What If Your Association Can’t Afford an Instructional Designer?

WBT Systems

Now, the bad news: you didn’t get the budget to hire a professional to design and develop the course. What are your options if your association can’t afford an instructional designer? You won’t necessarily save money in the long-run by handling instructional design yourself. It’s not always cheaper when you factor in how much time it takes staff to do what professional instructional designers can do much faster.

Working with an Instructional Designer: How to Prepare for Success

WBT Systems

Developing a new online course with the help of an instructional designer is an exciting prospect for an association. You’re investing time and money into a relationship with an educational partner who’s skilled at designing engaging and effective learning experiences. You’ll get the best results from this partnership if you know how to best prepare for working with an instructional designer. Clarify the instructional designer’s scope of work.

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How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

Beth Kanter

Join me for a FREE Webinar: Training Tips that Work for Nonprofits on Jan.29th at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST. I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results. And, if you are attending NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology in March, join me, John Kenyon, Andrea Barry, and Cindy Leonard for a session on designing effective technology training. I use a simple structure to design: before, during, and after.

Transitioning from SCORM to xAPI

Web Courseworks

Although I don’t expect instructional designers to leap from their desk chairs and start dancing in glee, the Department of Defense’s statement is an important symbol of change in the industry. Don’t miss out on our November Thought Leaders Series Webinar with Mike Rustici from Watershed. Instructional Design associations elearning instructional design SCORM xAPI

FocusOn Learning 2017: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Make Presentations Educational

Web Courseworks

In conferences, there’s definitely a sense of comradery: you’re an instructional designer? I am giving my presentation as a webinar. Instructional Design Managing eLearning Assocations collaboration conferences development process elearning game based learning instructional design SME Technology Web CourseworksIt’s a rainy, cool day in Madison, and I find myself wishing I were back in sunny San Diego.

You Decide! Interactivity in New Media

Web Courseworks

If you weren’t able to attend my conference sessions and are curious about the benefits of using this type of learning, you can watch a recording of a webinar I presented recently on this topic). Learners are engaged with the media that surrounds them, and it wouldn’t hurt instructional designers to take a few tips on how to create engaging content. I recently wrote about my experiences presenting at FocusOn Learning 2017 (you can read about them here ).

Webinars: Designing Effective Learning Experiences

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

If you deliver training on webinar platforms, you need to understand how people learn. The content is important, but it is only half of the instructional design task. This post summarizes some learning research and offers some tips for delivering effective webinars. The first 90-minute webinar to introduced the content. For this exercise, it would have been helpful to have people in each group with some prior real life experience designing an ROI study.

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21st Century Skills and eLearning

Web Courseworks

The answer may seem obvious, but that’s not readily apparent in the eLearning we design. For example, instructional designers need to work with programmers, graphic artists, subject matter experts, and data scientists to develop effective eLearning curricula. Our design choices reflect our values. Don’t miss out on our January Thought Leaders Series Webinar with Tami Bonnett-Admi.

Reflections on a Decade of Designing and Facilitating Interactive Webinars

Beth Kanter

Yesterday, I facilitated the first webinar in a series hosted by the Knight Foundation on taking the practice of Giving Days to the next level. I thought I’d take this opportunity to reflect again on a decade of experience of designing and delivering interactive webinars. I think the most important point is that we have to think differently about webinars less as a push and more a pull. In order to do that, you have to think like an instructional designer !

Symphony Technology Group Acquires CommPartners, a Leading SaaS Provider  of Learning Management System Software and Virtual Events  

Cadmium CD

Support for curriculum-based education, live webinar and webcasts, informal or just- in- time learning and community.

Symphony Technology Group Acquires CommPartners, a Leading SaaS Provider  of Learning Management System Software and Virtual Events  

Cadmium CD

This fourth acquisition brings STG one step closer to simplifying the production of events while maximizing the value of online learning with a single, flexible platform designed to capture the chemistry of people, ideas, and knowledge.

Webinar: Making the Case: Grant Funding for Online Outreach & Advocacy

Care2

Join Care2 and the Foundation Center for our Expert Webinar on Thursday, Sept. This expert webinar is FREE, but space is limited, so please register now! Before this, he was an Instructional Designer and Editor at Element K, a provider of learning solutions for businesses and nonprofits. Care2 WebinarsOnline advocacy is the cornerstone of online fundraising strategy for many nonprofits.

Free Webinar: Sharing Trainer's Social Media Bag of Tricks and Secrets

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

And then immediately create instructional materials and trainings for the community. Later, as I developed workshops and content for strategic technology planning , I became obsessed with learning about technology professional development for nonprofits and designing effective trainings. It was almost five years ago to the day, that I did a webinar for NTEN on the topic and have been integrating social media into teaching and learning experiences ever since.

BYOD: Building Branching Scenarios

Web Courseworks

Introducing people to new instructional design concepts is very important, but providing people with the tools and skills necessary to bring those ideas to life is just as important. Don’t you hate when you get out of a conference session feeling all pumped about an idea, but by the time you get back to your workplace you realize that you have no idea how to do the thing you were so excited about? Me too!

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 163: Prepping for a Virtual Audit

Connection Cafe

Webinar: Preparing for a Virtual Audit. It’s hard to believe that we’re already well into September and it’s time to start thinking about year-end audits. This year, many social good organizations will be having virtual audits, and now is the time to learn about how best to prep for them.

Nonprofit Technology Training: Book List

Beth Kanter

” I’ll co-teaching the session with colleagues Andrea Berry, John Kenyon, and Cindy Leonard. The session will cover what to do before, during, and after leading an effective technology training and provide lots of practical tips that will help you design fun, interactive, and highly effective technology training workshops. I love all aspects instructional design and facilitation , but being a good trainer also means being a good content curator and resource librarian.

How To Be A Wizard at Tech Training: NTC 2016 Session

Beth Kanter

Our session will change the way you design and deliver technology trainings. Whether you are facilitating a session with your board, staff, or hundreds of folks in a room, you’ll find ways to design instructional content that interests, engages, and inspires action. It has been a pleasure to co-design this session with knowledgeable and smart colleagues who are as obsessed with instructional design and interactive exercises as I am. Design Labs.

What Does an eLearning Consultant Do? The Complete Guide

Web Courseworks Associations

If you have eLearning courses that are outdated (for example, built using Adobe Flash, which was sunsetted at the end of 2020) or otherwise not meeting your needs (such as a live webinar that you want to repackage for on-demand viewing), a consultant can assist with this transition.

Flexible Space: The Secret To Designing Powerful Training

Beth Kanter

Join me for a FREE Webinar: Training Tips that Work for Nonprofits on Jan.29th at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST. I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results. And, if you are attending NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology in March, join me, John Kenyon, Andrea Barry, and Cindy Leonard for a session on designing effective technology training. … Read More Learning Training Design

Social Media Measurement and Learning Analytics: How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count the Ways

Beth Kanter

Yesterday, I had the honor of kicking off Compasspoint’s Webinar Week , with a webinar on social media measurement 101 as part of my work as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. To mark Valentine’s Day, I took some inspiration from Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the vintage Valentine’s Day Cards pinterest board to create a presentation about social media measurement love. Training DesignI Love Social Media Measurement.

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

WBT Systems

Webinars and webcasts are the most popular platform for association e-learning (92%), and learning management systems (LMS) are the second most popular choice (67%). Design and measure the association e-learning experience. Tagoras asks: Do you have a good understanding of adult learning principles and instructional design? If you’re not sure, consider hiring professional instructional designers—only 59% of survey participants do. Use of webinars.

How To Make A Back Channel Light Up Like Clark Griswald's House

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to do a Webinar called " Social Media for Trainers: A Bag of Tricks " over at the Engage 365 Online Community site. I've been experimenting with integrating social media into instruction for the past five years, so the webinar was a great opportunity to reflect on practice. I covered these three topics: Why: Social media integrated into instruction - Pass or Fail? What: The art of social instructional design.

Trainer’s Notebook: Group Polling Techniques and Tools and Incorporating Movement

Beth Kanter

Last week, in addition to giving the ending keynote and facilitating a design lab for the Arts Brain Trust at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference , I was a participant in a pre conference convening expertly facilitated by Jennifer Edwards who is an organizational development consultant, dancer, and teacher. As a trainer, it is always great to experience someone else facilitating so you can have empathy for participants, get some new ideas or reflect on your trade craft.

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How to Build an Online Learning Program with a Limited Budget

WBT Systems

However, you don’t have the budget to hire instructional designers to develop courses. Track their interests by examining: Conference session and webinar attendance. Market research will help you design online learning programs as well as other educational content (conference, publications and webinars) that will appeal to your target audiences—individuals and their employers. With the learning pathway approach, you don’t have to design a full-blown course.

Happy New Year: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

Beth Kanter

Facilitator for Learning Network: Most of my work is designing and delivering capacity building projects for nonprofits literally all over the world and here in the US. In addition, I presented a webinar on training design and facilitated a session on nonprofit technology training design at NTC. I wrote many posts on instructional design for nonprofit training , including this wrap up post from our NTEN NTC session on teaching and learning for nonprofits.

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. If you are using tools such as webinars or virtual classrooms, you will need to ensure that the LMS supports delivery of these. Webinars – Live streaming or recorded.

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3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofits That Can Boost Professional Success

Beth Kanter

The book was well received and was #1 on Amazon’s Nonprofit Books many times throughout October-December as we presented dozens online webinars and guest posts and articles. Innovation Lab Facilitation : For the past few years, I’ve trained in and designed and facilitated innovation labs using the Luma Institute Methods. Instructional Design and Facilitation: I love teaching and exploring different ways help nonprofit professionals learn.

Happy, Healthy 2016: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

Beth Kanter

I also designed and facilitated a six month peer learning cohort with colleague Stephanie Rudat. I produced four “ Advanced Practices Webinars ” for the Knight Foundation for Giving Days hosts. Innovation Lab Facilitation : For the past few years, I’ve trained in and designed and facilitated innovation labs using the Luma Institute Methods. Happy New Year ! I had a wonderful break – filled with fun, family, walking, hiking, reading, quiet, and reflection.

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Learn You Will: #14ntc Nonprofit Tech Training Session Reflection and Resources

Beth Kanter

Earlier this month, I presented on a panel called “ Learn, You Will ” with Cindy Leonard, John Kenyon, and Andrea Berry on the topic of designing effective nonprofit technology training at the Nonprofit Technology Conference hosted by NTEN. Each of us took on a different aspect of nonprofit technology design and incorporated some interactive exercises. I am particularly grateful to Cindy Leonard who compiled and consolidated our slides based on the design.

The Many Benefits of Selling Online Education to Corporate Members

WBT Systems

We’ll show you how it’s done by other associations during a webinar on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 1 p.m. Colleges and universities are designing new programs in partnership with companies. With Coursera for Business, companies can design learning tracks from existing courses or chose a curated “course collection” on topics like digital transformation, data science, diversity & inclusion, and more—what sounds to me like a learning pathway.

How To Incorporate More Movement Into Your Nonprofit Training

Beth Kanter

Designing and facilitating training (not matter the topic) is one of my passions and why I blog about it on a regular basis. Good instructional design and delivery engages people’s brains, eyes, ears, and bodies. People pay attention more, they learn something, they retain it better, and there is a better chance of them applying what they learned. Training DesignPhoto: Americans for the Arts.

The Secret To Social Media Engagement: Kiss A Squirrel!

Beth Kanter

I’m preparing for a webinar and with any training I begin the instructional design with surveying participants to understand their level, learning goals, and attitudes about the subject matter. “I kissed a squirrel & I liked it” #ReplaceGirlWithSquirrelInASong. Billboard (@billboard) April 4, 2014.

How to Prepare a Business Case for a New LMS

WBT Systems

Maybe it wasn’t designed for associations in the first place. Integration: instructional design, workflow, and data problems. Live and on-demand webinars. Do you feel like giving your learning platform a heave-ho out the door? But you can’t, not yet anyways. 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.

Using Peer Learning Strategies To Build A Network

Beth Kanter

As part of my work plan as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, I have the pleasure of working with networks of grantees to design and facilitate peer learning exchanges on networked nonprofit practices and using social media effectively. One of the networks I’m supporting are the grantees in the Friending the Finish Line strategy. As with all the capacity building projects that I’ve designed, it is based on a framework and theory of change.

The Networked NGO in India

Beth Kanter

This blog post includes some reflections on the instructional design, delivery, and insights that I hope will inform the field building discussion taking place over at the Packard OE Program site. Program Design. With facilitator’s guidance, grantees will design and implement a small action learning project. These definitions have informed the curriculum, instructional design, peer learning design, and how we will measure and learn along the way.

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Peer Learning As A Prelude to Collective Action for Social Change: Reflection

Beth Kanter

As part of my work plan as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, I have the pleasure of working with networks of grantees to design and facilitate peer learning exchanges on networked nonprofit practices and using social media effectively over the past five years. One of the networks I’ve been supporting for three years is Friending the Finish Line strategy. This week was the third face-to-face meeting I’ve helped design and facilitate.