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Convert Your Competitors into Distribution Channels

We see it frequently, that is, associations being threatened by new, innovative and well-funded competitors of all shapes and sizes. Indeed, it’s daunting to witness new players encroaching in our territory, challenging the relevancy of our once well-insulated industry. This is especially true for those of us who, for many years, were the only source

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Chris UrenaConvert Your Competitors into Distribution Channels
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Rise of the Learning Management System

For many of you, offering a professional learning portfolio is core to your association’s mission. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons our community exists in the first place. Your members need to remain abreast of what’s happening in their profession, and they depend on you as their primary (and trusted) source for lifelong

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Chris UrenaRise of the Learning Management System
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Taking Inspirations from Thanksgiving in Thinking About LMS Design

You know what’s almost as delicious as Thanksgiving dinner? Designing an LMS. Ok wait, that metaphor doesn’t really work. How about this, planning a Thanksgiving dinner may provide some insights in developing an engaging, impactful, and delicious…ok, maybe not delicious…LMS. The presentation of the Thanksgiving dinner typically includes many different dishes, colors and textures. Yes

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Eve FinsteinTaking Inspirations from Thanksgiving in Thinking About LMS Design
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Wake Up the Sleeping Giant: Make Your Association LMS the Go To Place for Learning

How would you describe your LMS? Is it a lively place where learning is active and always evolving or is it like the stacks in the back of a library where you sought a quiet place to study?  Can members gather in groups to have real time exchanges? Does it provide space for conversation and

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Rich FinsteinWake Up the Sleeping Giant: Make Your Association LMS the Go To Place for Learning
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Authenticate to Create Relevant Learning Experiences

Technology has done something interesting to the word “authenticate.” Once meaning “to establish as genuine,” today, authenticate is typically associated with a correct matching-up of codes or reference numbers to permit access. It signals who the participant is and triggers the opportunity to provide a more meaningful online experience. We often hear the criticism that,

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Eve FinsteinAuthenticate to Create Relevant Learning Experiences
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Developing a Culture of Empathy

A recent article in The New York Times presented a simple yet bold statement, empathy is a choice. The article, prepared by researchers in the field of cognitive science, and viewable here, shared a multitude of studies that suggest that a lack of empathy to the problems of others is not an inherent “shortcoming” or

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Eve FinsteinDeveloping a Culture of Empathy