Trade groups, associations, non-profits, clubs and other membership organizations have always faced challenges when it comes to supporting the learning needs of their members. Most people who join these groups do so to advance their knowledge and skills in a particular area. Whether an organization is focused on certifications, self-improvement or simply adding value to the lives of its members, knowledge transfer is expected. But members could reside anywhere in the world, so one-on-one training is out. Also, there is rarely enough in the budget for fancy equipment and learning tools.
So what is the solution?
One of the most exciting opportunities to come along for membership organizations in a long time is the rise in social learning platforms and learning management systems (LMS). These technologies allow members to share information and access training from anywhere in the world, at any time they want. They also provide the ability for members to collaborate on projects, to form mentorship programs and to advance their skill level – all in a team environment. Think of it as a social media-inspired and group-wide meeting!
Organizations are challenged with meeting the needs of the newest members, while leveraging the knowledge and experience of existing ones. A well-designed social LMS allows for active participation at all levels. New group members are continually being added to the roster and require access to materials and support that may no longer be as important to long-standing members. At the same time, the experienced members must be actively engaged in order for it to be a fully effective organization. The socially enabled LMS meets all of these needs.
But the best is still to come.
The most effective learning management systems are those that operate within the cloud, with no hardware to maintain and no expensive technical team to pay. This software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model is the perfect solution for trade groups and associations looking to support their members training and communication needs on a very limited budget.
Learn more about the benefits of an LMS for associations.
One such system that meets all of these requirements for trade groups and associations is TOPYX®. This exciting LMS platform was designed with associations in mind, and using award-winning social learning tools to enhance the online learning and communication environment. You can see TOPYX for yourself by requesting a free, personal LMS demo.
The best membership groups and associations are those that provide opportunities for constant growth and knowledge transfer to their members. This focus on updating skills and team collaboration makes for the most dynamic and successful organization possible.
Is your group doing all it can to ensure the continuous success of its members?
Vice President, Business Development