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. 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.

Is your Association a Learning Organization?

WBT Systems

Is your association a learning organization? A learning organization is one “that facilitates the learning of its members and continuously transforms itself” According to this definition , this type of organization is more responsive to external pressures, has a faster pace of change within the organization, and is better able to innovate and remain competitive. A learning organization becomes more like a community that members can feel a commitment to.

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eLearning Assessment and Feedback with your Association LMS

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Many associations are creating eLearning content for members that are spread over a wide geographical area, and who are increasingly “on the go”, voluntarily accessing learning when they can, where they can, outside of working hours. 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 to Create a Culture of Learning at Your Association

WBT Systems

The only way to do that is to cultivate a culture of learning. One of those behaviors is: “Seek learning. We want to surround ourselves with people who are obsessed with learning and development.”. Good things happen when an organization adopts a culture of learning. How Does a Culture of Learning Help an Association? Millennials don’t just want learning opportunities, they expect them. How Does an Association Create a Culture of Learning?

Make it Easy for Members to Love your Association LMS!

WBT Systems

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!

Trends Impacting eLearning Solutions for Associations in 2017

WBT Systems

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.

Meet WBT Systems in Austin for PersoniFest 2018!

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Hosted by Personify , this conference will run from April 8-11 and provide users of Personify360 and Small World Community the opportunity to “discover resources and solutions for automating processes, increasing profits and of course, optimizing relationships with your constituents” WBT Systems helps associations to build and deliver world-class education and certification programs with TopClass, the #1 Association Learning Management System.

Focus on Millennial Learners to Benefit Members of All Ages

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There are countless articles describing how we need to change the way we deliver learning to attract and engage millennial learners, but many of these articles seem to forget that organizations must deliver learning to learners across multiple generational groups. In June 2016, an article in Association Now magazine referenced a study titled “ Member Engagement Study: Aligning Organization Strategy With What Matters Most to Members.”

3 Ways an Online Community Enhances Learning

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Just as we are seeing more organizations delivering education and certification programs through online Learning Management Systems , there is a growing expectation for organizations to be able to communicate and share knowledge with their customers, members, or employees efficiently and expertly online. An online community can: Break down geographical borders to reach a wider audience and facilitate distance learning. So, how do online communities enhance learning?

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. Enhance the online learning experience with a learning community.

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. Non-Dues Revenue Potential of Digital Badges for Associations.

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Get to Know the Lodestar Center: Lili Wang

ASU Lodestar Center

Lili Wang Associate Professor, School of Community Resources & Development. is an Associate Professor of Nonprofit Leadership and Management in ASU's School of Community Resources and Development. I am a faculty (associate professor) of ASU. I am also interested in the intersection of the government and the nonprofit sectors, which includes cross-sector collaboration, nonprofit provision of public services, etc.

How To Focus When You Work in An Open Office Space

Beth Kanter

The Gensler study suggests that employees need four different work areas to be productive: focus, collaborate, learn, and socialize. Such spaces offer great benefits for collaboration, transparency, knowledge sharing, learning, creativity, and team building. The three biggest problems associated with open office plans are: noise, interruptions, and a lack of privacy. So, how do you balance collaboration with the need for individual focus time?