Looking for a platform to support your association’s learning initiatives is overwhelming. There are a lot of products out there, each trying to differentiate themselves. How do you find your right fit?

My advice? Aim for the Goldilocks zone.

Do you remember the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears?” Goldilocks went about the bears’ house tasting their porridge, sitting in their chairs, and lying in their beds, trying each until she found what was just right for her.

When looking for platforms, you need to think like Goldilocks – explore your options and find the solution that is just right for you. Here are some tips:

  1. Think about how you want to grow.

You have ideas of how you want to strategically grow your program. Write down your goals and find a vendor who will partner with you to achieve them. Your success is their success.

  1. Listen to your feedback.

Ask your participants what they want to see. Don’t assume you know how they want to learn and what experiences they find valuable.

  1. Rank your wish list.

Ranking your wish list allows you to make decisions based on what is important for your program and learners, and helps you not get distracted by all the shiny objects. Which brings us to …

  1. Think practically.

You’ll see a lot of demos with really slick platforms, interfaces, and lots of bells and whistles. Will you really use all that, especially in the beginning? Is that what your audience is looking for as part of their experience? Think practically about what you need to deliver the intended learning experience.

Follow these four tips and you’re sure to end up with something that’s just right.

About the Author 

Jessica Pagel is the Manager of eLearning Services for Abila customer, American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). She and her team have done tremendous things with their learning management platform to grow their virtual conferencing reach. Read their Success Story and watch her recorded webinar for all the details.