We offer a variety of free resources to support organizations in the business of continuing education and professional development. We add to and update these regularly, so we encourage you to bookmark this page.
- Leading Learning e-Newsletter
- Association E-learning Trends
- Strategy and Marketing
- Social Learning - Learning 2.0
- Learning Management Systems
- Learning and Instructional Design
- Virtual Conferences and Events
- Free Webinars!
- External Resources
Leading Learning e-Newsletter
- Leading Learning (E-Newsletter)
Leading Learning is a free monthly e-newsletter that provides insights and resources to organizations focused on increasing the reach, revenue, and impact of their continuing education and professional development offerings. Subscribers also get access to the Leading Learning LinkedIn group for networking and knowledge sharing among individuals who lead, manage, and support learning initiatives for associations and other membership organizations.
- ALT Digest News Feed
In addition to mentioning new initiatives in the monthly e-newsletter, we also provide an ongoing stream of news about new learning + technology happenings in the association sector at http://altdigest.tumblr.com/.
Association E-learning Trends
- Association E-learning: State of the Sector Update (Blog Post | Article)
A brief (and free) update on some of the trends that we noted in our 2009 report Association E-learning: State of the Sector
- An Association E-learning Conversation (Text | Audio)
Jeff Cobb and Ellen Behrens discuss the current state of association e-learning. Topics range from social media and informal learning, to learning management systems, to instructional design.
- Association E-learning: Six Snapshot Case Studies
A set of brief case studies extracted from our 2009 Association E-learning: State of the Sector report.
Strategy and Marketing
- Selling E-learning to Members: Basic Success Factors (Article)
An overview of five imperatives that successful organizations tend to follow when planning and implementing their e-learning initiatives.
- 3 Tips for Selling More E-learning (Article)
Three areas to focus on if increasing sales of online learning is one of your goals.
- Pricing Online Learning (Article)
A discussion of some of the fundamental principles of pricing as they apply to sales of e-learning products and services. Read as blog post >>
- Webinar Marketing Survey Data (Blog Post with Summary Data PDF link)
Data from 146 responses to our Webinar marketing survey. We asked participants about how they are marketing and selling their Webinars – including pricing – as well as about how they use Webinars as a marketing tool.
- The Capacity Continuum (Article)
Thoughts on how to understand and impact the process of capacity building across individuals, organizations, and communities.
Social Learning – Learning 2.0
- Learning 2.0 for Associations (Free report and resource page)
Learning 2.0 for Associations offers a basic overview of how the rise of new Internet technologies have impacted the way that learning happens and how organizations can begin incorporating social media approaches into their traditional online and offline learning activities.
- Association Social Media & Professional Development (Summary Data)
Summary data from a brief, informal survey conducted by Tagoras in July 2009 on the use of social media in association professional development programs (in general, not just online).
Learning and Instructional Design
- Writing Effective Multiple-Choice Questions (Article)
A brief look at the critical tie between learning objectives and assessment, 3 tips for writing assessments in general, 6 tips for writing multiple-choice questions specifically, and a simple worksheet for authoring multiple-choice questions (part of the PDF and available as a separate, editable .doc Word file)
There are any number of great sites out there that provide resources related to social media and e-learning. Here are a few we recommend.
What Tom Kuhlman has managed to do for Articulate with his Rapid E-learning Blog would make just about any CEO salivate. Every day he brings thousands of visitors to the company’s Web site, and deservedly so – he offers great, simple, effective tips on how to create e-learning. And the vast majority of them are applicable regardless of whether you use Articulate products. Similarly, Cathy Moore serves up idea after innovative idea on how you can design e-learning that is not just run-of-the-mill page-turning stuff.
When it comes to keeping up with the latest in e-learning tools, Jane Hart pretty much has the market cornered. She posts a new pick daily, maintains a Top 100 Tools list, and polls industry experts annually for their favorite tools. (Be sure to check out managing director Jeff Cobb’s list.)
In Plain English Series
This series of videos from Commoncraft illustrates the principles of key social media technologies in terms that even the most non-technical users can comprehend. Whether you need to educate yourself or need good tools for educating others, look no further:
- RSS In Plain English
- Blogs In Plain English
- Wikis In Plain English
- Social Networking In Plain English
- Twitter In Plain English
- Twitter Search in Plain English
- Online Photo Sharing In Plain English
- Podcasting In Plain English
- Social Bookmarking In Plain English
- Social Media In Plain English
- Websearch Strategies In Plain English
If you have questions or comments concerning any of the resources here, please contact us and let us know your thoughts. And again, we’d be grateful if you would sign up for the Tagoras Research Community list.