aLearning Blog

Online Learning for Trade Associations


Posted by Ellen on January 27, 2007

Welcome to the aLearning Blog! Our focus here is on elearning for associations — particularly trade associations. 

If you snoop around the Web as much as I do, you haven’t found very many sites, blogs, forums, or other resources specializing in this area.  If you have, send them along and we’ll post them.

Most organizations are devoted to corporate e-learning and to companies (or internal departments) that develop e-learning. Maybe that’s because online learning has come to associations more gradually than to corporations, higher education, and the military. 

Large associations who serve members who have to keep professional certifications current have gotten onboard.  Online courses offer the perfect solution to the challenge of getting the requirements completed on time in the midst of complicated professional and personal lives.  Online learning, we all know, can eliminate the need for travel, which means learners can study at home or at the office, preserving a greater semblance of work-life balance. 

But there are other reasons associations are starting to pursue online learning. 

The technological stars are aligning:  better Web applications, easier Internet access, faster speeds, and a bunch of other advances mean that members from around the globe can get to course that associations can now provide at lower cost with less IT support.

It’s a win-win.

If you’re charged with taking your association into the world of e-learning but you’re not sure where to start or whom to get answers from, you’ve come to the right blog.

Have you been charged with creating an online learning strategy for your association?

What does online learning look like in your association? 

Do you agree or disagree that more associations are now beginning to develop online learning?

Post your response — let’s start the dialogue.

…. And Welcome! 

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