Bridging the Skills Gap: An Opportunity for Associations

There’s a huge skills gap problem facing our nation today, but this crisis represents an opportunity for associations to reinvent themselves and compete with traditional suppliers of higher education. I was recently asked to present on the skills gap issue and the opportunities it creates for associations at the ASAE Great Ideas conference in Orlando. [...]

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What Millennials Want from Member Education

  Q3. What type of education offerings does the incoming generation want and how is what they want different from other generations? #assnchat — Association Chat (@assnchat) June 3, 2014 This question caught my eye in a recent association chat on Twitter. As a member of the incoming generation, I think it is crucial to [...]

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Secret to Creating Self-Motivated Learners

When was the last time you got excited about learning something new? Maybe it was the first time you said something in another language or played a song on a musical instrument. Why was this experience exciting? Chances are it was something you wanted to learn and you started off with small, but meaningful learning [...]

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6 Signs It’s Time to Invest in an LMS

We are currently in the Information Age and have had computer technology at our finger tips for nearly five decades. By now, most organizations have at least experimented with online learning in one way or another. Online education used to be limited to “Members-Only” webinars. In recent years, online education (also known as eLearning, distance [...]

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How to Create Clear Learning Objectives

The phrase “learning objectives” gets thrown around a lot in discussions about training and development. Courses are supposed to have learning objectives, competencies should be related to them, quiz questions should assess how well they’ve been met, and more. But what are learning objectives? For that matter, why are they important, and how do you [...]

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Top 5 Things Associations can Learn from Corporate Training Departments

Most associations have provided some degree of member education as part of their mission. For members, continuing education is a valuable benefit for their professional development. And for associations, educational offerings can be a valuable source of non-dues revenue. But with the growth of new learning technologies and with members facing more and more change [...]

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Getting Your Association’s Board Behind Online Learning

For many associations and nonprofits, a new eLearning initiative requires approval from their board. Understandably, some association executives have anxiety about the type of resistance they may face when presenting online learning to their board for the first time. eLearning may not be a term your “old school”  board is even familiar with. Or perhaps [...]

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