Time for a MOOC-like makeover

Aaron Wolowiec

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 other words: a hybrid-learning format that appeals to today’s 24-7 learners. In the background, a successful learning management system is key to operating a successful MOOC.

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Challenges and Opportunities for Association Education Programs

WBT Systems

We have come across several interesting articles in the past couple of weeks, which discuss some of the social, political and economic changes that are currently impacting how we work and learn. Members don’t understand learning – if they did, association education programs would suffer. Most certification academic standards have limited value – without the ability to apply learning. Lifelong Learning is Becoming an Economic Imperative.

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How to Prepare a Business Case for a New LMS

WBT Systems

Do you feel like giving your learning platform a heave-ho out the door? As dysfunctional and frustrating as that old learning management system (LMS) is, your association still relies upon it. Or, it doesn’t have the functionality to allow your online learning business to grow. How is your existing learning platform holding your association back? Document what you learn. What do you need in a system to differentiate your programs?

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The Importance of an LMS Roadmap When Selecting a Learning Platform

WBT Systems

Are you using a 20th century system in the 21st century? The next time you select a new learning platform, one of the factors to consider is the vendor’s LMS roadmap. How about improving system performance or security? Our goal is to deliver software that helps associations provide the best online learning experience possible. When upgrades are released, set aside some time to learn about them and how they might impact your processes and programs.

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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. Learning in the digital age. Lessons from MOOC. MOOC, schmooc.

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Learning + Technology: The Latest on What Associations Are Doing

SocialFish

I asked Jeff Cobb to share a summary of his great new report on social learning, a topic which you know is dear to our hearts. How much success are organizations having with technology-enabled and technology-enhanced learning? Those are just a few of the questions we set out to answer with the latest edition of the Association Learning + Technology report. percent of respondents indicated their organization already offers technology-enabled or technology-enhanced learning.

Association eLearning vs Free Online Courses

WBT Systems

The following are the top reasons suggested to promote free, public online courses, such as MOOC s (Massive Open Online Course): Cost Efficiency : Lower costs of attendance and time-saving as a result of removing need to travel and ability to access content online at a time that suits the learner. Convenience : Ability to access online courses at any time that is convenient to the learner, or to complete courses in the learner’s own time, for self-paced learning.

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

Velvet Chainsaw

Today, if organizations don’t take the time, spend the money and learn how to build world-class learning programs both for their customers and their employees, they will not be able to compete or lead their stakeholders into the future. Learning investments are more important now than ever. Learning Trends That Will Be Adopted This Year. Here are 17 education and learning trends in alphabetical order that many organizations are adopting this year.

The State of Association E-Learning: Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine

WBT Systems

The future looks bright for association e-learning. The growing lifelong learning market provides plenty of opportunity. One weakness is holding associations back from reaching their market potential and becoming lifelong learning powerhouses. I learned about this vulnerability while reading the fifth edition of Association Learning + Technology from Tagoras. Start with an association e-learning strategy. Use of mobile learning.

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8 New Ideas for Engaging Online Students

WBT Systems

For many adults, taking a class online is a new learning experience. 1: Train instructors in online learning. Many instructors are subject matter experts but they aren’t trained in adult education or online learning. You can’t just transfer an in-person learning experience to an online platform. The course’s curriculum, content and delivery must be designed specifically for online learning. Success coaches take your online learning program to the next level.

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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. A new report from the Pew Research Center, Digital Readiness Gaps , examines the attitudes and behaviors that make people unwilling and unprepared to pursue online learning. adults are “relatively hesitant” to use digital tools for learning. Beyond reading, they don’t use the internet for learning.

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How to Continue the Conference Learning Experience

WBT Systems

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. To resolve these issues, try a different approach to conferences: make a plan to continue the conference learning experience. Help attendees solidify and strengthen their conference learning while at the same time introducing them to your online learning programs.

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9 Ways to Increase Online Student Engagement

WBT Systems

Online learning presents additional challenges. An online course that merely provides information is no better than any other in today’s competitive lifelong learning market. If you follow the nine steps below to increase online student engagement, research shows you will increase the level of student satisfaction, perceived learning, and actual learning. 1 – Prepare students for the online learning experience. 2 – Frequently review learning outcomes.