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  • Pros & Cons of Micro-Learning

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    Is micro-learning a good fit for your organization? Learn the top advantages and disadvantages (in less than five minutes).

    Does micro-learning make sense for your organization? Want to know the pros and cons? In less than five minutes, education expert, Jeff Cobb, will share with you the top advantages and disadvantages.

    As the name suggests, this form of learning is brief, unlike traditional courses and conference sessions. The purpose is provide learners with small, bit-sized nuggets of content, whenever and wherever. As with anything, there are pros and cons and the goal of this micro-learning session is to share how it might work in your organization.

    Jeff Cobb

    Co-Founder, Tagoras

    Jeff Cobb has spent nearly two decades immersed in the global market for adult lifelong learning as an entrepreneur, consultant, teacher, and author. He has been at the forefront of learning technology trends and has developed deep expertise in helping organizations grow and improve their continuing education and professional development businesses.

    Jeff was co-founder and CEO of Isoph, a leading provider of e-learning technologies and services to associations. He has also served as senior vice president of business development for Quisic, an e-learning partner to top-tier business schools and fortune 500 companies, and vice president of business development for LearnSomething.

    Jeff is a vocal advocate of cradle-to-grave lifelong learning, an award-winning teacher, and author of multiple books, including Leading the Learning Revolution (AMACOM 2013). He currently serves on the governing board of NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement, to which he was specifically appointed as an education thought leader. He has previously served on the advisory board of Future Learning, the Professional Development Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives, the research committee of the eLearning Guild, and the editorial board of Innovate, a leading resource for information about innovations in learning and technology.

  • Design Your Success: How Instructional Design Elevates Your Online Learning Game

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    Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2015 | Time: 2:00 ET, 1:00 CT, 12:00 MT and 11:00 PT

    You've got the tools and the content, now what? Instructional design of your eLearning courses is where the magic happens.

    In this session, Tracy King of InspirED, will introduce an instructional design model that complements how the adult brain learns - ultimately setting your course up for the best possible chance of success. Whether you're interested in auditing existing courses to pinpoint areas for improvement or starting a course from scratch, you'll leave with ideas for strategically structuring content for great learning experiences. Tracy will cover:

    • What learning brains expect
    • Four guiding questions to kick off eLearning design
    • How employing the best practices of instructional design translates into value for your members and your association

    Tracy King, MA, CAE

    Chief Learning Strategist & Founder, InspirED

    As Chief Learning Strategist & Founder of InspirEd, Tracy leverages her more than 17 years in the education industry for associations interested in increasing their relevance and revenue with meaningful live, online, and mobile learning programs. Tracy specializes in the intersection of learning science and technology. She's a thought leader in education strategy and learning experience design. She consults with associations on integrated education strategy to remain sustainable and competitive. For more information, please visit www.inspired-ed.com or www.tracy-king.com

  • AMS-LMS Integration: Leverage the Opportunities and Avoid the Pitfalls

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    Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2015 | Time: 2:00 ET, 1:00 CT, 12:00 MT and 11:00 PT

    As more and more associations seek to provide online learning opportunities to their members, learning management systems (LMS) are becoming much more prevalent. But as you add an LMS to your arsenal of technology tools, have you thought through the opportunities and pitfalls that an LMS brings to your broader data management process?

    In this webinar Wes will walk you through the key considerations for integrating an LMS with your AMS. Issues to be covered include:

    * The “basics" of AMS/LMS integration
    * What are the key considerations for AMS/LMS integration?
    * What are some of the major pitfalls or areas of concern to watch out for with integration?
    * What are some of the more advanced integration opportunities?
    * How you can use data from your LMS to improve your marketing and communications efforts?


    Wes Trochlil

    President

    Wes is president of Effective Database Management. For over 25 years, Wes has worked in and with over a hundred associations, non-profits, and membership organizations throughout the US, Canada, and Australia. Wes consults on a broad range of data management issues, from system selection and implementation to ongoing data management.

    Wes is the most published author on data management in the association market and is the author of “Put Your Data to Work: 52 Tips and Techniques for Effectively Managing Your Database," published by ASAE.

    Prior to starting his own consulting firm, Wes had nearly ten years experience working in associations as director of membership, marketing, and communications.

  • AILA Demo

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    AILA Online course will be held November 14 and 15. The full schedule is available below. Click the Day 1 and Day 2 tabs to toggle between views of the sessions to be held each day, and click the title or the Read More link of each session to view a full description.

    Tracy King, MA, CAE

    Chief Learning Strategist & Founder, InspirED

    As Chief Learning Strategist & Founder of InspirEd, Tracy leverages her more than 17 years in the education industry for associations interested in increasing their relevance and revenue with meaningful live, online, and mobile learning programs. Tracy specializes in the intersection of learning science and technology. She's a thought leader in education strategy and learning experience design. She consults with associations on integrated education strategy to remain sustainable and competitive. For more information, please visit www.inspired-ed.com or www.tracy-king.com

    Learning • Technology • Design™ (LTD)

    is a learning experience designed specifically for professionals in the business of continuing education and professional development. The goal of the event is to help attendees find new and better ways to engage learners and create lasting impact through the effective use of technology.

    LTD will offer a blend of in-depth workshops, short content presentations (what we call Content Pods™), active learning opportunities (what we call App Labs™), high-value peer networking, and access to a range of technology providers that serve the market for lifelong learning.

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  • The Future Of Work: Six Radical Changes Disrupting The Next Decade

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    Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | Time: 3:00 ET, 2:00 CT, 1:00 MT and 12:00 PT

    jeffhurt.jpgChange is the constant. Chaotic environments the norm.

    Today is dramatically different than ten or twenty years ago. The line between work, play and leisure will continue to erode. Join Velvet Chainsaw Consulting's Jeff Hurt for his insight into the opportunities these changes create for associations.

    According to the technology research company Gartner, by 2020 more than 40% of an organization's work will be non-routine. During the next ten years six radical changes will disrupt traditional work. The need to adapt to these mega-trends will be imperative for success.

    Will you be nimble enough to adapt to these impending work changes and adjust accordingly?

    Today is dramatically different than ten or twenty years ago. Change is the constant and chaotic environments the norm. The line between work, play and leisure will continue to erode.

    According to the technology research company Gartner, by 2020 more than 40% of an organization's work will be non-routine. During the next ten years six radical changes will disrupt traditional work. The need to adapt to these mega-trends will be imperative for success. Will you be nimble enough to adapt to these impending work changes and adjust accordingly?

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Identify six radical work changes that will disrupt traditional work models.
    • Evaluate how these disruptors might benefit or hinder your work.
    • Distinguish how to take advantage of the opportunity hidden within these radical disruptors.

    Jeff Hurt

    Executive VP, Education & Engagement, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting

    Jeff Hurt joined Velvet Chainsaw Consulting in January 2010. In 2012, he was recognized as the PCMA Educator of the Year. Jeff has worked in leadership roles with five associations, five government organizations and several companies in the education, events and meetings departments, including Meetings Professionals International and Promotional Products Association International, one of the top 50 shows in the industry.

    He is considered one of the leading authorities in the meetings industry on adult education, conference design, digital events and social media for events and associations. He speaks and blogs frequently about meeting and technology trends, the future of conference education, adult learning and all things meetings at velvetchainsaw.com.

    When we conceived the Elevate Learning Platform a primary objective was to foster the integration of knowledge from thought leaders with peer ideas and experiences to create a strong social learning environment. When you enroll in a webinar, you will immediately have the ability to join a forum discussion around the topic for this program. You have the option of receiving a notice each time someone posts to the forum. We expect our session leaders to support these discussions with their thoughts on their topic. What traditionally has been a 60 to 90 minute session can now evolve into a much more meaningful engagement.

    ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT
    You will be able to login 15 minutes before the event begins.

    Note that this program will be utilizing streaming audio (through your computer speakers).

  • Entrepreneurism Matters! Practical Strategies for Association Professionals

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    Date: Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 | Time: 2:00 ET, 1:00 CT, 12:00 Noon MT and 11:00 PT.

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    Chris Urena

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    Tracy White

    Advancing Association Education and Professional Development with a Strong Business Model

    "Contrary to traditional belief, entrepreneurism is not just about making money, nor is it merely about starting up a Venture or owning a small business—it is a way of life, applicable to all human economic activities" (Kao, Kao, and Kao, 2002).

    This session will share practical—and highly effective—entrepreneurial strategies and techniques you can apply within your organization right away. Led by a native “for-profiter" who recently transplanted to the association industry, and a leader in marketing and branding in the association community, you'll get the inside scoop how to lead with an entrepreneurial mindset within an association framework.

    Generally speaking, the spirit of entrepreneurism is fundamental and “natural” within for-profit organizations and small businesses. Yet, the same is not true for many associations and non-profits. And while there is no shortage of expertise and/or resources on the concept, often times the models are too theoretical or not directly applicable to associations.

    Nevertheless, it’s an exciting time to work for a non-profit organization! The landscape in which we operate is rapidly evolving, and we’re continuously facing new challenges and opportunities. As stewards of the organization, we owe it to our members to be proactive, focused, and innovative. What is more, to remain viable (and indispensable to our members), we must embrace the fact that leading with a strong business model is no longer a luxury, but rather the standard.

    This session will share practical—and highly effective—entrepreneurial strategies and techniques you can apply within your organization right away. Led by a native “for-profiter” who recently transplanted to the association industry, and a leader in marketing and branding in the association community, you’ll get the inside scoop how to lead with an entrepreneurial mindset within an association framework.

    Chris Urena

    Director, ASHA Professional Development

    Chris Urena is obsessed with helping associations unleash their untapped potential. And, he’s devoted most of his career to doing just that! Chris began his professional journey at CommPartners, a leading online education solutions firm within the association industry, making extra money (as a CD-producer) during undergrad in 2006. Following graduation, Chris continued at CommPartners and successfully took on several jobs and responsibilities such as: customer support, event management, marketing, and sales. However, he is most fond of his last role, VP of Business Development, a position that allowed him to engage with many high-profile associations in a consultative role and guest speaker.

    A life-long learner, Chris left CommPartners in 2013 to expand his mind and experience in association management and took a position at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), as Director of Professional Development. His unit is charged with generating a significant amount of non-dues revenue, so Chris is right at home infusing his business savvy and energy into the fold.

    In his spare time, Chris enjoys staying fit (and sane) by running several miles each day, and is planning to re-learn the piano. He recently completed his MBA program, and wishes to finish another master’s program that he placed on hold several years ago.

    Tracy White

    Brand Manager, ASHA

    Tracy White started her career in publishing where she leveraged her strategic direction to build and brand an up-start magazine—turning it into a fast-growing, highly profitable, multi-media brand. White now puts her creative and strategic vision to work at a non-profit association in the DC area, where she manages the marketing and branding of one of its flagship brands. White is a popular speaker—speaking across the U.S. and in countries as far away as Japan, New Zealand, and South Africa. She is the author of two books and holds a Master’s degree in communications.

    When we conceived the Elevate Learning Platform a primary objective was to foster the integration of knowledge from thought leaders with peer ideas and experiences to create a strong social learning environment. When you enroll in a webinar, you will immediately have the ability to join a forum discussion around the topic for this program. You have the option of receiving a notice each time someone posts to the forum. We expect our session leaders to support these discussions with their thoughts on their topic. What traditionally has been a 60 to 90 minute session can now evolve into a much more meaningful engagement.

    ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT
    You will be able to login 15 minutes before the event begins.

    Note that this program will be utilizing streaming audio (through your computer speakers).

  • Grow Your Membership by Out-Educating Your Competition

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    Develop strategies for building a more loyal and engaged community through education.

    The ASAE Publication, “Decision to Learn” provides valuable research on members’ participation in education programs as an indication of their sense of affiliation and loyalty towards an organization. The primary finding is that associations providing rich learning experiences are better able to support and grow their member communities.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Identify how to best engage your membership through learning.
    • Discuss new education programs that provide greater accessibility and relevancy to a majority of your community.
    • Build relationships by being the go-to place for knowledge.

    By participating in this webinar, attendees will take away strategies for building a more loyal and engaged community through education.

    Rich Finstein is the founder and CEO of CommPartners, an online education and event company located in Columbia, Maryland. When the organization began in 1994, Rich made the decision to focus on the needs of the association community. Twenty years later, CommPartners has had the opportunity to collaborate with over 1,300 clients including trade organizations, societies, chambers of commerce, and non-profits. He has a passion for helping clients connect with their communities through online education, multimedia events and knowledge management.

  • Question Everything: How to Survive in Today’s Highly Competitive Environment

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    Association innovation comes from the ability to question everything.


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    Mary Byers, CAE


    Association innovation comes from the ability to question everything.

    Join Mary Byers, author of Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations, as she challenges current thinking and suggests changes you should be considering. From membership dues to governance; from face to face to online, Mary will encourage and inspire you by what she's seeing and hearing from associations as well as daring you to adapt for-profit concepts to strengthen the future of your organization.




    Association innovation comes from the ability to question everything. 

    Join us for a lively program featuring Mary Byers, CAE, author of Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations, as she challenges current thinking and suggests changes you should be considering. From membership dues to governance; from face to face to online, Mary will encourage and inspire you by what she's seeing and hearing from associations as well as daring you to adapt for-profit concepts to strengthen the future of your organization.

    Mary Byers, CAE

    Author

    Mary Byers, CAE, is co-author of "Race for Relevance: Five Radical Changes for Associations" and "Road to Relevance: 5 Strategies for Competitive Associations." She’s the former director of communications and member services for the Illinois State Dental Society and served in that capacity for nine years prior to starting her consulting business in 1998. Mary specializes in working with volunteer association leaders and chief staff executives to help define their roles and clarify their vision through leadership conference programming, facilitating strategic planning retreats and coaching. Mary is a certified association executive and a member of the National Speakers Association. She is also the author of seven books.

    When we conceived the Elevate Learning Platform a primary objective was to foster the integration of knowledge from thought leaders with peer ideas and experiences to create a strong social learning environment. When you enroll in a webinar, you will immediately have the ability to join a forum discussion around the topic for this program. You have the option of receiving a notice each time someone posts to the forum. We expect our session leaders to support these discussions with their thoughts on their topic. What traditionally has been a 60 to 90 minute session can now evolve into a much more meaningful engagement.

    ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT
    You will be able to login 15 minutes before the event begins.

    Note that this program will be utilizing streaming audio. (through your computer speakers)

  • The Future of Associating in The Age of Transformation

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    What will it take for associations to thrive over the next decade and beyond?


    Jeff De Cagna

    In this virtual learning session led by Jeff De Cagna, you will learn how the fundamental human experience of associating--the deep and enduring rationale for the existence of associations--continues to expand and evolve in a world experiencing relentless transformation. By building an empathic understanding of the world in which your stakeholders live, you can develop your capacity to ask and answer more generative questions about the future of your organization. If your organization is not actively exploring possible responses to this question, you're running behind. The accelerating pace and intensifying impact of societal transformation is unforgiving. It will not slow anytime soon, and it certainly will not wait for you and your board to get your act together.

    The Future of Associating in The Age of Transformation

    Date: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 | Time: 2:00 ET, 1:00 CT, 12:00 Noon MT and 11:00 PT.

    Program Summary

    What will it take for associations to thrive over the next decade and beyond?

    If your organization is not actively exploring possible responses to this question, you're running behind. The accelerating pace and intensifying impact of societal transformation is unforgiving. It will not slow anytime soon, and it certainly will not wait for you and your board to get your act together.

    Are you ready to build a truly 21st century association?

    Above all else, leadership is an activity of purpose. Earning your status as a leader means being purposeful about forgetting the past and driving the challenging work of reinventing your organization for the very different world that is unfolding before our eyes.

    In this virtual learning session, you will learn how the fundamental human experience of associating--the deep and enduring rationale for the existence of associations--continues to expand and evolve in a world experiencing relentless transformation. By building an empathic understanding of the world in which your stakeholders live, you can develop your capacity to ask and answer more generative questions about the future of your organization.

    In the words of poet Mark Strand, "the future is always beginning now." It is time to make it happen for your association.

    Carolyn Breen

    RDA, RDH, CDA, EdD

    Carolyn Breen started her career as a statistician with the Department of Commerce. Since 1999, he has focused his efforts on research and analysis of market data and economic indicators for the work truck industry. He was appointed to the U.S. Government’s Industrial Trade Advisory Committee for capital equipment and is currently a member of the National Association for Business Economics. In 2008, he was named one of Bloomberg’s top economic forecasters. Steve earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah).

    When we conceived the Elevate Learning Platform a primary objective  was to foster the integration of knowledge from thought leaders with peer ideas and experiences to create a strong social learning environment. When you enroll in a webinar, you will immediately have the ability to join a forum discussion around the topic for this program. You have the option of receiving a notice each time someone posts to the forum. We expect our session leaders to support these discussions with their thoughts on their topic. What traditionally has been a 60 to 90 minute session can now evolve into a much more meaningful engagement.

    ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT
    You will be able to login 15 minutes before the event begins.

    Note that this program will be utilizing streaming audio. (through your computer speakers)

  • Show Me the Money

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    Online Education Strategies That Create Relevancy, Build Engagement and Generate Revenue

    Education in associations has evolved more in the past five years than in any previous period. There is increasing recognition that building community around knowledge strengthens member relationships, creates loyalty and grows participation in an organization's programs. While learning management systems have been available for many years, many question if they are the ideal resource for this type of engagement to occur? Where do private communities and public social media fit in? What are the ground rules for creating content, selecting speakers and scripting each opportunity?

    In this session we will begin with a discussion of choosing the right learning platform for an organization. We will then move to ways to structure and present education opportunities that build relationships, stimulate discussion, increase engagement and ultimately generate income.

    Key takeaways:

    • Understand the power that community based learning can have on retaining members and attracting new participants to your organization.
    • Learn about tactics to move your members to get more actively involved in your education efforts.
    • Review strategies for generating a greater return from your education investment.

    Richard Finstein

    CEO, CommPartners

    Rich Finstein is the founder and CEO of CommPartners, an online education and event company located in Columbia, Maryland. When the organization began in 1994, Rich made the decision to focus on the needs of the association community. Twenty years later, CommPartners has had the opportunity to collaborate with over 1,300 clients including trade organizations, societies, chambers of commerce, and non-profits. He has a passion for helping clients connect with their communities through online education, multimedia events and knowledge management.