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. . Are there opportunities for sponsorship on your LMS?

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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. In no time your sponsors and/or learners can be covering your LMS costs and then some. How will they learn to use it? It’s Not in Our Budget.

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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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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 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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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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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?

4 Stages of Falling in Love with your LMS

WBT Systems

Every relationship passes through different stages from first meeting to real, lasting love. In the case of your LMS, this is where your wishlist of features and requirements forms the basis of both your search and your initial impression of the new system. Start your LMS Love Story.

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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. TopClass LMS, the flexible way to integrate learning with iMIS. Check out What’s new in TopClass LMS version 10?

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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.

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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.

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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. How Do I Use the Digital Badge Strategy Design Canvas?

How to Design Smarter Learning Experiences

Blue Sky eLearn

Recently, I listened to a Leading Learning podcast that featured Connie Malamed a learning experience design consultant. Being in the LMS industry and seeing all of the different ways our clients design and present their eLearning programs, I always find topics like these interesting to share.

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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! How do test scores look? 2) LMS Performance.

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How to Use Customer Engagement Data to Identify New Sales Opportunities

Higher Logic

Determining where each customer is in their (ideally) lifelong journey with your company can be challenging, and just like new-customer acquisition, trying to make a pitch or close a deal without first segmenting customers will decrease your effectiveness.

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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. What Type of Assessment to Choose?

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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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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. . Where to start? An LMS was the only answer.

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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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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. We’ll show you how you can: Learn more about your members by gathering information in your CRM.

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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?

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. As with any big event, the key to making the most of your time there is in the planning.

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.

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.

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! Stick to them!

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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.

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? There’s just one problem—according to the same research done by the Pew Research Center, more than half of American adults hesitate to embrace digital learning.

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How to Scale Online Learning: B2B Market Strategies for Assocations

WBT Systems

How can your organization expand online learning reach? Selling online learning content to individuals is challenging enough. Plus, business-to-business relationships require specialized content management functionality. Join us to learn exactly what it takes to succeed!

What makes an Association Education Program Successful?

WBT Systems

In the United States alone, there are tens of thousands of associations and non-profit organizations working to support, develop, and advocate for their respective members and industries. With such diversity, how do you determine what makes an association education program successful?

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?

Working with an Instructional Designer: How to Prepare for Success

WBT Systems

You’ll get the best results from this partnership if you know how to best prepare for working with an instructional designer. It’s better to find out you need to line up additional resources early on in the project rather than the last minute. Not all IDs have the same skillset nor do they all choose to offer the same services. Are you relying on the ID to come up with the course content? Listen to the expert. LMS reports.

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How to Create a Culture of Learning at Your Association

WBT Systems

“We don’t know everything that we need to know today to accomplish our mission.” How’s that for refreshing honesty? Tyler Palmer believes his colleagues at Patreon must “evolve and adapt to a never-ending stream of new problems to solve.” The only way to do that is to cultivate a culture of learning. We want to surround ourselves with people who are obsessed with learning and development.”. 46 percent more likely to be first to market.

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How to Build Spaced Learning into Your Online Courses

WBT Systems

Spaced learning is an approach to teaching that helps students retain the knowledge they absorb in your eLearning programs. While enrolled in your online learning programs, adult learners are also working, parenting, taking care of household chores, or trying to find time for social lives and other activities. They try to do all their coursework at once and cram for exams whenever they can find the time. How spaced learning works. Introduce students to spaced learning.

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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 Leverage the Marketing Power of Social Proof

WBT Systems

No matter how hard you sell your online course or educational program, your prospect’s purchasing decision is most influenced by what others tell them or what they see others do—that’s the power of social proof. When we see someone like us or someone we like, respect, or trust do something, we’re more apt to do that same thing ourselves. We want to do what others in our ‘tribe’ are doing. Next, figure out how to connect the influencer to one of your educational programs.

Why Digital Badges are the Future of Association Education

WBT Systems

Association members use their professional social networks, curated feeds, and a myriad of other digital channels to enhance their professional skills. It is the intrinsic, on-the-job skills and best practices that provide the most value and benefit to association members.

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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Which Association Learning Trends Predictions Came True in 2016?

WBT Systems

Which trends will be relevant to the associations attending ASAE Tech 16, looking to enhance or revise their learning technologies? How To Design a Digital Badge Strategy. Five Differences between Association and Corporate LMS. Looking Ahead to 2017.

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Learning Content Curation for Association Member Education

WBT Systems

Rather than creating all your course content from scratch, learning content curation can help you to update and extend your member education programs with new material. ” What tools are at the curator’s disposal to help determine the relevancy and value of your education resources?