What do you get when you cross a lack of strategy with an absence of process and a failure to use data for decision-making? It’s no joke that what you get is a maturity gap—and the findings reported in Association Learning + Technology 2017 make it clear that just such a maturity gap exists for many membership organizations. [Read more…] about The Maturity Gap: What’s Holding Many Learning Businesses Back
If your organization offers Webinars – and according to the Association Learning + Technology report, most membership organizations do – you probably realized long ago that you are far from alone. The Web is jam packed with Webinars, many of them free, and a lot of them of pretty low quality. Whether you are trying to make money directly through selling Webinars or indirectly by using them as a member benefit or a means of lead generation, you need good ways to stand out from the crowd.
Running successful Webinars isn’t rocket science, but it does require some basic knowledge about the medium and attention to details. To help you out, here’s an excerpt from Chapter 6 of Leading the Learning Revolution, updated and adapted slightly to reflect my ongoing experience with Webinars at Tagoras. [Read more…] about 7 “Must Dos” for Maximizing Webinar Value
In one of the sessions at our spring Learning • Technology • Design™ (LTD) we highlighted 15 learning technology tools that can help you take your learning and education business to new levels. You can view the recording from that session below and/or read on for a run down on each of these tools. There are free versions of many of them, and most of them are low cost – particularly relative to the value they deliver.
Cool Collaboration (and Competition)
The following tools are great for getting students working together or competing against each others – whichever happens to work better for your instructional goals. [Read more…] about 15 Cool Learning Technology Tools for Your Education Business
What kind of return on investment will we get from implementing a new or replacement learning management system (LMS)?
Sometimes, organizations get bogged down with answering this question and spend way too much time and – in some cases – money searching for a precise answer. Analysis paralysis sets in.
Other times, unfortunately, we discover it has not been asked at all before proceeding with licensing and implementation of an expensive solution.
Sanity, as is so often the case, lies somewhere in between. Here are five factors to consider and try – within reason – to answer before signing on the dotted line for a learning management system. [Read more…] about 5 Key Aspects of Getting a High Return on Your LMS Investment
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.
And while it’s important to be practical and realistic, it’s equally important for us to have a sense of what’s on the horizon: to have our eyes on the technologies that can disrupt and irrevocably change how we live and learn.
So, in this post, I want to look at three cutting-edge developments in technology–the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality, or IoT, AI, and VR, for short –and how those three technologies might impact the business of lifelong learning in the years ahead. [Read more…] about IoT, AI, and VR: Cutting-Edge Technologies That Will Irrevocably Change How We Learn
This is the second part of a two-part series. Read Part I.
5. Realistically assess resources, capabilities, and organizational “will”
By the time you have worked through the areas in Part I, you probably have a general idea of the types of technology that would be desirable for supporting your learning initiatives. At this point, the question of costs – which has no doubt been present since the beginning – needs to be considered more concretely. [Read more…] about How to Select the Right Learning Technologies for Your Association, Part II