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5 Steps to Creating Association E-Learning Strategies

One of the most important roles today's leaders fulfill is managing their organization's learning function. This means not only providing learning opportunities that include relevant content but designing experiences that are practical and delivered in accessible ways.

5 Steps to Creating Association E-Learning Strategies

One of the most important roles today's leaders fulfill is managing their organization's...

Associations Can Structure Online Learning for Millennials

How Do Corporations, Organizations & Associations Train & Teach? Traditional education methods,...

How Associations Can Generate Non-Dues Revenue with Online Learning

 Change is inevitable. The era of associations relying on member dues to support revenue is all...

The Benefits of a Mobile Friendly LMS for Your Association

Thinking beyond “send only” learning will put your association above the rest. We often design...

How Associations Create Engaging Continuing Education

Associations tend to view continuing education courses in a very mechanical way. Information is...

Content without Real Context: Setting Personal Learning Benchmarks

  We’ve all sat in this lesson beginning. Heck, we’ve all designed this lesson beginning. It’s...

Utilizing Data Analytics to Promote Learner Engagement

Increasingly, organizations are realizing the value of using data analytics to create highly...

Engaging Learners through Content Variety

One of the most challenging parts of e-learning design is delivering content that both satisfies...

Re-engaging Learners in the Online Learning Community

It’s safe to say that most online learners are busy. Especially for those earning certifications...

Engaging Millennial Learners in Online Education

Millennials continue to be a hot topic around the online learning space, and the biggest...

Engaging Learners: Why it Matters

Now, more than ever, association professionals understand the importance of delivering...

Instructional Design: Getting the Content Right

When designing an online course, whether you are starting from scratch, or updating a...

Creating Effective Learning Environments: A Road Map for Success

When you begin to develop an online learning environment two factors are in play: 1) You have...

New Workshop Series to Build Capacity for Great Learning Experiences

The Institute for Learning Environment Design (ILED), a partnership between NextThought and the...

Six Tips for Creating Great Digital Learning Content

Last week, Dan Meyer shared the Desmos guidelines for building great digital math activities. ...

Finding the Right Blend of Analog and Digital

The trends pointed out by the Pew Research Center in its recent report on Book Reading 2016 are...

Moving Beyond Traditional Self-Paced Learning Models in Professional Education

Ambient Insight has just released a report that predicts a sharp decline worldwide in the...

Employing Learning Design to Avoid the The Awkward Translator Syndrome

The Awkward Translator A key to designing and creating effective learning solutions is to remove...

Good Learning Design Begins with the "What"

Beginning with What vs. How Often, learning technology companies focus their product messaging...

Building Organizational Capacity through Great Learning Design

It’s not uncommon we encounter an organization with a strong desire to deliver an innovative...

Effective Networked Learning Environments for Professional Development

Three questions for an effective networked learning environments for professional development.  

Improving Learning by Adding Inquiry

One of the most common learning design questions I’m asked is, “How can I get learners more...

Using Synchronous Communication Tools to Enhance Learning Environment Design

For today’s learning environment architect, synchronous communication tools are an important and...

The Simplicity and Power of Learning Environment Design

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending Virginia Tech’s Conference on Teaching Large Classes,...

Meetings and Meeting Agendas as Learning Environments

Most people who work in organizations are familiar with and are, sometimes, resigned to the...

The Value of a Shared Language for Learning Environment Design

Beginning last fall, NextThought began integrating Learning Environment Modeling (LEM) and the...

Design Thinking Projects in Online Learning Environments

I do a good bit of design thinking research related to learning design and and I’ve found design...

Personalization in Online Learning Environments

Today’s learning environment design challenge was prompted by a discussion I read in the online...

Design Studio Session #1: Open Content In Project Based Learning Environments

Next Thursday, on May 26, ILED will host its first Design Studio Session: Open Content in...

5 Steps for Creating Successful E-learning Solutions

All too often our discussion about e-learning becomes a constraint exercise that begins with the...

A New Course: Introduction to Learning Environment Design

We’re a week away from the launch of the first course in The Institute for Learning Design’s...

Learning Design Is Truly Global with LEML

Yesterday I had the pleasure of sitting down to chat with Ratul Dev, our visiting Fellow from the

Learning Design Solutions for Increasing Student Engagement in Math

Dan Meyer gave yet another thought provoking presentation about math education at the recent...

Learning Design for Visual Transcripts

A couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to sit down and chat about a wide range of topics with Jon...

Learning Environment Models for Creating T-Shaped Individuals

I'm presenting today at the T-Summit 2016 in Washington D.C. This is a conference focused on...

LEM, LEML and PEACE at Southern Nazarene University

  On Friday, I had the good fortune to spend the afternoon discussing learning design with our...

Making Online Learning Personalized and Engaging

When it comes to creating engaging and personalized learning experiences, one of the constraints...

Repurposing Existing Video Content for Collaboration

Here’s some good news – content is not the problem. The difference between online courses that...

Making Information Engaging in Online Courses

A frequent question I hear from our partners is, “How can we make our online course content more...

The Elemental Particles of Connected Learning

Much of our current work at NextThought with our partners focuses on designing learning...

Adding a Personal Touch to Online Learning Design

Companies and academic institutions have turned increasingly to online learning models in order...

Designing Lesson Openings for Connected Learning

One of the biggest opportunities for effective course re-design, when it comes to learner...

Designing Collaborative Learning with LEML

  While attending the Big XII Teaching and Learning Conference last week, I had the opportunity...

Welcome to AssociationsNext

AssociationsNext is a service provided to the association community by NextThought. It offers...

Welcome to AssociationsNext

These micro-learning modules range from 20 to 60 minutes in length and feature some of the...

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