But APEGGA Surveying Suggests Less Than Half of Members
Know It Exists
BY DEREK McCUNE, MBA
PEGGasus is an online marketplace that APEGGA members and
others can use to find and enrol in professional development
opportunities of all types. We’ve set a goal for ourselves
to be “the resource of choice for the engineering and
geoscience professions on matters of continuing professional
Three recent surveys – of members at large, members
who have visited the site and members who have registered in
events through PEGGasus – confirm the validity of the
concept and the functional design. Members who have visited
the site provided many constructive comments.
Of those who have visited the site, 65 per cent said they
will return and 25 per cent said they hadn’t made up
their minds. Given the early stages of operation and the growing
number of providers, we are confident that the committed percentage
Common threads from these surveys that are helping us build
a better learning marketplace are:
- Give us more events and more event providers. Thirty-three
providers at launch had grown to 70 by the end of April – more
than doubling in four months. The number of events has
remained about constant with new events and opportunities
But we are in discussions with another half-dozen course
and event providers that could double the number of listings.
Should that happen, we will have
the largest database of professional development opportunities and events
available for the engineering and geoscience community
that we are aware of. And that’s
pretty impressive. Just as we go to press, Serebra Learning Corporation
joined PEGGasus as a provider. They offer over 1,800 on-line
courses in the professional
development, Internet and IT fields.
•The search agent is a great idea. This is one of the gems of the system
that people are only just now discovering. It enables notification to the users
of new opportunities on the system meeting customized user criteria – without
them having to revisit the website.
•Clean out stale-dated items. The module to automatically delete these
items has been developed and requires testing. Once it’s acceptable to us,
we’ll stop those items from showing up in your searches.
•Add more geoscience items. During March and April the majority of the
new events entered into the database were directed towards geoscientists and
•Cut the advertisements. We’d like to, but we can’t because
they defray some of our costs. If registration volumes build, it may become
•The search engine works great. Thanks, but we’re still looking for ways
to make it even better and more operationally intuitive. We’re going
to make technical society events more available and we’re considering
adding “canned” search results to reduce your time in inputting
•Allow searches without creating a profile. This can be done now. We’re
also working on changes to request personal information only when you want
to register in an event or course.
Despite all this good news, only 43 per cent of APEGGA’s
members are currently aware of PEGGasus. This points to the
ongoing challenge of effectively communicating with members.
We’ve used The PEGG and mass e-mails extensively. Although
93 per cent of members read The PEGG, the many articles and
ads about PEGGasus appear to have caught the attention of less
than half of our members.
E-mails are very effective but about 50 per cent of our members
haven’t, or don’t know whether they have, provided
APEGGA with a current e-mail address.
Here are three things you can do to help us help you in meeting
your professional development needs:
1) explore PEGGasus at www.peggasus.ca and start to benefit
from the host of PD opportunities that are available.
2) drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org advising us of your e-mail
address. Your address will enable APEGGA to communicate with
forbids us from giving that address to anyone else.
3) drop a line to email@example.com and let us know of other
PD providers or events you would like to see listed in PEGGasus.