Professional Organizations (Updates Coming Soon)
What are some well-known L&D professional organizations?
On this page you can explore some different options for joining professional organizations that can help build your network, skill set, and knowledge base.
Some are free to join, others are a paid membership that requires dues.
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Offering free membership, The eLearning Guild has over 75,000 members worldwide. They have their regular speaker experts and their annual conferences, and they have their industry vendors who help support the community. The eLearning Guild, like others in the Learning & Development Industry, are privately owned but function as your typical community of practice.
The International Society for Performance Improvement is a non-profit membership organization that believes “Being Better Matters.” We help people and organizations make a difference. To their co-workers and clients. Their communities. Their world. By providing tools and strategies for effective and universal improvement, we are helping members create bigger impact, make greater contributions, and, ultimately, make our world a better place to be.
OLC is a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, anytime.
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