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Like so much these days, it can seem like the learning field is innovating at an unprecedented pace. Or is firmly mired in old and ineffective ways. The reality, of course, is both—learning is happening all along the spectrum that ranges from stale and outmoded to outlandish and novel for the sake of novelty.

Last week Jeff and I got to spend some time talking about points on the learning spectrum where we see meaningful trends setting in and about the future of learning in 2015 and beyond.

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2014 Learning Trends & 2015 Learning ForecastJeff and I are holding the last of the 2014 Leading Learning Webinars this Thursday and focusing on what’s happened with learning in 2014—the key trends—and then looking out to 2015 and beyond—what’s coming down the pike, and what does it mean for associations that are in the business of lifelong learning? You can register for free at [click to continue…]

Our New Association Virtual Events Report Released—and a Bonus From-the-Field Story

November 7, 2014

We’ve officially released the new version of our Association Virtual Events report, and you can download a free copy at (Thanks to Digitell for sponsoring the report, so we can offer it for free). The report represents our ongoing effort to assess the growing role of virtual conferences, trade shows, and other events in […]

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7 Rules Successful Internet Marketers Live By – and You Should Too

October 27, 2014

Want to lead your education business to significant growth? It pays to follow the lead of successful Internet marketers. The term “Internet marketer” doesn’t mean just any old company or person who markets things online. Rather, it applies specifically to entrepreneurs who make their living – and in some cases make a fortune – primarily through […]

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What would 10x better look like?

October 13, 2014

Having done a lot of strategy work with organizations over the years, one commonality I have found is that nearly all organizations make strategy more complicated than it needs to be. Indeed, I suspect that a view of strategy as being something time-intensive and complex is one of the key factors that keeps many organizations […]

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A Third of Associations Have Offered a Virtual Event

October 8, 2014

According to our recent (August 2014) online survey of associations, 33.0 percent have previously offered a virtual event, and another 21.4 percent plan to offer one in the coming year. By virtual event, we don’t mean a single Webinar or Webcast, but something that looks to replicate many aspects of a traditional place-based conference, membership […]

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Importance of Lifelong Learning for Delayed Adulthood

October 1, 2014

Laurence Steinberg, professor of psychology at Temple University and author of Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence, recently wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times that looks at the delayed onset of “adulthood” and touches on the implications for learning. According to a large-scale national study conducted since the […]

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Top 100 Learning Tools of 2014

September 30, 2014

In case you have not already tuned into it, Jane Hart’s annual collection of top 100 learning tools was recently posted at This is the 8th year that Jane has published the list, which she assembles based on input from more than 1,000 learning professionals. I’ve always found the diversity of the tools in this […]

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Leading Learning Webinars Resume

September 24, 2014

This Thursday our 2014 Leading Learning complimentary Webinar sessions resume after the summer hiatus. We always allow time for questions and comments from participants, and we welcome your input during the Webinars. All registrants for a Webinar receive access to a recording—so even if you can’t attend live, you can still access the content, or […]

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Facilitating Fluency, Empowering Expertise

September 15, 2014

I think most education businesses could do a lot worse than to have these two aims at the foundation of their vision and mission. Fluency suggests a high level of competence. Indeed, it is competence in action. When we are “fluent,” we feel deeply familiar with the knowledge and skills related to our chosen field […]

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