else, it’s better to include everyone in the community.

You’re Never Too Young to Conquer New Challenges

Association Adviser

Do you remember how you started working in associations? Association Adviser: How did you get into association work? I think a lot of the reason I got the IAIABC job was my qualifications, but it was also in large part to my determination. What made you want to get your CAE?

Help Your Members Across the Digital Readiness Gap

WBT Systems

But even when people have access to the web, another type of digital divide may present a challenge to associations with online learning programs—a digital readiness gap. If the target market for your educational programs is on the wrong side of this gap, you need to know and you need a plan for bridging the gap. adults are “relatively hesitant” to use digital tools for learning. Who regularly visited your website to read content or download resources?

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48 No-Brainer Tools Every Marketer Needs

Higher Logic

Since there are so many tools out there, our marketing team came together to compile a list of our favorites to share with you. If we forgot any, please comment below and let us know (we’d love to add them to our stash). What are other marketers up to?

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Six Tips for Evaluating Your Nonprofit Training Session

Beth Kanter

Our session will share lots of great advice about what to do before , during , and after leading an effective technology training. Using the ADDIE for designing your workshop, you arrive at the “E” or evaluation. There are two different methods to evaluate your training.

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Best Association Management Software | Our Top Picks


The best association management software, or AMS, solutions are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of associations just like yours. The time and money that effective software saves leaves you more resources to devote to pursuing your goals and continuing to grow.

Transgender Law Gets Its First Treatise

Associations Now

And now transgender people and their attorneys have a landmark guide to the shifting terrain of transgender rights. called the text comprehensive and noted the progress that has been made and the work yet to be done for full recognition of transgender (TG) people.

Legal Issues That Are Important To Any International Strategy.


global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. Legal Issues That Are Important To Any International Strategy. 12 procedures to start a business (versus regional average of 7.8). years to close a business. Return to top.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.15.19

Reid All About it

They also suggest questions about integration to ask your shortlist of vendors. I did but now I know better thanks to this post from MemberSuite about the seven hidden costs of a pseudo SaaS AMS. We added chopped lettuce and tomatoes to our gyros. Listen to client case studies.

To RFP or not to RFP?

Elipsis Partners

How much detail do you really need to include? While most organizations are open to business process improvement during a new system implementation, sometimes that isn’t possible. We often see that with AMS/CRM system selections, where the system has to cope with complex dues calculations that are mandated by the bylaws. We’ve also seen it with certification management systems, where many of the processes are influenced by the need to stay accredited.

European Ad Groups Work to Define Viewability Standards

Associations Now

A coalition of groups representing the continent’s advertising sector have taken their first steps toward outlining a universal definition of what “viewability” is in regards to online advertising.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.18.19

Reid All About it

It’s so sad to meet an association professionals whose boss doesn’t provide a budget for professional development—how cruelly ironic considering associations are in the lifelong learning business. Quick hits before we get to next week’s free webinars: Is your marketing mediocre?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.1.19

Reid All About it

The report provides benchmarking data as well as several association success stories related to that data and some strong opinions. Tim Ebner at Associations Now dug into the report , and talked to Peggy Hoffman and Peter Houstle of Mariner, about some of its findings.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.20.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… I’ve referenced the New Member Engagement Study from Kaiser Insights and Dynamic Benchmarking for many of the posts I write for clients, so I’m happy to see they’re preparing to do another one.

Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans


If you have filed a FAFSA – this means Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and you have already been accepted to a college, then congratulations are in order. Most people refer to them as Direct Stafford Loans or just Stafford Loans. How much are you allowed to borrow?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.4.16

Reid All About it

Each episode is dedicated to a president starting with George Washington and ending with Donald Trump. I’m listening to them all in order, of course, and have made it up to the Warren Harding episode. Since I love to cook, America’s Test Kitchen Radio is another favorite.