Celisa and I had the chance to walk the expo floor at the ASAE Technology Conference recently, and as we have in the past, we wanted to highlight  the association LMS and technology-enabled learning providers that were there.

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The cost to show up and exhibit at the ASAE Technology Conference is not insignificant, so being there indicates, from our perspective, that the exhibiting companies are serious about the business of continuing education and lifelong learning in the association market. As we did at the ASAE annual meeting, we recorded interviews with some of the exhibitors and these are inserted throughout the post below.

In the interviews, we ask platform providers about their perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing organizations in the business of lifelong learning as well as about trends they are excited about. Watching this series of brief interviews will give some great perspectives on how the business of lifelong learning is evolving and will continue to evolve in the coming year.

The alphabetical list that follows provides a blurb on the exhibitors to give you a sense of their products and services. Other than a couple of side notes, this language is taken from what the vendors themselves provided to ASAE.  (Note: We conduct all of our technology research independently and do not accept finders’ fees or commissions from any learning technology providers.)

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A while back I wrote about efforts of the Michigan Society of Association Executives (ASAE) to launch Third Thought, an online learning destination for its membership. Having used the platform successfully with members, MSAE is now launching Third Thought out into the broader association market.

In this brief video, I talk with MSAE Cheryl Ronk about what Third Thought is, who it’s for, and how she sees the initiative evolving over the coming year.

In our conversation, Ronk says MSAE had struggled to find an affordable solution that connected online learning content with taxonomies for knowledge management. Her goal was to provide members with a cohesive “digital library,” but there was not an off-the-shelf solution that met MSAE’s needs. (The convergence of learning management and knowledge management – and the slow pace of vendors in providing strong solutions – is an issue we address in our 10 Critical Shifts in the Market for Lifelong Learning document as well as in the related podcast episode.)

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If you want to assess the maturity of your learning business, there’s now a resource for you: the Learning Business Maturity ModelTM. We’re calling this version 1.0, as we imagine improving the model and the accompanying assessment as we hear from those making use of it in their organization. The Learning Business Maturity Model articulates […]

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We’ve launched a new version of our survey on how membership organizations use social technologies as part of their learning products and services. Input from the survey will form the basis of a report we will share (for free) in the coming months, but first we need your help getting good data to share. If […]

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We recently crossed the 50 episode mark with the Leading Learning Podcast. In celebration of that fact – and to celebrate International Podcast Day – we thought we would provide a rundown of the top 10 episodes of the show, based on number of number of downloads. We encourage you to give these a listen and also […]

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Recently I had the opportunity to speak with a group of national medical specialty society CEOs. The topic was innovation and entrepreneurship trends in the market for lifelong learning, and I was thrilled that this turned out to be a very engaged group, one that was eager to talk about what is going on out there […]

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I’m fresh back from the ASAE annual meeting in Salt Lake City, and I want to highlight the association LMS and technology-enabled learning providers that were on the floor at the accompanying expo. The cost to show up and exhibit at ASAE is not insignificant, so being there indicates, from our perspective, that these organizations […]

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One of the major positive trends in adult lifelong learning over the past several years is that more organizations have recognized the need to do a much better job of grounding learning experiences in what we actually know about how adults learn. In a nutshell, we need to move away from the excessive emphasis on […]

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A colleague on a board I serve on commented recently that he’s not sure how to keep millennials in their job for 18 months, much less get them involved in an association. It’s a concern I’ve heard echoed by numerous association executives and board members, but I think it is one that is largely misplaced. […]

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When those of us in the business of lifelong learning think about using technology for learning, we’re usually focused first and foremost on technology that’s useful, technology that supports learning. We also usually focus on what’s practical and realistic given the technology we and our learners have access to, are familiar with, and can afford. […]

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