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Online Learning

  • 1.  Online Learning

    Posted Dec 05, 2018 06:58
    We are working to introduce an online learning academy and I'm looking for a few specific referrals:

    1) LMS vendors you've worked with successfully
    2) Adult / online education expert resources - input into how you've assured your online content meets best practices for adult and online learners, and any resource referrals

    Thanks very much for any input! Ann

    Ann Gergen (She/Her/Hers)
    Executive Director
    Association of Governmental Risk Pools (AGRiP)
    9 Cornell Road | Latham, NY 12110
    Phone: 518.220.0336


    Tech Accelerate

  • 2.  RE: Online Learning

    Posted Dec 06, 2018 10:23
    Hi Ann, have you checked out Talented Learning's resource center. It's filled with excellent free resources on various products, excellent blog articles, and expert advice from various authorities in the LMS market. You may find value in exploring the site here. Wish you much success in your software search!

    Chad Stewart

    Tech Accelerate

  • 3.  RE: Online Learning

    Posted Dec 06, 2018 13:23
    Hi Ann,

    Make sure part of your research includes reading LMS recommendations at ReviewMyLMS.com. There are 134 reviews on 40+ LMS platforms.


    Ben Martin
    Chief Engagement Officer
    Online Community Results
    Nashville, TN

    Tech Accelerate

  • 4.  RE: Online Learning

    Posted Dec 07, 2018 15:57
    Hi Ann,
    I am a big fan of LinkedIn Learning, especially for anything Microsoft. We are a Microsoft shop so we use it to educate our employees on all of the tools that we have at our fingertips through Office 365. We also use Relias as a clinical training LMS. Depending on your subscription level, I believe that both of those let you add your own content if you want to distribute your own how-tos.


    Bruce Tyler
    Turning Point of Central California, Inc.
    Visalia, CA

    Tech Accelerate

  • 5.  RE: Online Learning

    Posted Dec 08, 2018 10:31
    Also check out Cornerstone LMS.  They run nonprofitready.org

    Beth Kanter
    Master Trainer, Speaker, Author, and Blogger
    The Happy Healthy Nonprofit
    Los Altos, CA

    Tech Accelerate

  • 6.  RE: Online Learning

    Posted Dec 09, 2018 19:05
    Hi Ann,
    Cornerstone (CSOD) is a leadered in enterprise class LMS.  Our organization is one of the early Cornerstone Foundation Impact grantees.  Cornerstone has been an amazing partner for us the past 5 years. If you would like to speak more about our experience in expanding our programs and reach using their LMS platform let me know.  I can also provide some introductions to the Foundation to learn more about how to apply for a grant and the possible solutions they could offer.

    Sue Ben
    Vice President, Information Technology
    Ounce of Prevention Fund
    Chicago, IL

    Tech Accelerate

  • 7.  RE: Online Learning

    Posted Dec 10, 2018 11:31
    Thank you Sue and Beth for the shoutouts.

    I direct NonprofitReady.org and happy to talk with you directly about your org needs. We have a  variety of programs to support nonprofits.  Also, our NonprofitReady.org portal is free -and anyone can register to take advantage of our free resources.
    Rebecca Petersen

    Director, Nonprofitready.org
    Twitter: @rpetersmauri ​

    Rebecca Petersen
    Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation
    Medford, MA

    Tech Accelerate

  • 8.  RE: Online Learning

    Posted Dec 10, 2018 09:52
    Hi Ann,

    I've found Tagoras to be a useful resource in this area.

    Best wishes in your search!

    Emilio Arocho
    Director, Technology and Digital Strategy
    Food and Drug Law Institute

    Community Organizer, NTEN Nonprofits and Data group.

    Tech Accelerate

  • 9.  RE: Online Learning

    Posted Dec 11, 2018 08:02
    We launched Bridge LMS by Instructure. We selected this LMS in large part for its ease of use for learners, their pricing model, and its ability to integrate with other platforms.  On average we deliver online courses to 800 learners a month.

    Our courses are designed by Allen Interactive who are experts in course design.

    I would recommend both be included in your search and am happy to further the discussion if you would like a deeper understanding of how we deliver and manage programs on Bridge.

    James Stewart
    Arlington, VA

    Tech Accelerate

  • 10.  RE: Online Learning

    Posted Dec 13, 2018 12:20

    Your interesting post caught my eye. Ultimately it prompted this brand new, very informative blog post on the subject, just for you!

    Here's the background:  We have a team member here at Engaging Networks, Simon, who is a true online learning expert. Simon had built a great online learning platform for his former employer -- EventBrite -- and so we hired him two years ago to work this same magic for us, and he did! He built our "Engaging Networks Academy," which is now used by our hundreds of nonprofit clients as a way to get fast, on-demand, user-friendly training -- mainly in bite-sized videos and screencasts, with assessments (aka "quizzes") built in to ensure that they're grasping the content well. This is an especially handy resource whenever our clients hire new staffers who need to get trained up fast on using Engaging Networks. It's also the tool by which we've professionalized the way we certify our many agency partners, who now must get "accredited" in using our software (there are four categories for this) if they want us to endorse their services to our clients. And this accredited status requires all partners to get "re-accredited" via our Academy at least once a year.

    Simon was happy to send me some ideas that I could pass along to you and other NTEN members. But he's so Very Passionate about this topic that his reply was a hopelessly long email. So that's why we ended up turning his ideas into a blog post instead. I hope it's helpful to you!


    Clinton O'Brien

    Chief Operating Officer
    Engaging Networks

    1146 19th Street NW, Suite 800
    Washington DC 20036

    office: 202.753.1859
    skype: clintonobrien
    email: clint@engagingnetworks.net 

    Nonprofits use the flexible Engaging Networks online platform to raise money, win advocacy campaigns and engage with supporters in smart, highly targeted ways. Find out more at: www.engagingnetworks.net

    If you are an Engaging Networks client and need technical assistance, please contact Client Support at:   support@engagingnetworks.community


    Tech Accelerate

  • 11.  RE: Online Learning

    Posted Jan 03, 2019 09:09
    Edited by Contessa Siegner Jan 03, 2019 09:10
    We implemented a learning site using Wordpress and Lifter LMS plugin. It has worked well for us. We just had specific needs that we couldn't really find a learning system that could give us so we built it ourselves using those two products. Here's the site if you are interested in seeing: COMPEL Training - Write words that move people
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    COMPEL Training - Write words that move people
    Write words that move people. Whether you're an aspiring or seasoned writer, COMPEL Training offers invaluable training for mastering the craft of writing as well as provides insider perspectives about publishing from experts in the industry. Members enjoy four new teachings every month, as well as full access to our extensive library of writing courses.
    View this on Compeltraining >

    We also contracted with a instructional designer to help restructure the content that we had into more of a learning site/courses.

    Contessa Siegner
    IT Director
    Proverbs 31 Ministries
    Matthews, NC

    Tech Accelerate

  • 12.  RE: Online Learning

    Posted Jan 04, 2019 11:16
    At my previous org I helped build and deploy a learning center built on free and open-source Moodle, hosted by a vendor called Moonami who provides hosted Moodle installations hosted on AWS.

    The folks at Moonami were awesome to work with and their price point for hosting and maintaining the platform was excellent (under $500 a year if I remember correctly).

    Jason Samuels
    IT Operations Manager
    American Craft Council
    Minneapolis, MN

    Tech Accelerate