For 5 years the Professional Development Committee of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums researched options for development of an online training and professional development program that met the needs expressed by their members. In their research they found many options but none that were low-cost to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and its members, allowed for content to be developed by multiple zoos and aquariums and/or third parties, and housed on a Learning Management System that was straightforward and easy to navigate without ongoing support or maintenance from their Information Technology team.


The CollaborNation® Collaborative Learning Environment® allowed the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to start a program with no upfront cost, housed on a SAAS cloud server with multiple opportunities for member institutions and individuals to communicate and share information in a peer-to-peer learning network. The network contains blended, self-directed and other online learning as well as opportunities for learning materials to be developed and loaded from many members.