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LINGOs deploys Last Mile Learning with NetDimensions

NetDimensions and LINGOs innovate with next generation learning technology for international humanitarian relief and development organizations

Hong Kong and Seattle, WA; February 12, 2014NetDimensions (AIM: NETD; OTCQX: NETDY), a global provider of performance, knowledge, and learning management systems, and LINGOs, a global non-profit consortium of leading humanitarian relief and development organizations, announced today that NetDimensions has donated NetDimensions Learning to LINGOs to deliver a wide range of professional development experiences to the staff of its member organizations and others working to improve lives in the developing world.

NetDimensions and LINGOs have built an innovative learning offering that is based on NetDimensions Learning, the award-winning Learning Management System available as Secure SaaS, that can serve multiple LINGOs member organizations via highly personalized and distributed learning portals. The portals are developed on the popular WordPress blogging and content management system and utilize BuddyPress, a WordPress plugin that provides social networking functionality.

With the WordPress front-end, LINGOs can cost-effectively provide learning portals to each member organization that meet the unique requirements of their headquarters and country offices wherever they are in the world. These portals integrate with NetDimensions Learning via the NetDimensions SDK that provides single sign-on authentication and specific APIs and widgets for WordPress.

“We view this new offering as the next generation learning technology for our members,” said Eric Berg, President and CEO of LINGOs. “It allows us to move beyond simply providing traditional learning management functionality so we can now bring community and social aspects to the online learning experience. NetDimensions has been the only company that was able to provide the right product to enable us to build this distributed offering that delivers capacity to staff in the field as they need it.”

LINGOs’ Last Mile Learning provides free, contextualized learning resources to professionals working in the development and relief sectors. The learning resources are accessible in multiple formats and are designed to serve the needs of individual learners, trainers and organizations.

“We are proud to become a LINGOs partner and to contribute with our technology in helping to address many of the fundamental challenges faced by society today,” explained Alex Poulos, Chief Marketing Officer of NetDimensions. “There is no question that learning can be transformational to communities all over the world and can help better people’s lives with technology playing a key part in that.”

LINGOs will begin making this new learning offering available in the next month and will be able to highlight the technology together with NetDimensions at ASTD 2014 International Conference and Exhibition in Washington, DC on May 4-7. LINGOs members include Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) such as Save The Children, World Relief, Action Aid, CARE, Habitat for Humanity, The Nature Conservancy, Samaritan’s Purse, WWF, and others.

“This is an extremely elegant and powerful architecture to address some unique requirements faced by NGOs and to deliver personalized and collaborative learning at the point of need,” added Poulos.

“NetDimensions has always been true to its mission to make learning, performance support and knowledge sharing more accessible to global organizations,” said Jay Shaw, CEO and founder of NetDimensions. “We are honored to be able to try to do the same for non-profit organizations that have to serve their efforts under very difficult conditions. As a company looking for ways to give back to society, NetDimensions is fully committed to building our relationship with LINGOs and to helping provide a learning technology that has an impact on the world.”

 

About LINGOs

Created in 2005 as a means and community for organizations to share learning resources, LINGOs is continuously expanding as more organizations become aware of the value of membership.

LINGOs also serves as a central contact point for private sector organizations and individuals interested in assisting the sector who want to see their contributions of software, courseware, systems and services be leveraged across many organizations. LINGOs’ Partners, learning leaders in the private sector, donate or subsidize access to their Learning Management Systems, eLearning development tools, synchronous, virtual classroom software, and industry-leading course catalogs through LINGOs to member agencies.

By providing a community for sharing learning resources and experiences, and the latest learning technologies and courses from our partners, LINGOs helps international NGOs increase the skill levels of their employees and therefore increase the impact of their programs. For more information, visit http://www.lingos.org.

 

About NetDimensions

Established in 1999, NetDimensions (AIM: NETD; OTCQX: NETDY) is a global provider of performance, knowledge, and learning solutions.

NetDimensions provides companies, government agencies and other organizations with talent management solutions to personalize learning, share knowledge, enhance performance, foster collaboration, and manage compliance programs for employees, customers, partners and suppliers.

Recognized as one of the talent management industry’s top-rated technology suppliers in overall customer satisfaction, NetDimensions has been chosen by leading organizations worldwide including ING, Cathay Pacific, Hunter Douglas, Chicago Police Department, Geely Automotive, Fugro Group, and Fresenius Medical Care.

NetDimensions is ISO 9001 certified and NetDimensions hosted services are ISO 27001 certified.

For more information, visit www.NetDimensions.com or follow @netdimensions on Twitter.

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LINGOs: Reflections on the First Decade and Imagining the Second

Eric Berg, LINGOs Co-Founder and CEO

EricBerg (1)Ten years! Ten years! It can’t be that long. I just filed the 501(c)3 papers a little while ago – or so it seems. But a check of the paperwork says 2005 which means 2014 will be the tenth year for LINGOs. My plan was very clear – volunteer as a staff person while Linda English from Save the Children, Mike Culligan from Catholic Relief Services, Meg Burns from Care, Mignon Mazique from Mercy Corps and Lisa Ferris from Heifer International decided what they wanted to do with the organization – maybe three years max. Then we would find a capable person from the sector to take over and lead LINGOs into the future. I could then watch from afar as the organization took off. But as they say about “best laid plans of mice and men…..” mine went astray many years ago — and how lucky for me.

Reflections and aspirations

Over the holidays I’ve had a chance to reflect on the past nine years and have enjoyed thinking about how our modest aspirations at the beginning – to share some online learning opportunities among international NGOs – has expanded into wanting “to provide world- class learning opportunities at little or no cost to anyone working to improve lives in the developing world.”

With the launch of the Last Mile Learning program this year, we have taken the first steps on that very lengthy journey. And with the launch of the new LINGOs Learning Platform (LLP) in 2014, we are taking a giant leap forward in providing a state-of-the-art, multi-function learning platform – not only for our members but also for local NGOs throughout the world.

More than a learning consortium

LINGOs now includes a community of members that are actively engaged in providing innovative, professional development opportunities to their organizations in ways that constantly amaze me.

The PMD Pro project management certification that LINGOs pioneered in 2010 is taking hold in the sector with over 7000  individuals having taken the PMD Pro exam and more and more organizations incorporating the tools and techniques into their standard processes. We are gathering data now on how professional project management has resulted in more benefits to the individuals and communities being served by PMD Pro certified project managers. Look for an article on that topic in the coming months.

And every day more individuals throughout the globe are accessing content on basic management, financial management and project management from the Last Mile Learning site.

Last week we received an email from Jean Pierre in Rwanda that read in part, “… I thank you very much for the effort you make to help everybody who needs knowledge gain it freely. May God bless you all.”

While we don’t know exactly who Jean Pierre is or how he found Last Mile Learning, we are happy that the message is getting out and look forward to telling you about tens of thousands of Jean Pierres, each of whom is improving his or her skills so communities can get more from the investments being made to improve people’s lives in the developing world.

Grateful to the members of the LINGOs’ village

There’s an oft-quoted African Adage that “it takes a village to raise a child.” In our case, a global village has helped LINGOs to become what we are today (and what we can yet become!). LINGOs would not even contemplate that audacious desire without the generous support of our village.

  • Our many corporate partners that provide world class course content, learning development tools, professional development services and state-of-the-art platforms enable LINGOs to provide tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of learning services to each of our 75+ member organizations as well as to have created the Last Mile Learning Program that provides a growing library of learning and training resources for anyone.
  • Hundreds of learning professionals have contributed their world-class instructional design and development skills, volunteering thousands of hours and over a million dollars’ worth of professional services enabling LINGOs and its members to create customized eLearning content on a broad range of management, communications, technical and development-specific topics
  • LINGOs Members have not only benefitted from the support of our partners and volunteers, but they have built on and shared these contributions so they are not just additive but contribute exponentially to the success of global development and humanitarian efforts. The ideas initially developed by one organization, tweaked and improved by another, can be continuously perfected, and scaled for global deployment at a minimal cost and maximal return for all of us who want to help make the world a better place.
  • The LINGOs Board of Directors provides the vision and guidance for LINGOs –allowing us to imagine the vision we so audaciously desire to achieve and helping us ensure we have the assets, including the village of partners, volunteers and members, to achieve it.

From not being able to spell “LMS” to contextualized content creation

We have accomplished more than I ever thought possible when we first started those monthly phone calls led by Linda English at Save the Children in 2004. From modest goals of sharing ideas and experiences to over 150,000 courses completed online — mostly by staff in the developing world. From accessing some corporate eLearning courses on Element K to creating custom content contextualized for individual NGOs and organization-specific processes. From not being able to spell “LMS” to creating custom learning platforms reaching employees around the world, we have come a long way together and we should celebrate what we have accomplished and make sure others know what we have done.

Imagine Ifs

But a Tenth Year review is also time to look ahead at what we can do together in the next ten years. Now is a time to really “dream things that never were and say ‘Why not?’” While I am very proud of where we are, I don’t believe for a minute we have scratched the surface of what we can do.

  • Imagine if all the people working in local NGOs had access to the kinds of professional development tools and experiences that LINGOs members enjoy.
  • Imagine what could happen if we could collectively figure out how to translate individual knowledge and skills into organizational impact.
  • Imagine if we could harness the entrepreneurial energy of local trainers to build a network of people who possess not only the professional skills but also content and platforms that enable them to work with local organizations to improve the impact of their work and for those local trainers to be able to make a living at it.
  • Imagine using technology in new ways so that content could come from the South and be shared across the South without filter or modifications.

These are just some of the things to think about as we look ahead. I am looking forward our Tenth Anniversary as both a celebration and a catalyst for new directions for LINGOs. I hope you will think about what LINGOs might become as you contemplate the year ahead during these first few weeks of 2014. You can be certain that all of us at LINGOs will be thinking about it along with you.

Co-Founder and CEO Eric Berg announced plans to retire from LINGOs at the end of 2014. We will celebrate both LINGOs and Eric’s many accomplishments and contributions at the tenth annual member meeting at Mercy Corps in Portland, Oregon, in November.

LINGOs seeks an entrepreneurial, dynamic leader to succeed Eric. To learn more click here.

Fun “Cosmo Quiz” vs Serious Announcement?

You’ve got a new course or learning resource and it’s a great learning opportunity for your staff. How do you get the word out?

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[  ] Memo from the boss?

[  ]  eMail from the Learning Coordinator?

[  ]  Flyer in the break room?  (or elevator, stairwell, restroom…)

[  ]  Text announcement on your intranet?

[  ]  “Gamified” approach?

[  ]   Hallway conversations from an internal maven?

[  ]   All of the above

Have Some Fun

Most of us don’t think of financial management as particularly enjoyable. Last Mile Learning launched its new Financial Management Learning Path with a fun Cosmo-style quiz to ask viewers to check their financial fluency  (click here for the quiz).

Market Your Learning

LINGOs’ Last Mile Learning is marketing learning resources more than once and in various ways. For busy development professionals, particularly those who travel internationally and may miss an email that isn’t hugely urgent, so it’s vital to have more than one opportunity for staff to learn about it.

Actively market your learning! For-profit-companies don’t send an email about a new product and then sit back and wait for customers to empty the shelves. They advertise! Not-for-profit charities do marketing, as well. Use those marketing resources to increase awareness of your learning resources.

Multiple Contacts

The “Financial Fluency Quiz” was promoted through a newsletter (click here to subscribe), many LinkedIn Community Groups, the Last Mile Learning Facebook Page, tweets (and re-tweets) and various e-distribution groups.  In fact, you can forward it, too!

5 things you can do now:

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LINGOs Members, if you’d like the editable file for the financial fluency quiz to use (and direct your learners to YOUR portal), email Marian.

Speed Dating and More at the InsideNGO 2013 Conference

We are at the InsideNGO annual conference this week – learning and sharing with almost 1000 professionals from international NGOs. We had a great time with colleagues from FHI360, Catholic Relief Services and PATH at today’s “Speed Dating for Organizational Learning.”

LINGOs' Gus Curran leads a speed date on Espresso Shot Learning

LINGOs’ Gus Curran leads a speed date on Espresso Shot Learning

We adapted from one of the most popular sessions at last year’s LINGOs Member Meeting for the InsideNGO audience. Each participant at the session had a chance to go on four organizational learning dates. Each “date” was carefully screened for compatibility: All were from the international development/humanitarian relief sector; all were not-for-profits; all shared common constraints and goals: to strengthen their greatest asset – through professional development and organizational learning.

Many of the speed dates are already among the Espresso Shots of Learning mentioned in our previous post, and others are coming soon! Many thanks to Kelli Tubman of Catholic Relief Services, Amanda Zehnder of PATH and Paige Layno Winn of FHI360 for sharing your learning approaches, and to all participants for some great discussion, observations, and ideas.

We’re ready for more great sessions tomorrow at #INGO2013, including a couple we’re leading. We look forward to seeing InsideNGO members at “Better planning for virtual classroom training” and a “Lunch and Learn session “LINGOs: a resource for all NGOs.”  We’ll share info and resources on several resources available to those working in learning and development for INGOs:

  • the LINGOs Group on LinkedIn a community of practice for over 1000 learning professionals who share  and discuss approaches, challenges and successes in the development and relief sectors,
  • Global Giveback through which learning professionals volunteer their highest skills with non-profits working to improve people’s lives in the developing world, as well as our new program,
  • Last Mile Learning  - which provides world-class learning opportunities at no cost to anyone working to improve lives in the developing world. Development professionals with better skills deliver better quality services and produce better results for beneficiary communities.  We encourage folks to register and start learning,
  • LINGOs Membership for not-for-profit international NGOs that seek to join the community, share innovative learning approaches, access to learning tools, shared content, project services capacity building  and opportunities to work with volunteer learning professionals.

We look forward to meeting you here in DC.

The Power of Volunteers

Posted by Gus Curran, LINGOs Member Services Manager

 What comes to mind when you think volunteers?

Four Hands Joined TogetherNon-profits reach out to volunteers on a regular basis for all kinds of projects and tasks, from stuffing envelopes to helping out at events to doing field work, even building houses.

What could you accomplish if you asked highly skilled learning professionals to volunteer their talents for you and your organization?

If you are Mike Culligan ,Director of LINGOs’ Last Mile Learning Program, the answer to that question is that volunteers can get incredible things done. During the last year, Mike worked with over 80 volunteers to create the Last Mile Learning portal and courses. He recently posted on the Global Giveback LinkedIn Group the following list of accomplishments, completed almost entirely by a team of volunteers.

- 1  website built
- 2 Learning paths created
- 4 Last Mile Learning curriculum guides published (self-led, face-to-face, blended synchronous, blended asynchronous)
- 7 courses translated to Spanish, French and Portuguese
- 13 face to face training packages completed
- 15 eLearning modules developed, and
- 21 additional eLearning modules currently under development

logo last mile learning smallThanks to the support of volunteers, a library of professional development courses is available, FREE OF CHARGE to anybody working to improve the lives poor communities around the world via http://www.LastMileLearning.org.

No Job is too small!

I recently reached out to volunteers on the Global Giveback Group on LinkedIn, asking them to test Last Mile Learning courses. Highly skilled learning professionals responded quickly, and I was moved and humbled by their generosity. As you can imagine, testing courses is not the most glamorous assignment, but volunteers stepped up and did the testing, offering great feedback on the courses and helping to make Last Mile learning even better. One volunteer took my basic Word document reporting forms and improved them, converting them to forms on Google Docs and setting it up so that all the feedback was aggregated and easy to review.  I hadn’t even thought of this, and a volunteer saw the need and reached out to me and offered to help.

No Job is too big!

GregDavisDid you know that volunteers help LINGOs members learn on a regular basis? Greg Davis of Precision eLearning volunteers his time and skills quarterly to lead the Virtual Training Mastery Series, a popular and engaging course which is helping staff of LINGOs member organizations to design and deliver better training online. He designed the workshop pro-bono for LINGOs, and LINGOs being LINGOs, asked him if would be willing to also deliver the workshop. He said yes. He’s lead over 500 people through this course.

PamThomasPam Thomas, owner and certified coach at What’s Within U, LLC,, is a key volunteer for LINGOs from Coaching Out of the Box®. With help from her colleagues, Pam gives several hours of her time each quarter to guide members through a two part online workshop to help them to develop their coaching skills.

Greg and Pam don’t just donate time and experience- both of these volunteers are giving members their materials, as well.

Learning professionals are willing and ready to volunteer

Learning professionals are eager to help.  They are lining up on the Global Giveback LinkedIn group, seeking NGOs whose needs and projects match their interests and skills. All you have to do is reach out to them.  Visit the Global Giveback LinkedIn Group to review posts by potential volunteers. Review the helpful handouts on the LINGOs Global Giveback site to start planning your project with your volunteer.

Optional Competition

In the past, a highlight of Global Giveback has been its element of competition. This year the competition is optional. Non-profits may enter eLearning courses into the competition (with the volunteer’s consent, of course).  A panel of judges for the competition will review courses based on a set of requirements, as in years past. However, it is not required that a project be submitted to the competition. This means that all projects should be considered as potential Global Giveback opportunities, as long as they are related to learning for nonprofit organizations working to improve people’s lives in the developing world. This includes internal courses such as orientations, or converting live workshops into blended courses or elearning.

Learn More at the Global Giveback Webinar

I encourage NGO learning staff to join us for a webinar on May 9 at 11:00AM EDT (click here to register) to learn more about how to use Global Giveback harness the power of volunteers. The webinar will also feature LINGOs members who successfully developed courses with volunteer developers in previous years of Global Giveback, and you can ask them your questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

Eventbrite - The Inside Scoop on Global Giveback 2013 for NGOs

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Read this recent post on the Global Giveback

5 Ways Last Mile Learning will Change the way LINGOS Member Agencies Learn

Posted by Mike Culligan, Director of Last Mile Learning

logo last mile learning smallAbout a year ago, LINGOS member agencies first heard rumbling of the Last Mile Learning initiative and how it will “change the way their organizations learn.”   Now it’s time to see for yourself!  The Last Mile Learning Open Portal www.lastmilelearning.org is live and ready to share with your staff, your partners, your implementing agencies, your trainers and anyone else that is working to improve the lives of communities around the world.

By now, as a frequent reader of the LINGOs Blog, you probably know the basics of Last Mile Learning.  The initiative provides free learning resources to anyone working in the development and relief sector.  All the courses are organized into learning paths and are available in three formats (self-led e-learning, face-to-face, and blended on-line.)

For LINGOS member agencies, Last Mile Learning provides an especially exciting opportunity to move learning to the next level in five ways:

#5 Content is contextualized to our sector!

The Last Mile Learning catalog is designed specifically for development and relief professionals.  Take for example, the Project Management Learning Path.  Each of the seven courses was designed and developed for development professionals.  The case studies include scenarios of health, conservation and water projects located in rural communities.  The tools examined include log frames, problem trees, monitoring/evaluation plans and other indispensable tools that are critical to our sector.  Furthermore, all the project management content is aligned with the PMDPro certification which, as of last month, over 5,000 development professionals globally have completed.

#4 Resources are available for learners AND facilitators!

Yes, Last Mile Learning will complement LINGOs member agency eLearning libraries with contextualized courses organized into learning paths.  And, for the first time, Last Mile Learning ALSO provides facilitation packages for trainers who would like to lead courses in face-to-face or blended on-line environments.  This means that organizations now have access to resources that allow them to deploy an integrated and comprehensive learning strategy – reaching learners via whatever approach (eLearning, face-to-face, blended on-line) is most appropriate for their context.

#3 Translated content for your global workforce! 

Over 80% of the staff of international NGOs is located outside of the United States.  For most, English is not their first language.  That is why Last Mile Learning is committed to translating its content into multiple languages.  The Project Management learning path is available to LINGOs members in Spanish, French, and Portuguese, as well as English; and available on the Last Mile Learning Open Portal in English and Spanish.  Other learning paths will be translated over the coming year.  These resources will allow organizations to share learning content with the ENTIRE global workforce – not just those who are fluent in English.

#2 It’s time to “expand the we”!

International organizations don’t work alone.  Their work depends on a vibrant network of implementing partners, local NGOs, in-country consortia, government ministries and community based organizations.  Now an organization can develop a professional development strategy for all of the stakeholders involved in its activities.  This can be done via two options:

  • Organizations can direct stakeholders to the Last Mile Learning open portal where they can access resources directly;
  • Organizations can deploy an LMS Lite where they can directly manage the learning of everyone involved in implementing the organization’s mission.

#1  Adapt resources to your context…  …and your brand!

And, finally, LINGOs members can access the source document files for all of the resources in the Last Mile Learning catalog.  These resources, regardless of whether they are self-led e-learning, face-to-face facilitation packages, or blended on-line content, can be edited to address the unique needs of your organization and the context in which it works.  All LINGOS member agencies have full access to the source files so that they can swap out logos, insert new case studies, revise the learning objectives, or include organization-specific policies for their staff members.

So what’s next?  Help us share the news of the Last Mile Learning  launch!  Visit the open portal, access the resources, and (most importantly) be sure to help us get the word out!

LINGOs is asking that each of its member agency contacts to identify ten people you feel will benefit from free, hi-quality learning resources for professionals in the sector.  This could include:

Individual Learners – Who can access eLearning courses on topics like Project Identification and Design, Project Planning, Delegation,  Performance Management and much more;

Trainers – Who can download facilitation guides that allow them to lead face-to-face workshops on all of the topics in the Last Mile Learning catalog;

Organizations – Who can acquire a Learning Management portal and manage the learning of their stakeholders… …assigning courses, tracking completion status and managing learning paths.

LINGOs Member Agencies desiring to add Last Mile Learning self-paced courses to their existing Learning Management System Catalog may do so. Designated LMS Administrators can request addition of Last Mile Learning Course titles.

What’s LINGOs got going at the Learning Solutions Conference?

LINGOs will be at Learning Solutions Conference and Expo on next week in Orlando – and has lots going on.  In addition to spending quality time with our members, partners, volunteers and several of our board members at the eLearning Guild’s always interesting event, we will be announcing the return of the competitive element to the Global Giveback and representatives from International NGOs and eLearning volunteers will join LINGOs staff members at the SolutionFest 2013.

Back by Popular Demand

ImageThe eLearning community’s high level support and volunteerism is bringing back the popular Global Giveback Competition. LINGOs Executive Director Eric Berg will announce the fifth Global Giveback at the Learning Solutions Conference General Session on March 7th.

Any course created on a volunteer (pro-bono) basis for any non-profit working globally to improve people’s lives in the developing world in 2013 can be entered in the competition.

This is bigger than past Global Giveback events in that participation is not limited only to international development non-profits that are members of LINGOs.  Stay tuned for Eric’s announcement at the Conference and future posts here on an updated Global Giveback site and in the Global Giveback group on LinkedIn.

Solution Fest 2013™

ImageRepresentatives from several of our member agencies will be participating with us in the first Solution Fest, helping us to demonstrate key learning solutions for people working in humanitarian relief, health, development, conservation and social justice.

We believe that the better they do their jobs, the more the most vulnerable people on earth will have enough to eat, have access to health care and education, have a chance at a secure livelihood and be able to live in a safe and clean environment.

The Challenge: How to make world-class learning opportunities available at no cost to anyone working to improve lives in the developing world?

 

The Solution:

Image Last Mile Learning – a LINGOs initiative using the latest instructional technologies, the collaboration of the public and private sectors and the creativity and energy of volunteer learning professionals to create and deliver world-class learning in multiple formats and multiple languages contextualized to the development sector.

LINGOs Staff and Members including Catholic Relief Services, World Vision, ACDI/VOCA, InsideNGO, Management Sciences for Health, Samaritan’s Purse and others will demonstrate explore five enabling solutions from Last Mile Learning:

1. Last Mile Learning: Multiple Delivery Modes

2. Last Mile Learning: Creating a Certification System

3. Last Mile Learning: Learning Paths for Motivation

4. Last Mile Learning: Scenario-Based Performance Management

5. Last Mile Learning: Blended Learning Nodes (HoTspots)

We look forward to seeing you there. LINGOs Volunteers and Members attending Learning Solutions are invited to contact Marian (at) LINGOs.org in advance of the meeting.

Last Mile Learning Releases its first Learning Path: Project Management

Posted by Marian Abernathy, LINGOs Director of Member Services & Communications

For years, LINGOs member agencies have asked us, “How can we train our staff around the world on the contextualized Project Management skills promoted in the Guide to the PMD Pro?”  Well, here you are!!

As the new year gets under way, LINGOs is pleased to offer new series of seven Project Management courses ready for deployment.  These courses, which were developed in collaboration with PM4NGOs and Virginia Tech University, are the first of four learning paths that will be released by Last Mile Learning over the coming months.

As with all the courses made available to LINGOS members through the work of Last Mile Learning, the project management courses have the following unique features:

  • Multiple Languages:  Each course is available in multiple languages. Last Mile Learning courses will be available in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Note that this first release includes English, Spanish, and Portuguese. The French courses are coming soon.

  • Contextualized to the Development Sector:  Courses are contextualized for people working in international development, with examples, case studies, and images reflecting realities of this sector rather than of the corporate world.

  • Fully modifiable:  LINGOs member agencies who wish to update these courses need only ask LINGOs for the source files to the content.  Modules can be updated to include member agency logos, customized information about organization-specific project management processes, or any other unique text that a member agency would like to include. And, in the case of this learning path,

  • PMD Pro-Ready – The learning in this course sequence is fully aligned with the PM4NGOs newly revised Guide to the PMD Pro. An additional bonus for those who complete the Project Management Course Path is that they will be prepared for the PMD Pro Level 1 exam.

Courses Available in Learning Paths

The seven project management courses now available to LINGOs members comprise the first Learning Path that the Last Mile Learning team is developing.  Expect to see the second Learning Path, People Management, released in February.  Courses from the third and fourth learning paths (Self-Management and Team Management) will follow.

If you would like to learn more about Last Mile Learning, be sure to view Mike Culligan’s closing session at the LINGOs 2012 Member Meeting,  “Are You Ready for Last Mile Learning?”

Available to LINGOs members now

Course Path

Course Title

Languages   Available

(Jan   2013)

Project Management  Module 1: Introduction to Project Management  Eng, Span, Port
Project Management  Module 2: Project Identification & Design  Eng, Span, Port
Project Management  Module 3: Project Set Up  Eng, Span, Port
Project Management  Module 4: Project Planning  Eng, Span, Port
Project Management  Module 5: Project Implementation  Eng, Span, Port
Project Management  Module 6: Project Monitoring, Evaluation & Control  Eng, Span, Port
Project Management  Module 7: End of Project Transition  Eng, Span, Port
Project Management  Project Management Learning Path Assessment  Coming soon!

These courses are now available on the LINGOs catalog and Level 1 member portals. Level 2 and Enterprise Members who would like to add them to their portals should follow standard process as outlined on the LINGOs LMS Administrator Community site to request they be added.

I can’t end this post without expressing immense gratitude to the 100+ individual volunteers as well as academic and corporate teams of volunteers who have worked with us, to the leading LINGOs member agencies that have stepped up, and the leadership of Mike Culligan to transform content so that it can be deployed not just for LINGOs members, but also in coming months, for anyone who is working to improve lives in the developing world. Last Mile Learning will include appropriate content that is accessible in multiple formats and multiple languages, at little or no cost to a global audience.

For more information about Project Management, see:

For those who want to learn PMD Pro in a different learning format, please note that LINGOs is offering several 4-week, blended learning courses, similar to the PMD Pro course offered last fall. Registration is open for the Spanish-language course in February , and will open at the end of the month for an English language course scheduled for March. See Current Events on the LINGOs Member site for more information, including links to register.

 

For more on Last Mile Learning, see:

Last Mile Learning Sneak Preview

Posted by Marian Abernathy, LINGOs Director of Membership & Communications

Reaching the workers on the front-lines of development can be challenging. They are the ones doing the hard, sometimes dangerous work that development and humanitarian relief organizations are known for. The good people at the “Last Mile” work in remote communities, sometimes informally, often without electricity and internet. They often lack opportunities to build their skills and to effectively share their experience and wisdom with others who need to know it. It’s often impossible for the Last Milers to get training or learning that would allow them to advance their careers and to more effectively achieve their mission.

Last week, Kenyan Development and Humanitarian Relief workers had an opportunity to get a “sneak peak” at some of the Last Mile Learning resources under development. The workshop was in Nairobi, so we did not manage to reach the last mile, but had some great input from “Mid Milers.”

We had a chance to try out some of the face-to-face training materials that are being developed by teams of volunteers working with member agencies to see how the format and materials work, and the participants kindly shared some of their thoughts and guidance on Last Mile Learning adoption.

Roger Steele and I worked with “sell-out” crowds at the free workshops and focus groups on July 10 and 11. It was wonderful to get to meet some of the field staff of member organizations as well as folks from many other organizations and institutions.

In addition to the sneak peak at the Coaching resource and some project management tools, we met with a number of other organizations and institutions about Last Mile Learning. There’s lots of enthusiasm for what’s to come.

Please visit the Last Mile Learning website to learn more. LINGOs Members will hear more about Last Mile Learning at the Member Meeting (Nov 28-29 in Washington, DC) — See most recent post on this blog for more information.

Three Ways Last Mile Learning Makes Your Organizational Learning More Strategic

Posted by Mike Culligan, LINGOs

Much of the interest surrounding LINGOs’ Last Mile Learning program has focused on its availability to any individual and/or organizations working in the development and relief sector worldwide.  For the first time, everyone working to improve the lives of the world’s poorest communities will have access to world-class courses at no cost.

What has been less explored, however, are the innovative ways that the Last Mile Learning will help LINGOs member agencies implement a strategic learning strategy.  Last Mile Learning will make this possible through three unique innovations:

1. Learning Tracks:  One challenge with the existing LINGOs resources is identifying which courses most appropriately address specific  learning needs.  To address this challenge, the Last Mile Learning Library is organized into Strategic Learning Tracks. 

The learning tracks allow learners to identify courses by comparing the contents of track to criteria such as job family, areas of weakness, and professional development objectives.  Furthermore, managers can work with their teams to identify personal development plans that leverage the resources made available through Last Mile Learning.

This year, the initiative will build out four learning tracks: Self-management, Team management, Strategic Management and Project Management.  Plans are currently underway to develop content in additional learning tracks including Information Technology, Small Enterprise Development and more. 

                                           Initial Learning Tracks

Self-Management

Team Management

Strategic Management

Project Management

New Manager Transitions

Team Management

Change Management

Identification and Design

Delegating

Hiring

Strategy Execution

Set-Up

Meeting Management

Performance Management

Leading & Motivating

Planning

Presentation Skills

Coaching

Team Leadership

Implementation

Managing Others

Difficult Interactions

Negotiation

End of Project Transition

Stress Management

Conflict Management

Influencing Skills

Monitoring, Evaluation & Control

 

2. Certificates:  When learners complete the series of courses that comprises a learning track, they have the option to access an assessment that tests their knowledge of the learning objectives for the courses in the learning track.  For example, upon completion of the six project management courses in the Project Management Learning Track, learners will be able to access a 75-question examination to receive a Last Mile Learning certificate for Project Management.   

3. Multiple Course Formats:  Each course will include four deployment formats that accommodate multiple learner scenarios, including online, face-to-face and blended formats.  That means that the Last Mile Learning resources are not just about eLearning, but also serve the needs of all the staff in an organization who are trained/experienced facilitators. 

Experienced facilitators are often a limited resource, invaluable to an organization – especially if the facilitator is comfortable in both the face-to-face and on-line contexts.  Last Mile Learning will provide these facilitators with dozens of course titles that can be immediately made available for use. 

Alone, each innovation provides a level of resource previously unavailable to LINGOs member agencies. Together, however, they provide the building blocks from which organizations can build a more strategic learning strategy. 

We look forward to sharing more information and answering your questions  about Last Mile Learning at an interactive webinar on June 6. Register to join us!

Eventbrite - Last Mile Learning Webinar June 6, 2012


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