Connecting BTOP Peers to Collaborate, Learn, and Train

Tech Soup Blog

As part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Project (BTOP), which is a federal stimulus program for thousands of organizations and public libraries around the country to help expand and improve broadband access, we've been interviewing grantees to glean their best practices, challenges, opportunities, and hopes for the projects they're working on.

NTC Storytellers: Accidental Technologist, Volume One

NTEN

I was very happy to share several tools from the Droid App world like Cinch, Posterous and TweetCaster to help better make the Droid mobile devices more integrated with the messaging and in the process learned from others - for instance about how the newer versions of the FlipCam (thank you, Cisco) auto compresses the videos depending on the upload source. 11ntc Collaboration learning sharing storytelling IT Staff

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Collaborate, Discover, Explore Learning at ASAE Tech 2016

WBT Systems

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. Through the education, networking, and solutions found at the 2016 Technology Conference & Expo, association professionals can work together to collaborate, discover, and explore.” ” Collaborate with Social Learning. Extend the conversation with learning communities.

London Net Tuesday January - Resolutions for Learning

Amy Sample Ward

Join us for Net Tuesday London, this month: Resolutions for Learning! January’s event will ask questions like: How do you manage your learning? Where do you go to connect with other online who are learning about or interested in the same things you are? The first of the year is resolution time, so this will be a chance to make resolutions about your learning, and get quality feedback about how to make them happen!

3 Ways an Online Community Enhances Learning

WBT Systems

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?

Share Files and Collaborate Online with Box

Tech Soup Blog

Box.org provides organizations with the Box file-sharing, content management, and collaboration service. You can use Box's cloud-based storage and collaboration tools to replace traditional on-premises file servers and traditional file-sharing processes. It also provides tools that facilitate program management, funding development, and global collaboration. To learn more, read Box's summary of how nonprofits can use its services.

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Focus on Millennial Learners to Benefit Members of All Ages

WBT Systems

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. A poll of Association Adviser readers published this week seems to suggest that there might be a difference in preference for how learning is delivered among association members.

Meet WBT Systems in Austin for PersoniFest 2018!

WBT Systems

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.

Digital Analytics Basics: Free Online Academy from Google

Beth Kanter

They are also working on software that uses this approach in the classroom and takes the passivity and lectures out of classroom instruction. In the 60 minutes piece, it is referred to the flipped classroom or peer instruction a mindset that directs attention away from teachers and puts it squarely on the students and their learning. Taking self-directed and collaborative learning a step further is peeragogy.

Improve Student Success with an Online Learning Community

WBT Systems

A learning community makes courses more engaging and enjoyable. The associations using our TopClass LMS can offer their online students the benefits of a learning community thanks to our integration with the Higher Logic online community platform. There is no better place than the Super Forum to meet other association professionals who manage online communities and to learn how to get improve the experience of your online community members.

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 know from over 20 years of partnering with associations to develop learning solutions, that associations have unique and specific needs regarding the creation and delivery of education programs. Online Learning and Cloud-based Learning Solutions. Mobile and On-Demand Learning.

Peeragogy: Self Organized Peer Learning in Networks

Beth Kanter

As a trainer, I’m intensely interested in creating learning experiences that integrate or about how to use the technology for nonprofits that engage and inspire people to put the ideas into practice. I’ve been obsessed with peer learning and self-directed learning models in my own learning and the trainings I design and facilitate. What struck me was his authentic co-learning process with his students. Photo by Aussiegal.

Building My Leadership Tribe in the American Express Leadership Academy

ASU Lodestar Center

But I greatly missed the human element and learned quickly that you can’t replace face-to-face interaction. Learning from others is ingrained in our DNA and is nothing short of crucial. Research from Harvard Business Review shows that learning happens best when learners collaborate and help one another. We learned about critical issues nonprofits are facing (or need to face) while being exposed to a rich network of professionals to connect and learn from.

Get to Know the Lodestar Center: Lili Wang

ASU Lodestar Center

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. What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career? It’s not the lesson I have learned, but rather it’s generally an important point for junior scholars to keep in mind, to protect your time for research and learn to say “No”.

Harnessing Philanthropy to Promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Nonprofit Sector

ASU Lodestar Center

OMG Center for Collaborative Learning. posted by Christy Dargus Graduate Alumna ASU Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management. There is a glaring lack of diversity within the nonprofit sector and philanthropic community that harms not only minority communities but nonprofit institutions themselves.

eLearning Assessment and Feedback with your Association LMS

WBT Systems

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.

LMS, LCMS, Content Authoring: Exploring eLearning Tools

WBT Systems

There are a multitude of different tools available to instructional designers and eLearning developers, and it is important to consider which tools will help you to achieve the desired learning objectives and outcomes for your courses. Joe Ganci writes the Toolkit column for Learning Solutions Magazine , which reviews all the different tools available for creating eLearning content.

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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?

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

WBT Systems

There are also many ways that eLearning is changing to incorporate more social aspects, and many associations are taking advantage of online communities, social sharing, gamification, and collaborative learning practices to make their programs more relevant to learners living in an increasingly socially-connected world. They may be willing to pay a small premium for the right to display a digital badge earned on completion of a specific course or learning pathway.

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From Community Arts To Community of Online Learners: Janet Salmons, Ph.D

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Most of the projects with these programs were carried out collaboratively; so I had a chance to see how different kinds of organizations, from grassroots to national, operate. It focused on collaborative e-learning. I interviewed ten online educators in five countries about how they planned and organized collaborative learning activities. A premise for this work is that we need to be better at working collaboratively???whether

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.

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. Ensuring members are engaged in learning is a key challenge for associations. Enable Members to Take Control of Their Own Learning.

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. So, how do you balance collaboration with the need for individual focus time? They also have a large communal space that is used for socializing, staff meetings, learning, and events.

Thank You Fernanda Ibarra: She's Number 7!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I am a multiplayer giving a lot of focus into the Web (online communities, socialnetworks, collaborative learning). I'm, of course, experimenting with person-to-person fundraising on Facebook and I'll share my learnings here. Full Size Photo here. Thank you Fernanda Ibarra. We met almost two years ago when we took the online facilitation workshop with Nancy White. We connected on Facebook. Fernanda lives in Mexico, we've never met face-to-face. Quote from her profile.

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.

7 Reasons Nonprofits Need iPads

Forum One

Smartboards and lightweight laptops such as the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) and NEO2 already providing alternative learning experiences. It could spawn innovative interactive applications that support collaborative learning. Apple's new iPad tablet computer has spawned some mixed reactions. Some over-hype it as "magical" and "transformative." " Others have criticized its weight , lack of Flash support, or closed architecture.

NpTech Tag Roundup: Election Day, NPTech Blog Chatter, and Tool Talk

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Knowledge-at-Work blog writes about when learning and knowledge collide -- and the importance of collaborative learning networks. There is a fairly large educator community on Second Life and the lessons learned are starting to appear in the blogosphere. Photo from Politalk_Tim Flickr Stream via the Voter s project Cross-posted at Netsquared Election Day, Organizing, Campaigns, Nonprofits and Web 2.0