Time for a MOOC-like makeover

Aaron Wolowiec

Massive Open Online Courses. But either way, MOOCs probably aren’t going anywhere, so it’s wise to take some tips from their success. So what’s a MOOC? A MOOC is a social, networked learning experience that blends a subject matter expert (instructor), technology and convenience. In the background, a successful learning management system is key to operating a successful MOOC. There are MOOC-like things associations can do to entice learners.

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10 Secrets of Online Course Design from Award-Winning MOOCs

WBT Systems

If you want to see engaging, transformative online course design in action, add a little poetry to your life. An online Coursera course, Modern American Poetry , aka ModPo, is one of the 50 most popular MOOCs of all time. Typically, a MOOC features a course syllabus, in this case, a ten-week lesson plan with assigned reading (poems), instructor-created video content, discussion forum, peer-reviewed writing assignments, and quizzes.

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Association eLearning vs Free Online Courses

WBT Systems

There are a multitude of blogs and articles outlining the benefits of taking free online courses for professional development to advance your career, but do these courses actually deliver the value and opportunity they profess to provide to adult learners? Discovery : Ability to find a course that matches the learner’s interests, and to discover new topics to expand their knowledge and skills in related fields or completely new areas of study.

How to Prepare a Business Case for a New LMS

WBT Systems

As dysfunctional and frustrating as that old learning management system (LMS) is, your association still relies upon it. But, let’s face it, your current LMS is holding you back. 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. Preparing Your Case for a New LMS. Find out how your courses come up short.

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10 Tips to Take You from Zero to eLearning Hero

Blue Sky eLearn

You can’t launch an empty LMS! Some companies offer turn-key online courses that you could buy or revenue share so you have something to offer initially. You’ll hear all sorts of terminology in the eLearning world – MOOCS, Moodles, gamification – don’t be overwhelmed by this! A course or a workshop? Use the same terminology across the board – in your LMS, on your website, on social media, and in the marketing messages.

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10 Steps from Zero to eLearning Hero

Blue Sky eLearn

You can’t launch an empty LMS! Some companies offer turn-key online courses that you could buy or revenue share so you have something to offer initially. You’ll hear all sorts of terminology in the eLearning world – MOOCS, Moodles, gamification – don’t be overwhelmed by this! A course or a workshop? Use the same terminology across the board – in your LMS, on your website, on social media, and in the marketing messages.

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Challenges and Opportunities for Association Education Programs

WBT Systems

Here, associations have a huge opportunity and advantage over their MOOC competitors to lead the required change in continuing education – the issues of industry knowledge trust, authentication, and validation of qualifications earned. Online learning communities , discussion groups, or courses can provide a shared learning platform.” We also provide professional services to ensure successful implementation and integration of your new LMS.

Is your online education ready for Generation Flux?

SocialFish

This article originally appeared on the Avectra blog with the title, Association Learning Communities Offer More than MOOC. ————– Since the announcement by Harvard and MIT about the launch of their joint online education venture, edX , I’ve seen several articles and opinion pieces about MOOC – massive open online courses. The best thing of all: MOOC is free. Lessons from MOOC. MOOC, schmooc.

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Learning + Technology: The Latest on What Associations Are Doing

SocialFish

To what extent do social media, mobile, and trends like massive open online courses factor in? Self-paced online courses, at 65.5 Less than 10 percent of respondents indicated that have experimented with trendy new options like massive open online courses (MOOCs), digital badges, flipped classrooms, or gamification. Just over half of respondents (51 percent) report using a learning management system (LMS) to deliver and manage education.

17 Education And Learning Trends That Will Affect Your Organization This Year!

Velvet Chainsaw

Fewer full-sized courses. Too often in the past, organizations have used courses as a way to push out content instead of really trying to provide a learning opportunity for their customers. Online courses will remain big and designed to be consumed in small, consumable chunks. Less focus on LMS and more focus on Tin Can or Experience (xAPI) API. Typically a Learning Management System (LMS) has become a fixture inside of organizations.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.21.17

Reid All About it

A few years ago I took an excellent online Coursera course, Modern American Poetry. LMS provider WBT Systems writes about instructional design innovations that associations could borrow from “ModPo” and a few other award-winning MOOCs. Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… Yesterday I went on an ebook buying rampage thanks to BookBub.

Help Your Members Across the Digital Readiness Gap

WBT Systems

Familiarity with education technology : How familiar people are with online learning, MOOCs, digital badges, Khan Academy, and other online educational resources. They’re relatively aware of educational technology—60% have used the internet for some type of personal learning but only 23% have taken an online course. Their interest in learning is low, especially online learning— only 1% of them are aware of online educational resources and only 6% have taken an online course.

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9 Ways to Increase Online Student Engagement

WBT Systems

An online course that merely provides information is no better than any other in today’s competitive lifelong learning market. Your association must differentiate itself by offering online courses that engage, connect, and transform students. When more students enjoy and complete your course successfully, your eLearning programs benefit from their return business and referrals. #1 The instructor’s introductory video should also review the learning outcomes for the course.

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. You might wonder: what exactly goes on in an online course’s community?

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How to Continue the Conference Learning Experience

WBT Systems

They’ll have additional opportunities to connect with other attendees while being exposed to your LMS and online learning programs. Host the post-conference learning experience on your association’s learning management system (LMS) so you can take advantage of its tools and introduce attendees to other learning programs. Recorded sessions can become part of a digital badge or online course curriculum. Or, include them in a course syllabus as supplementary resources.

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Association Disruption: What’s your Educational Moonshot?

.orgCommunity

Help people put together a career curriculum based upon courses offered by your association and other online learning organizations. If necessary, learners could supplement your programs with college courses offered by MOOCs. WBT Systems develops TopClass LMS and is a proud sponsor of Solutions Day 2019. How grand is your association’s vision for your educational programs?

The Many Benefits of Selling Online Education to Corporate Members

WBT Systems

Even MOOCs have caught on. With Coursera for Business, companies can design learning tracks from existing courses or chose a curated “course collection” on topics like digital transformation, data science, diversity & inclusion, and more—what sounds to me like a learning pathway. But not if these employees have attended one of your courses thanks to their company purchasing online education in bulk from your association.

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Remember the 3 E’s When Marketing Educational Programs

WBT Systems

Besides other associations, you now have online professional platforms like LinkedIn (now owned by Microsoft) and Udacity to worry about, plus all the MOOCs like Coursera and EdX. Provide advanced level programs for executives or 101 courses for affiliate/associate members. See who’s visiting your website and LMS, and who’s opening and clicking your emails. Scan course surveys and other feedback from students.

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How to Get Your Association to Support Staff’s Professional Development

WBT Systems

Once you know what you want to study, explore all formats, both in-person classes, workshops, conferences, and presentations, and online courses, conferences, summits, and webinars. Consider all sources: associations, colleges and universities, industry vendors, for-profit organizations, and MOOCs. If they bring this up, you can say you wouldn’t expect a raise or promotion just because you took a course. Pick an association website at random and read their About page.

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Association Disruption: What’s your Educational Moonshot?

.orgCommunity

Help people put together a career curriculum based upon courses offered by your association and other online learning organizations. If necessary, learners could supplement your programs with college courses offered by MOOCs. WBT Systems develops TopClass LMS and is a proud sponsor of Solutions Day 2019. How grand is your association’s vision for your educational programs?