How To Design a Digital Badge Strategy

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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. Associations and other professional training organizations are uniquely poised to lead change in education programs of the future.

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Why Digital Badges are the Future of Association Education

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Why are Digital Badges the future of Association Education? Association members use their professional social networks, curated feeds, and a myriad of other digital channels to enhance their professional skills. It is no longer a foregone conclusion that associations, organisations, employers, or individuals are happy solely with courses and training from traditional higher-level and training institutions. Drive engagement in the Association community.

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Associations Have the Advantage in the Digital Badges Market

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Colleges and universities can’t adapt their curricula fast enough to meet the demand for new skills—but associations can. Associations are well-positioned to take advantage of the increased employer and learner interest in competency-based learning. You can become the market leader by offering digital badges that focus on the skills required for employment in your industry or profession. Why the digital badges business is booming.

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Don’t Ignore Non-Dues Revenue Potential of Digital Badges!

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This week Eric Kuhn, opening keynoter at ASAE’s 2017 Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference advised attendees to “ adopt social media next practices , not just best practices “, when describing social media as one of the most powerful marketing tools for associations. Value of Digital Badges for Association Members. Badge Taxonomy by Bryan Mathers (Used under CC-BY-SA 4.0 Digital Badge Backpacks – Mozilla OpenBadges, Credly, Badgr, etc….

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Nimble AMS myTrailhead: Helping association staff level up their skills

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Learning about the platform on which your association management software (AMS) is built helps you level up your skills and make the most of your technology investment. . What does that mean for your association? Just think about your association management software (AMS).

The Small but Mighty Micro-Credential

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But, what are micro-credentials, and why should you consider using them in your association or organization? What are micro-credentials and digital badges? Digital badges often represent a collection or “stack” of micro-credentials.

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OpenBadges: Increasing Visibility of Association Education

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There has been much discussion lately about the value of digital badges for both association education and certification programs. Describing the appeal of digital badges, the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory ( HASTAC ) says, “ Digital badges are a powerful new tool for identifying and validating the rich array of people’s skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and competencies. OpenBadges increase visibility for the Association.

Associations Need to Lead Change with Education Programs

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“ The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm ”, a recently published whitepaper, outlines the potential for Associations to lead a much needed change in the current education industry. The authors of this whitepaper make a compelling case for associations to step in and bridge the growing education-to-employment gap by offering alternative, affordable, industry specific education programs for professional development and credentialing.

Preparing your association for blockchain

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What blockchain technology is and what your association should know about this trending technology. Here’s how you can prepare your association for this trending technology. You may not be one to follow trends for your association. Why should associations care about blockchain technology? If it still seems like a murky idea to you, it might help to think about how your association could use blockchain technology.

Challenges and Opportunities for Association Education Programs

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In this post, we have collected some articles that we think will be interesting for associations, and that touch on some of the challenges and opportunities for association education programs today. Six Issues Associations Are Having Difficulty Responding To. Connectivity is replacing knowledge – association education must facilitate feedback, understanding and application to provide true value.

Which Association Learning Trends Predictions Came True in 2016?

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With just a couple of weeks to the end of the year and a huge variety of association learning solutions being showcased this week at ASAE Technology Conference 2016 , it’s a good time to look back at the association learning trends that were predicted for 2016 and see which of these are still relevant. Which trends will be relevant to the associations attending ASAE Tech 16, looking to enhance or revise their learning technologies? Social Learning and Digital Badges.

Why are Associations missing from the Digital Credentials conversation?

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Associations are Missing From The Conversation. Many of these articles on the need for change in continuing education and the importance of alternative and digital credentials seem to overlook the role that associations already play in providing professional development, certification, continuing education, and credentialing to their respective professional or trade industries. How can associations take their rightful place in this conversation?

The 3 C’s of Social Learning for Associations

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The 3 C’s of social learning for associations will help you decide what approach works best for your association members when incorporating social learning into the design of education programs. Like many individuals and organizations in modern society, associations maintain social media profiles for sharing content of interest to their members. How is Social Learning relevant to Associations? . The 3 C's of Social Learning for Associations.

Keep Ahead of Higher Ed, the Professional Development Competition for Associations

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Associations have always been the first place members turn when thinking about professional development. Meet the new professional development competition for associations: higher education. “If What about associations—aren’t they stepping into that gap? “As Cobb made that point five years ago, but, unfortunately, in many industries, associations are still missing from the conversation. Sounds like digital badges—a concept many associations are also trying out.

Using Digital Credentials to Close the Skills Gap: Webinar

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How can associations help turn the tide? But first, association leaders and learning professionals must know how to translate the promise of digital badges into practical strategies that engage members in relevant and meaningful ways. Join Talented Learning CEO and Lead Analyst, John Leh, and WBT Systems CTO, Linda Bowers, as they explore six digital badge fundamentals. Why open badges are rapidly gaining momentum in education. ·

Getting buy-in from your association’s leaders for an online member community

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For associations, attracting, engaging, and retaining members is a continuous effort. Here are three ways to get buy-in for an online community for your association: 1. Offering an online community is an efficient way to elevate and encourage networking among your association’s members.

It’s time for your association to go back to school

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How Salesforce Trailhead makes product learning useful, easy, and fun for associations. To operate efficiently and effectively, your staff needs to know how to use your association management software to its fullest. When you think of “back to school,” you might not think about your association. But when it comes to your association management system (AMS) – it’s time to think about learning.

Collaborate, Discover, Explore Learning at ASAE Tech 2016

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WBT Systems will be exhibiting our award-winning TopClass Learning Management System and association learning solutions at Booth #615 during ASAE Tech 2016 , December 13-14. ASAE Technology Conference will help association executives to “ keep an eye on trends and leverage the best approaches to stay adaptable, overcome challenges, and move quickly into the future. Discover the Potential of Digital Badges.

10 Unconventional Ways to Get More Value from Your Association’s LMS

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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. For each membership segment, identify their reasons for joining, problems they want to solve, resources they need, and how your association can help them achieve their membership goals.

Why (and How) to Design Association Education for Young Professionals

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Their numbers alone are enough to compel associations to pay attention to the educational content and delivery methods these generations need and seek. Your association will want to develop relationships with them, prove your relevance, and provide what they need to excel in life. Your members’ companies do too—and your association can help them do that. Encouraging affiliate/associate members to sponsor young professional education.

New Year Resolution: Invest in Association Learning Technology

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Back at the office, this process is paralleled as the new year kick-starts strategic planning sessions to set goals for association management, covering everything from membership growth and retention to updating education and certification programs. Whether your association is planning to launch new education or certification programs, or revitalize and restructure existing programs, our suggestion for your new year resolution is to invest in association learning technology.

Make it Easy for Members to Love your Association LMS!

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Increasingly, associations are adopting Learning Management Systems (LMS) to help simplify the administration and delivery of education and certification programs to a membership that is more geographically dispersed, increasingly busy, and dealing with a changing economy which can make it more difficult to attend meetings and conferences in person. Here we share a few often overlooked tips to help you make it easy for your members not just to use, but to love your Association LMS!

WBT Systems’ TopClass maintains position as #1 LMS for Associations

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For the second consecutive year, WBT Systems’ TopClass LMS has been named the #1 Learning Management System for Associations in the Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards. This award honors the learning solution vendor which best caters for the unique and varied requirements of associations that provide education and certification programs for their members. TopClass LMS had previously been named the Best Association LMS in 2015.

Re-Energize Online Learning for Members

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For an association-focused approach to content curation, you might also want to check out this mini-course recommended by the analysts at Tagoras to help you get started with curating learning content: How to Curate Content and Knowledge Like a Pro , or read our blog post on using your LMS as a content curation tool. How Associations are Embracing Digital Transformation. The key to designing a new digital strategy or plan for association learning is to set achievable goals.

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

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The future looks bright for association e-learning. However, one missing element is clouding the picture for associations. 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. You guessed it, the cream of the crop associations.

Learning Pathways: How to Fill Your Industry’s Skills Gap

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Upon the completion of a learning pathway, the student receives a digital badge, certificate, and/or certification. Benefits of learning pathways for learners and associations. Designing learning pathways at your association. Design learning pathways (and your digital badge strategy ) in tandem with employers in your industry. A digital badge? A digital badge program will also help companies in your industry find and hire those qualified employees.

How to Build an Online Learning Program with a Limited Budget

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You know your association should provide online learning programs to members and others in your industry. Take the time to understand your target audiences and their needs, so you can determine how your association can best meet those needs given your resources. At the end of a learning pathway, the learner receives a digital badge or certificate. Here are several sources of educational content that are often overlooked by associations.

What’s new in TopClass LMS version 10?

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When we were designing the new functionality for TopClass LMS version 10, we contacted our Association clients and asked them to give us their insights on digital badges – a growing trend in association learning technology. We are now delighted to share some sneak peak screenshots of our enhanced social learning features, including digital badges and a new user profile. Import external badges from your backpack also, and share them in TopClass.

WBT Systems Enhances Social Learning for Professionals with New TopClass LMS Release

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Major update to TopClass learning management system offers enhanced social learning capability for association, continuing education, and corporate training programs, with more rewarding and diverse learning experiences that increase engagement. TopClass 10 extends the existing social learning capabilities of TopClass LMS with the introduction of enhanced learner profiles and digital badges with full OpenBadges compatibility.

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Attract more attendees with a sweet Best Conference badge for your website - just email us! Associations / #ideas19 / @GreatIdeasConf. Associations. Association of Fundraising Philanthropy: International Fundraising Conference. Association of Fundraising Philanthropy: International Fundraising Conference. The Xperience Design Project (XDP) is a two-day, business-focused experience for association professionals and partners. Associations / @XDPbyASAE.

Help Millennials Get Jobs: Offer Online Learning & Career Resources

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Every association wants to recruit millennial members, but the cost of membership may exceed a millennial’s budget. Although they’re the biggest generation in the workforce, millennials make up only 19 percent of association members, per MGI. Millennials are putting membership off—a big loss for them and for associations. If you help them find a job, your association becomes a life-changer. Digital badges.

How to get started with gamification to drive member engagement

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3 tips associations can use to start with gamification right away. . It’s important to keep your members engaged year-round so they see value in their membership, feel connected with your association, and ultimately stick around for years to come. .

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Trends Impacting eLearning Solutions for Associations in 2017

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With so many blog posts and articles, how do you wade through all the predictions to uncover what trends will directly impact your association’s learning technology strategy this year? We’ve put together a quick summary of what the experts are saying about general trends for eLearning solutions and analysed how these might impact your association, so you can focus on innovating and developing your education programs in 2017. Trends Impacting Associations Right Now.

4 Stages of Falling in Love with your LMS

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Introducing a new feature like digital badges might just spark enough interest for learners to re-engage, and then they can share in the rewards of a fruitful partnership as the LMS provides motivation and support to deepen the relationship as they get more involved. Associations Blog eLearning Tips General Integrations LMS Debates TopClass Association LMS Digital Badges Integration learning management system LMS LMS Success Online education tips

4 Ways To Engage Members With Interactive Virtual Events

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Your association likely has experienced this change firsthand, with many of your planned in-person events, meetings, and conferences having to pivot to virtual in order to stay on schedule and keep everyone safe. This motivates other members to follow along and try to win fun badges as well!

Explore TopClass LMS at ASI Europe Insight Day 2016

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The two-way, real-time integration allows associations to increase non-dues education and certification revenue by providing a seamless, engaging and personalized learning experience that ensures learners keep coming back to take more training. The robust and configurable integration allows associations to easily align TopClass LMS with their internal processes and information needs.

ASAE Annual Meeting 2016: Come see the new version of TopClass LMS!

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ASAE Annual Meeting 2016 is the biggest Association conference of the year and the schedule is jam packed with educational sessions, learning labs and social events. WBT Systems are looking forward to making the most of our time there, both by attending sessions and while exhibiting our learning solutions for Associations in the Expo Hall at Booth #515. Want to learn more about the new version of TopClass LMS and Digital Badges?

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Springing toward the Spring ’20 release of Nimble AMS

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Additionally, great strides were made toward making Nimble AMS a global player with our internationalization feature, and the Nimble AMS Lightning Store advanced the e-commerce experience for association members. Here’s what customers can expect in our latest release.

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Discover how to Engage Learners with TopClass LMS at iNNOVATIONS 2017

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“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. ”. – The two-way, real-time integration allows associations to increase non-dues education and certification revenue by providing a seamless, engaging and personalized learning experience that ensures learners keep coming back to take more training.

2018 eLearning Predictions: Updated Hype Curve

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There are other projects underway to solve it, including the MedBiquitous Activity Report standard and (in a sense) the Mozilla Open Badges project. As Mark Iafrate of Accredible , an evangelist for badges, has suggested, these standards could continue to exist in a layered system that rests atop distributed ledgers. Less abstractly, the CE business of non-profit associations is threatened by for-profit CE providers that undercut the associations’ prices.

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The Many Benefits of Selling Online Education to Corporate Members

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We’ll show you how it’s done by other associations during a webinar on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 1 p.m. that we’re hosting with our friends at Talented Learning: How to Scale Online Learning: B2B Market Strategies for Associations. Associations’ competitive edge in online learning. Your association is already known for providing high-quality education to the professionals in your industry. How companies benefit from partnering with your association.

3 Ways an Online Community Enhances Learning

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For associations in particular, finding ways to help members engage with each other and the organization is always important in order to maintain the vitality of the association membership community. Similar to the association’s annual conference or a virtual classroom, it is a space that is monitored, has rules to regulate behaviour, and yet enables participants to network with each other and have open discussions on topics of shared interest.

Increase Member Engagement with an Online Learning Challenge

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Why learning challenges are a fit for association members. Challenges aren’t new to the nonprofit and association world. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has a longer “grand” challenge, Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation. And, they’ll get a chance to become familiar with your association’s online educational programs and LMS. Make sure challenge goals are aligned with association goals. Don’t promote the challenge as only an association or member benefit.