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About Donita Bourns Douglas

Donita Bourns Douglas is Executive Vice President of Client Success. She has held the position as director of educational programs for the Oklahoma Bar Association, where she developed one of the most successful CLE programs in the United States. Donita has also served as an instructor at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, is an emeritus member of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inn of Court, and is past president of the Association of Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA). She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma College Of Law.

21 05, 2015

Course Design for the Modern Learner

By | 2017-09-14T07:53:02+00:00 May 21st, 2015|Blog, Financial, Healthcare, Legal, Online Continuing Education, Professional Association CE|0 Comments

As Neil recently pointed out in his blog, learners have changed, and their learning preferences have changed. The question then becomes, how do you develop courses that will engage, stimulate, educate and excite the modern learner? Here are some course design tips we thought you might find helpful: Make it bite-sized. Over-loaded schedules and frequent [...]

4 08, 2014

Bringing the Flipped Classroom to CE

By | 2017-09-14T07:53:05+00:00 August 4th, 2014|Blog, Financial, Healthcare, Legal, Professional Association CE|0 Comments

Education never stops – we hear that every day. And it’s true; people continue to learn long after they have left the comfort of the classroom or lecture hall. For many, career choices demand certain certifications and compliance requirements, which necessitates the need for professional education. Here’s the thing – while the importance of education [...]

20 05, 2014

The River Guide and Continuing Education

By | 2017-09-14T07:53:05+00:00 May 20th, 2014|Blog, Online Continuing Education|0 Comments

I read a Seth Godin blog recently called The River Guide and the Rapids. It’s a post that could relate to a lot of things, but I immediately connected it to the professional associations we do business with. The gist of the post is that domain expertise provides the knowledge and flexibility that allows a [...]

8 05, 2014

Preparing for the June Compliance Deadline

By | 2017-09-14T07:53:05+00:00 May 8th, 2014|Blog, Legal, Online Continuing Education, Professional Association CE|0 Comments

Everyone’s favorite time of year is just around the corner- Compliance Time! The June CLE compliance deadline can be a very busy, and if properly planned for, very lucrative time of year for membership associations. The best way to minimize the headaches and maximize the revenue is to plan in advance. As Alexander Graham Bell [...]

30 04, 2014

How to Launch a Successful Online CE Catalog

By | 2017-09-14T07:53:06+00:00 April 30th, 2014|Blog, Financial, Healthcare, Legal, Online Continuing Education, Professional Association CE|0 Comments

It is baseball time in America and one of the best quotes from a baseball movie is from Field of Dreams:  “If you build it he will come.”  Some have used the quote changing “he” to “they.”  In the movie there was a bit of doubt and a little risk taking in the building of [...]

22 04, 2014

What’s Your Great Idea?

By | 2017-09-14T07:53:06+00:00 April 22nd, 2014|Blog, Professional Association CE|0 Comments

The “Great Ideas Conference” is an event provided by the American Society of Association Executives that I attended and presented at in March. It was my first time to attend this conference, and I was astonished with everything related to the event: the registrants, the presentations, the networking, and all the fun. Truly, great ideas [...]

27 02, 2014

Discover efficiencies with CLE administration support

By | 2017-09-14T07:53:06+00:00 February 27th, 2014|Blog, Legal, Online Continuing Education, Professional Association CE|0 Comments

Continuing education accreditation, particularly continuing legal education accreditation, requires thorough knowledge of mandatory legal continuing education rules that affect the credit requirements in each state. It can take hours of research for a CLE provider to determine if their courses meet state requirements. Each course must be approved by accrediting bodies, and the approval process [...]

29 01, 2014

Thoughts on the ACLEA 2014 Mid-year Meeting

By | 2017-09-14T07:53:06+00:00 January 29th, 2014|Blog, Legal, Online Continuing Education, Professional Association CE|0 Comments

Congratulations to the Association of Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) on its 50th anniversary and 99thconference—a commendable achievement and remarkable milestone! Having been a member since 2000 and President since August of 2013, I’ve attended 17 conferences, but have to say that I found the 2014 Mid-year meeting especially notable. Perhaps it was the conference’s significance [...]

28 11, 2013

A Free & Easy Member Benefit

By | 2016-04-20T21:22:13+00:00 November 28th, 2013|Blog, Professional Association CE|0 Comments

In addition to providing formal continuing education to your members, quick and easy recommendations on other professional resources can increase your value in their eyes. This can be as simple as linking to relevant news article in your newsletter and re-publishing it in your member publication (with permission of course). Go a step further by [...]

20 10, 2013

An Incomplete Education

By | 2015-03-31T13:53:06+00:00 October 20th, 2013|Blog, Online Continuing Education|0 Comments

“The education of a man is never completed until he dies.”  - Robert E. Lee   The term mandatory continuing professional education bothers me. Given what I do for a living, saying that may constitute heresy. So let me explain. For many, including members of the public that professionals serve, the word mandatory implies that [...]