Association LMS and LearnTech at the ASAE Annual Meeting

BY Jeff Cobb

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.

Talking with Jim Parker of Digitell at ASAE Annual 2016

Talking with Jim Parker of Digitell at ASAE Annual 2016

The cost to show up and exhibit at ASAE is not insignificant, so being there indicates, from our perspective, that these organizations are serious about the business of continuing education and lifelong learning in the association market.

Since tracking these types of technologies are part of what we routinely do here at Tagoras, being able to walk the floor and check in with companies was a valuable part of the conference experience. In fact, we recorded interviews with some of the exhibitors at ASAE – posted below – and will be following up with others in the coming weeks.

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.)

ASAE Annual Meeting: Association LMS Providers

The following are companies that fall – more or less – into the learning management system, or LMS category. We say “more or less,” because LMS is somewhat of a confusing term in this market, arguably more so than in other markets. The key commonality is that all of them offer a platform for delivering and tracking online learning experiences.

Abila (
For anyone who missed it, Abila acquired Peach New Media in 2015, and with it, Peach’s Freestone learning managment system. The company also offers a range of other association-related platforms and describes itself as “the leading provider of software and services to associations, helping them use data and personal insight to improve financial and strategic decision making, enhance member engagement and value, operate more efficiently, and increase revenue. Our netFORUM™ AMS and Freestone™ LMS enable associations to deliver a powerful membership experience.”

Apprende Powered by Enforme (
Apprende for associations is an affordable, integrated set of modules that allow you to provide a seamless online experience to your members. We deliver a turnkey website with online learning, products, e-commerce, abstract submission and member management, all customized to help you achieve your strategic goals.

BizVision (
Provides live event streaming, on-demand video education, interactive video player, LMS, content creation, and a nationwide network of videographers.

Blue Sky eLearn (
Blue Sky provides cloud-based learning solutions to maximize your content and create deeper engagement with your audience anywhere in the world.

CommPartners (
CommPartners helps associations build strong, valued connections with their communities through knowledge sharing. Our LMS, Elevate, uniquely blends formal and informal learning experiences in a vibrant environment that brings education to life and establishes you as your industry’s centerpiece for professional education and peer engagement.

Cornerstone OnDemand (
Cornerstone OnDemand is pioneering solutions to help organizations realize the potential of the modern workforce. As a global leader in cloud-based learning and talent management software, Cornerstone is designed to enable a lifetime of learning and development that is fundamental to the growth of employees and organizations.*

Brightspace by D2L (
Brightspace by D2L – the easy-to-use, flexible, and smart LMS – is used worldwide by learners in higher education, K–12, and enterprise.

Degreed (
Degreed is an award-winning learning platform built for the way today’s workers really build skills and grow their careers. (Note: Be sure to catch our podcast interview with Kelly Palmer, CLO of Degreed.)

Digitell (
Digitell has been servicing the Association market for 30 years, providing solutions that includes Live Streaming, Content Capture for On-Demand Access, Re-Broadcasts, Webinars, Virtual Events, content Sales and our NEW OPUS Platform. Our solutions help you leverage your content to increase physical attendance, reach new markets and drive significant revenue.

EthosCE (
EthosCE is an enterprise-level Learning Management System (LMS) used by premier associations to increase membership education, engagement, and non-dues revenue in continuing education. We partner with leading associations and have delivered more than 4 million CE credits to 600,0000+ professionals.

InReach (
Leading professional associations, educational content providers, non-profits, and businesses turn to InReach to provide the software and services needed to deliver education programs online.

LearnUpon (
LearnUpon’s LMS helps associations and professional bodies to easily deliver training and certification programmes. Trusted by hundreds of organizations worldwide including ASCP, NTMA and IABC.

LearnSomething (
Learner Community® is an award-winning learning management system designed to maximize your ability to deliver effective education and training for associations and non-profits

NextThought (
NextThought is a premium online learning solutions company specializing in collaboration and community. We offer learning design, video, content production, marketing and software services.

Scitent (
Scitent helps nonprofits and associations launch and grow their eLearning business through market-leading LMS and distribution technology and business support services.

Thought Industries (
Thought Industries is one of the fastest growing online learning companies and creator of the first Learning Business Platform™

WBT Systems (
WBT Systems helps Associations to develop education and certification programs, providing an engaging, personalized experience for learners with TopClass, the #1 Association Learning Management System.

Web Courseworks (
Web Courseworks is a learning technologies and consulting company. We help associations drive successful education initiatives with our learning management system and quality improvement platforms.

YourMembership (
YourMembership provides comprehensive membership technologies + solutions to over 5,000 customers in 32 countries with 20 million members served worldwide. YM’s ecosystem of connected products include Association, Community and Learning Management Software, Career Centers, Media Solutions, and Mobile applications all designed to take member engagement to levels never imagined.

Webinars and Webcasts

The following companies focus on providing Webinar and Webcasting services. (While a number of the companies above – namely Abila, BlueSky, Commpartners, Digitell, and InReach – also provide Webinar and Webcasting services, they also offer full-featured platforms for managing an overall learning experience.)

BeaconLive (
BeaconLive delivers professional webinars, webcasts and on-demand solutions-specializing in continuing education. BeaconLive partners with you, overseeing every detail of your events, to ensure flawless execution.

Infinite Conferencing (
Infinite Conferencing specializes in Conference Calls, Web Conferencing, Webinar, Webcasting and Streaming solutions.

Digital Badges and Credentialing

The following are companies focused on digital badging or other forms of credentialing that can be supported with Internet technologies.

Accredible (
Accredible enables the effortless issuing and management of portable, secure, verified digital certificates that save time, provide analytics, and extend the reach of your brand.

BadgeCert (
BadgeCert’s cloud software platform empowers training providers, companies, and associations by issuing secure digital badges that verify its earners’ skills, accomplishments, and certifications.

Castle Worldwide (
Castle Worldwide provides testing and training design, development, and delivery services to certification and licensure organizations, corporations, educational institutions, government agencies, and professional associations.

Credly (
Credly is a leading digital credential service provider, helping associations recognize lifelong achievement with the most popular platforms for verifying, sharing and managing digital credentials and open badges. The enterprise-class system allows organizations to officially verify skills and competencies; distribute portable, secure, digital credentials; and gain actionable data and insights.

ProExam (
ProExam’s comprehensive suite of digital tools provides a cost-effective “do-it-yourself” platform for every stage of the credentialing process, from test development to sharing digital credentials.

Educational Materials

Tizra (
Tizra offers a flexible digital publishing platform that lets associations sell and distribute ebooks, educational materials and other electronic content direct to users.

Let me know if I seem to have missed anyone in this round up of association LMS and learning technology providers at ASAE Annual 2016. Naturally, be sure to check out our free learning technology resources as well as our full list of association LMS providers while you are here.


  1. George F. Reynolds says:

    Jeff Cobb, I think you missed the One. I was impressed with D2L which offers unique Learning Intelligence via adaptive Learning that is not only engaging but personalized for he learner. Why did you not include them?

    1. Tag Team says:

      George – They are listed as Brightspace by D2L, which is how they presented themselves at the event. – Jeff

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