LMS Buy-In: How to Overcome these Top 4 Objections

Blue Sky eLearn

If you’ve never implemented a Learning Management System (LMS) before then it’s never been a part of your budget before. However, with the expense of an LMS comes online courses and on-demand webinars that can become a part of your non-dues revenue strategy as well as new avenues to acquire sponsorship dollars. In no time your sponsors and/or learners can be covering your LMS costs and then some. How will they learn to use it?

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5 Things to Consider When Choosing an LMS

Blue Sky eLearn

Some organizations hire consultants to help them with the tasks. Every organization has different needs and specific requirements, but there are some main things to look out for when evaluating LMS prospects. . If a platform is clunky, difficult to navigate, or just has a poor look and feel, your learners will be less likely to want to come back again and again. We’ve heard nightmares about platforms where it took a user seven clicks to buy!

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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. While you can’t really launch an LMS with no content, you probably already have some waiting in the wings and can get up and running much sooner than you t hink ! . Instead of leaving these on your regular website, move any educational white papers over to your LMS. . We must be kidding, right?

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LMS Support: Top questions you’re not asking your LMS vendors — but should

Blue Sky eLearn

If you’re in the market for an LMS, you’re probably waist deep in the search process and dreaming of the light at the end of the tunnel. There are many important factors to consider when narrowing down the list of hundreds of vendors to your top three or four possible solutions. It’s a daunting process, but as you wrap up the planning and procurement process, don’t forget to consider what happens after the purchase. How are they organized?

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The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

How to Develop Really Good LMS Requirements

WBT Systems

The request for proposal you send to learning management system (LMS) providers is only as good as the process you use to develop your LMS requirements. If you don’t accurately and completely identify and prioritize your real needs during that process, your new LMS will fall short of expectations. Before you even think about creating a request for proposal (RFP), you must spend time on the LMS requirements gathering and analysis process.

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Party of One? How to Manage Your Association’s Education

Blue Sky eLearn

Meet with all the other departments in your association to identify new educational opportunities. Can your meetings team host session recordings in your association’s LMS? Can your marketing department identify new segments to promote a course to a broader audience? Let them know what you’re up to, and find ways to work together. Sometimes we get so caught up in our to-do lists we forget what it’s like to be a learner.

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. Never send an RFP to 12 vendors or even 8 vendors.

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How to Present a Business Case for a New LMS

WBT Systems

Your wish can come true if you know how to make a persuasive case for a new learning management system (LMS) to the decision-makers at your association. Last week, we explained how to prepare your business case for a new LMS —from collecting evidence to gathering allies. Now, it’s time to learn how to present a business case for a new LMS to your board, CEO, or other decision-makers.

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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. 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. Then, in our next post, we’ll explain how to make a compelling presentation of that case.

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Build or Buy an LMS? How to Pick the Right Solution for Your Budget

BUDGET. When it comes to picking your next LMS that six-letter word is probably the most important part of the decision-making process. So, what are your options to get the best possible eLearning solution without breaking the bank? Build it or buy it. This guide from Lambda’s eLearning experts details absolutely everything you need to consider so you can pick the perfect eLearning solution for your organization and budget.

Keeping Your Members Involved: A Helpful How-To Guide

Blue Sky eLearn

Once your members have attended their first event or taken their first course through your association, you’ll want to take the necessary steps to keep them involved and motivated. When it comes to keeping your association’s members engaged, your software solutions are your secret weapon. Let’s take a look at some of the best strategies you can use to keep your members involved in your association’s efforts. Host a fun event to help your members expand their networks.

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Discover how to Engage Learners with TopClass LMS at iNNOVATIONS 2017

WBT Systems

WBT Systems is proud to sponsor iNNOVATIONS 2017 , hosted by Advanced Solutions International (ASI) in Orlando, Florida on March 8-9. We are very excited to sponsor INNOVATIONS, where this year we will be showcasing TopClass 10 LMS and our seamless integration with iMIS. “TopClass LMS is a natural fit with iMIS and together they deliver a sophisticated learning environment with the cloud-based simplicity, convenience, and security that associations demand. ”. –

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Party of One? How to Manage Your Association’s Education

Blue Sky eLearn

Meet with all the other departments in your association to identify new educational opportunities. Can your meetings team host session recordings in your LMS? Can your marketing department identify new segments to promote a course to a broader audience? Let them know what you’re up to, and find ways to work together. Sometimes we get so caught up in our to-do lists we forget what it’s like to be a learner.

How to Get the Most Out of a Learning Management System

MembersClicks

Learning management software was developed, as the name would suggest, to help organizations manage e-learning initiatives. They exist to administer, document, track, report, automate, and deliver online education….but

What 1 association learned from launching its first LMS

Association Success

In my first few days at LeadingAge , an association of nonprofit aging services providers, I was googling “what is an LMS?” I had been hired in a new role to assist in growing LeadingAge’s “distance” learning offerings. . I not only needed to learn more about the members we serve, but also what it means to have a large online learning presence. Where to start? An LMS was the only answer. It was more important to do it well than to do it fast. .

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How to Use Customer Engagement Data to Identify New Sales Opportunities

Higher Logic

Customer upsell and cross-sell is a huge revenue opportunity for subscription-based software businesses, but many sales teams tasked with account expansion face a similar problem: It’s not always easy to tell which customers are ready for an upsell or cross-sell pitch, and which ones you should continue to nurture. But don’t worry: there’s something to look forward to in the world of customer expansion. 5 Steps to Identify Sales-Ready Opportunities.

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Explore TopClass LMS at ASI Europe Insight Day 2016

WBT Systems

WBT Systems is delighted to announce their sponsorship of the ASI Europe Insight Day hosted by Advanced Solutions International (ASI), October 19, 2016. The seminar will inform the ASI Europe Community about the latest product updates, how to use the products more effectively, and most importantly provide an opportunity to network with colleagues from the not-for-profit sector. TopClass LMS, the flexible way to integrate learning with iMIS.

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4 Stages of Falling in Love with your LMS

WBT Systems

Every relationship passes through different stages from first meeting to real, lasting love. On this Valentine’s Day, instead of plying you with sweet treats that may inspire a strong initial attraction that will fizzle out over time, we want to walk you through the 4 stages of truly falling in love with your LMS, and making sure your learners do the same. For your learners, the first meeting with the LMS can determine how easily they fall in love.

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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. 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. Will this be acceptable to users?

LMS Vendor Relationships: Food for Thought

WBT Systems

The chefs are able to design and deliver interesting and attractive plates, because their suppliers work with them as part of the extended team to provide knowledge on seasonal availability and trends, quality produce, and pricing that works for the restaurant’s needs. What is your LMS vendor serving up for your Professional Learners? Using the restaurant analogy, does your learning ecosystem help you to deliver the best quality education and training to your learners?

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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. In this modern world of ‘information at your fingertips’, how can your Learning Management System (LMS) help you to incorporate reflective learning in your education programs?

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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. Because with online learning, associations can provide training to a larger number of members in more flexible formats, something that is helping online education become a popular member benefit. One student works on their own to consume educational material and pass assessments. How to Provide an Individual Learning Experience Online.

The Unexpected Problem with Your Association’s Online Learning Program (and How to Fix It)

Higher Logic

Did you know, according to the Pew Research Center , 73 percent of American adults consider themselves lifelong learners? And today, with learning management system (LMS) options that seamlessly integrate with your online community, it’s possible to create a centralized member experience that includes education and certifications of all types. Digital readiness describes how willing people are to use digital solutions or tools.

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Summer School? No, time to evaluate LMS performance

WBT Systems

How to ensure School’s NOT Out for Summer. No vacation, no trips to the beach with friends, just you and the almost as miserable teacher. The last thing you wanted to do on the summertime was more learning! However, the summertime is a great time to evaluate your current learning management system and the training courses your organization offers. There are three key elements to reflect on to determine the success or short-comings of your training programs. (1)

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10 Tips to Take You from Zero to eLearning Hero

Blue Sky eLearn

Prioritize it, organize it, and start adding more to it. If you don’t have any online content, hold a brainstorming session to think about how you’ll go about creating some. You can’t launch an empty LMS! Record a few webcasts or start a podcast series to get you going. Some companies offer turn-key online courses that you could buy or revenue share so you have something to offer initially. Stick to them!

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eLearning Assessment and Feedback with your Association LMS

WBT Systems

As learners will most likely be accessing eLearning content on their own time, it is important to ensure that they have the ability to assess their achievement of learning objectives and receive feedback in real time. How can you use your association LMS to provide eLearning assessment that is supportive of the learning process and engaging for learners? What Type of Assessment to Choose? Providing Feedback to Learners Improves Engagement.

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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. Receive information relevant to their interests.

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The Importance of an LMS Roadmap When Selecting a Learning Platform

WBT Systems

Is your LMS provider stuck in a rut? If your LMS isn’t moving forward with you, it might mean it’s going downhill. The next time you select a new learning platform, one of the factors to consider is the vendor’s LMS roadmap. LMS roadmap: are promises delivered? If the roadmap isn’t providing the information you seek, ask the vendor specifically about their plans to add new features and functionality, especially the ones in your LMS requirements.

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Virtual Meetings Grow Association Communities—How to Get Started

.orgCommunity

Canceling a conference is a decision that most association CEO’s never imagined they would be forced to make. Fortunately, technology now gives us alternate ways to continue our work, including providing members with education and fellowship. And, by the way, maybe it’s time to identify additional sources of revenue.) books, the need for organizations to move beyond the traditional definition of member was a consistent theme. I wanted us to expand in all ways.”

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How to Prove Member ROI with Data Analytics and Business Intelligence

Protech

Members at your association want to be completely sure that when they are pay ing their annual dues, they are investing in a full experience that brings them val ue. . For professional associations, value could mean hosting interactive monthly meetings for your members – providing access and business opportunities to a network of like-minded executives. . How often are members engaging in training certification courses? .

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Learning Strategies for New Members: Microcredentialing

CommPartners

Tracy is the author of Competitive Advantage: Create Continuing Education that is Profitable, Sustainable and Impactful, and she advises on how to […]. Blog badge LMS membership Microcredentialing microlearning New members onboarding skill development skill gaps tracy king

How to Motivate Certification Candidates

WBT Systems

However, the path to the CAE credential involves a great deal of sacrifice—and many give up along the way. The candidates for your association’s certification programs face the same challenges as CAE candidates: Finding time and money to earn the required continuing education credits. Dedicating mornings, nights, and weekends to reading books, understanding information, meeting with study groups, and preparing for the exam. Setbacks are inevitable on the road to mastery.

How to develop your association’s strategy for an engaging member experience

Nimble AMS

Here are some important things to consider in your strategy. Want to make sure your members stick around? They’ve come to expect great experiences from companies like Amazon and Netflix, and they expect a similar engaging experience with your association. So how do you create an engaging member experience? Salesforce suggests these steps for developing new customer experience strategies , which associations can apply to their organizations.

10 Steps from Zero to eLearning Hero

Blue Sky eLearn

Prioritize it, organize it, and start adding more to it. If you don’t have any online content, hold a brainstorming session to think about how you’ll go about creating some. You can’t launch an empty LMS! Record a few webcasts or start a podcast series to get you going. Some companies offer turn-key online courses that you could buy or revenue share so you have something to offer initially. Stick to them!

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Teach Your Members How to Build a Learning Habit

WBT Systems

But how many set aside time on a regular basis to learn? Members who value learning enough to make it a habit don’t learn because an employer or licensing body demands it. They’re intrinsically motivated to learn. They’re even willing to invest their own time and money in professional development if their employer doesn’t. Listening to podcasts. How to Help Your Members Develop the Learning Habit. Nurture the Motivation to Learn.

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How to Continue the Conference Learning Experience

WBT Systems

Attendees aren’t likely to retain the information they take in during those few days packed full of sessions. They end up getting overwhelmed with new information and falling victim to the forgetting curve—which means they will forget 70 percent of what they ‘learn’ within 24 hours. The rest can’t afford to go, can’t take time away from work, or don’t see the appeal. Make a plan to help attendees move that finish line. Give attendees a call to action.

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How to Make the Most of ASAE Annual Expo 2016

WBT Systems

With less than two weeks to the ASAE Annual Meeting and Expo 2016 , the largest event for Associations each year, we are putting in place our final preparations to exhibit at Booth #515. For any association executives looking for new technology solutions, or seeking to change to a new system, there will be a huge range of solution providers to choose from. As with any big event, the key to making the most of your time there is in the planning.

IT Reboot: How to Select a Management System with Dave and Gretchen

Delcor

If you’re on the hunt for a new management system—AMS, LMS, FMS, CMS etcetera—you’ll like this conversation between DelCor president Dave Coriale and strategic consultant Gretchen Steenstra. In a recent episode of our podcast, Reboot IT , Gretchen shared what you need to know before embarking on the AMS selection process. Take a few minutes to read our recap below or listen to their 30-minute discussion on the pod. They shrunk it to 10 steps.

How to engage your members in today’s hyper personalized world

Aptify

To engage today’s members, personalization is no longer a nice-to-have. Here are some ideas to get you started. Here are four ideas to help you engage your members with the personalized experience they’ve come to expect. We’ve all come to expect highly targeted experiences like those from leading companies like Amazon and Netflix. We want companies to address us by name in the communications they send us. Need some inspiration to get started?

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