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The Right Stuff… LINGOs 2013 Awards

Clockwise from upper left: ComputerWorld Honors Medal; Paige Layno Winn with FHI 360's Member of the Year Award; LINGOs Awards; Rising Stars Nick Walden (L) and Rich Peavy (R) with LINGOs CEO Eric Berg (Center).

Clockwise from upper left: ComputerWorld Honors Medal; Paige Layno Winn with FHI 360′s Member of the Year Award; LINGOs Awards; Rising Stars Nick Walden (L) and Rich Peavy (R) with LINGOs CEO Eric Berg (Center).

Among the fun and fabulousness at the LINGOs 2013 Member Meeting, we had the opportunity to recognize some rising stars and a member organization that is contributing above and beyond to the LINGOs learning consortium.

Originally formed to be a community of learning in 2005, LINGOs has grown and evolved.  As a reader of this blog, you’ve no doubt seen frequent posts on two initiatives that benefit our members, as well as the development/humanitarian community at large:

Our Project Services group works with development organizations to build capacity in project management, and provides innovative learning opportunities for individuals around the world to strengthen their skills and knowledge.

The Last Mile Learning initiative is providing world class learning at little or no cost – not just to our member organizations, but to ANYONE working to improve people’s lives in the developing world.  LINGOs members have access to all that is available to others, often before it’s released to the public.

Focus on LINGOs Members

The LINGOs 2013 member meeting was the ninth occasion at which LINGOs members have convened to network, share ideas and approaches and learn with and from one another. Over a third of our 76 member organizations from around the world sent representatives to the two-day event to take part in two dozen sessions hosted at PATH’s Washington, DC headquarters.

It was a wonderful occasion, and at the reception hosted at the offices of the National Democratic Institute, we recognized some key contributors to our learning community.

Rising Stars

LINGOs recognized two individuals each one new to the community stood out as exemplifying the ideals on which LINGOs was formed. Both work with organizations that have joined LINGOs in the past two years, and each has contribute to the community in ways large and small – serve on advisory committees, share what they are learning – spotlights on work in progress, espresso shots, share questions and concerns in LinkedIn… provide and share across the community.

Member of the year

LINGOs’ 2013 Member of the Year FHI 360 joined the LINGOs community three years ago, and has since undergone significant transition and growth. Paige Layno Winn, FHI 360 Senior Learning Officer and designated contact to LINGOs has played an extraordinary role and is more than a LINGOs star (maybe a sun).

“LINGOs recognizes FHI 360 as its 2013 Member of the Year not simply for using LINGOs resources well within their organization,” said LINGOs CEO Eric Berg. “Rather, the recognition is for sharing and giving back to the LINGOs community that includes 75 + international development organizations and the other organizations and individuals with whom LINGOs interacts via its Last Mile Learning initiative (www.LastMileLearning.org) and our Project Services groups.”

FHI 360 emulates the ideals of a learning community on which LINGOs was founded 9 years ago, and it is an honor to present the 2013 Member of the Year award to Paige Winn for FHI 360.

FHI360 shared its initial learning and process for deploying its LMS with other members in a blog post in January  2011. This relatively simple way to share knowledge and approach to deploying technology based learning, has benefitted the many organizations that have joined LINGOs since then.  In an early 2013 “Espresso shot” shared a great update on internal community building, that highlights use of resources they get through LINGOs and other low cost resource such as NING.

FHI 360 is clearly is deploying LINGOs resources well, as can be seen from its learning management system utilization reports in terms of the total number of staff registered and actively engaging in and completing self-paced courses, as well as participating in events.

Our Member of the year has tried out many member benefits, sometimes investing extra resources in getting more than what is available through LINGOs – such as we shared in the January Spotlight article.

Paige Winn recently guest blogged on its approach to building a virtual community of learning.

FHI 360 not only developed important resources through Global Giveback but shared with other LINGOs members, an award-winning resource that benefits any health worker working on HIV and TB prevention.

Also through the Global Giveback, FHI 360 created a harassment and discrimination course that, with minimal adaptation, is now available for the entire LINGOs and InsideNGO community, has shared its approaches to using the LINGOs-hosted LMS for events and reporting.

LINGOs Laureate Award Bestowed

Earlier this year,  in a LINGOs LINK Spotlight article, we reported that IDG’s Computerworld  Honors Program named LINGOs as a 2013 Laureate for its collaboration with Rustici Software  in the  creation of SCORM Dispatch. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.  Todd Slater, Director of the Technology Learning Center Director at The Nature Conservancy and LINGOs Board Member bestowed the ComputerWorld Honors Laureate medal on LINGOs’ Director of Technology, Robb Allen. Robb lead the work for LINGOs with Rustici Software that member organizations are now using to provide content from the LINGOs catalog to more than ten portals.

For more info on the meeting

Please view the Spotlight Report from the November 2013 LINGOs LINK.

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.

The Virtual Palava Hut: Building a Global Community of Learning

Guest Post By Paige Layno Winn, FHI 360

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In some African countries, the Palava Hut is the central space for social networking, informal learning, and conflict resolution. It’s a place that welcomes locals and guests alike. It’s the cultural hub of a village—a place that promotes dialogue between people of diverse opinions, backgrounds, and cultures.

How do you create community in a virtual learning space?

You might say that an NGO’s training classroom is like a Palava Hut—the organizational learning hub. So how do you create that same sense of community in a virtual learning space?  The Learning and Development (L+D) team at FHI 360 has been working on creative ways to do just that.

This year, we launched a series of live, virtual learning events called Cross-Sector Cafés—regular one-hour interactive discussions led by country offices and staff from across FHI 360’s 11 practice areas. Facilitators lead sessions held via virtual classroom (Blackboard Collaborate), giving brief introductions and highlights of staff/programs, with much of the time devoted for Q&A from attendees. This year’s topics include:

  • Integrating gender programs
  • Exploring FHI 360’s disability projects and resources
  • Strengthening economic systems in developing countries
  • Extending information delivery and data collection in low resource environments
  • Developing sustainable solutions to environmental protection
  • Introducing staff and projects in country offices, including Nepal, Kenya, and Thailand
  • And more!

Cross Sector Dialogue via Collaborative Platform

1Cafe 360 screenshotAfter each session, follow up discussions are posted on Café 360, a collaborative networking site we built using the professional social networking platform, Ning. Café 360 is designed to promote cross-sector dialogue between staff through discussion boards, videos, and other cross-sector collaboration tools. Café 360 also provides us a place to post recorded Cross-Sector Cafés , so colleagues who couldn’t attend a synchronous session still have access. And, as a bonus, we have a nice library of virtual interactions between staff that can be accessed anywhere, anytime!

Café 360 has been a great resource where staff share profiles and photos, as well as a place for L+D to post pictures of live, in-country learning events and learning materials. We’ve also set up content interest groups so staff can direct questions to the relevant people. For example, we have a learning champions group on Café 360 where champions can post LMS or eLearning-related questions and get quick responses—often real-time answers in their time zones.

Another outcome of Café 360 is that others are now using technologies like Blackboard Collaborate to facilitate virtual learning across their own global teams. Groups are also seeing the advantage of adopting professional networking sites (such as Ning) and are exploring similar platforms for communities of practice and FHI 360 as a whole. As a result, learners are collaborating across geographies and practices areas, and staff are building their virtual training skills when they facilitate Cross-Sector Cafés.

NGOs often face hurdles with expense, skill, and technology infrastructure. But with a growing variety of social media and mobile learning tools, you’re sure to find one that fits your budget, size, and capacity. In the spirit of a LINGOs Palava Hut, contact me if you’d like to talk about getting started with a virtual strategy to increase global collaboration and learning with your teams. Or better yet—let’s catch up over coffee at this year’s LINGOs member meeting!

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The  LINGOs 2013 Member Meeting takes place October 16 & 17 in Washington, DC. Staff of all LINGOs Member Organizations are welcome to register and attend.  Sessions are tailored for our members: to help you give your learners a  “buzz”, help you use a mixture of resources to “blend” your  program and give you ideas to make maximum use of the limited  “bandwidth” we all have available – both figuratively and literally.

How fast does your NGO learn?

Posted by Marian Abernathy, Director of Membership & Communications

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Atul Gawande’s recent New Yorker article Slow Ideas: Some innovations spread fast. How do you speed the ones that don’t? highlights the importance of champions. He discusses his work on the BetterBirth Project in Uttar Pradesh with the Indian Government, the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation and LINGOs member Population Services International (PSI).

Dr. Gawande illustrates how we are often very slow to adopt great ideas, even those that resolve resolve important and highly prioritized challenges. While reading “slow ideas” about the speed of adoption of medical and public health innovations (from anesthesia and aseptic technique to oral rehydration solutions), I was struck by the similarities that many LINGOs members face as they roll out technology-based learning to provide professional development or strengthen technical skills of their global staff.

Many LINGOs members, including PSI, designate learning champions who help speed the diffusion of innovation in learning. Over 50 years ago, Everett Rogers’ wrote about the diffusion of innovation and showed that people take up new ideas when they have a trusted personal connection to it: change is a social process. A local learning champion serves as the trusted personal connection to organizational learning program.

LINGOs Members & Learning Champions

• Opportunity International clearly defines the role for their learning champions, including serving as registrars in the organizational learning management system (for more information, see March 2013 LINK  Spotlight).

• IJM’s Chennai-based Learning Champion shared her Gold Medal Tips in a July 2012 post on the LINGOs blog.

• LINGOs members will be abuzz their approaches to bring that personal connection to learners at the LINGOs 2013 Member Meeting. Registration is now open for LINGOs members and their global champions. We look forward to learning with you in Washington, DC.

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Buzz, Blend and Bandwidth at LINGOs 2013 Member Meeting: October in Washington DC

The LINGOs team and Advisory Committee planning the LINGOs 2013 Member Meeting are abuzz with excitement and we hope our members are, too!

LINGOs 2013 Member Meeting is being hosted at the Washington, DC offices of PATH October 16 and 17.

The agenda is filling up with sessions facilitated by members of our community, invited speakers and LINGOs team members.

Invited Speakers

Entrepreneurial approaches to build capacity – Liziane Silva

LizianeSilvaWe look forward to introducing you to keynoter Liziane Silva, a young entrepreneur from Brazil who brings a field-based perspective and entrepreneurial approach to building capacity. Her company, INK, aims to inspire, form and connect people and organizations to create, build and transform their realities through entrepreneurial action.  We got to know Liziane as she’s trained more than 500 people and a network of facilitators in project management in Brazil. She is also developing projects to build capacities in different knowledge areas, as Strategic Planning, Communications, Impact Strategies, Fundraising, Laws and Financial Organization.  Liziane will share her experiences both as a facilitator and as an employee of social organizations aiming to strengthen management capacities to achieve broader and deeper impact.

Personalizing and Reinforcing Learning – Ron Price

Ron PriceMany of our members have had the pleasure of meeting keynoter Ron Price, Senior Vice President of Yukon Learning at eLearning Guild events and Yukon training workshops on Articulate Studio and Storyline rapid eLearning authoring tools. Ron brings a distinctive, holistic, and dynamic approach to organizational learning, springing from over 30 years of combined experience in organization development consulting, instructional design, business coaching, leadership development, experiential education, public speaking, and relational ministry.  Ron has consulted with organizations from  an assortment of industries of various sizes – from large institutions (UNC – Kenan Flagler, Duke – Fuqua School of Business, Kaiser-Permanente, AT&T, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Harvard Business School, Outward Bound) to small organizations (church congregations, camps, schools, youth groups, community organizations).

Ron will share his experience and knowledge of personalizing learning and reinforcing the learning to enhance application of new skills and knowledge on the job.  Friday, Ron will lead a workshop on Storyline. Participants will gain experience and ability to use storyboards, chunk learning with the “Big Idea” process and use Storyline to create learning resources for their global staff.

Concurrent Sessions: Buzz, Blend and Bandwidth

Sessions will help you give your learners a  “buzz”, help you use a mixture of resources to “blend” your  program and give you ideas to make maximum use of the limited  “bandwidth” we all have available – both figuratively and literally.

The Initial Menu of Concurrent Sessions:

Buzz:

Communicating with learners

Telling the story of organizational learning to Execs, CDs, Managers and Donors

Champions speed adoption of learning

Engaging field-based programmatic partners with an entrepreneurial approach

Blend:

Building Capacity through mentoring and shadowing

Just add MOOC? Considerations for designing your organizational learning menu

Microteaching to build trainers – virtually and in person

LINGOs project services learning labs serves up interesting results

Bandwidth:

Getting started with eLearning in your organization

Building multi-media learning without a multi-media budget or producer

In addition to sessions facilitated by familiar faces of many fellow members, members will enjoy the sessions facilitated by some lesser known LINGOs team members:

  • Not just fun and games: Strengthening Engagement and Application with Gamification with Juan Manuel Palacios and Gus Curran
  • Launching new learning products, lessons from Last Mile Learning – with Mike Culligan
  • Microteaching to build trainers – virtually and in person with Roger Steele
  • Maximizing results with innovative approaches – John Cropper and Roger Steele
  • Partners, Paths and Platforms, Oh My: Update from LINGOs with Eric Berg

Networking, Resources and Fun

Bypopular request, LINGOs 2013 includes a networking platform through which participants can meet, share resources and network before, during and after the meeting. We’ll be able to share updates on the agenda, social events (including welcome reception at fellow member NDI’s offices), and resources. Stay tuned!

Friday Workshops

For those who want more! Members can choose from two optional workshops on Friday October 18.

Storyline and the “Big Idea”: Gain concepts and skills for rapid eLearning course development with Ron Price (full day)

Participants in this highly engaging and interactive full-day workshop will learn or build skills in the use of Articulate Storyline while creating and/or customizing a general course on how to be a successful self-directed learner.  This introductory – intermediate course is geared for those relatively new to rapid eLearning and those with some skills who want to learn to use Storyline.

Our goal is for participants to leave the workshop with skills to use Storyline, and a course they can upload to their organizational LMS upon completion of the workshop.

Participants will gain experience and ability to:

  • Use storyboards to build courses
  • Chunk learning with the “Big Idea” process
  • Use Storyline to create learning resources for their global staff

Participants should bring their own computer with Storyline installed and organizational assets including logo and branding guidelines.

Getting started or re-booting your organizational learning program with LINGOs (half day)

If you or your organization is new to LINGOs, or your organizational learning program has been sidelined and you are ready to reboot it – or you just want to get more from your LINGOs membership, this is the workshop for you!

Participants will leave this half day workshop with a plan that identifies:

  • Top organizational learning priorities
  • Benchmarks and metrics for success
  • Quick wins for your organization to leverage your LINGOs membership

  

Registration is now open!

We look forward to a fabulous event with our members October 16-17 and optional workshops Friday October 18 at the DC offices of PATH.

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Insights – LINGOs partnership strengthens individuals and teams for global development

Eric Berg, Executive Director, LINGOs

When I was in the software business, there was an engineering manager with whom I never could seem to communicate. Somehow, no matter how much information I gave her, the time it took to make get a decision was always frustrating. After several uncomfortable confrontations I just came to accept that we would always have problems. This was unfortunate because we needed to work together on several important projects. It was only later I realized that what I perceived as procrastinating was her desire to get it right and really was a preference and style difference. Had I been a little more aware of that, I might have been able to provide information that would have improved both our communications and the speed of activities.

I want to share with you my excitement in having Insights (www.insights.com) as a new partner for LINGOs. A global company with many Fortune 500 companies as clients, Insights provides a wide range of products and services that help their customers:

o Develop individual awareness and effectiveness

o Build more productive teams

o Develop high performing leaders.

Insights’ products are based on Insights Discovery, a four color model based on the work of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung. It measures a person’s preferences and provides an individual with an extensive personality profile which identifies strengths and areas for development. Each profile includes suggestions for development that can be put into practice the very next day.

Each LINGOs member representative attending the LINGOs Member Meeting in November will gain access to the Insights Preference Evaluator and will receive a custom 20 page personal profile. Members attending the meeting can also register for an all day workshop led by Insights staff to explore the meaning and application of their individual profile.

You are probably familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and may have completed that instrument and studied it sometime in your schooling. You might even remember your “type.” In some ways, the Insights Discovery model is similar in that it analyzes your responses to questions of preference and then feeds back a profile of your preferences and communication style. What is particularly attractive about the Insights’ model is that it has been extremely well “packaged” to make it simple to administer and apply in an organizational setting.

Imagine…

Ibrahim, the CD for Sudan, just sent Simon, the Regional Program Quality Manager, his final monitoring plan for the new microfinance program.

Ibrahim has already sent two versions of the plan, and there’s been a meeting and two tense telephone conversations about its adequacy.

Ibrahim can’t imagine why it is taking so long for a decision to made, while Simon cannot understand why there was such a rush on such an important document.

Both Simon and Ibrahim are considered outstanding in their roles and yet everyone knows they simply can’t get along. Many who know them both say it’s just bad “Chemistry.” 

In fact, it is more probably a question of opposing preferences and styles. With some Insights into these differences, Ibrahim and Simon can take their work and that of their agency to the next level. 

But don’t let the simplicity fool you; it is extremely revealing. I guess the best way to illustrate that is with my personal experience with the tool. Before we began serious conversations with Insights, I was offered the opportunity to complete the Preference Evaluator and get the personal profile I mentioned earlier. Being familiar with the Myers-Briggs and other instruments, I was eager to see the similarities and the differences. I completed the Evaluator and waited for my “report.” When it arrived, I quickly read through the resulting document and was startled with the accuracy and detail of what was produced. This may be best illustrated by the comments of my wife, Kathy, with whom I shared the report. She said to me, “I don’t know who these people are or how they know you so well but they may even know you better than I do after 30 years of marriage!” LINGOs Director of Member Services, Marian Abernathy, (with whom I also shared the profile) echoed Kathy’s comments when she said with a smile in her voice, “They pretty much “nailed” you.”

Some LINGOs members reading this know me well enough to appreciate some of the specific comments from my personal profile that Kathy and Marian are referring to. For example, under the section titled “Managing Eric” there is a list of “What Eric Needs.” One item says “Eric needs objective, direct and honest feedback…” to which is added the caution “- stand well back!” Everyone that has read the profile has stopped and laughed out loud in agreement at the caution.

Other sections identified weaknesses around listening adequately to others, making decisions hastily and my high sense of urgency creating stress for others. You can ask Robb Allen or Marian or other LINGOs staff members about those and I am sure each will have stories verifying the accuracy of those assessments.

So why am I sharing all this? I hope that LINGOs members will begin to realize the potential for using Insights Discovery to improve the communications and performance of the teams working within their organizations. During the LINGOs 2012 Member Meeting, a group from Insights will share how the Insights Discovery model is being used in corporations around the world. You’ll have an opportunity to see how members might begin to think of ways of applying it to staff selection, leadership development, team building, individual development plans and a host of other targeted initiatives. Those interested in a more in depth exposure will have the chance to attend the post-meeting workshop led by Doug Upchurch and the Insights Team and spend the entire day exploring their own profile as well as techniques for applying the model in their organizations.

If you can’t attend the LINGOs member meeting be on the lookout for announcements of how LINGOs Member Agencies can access this new LINGOs benefit. Corporations around the world are spending thousands and thousands of dollars on this tool. Through the generosity of Insights, it will be part of member agencies’ core LINGOs benefits in 2013. We are very grateful to Insights and look forward to sharing stories of how their generous support has made a difference in the impact of the work of LINGOs members.

The LINGOs 2012 Meeting is focused on engagement. For details, check out the Sept 10 post on LINGOs 2012 Member Meeting 

LINGOs 2012 Member Meeting: Increasing Engagement

LINGOs members who participate in the LINGOs 2012 Member Meeting November 28 and 29 will be engaged  through interactive plenary and concurrent sessions led by invited experts, the LINGOs team and fellow  LINGOs members, in addition to several “un-conference” sessions based on evolving discussions and requests.

The theme of this year’s member meeting is engagement. Learning and capacity building professionals who analyze needs, design, develop, implement and evaluate learning and development programs know that learning programs that meet defined learning needs are not enough. Transformation of practice requires that programs also be engaging: attention-getting, attractive, pleasing, and inspire the learner to change behavior and work practices.

Please see the member meeting site: http://bit.ly/LINGOs2012 for updates to the schedule and speaker lineup!

  Christopher Pirie, General Manager, Microsoft Sales, Marketing & Services Group Readiness, and Chairman of the Board of ASTDChristopher Pirie serves as General Manager of Microsoft’s Sales, Marketing and Services Group Readiness (SMSG-R) organization, delivering field readiness and training for 42,000 field employees worldwide. After joining Microsoft in 2004 as Senior Director of Learning Product Development, he went on to serve as General Manager for Microsoft Learning where he led the worldwide marketing and sales team to drive reach, revenue and increased customer satisfaction across all markets. Chris also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and development professionals, and a LINGOs’ Partner.
  Martin Baker Founder The Charity Learning ConsortiumMartin Baker has been involved in eLearning for more than 20 years and is passionate about the benefits of collaborative working. He is the founder and CEO of The Charity Learning Consortium – the largest group of UK based charities collaborating to make eLearning affordable. He is also the Managing Director of the newly formed Corporate eLearning Consortium – bringing the benefits of collaborative working to the corporate world.

Martin is regarded as being one of the top ten most influential people in eLearning in the UK and works to raise the profile of the industry, regularly contributing to publications and presenting at conferences. He is a founding ambassador to the highly regarded learning technologies benchmarking organisation Towards Maturity, is an ambassador for LINGOs and sits on the eLearning Network board.

 

Ashley Brown, Director, Digital Communication & Social MediaThe Coca-Cola CompanyAshley Brown, a member of the LINGOs Board of Directors, leads digital communications and social media for The Coca-Cola Company. In this role he leads the development and execution of the Company’s digital strategy, expands the company’s ability to amplify the Coca-Cola story online, and guides the development of digital and social media policies and training. He also works across the System to equip employees to be effective brand ambassadors, and advises customers and partners on their digital and social media efforts.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Ashley led international public relations, consumer campaigns, and issues management for Microsoft’s Windows group. While working on the agency side, he managed media relations for Gilead Sciences, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Health Organization. Ashley has also worked for Population Services International.

  Tom Kuhlmann, Vice President of Community at ArticulateTom Kuhlmann, author of widely popular “Rapid e-Learning Blog” with over 93,000 readers is an eLearning Rock Star. Known throughout the industry for his practical, no-nonsense approaches to e-learning, and tips for making PowerPoint do things its creators didn’t envision, Tom’s core focus is on helping people succeed and grow. In addition to leading an Engaging Session during the meeting, Tom will lead a one-day workshop on Storyline, Articulate’s groundbreaking new rapid eLearning Authoring tool, on Friday November 30.

Insights Team

 LINGOs’ newest partner, Insights is a global people development organization. Insights partners with organizations to achieve their  goals by helping  improve the effectiveness of their people and their performance.

Insights’ unique programs are simple, yet deeply insightful, providing immediate impact and offering endless possibilities for positive, lasting change. 

All meeting participants will receive access to a personal Evaluator Survey and the resulting customized, personal profile which identifies strengths and areas for development, communication preferences, value you bring to the organization, and leadership style.

Concurrent Sessions: Decisions, Decisions

Members may find it beneficial to send several staff members to the LINGOs 2012 Member Meeting to be able to take advantage of more than a dozen concurrent sessions with sector-specific, interactive content on topics related to engaging international staff in learning for global results:

  • Designing eLearning for a Global Audience
  • Scaling up Blended Learning: Managing for Scale
  • Learning Platforms: Features and Approaches that Strengthen Engagement
  • Communities of Practice
  • Designing a Leadership Development Program in International NGOs
  • Building Organizational Capacity in Project Management
  • Planning for organizational Knowledge Management: Sharepoint Stories
  • What works: Strengthening Global Employee Engagement
  • Scenario-based learning
  • Leveraging the LINGOs Membership: Session for Newer Members

Optional Workshops

Another reason for sending more than one person is to be able to attend to be able to participate in more than of the three optional post-meeting workshops.  On Friday, November 30, Member Agencies have access to three exclusive, limited-space workshop opportunities:

1.     Project Management in INGOs: How to develop project management capacity in your international non-governmental organization

 If you are interested in looking at what it means to build your organization’s capacity to manage projects more effectively, this day-long workshop with members of the LINGOs Project Services Team, can help you to identify some next steps.

Ideal for participants who are familiar with the concepts and vocabulary outlined in PMD Pro1 , but certification is not a prerequisite.

2. Insights: Speed the Delivery of Results & Enable Success in your INGO

In this interactive workshop, exclusively available to LINGOs Member Agencies, we will explore who you are and how you interact with others with the aim of helping you speed the delivery of results and enable success—personal, professional and organizational. You will learn practical skills so that you can become more effective in your role, whether you are an individual contributor or in a leadership position.

Participants will receive a customized, 20-page personal profile which identifies strengths and areas for development, communication preferences, value you bring to the organization, and leadership style. We will explore how this Profile can be used for your personal development and possibilities for implementing this program within your organization.

3. Articulate Storyline: Advanced E-learning Made Simple for LINGOs Members

In this session with Tom Kuhlmann, staff from LINGOs Member agencies will learn how to use Articulate Storyline to build engaging, interactive courses. We’ll review the core authoring process, introduce you to key Storyline features, and then practice creating interactive content using the Slide Layers, Triggers, and States features in Storyline.  Participants should come with a laptop with Storyline installed.

Register for the Meeting and Optional Workshops

Staff from member agencies may register for the meeting and optional workshops through a convenient registration site. Participation is exclusively for staff of member agencies.  Http://LINGOs2012.eventbrite.com

Hotel: Courtyard DC/Dupont Circle: Located across the street from the FHI360 Conference Center, LINGOs’ special meeting rate is $183 plus taxes and fees. This block is reserved through Oct 25 or when the hotel fills.

The meeting and workshops take place across the street from the Courtyard at FHI360’s Conference Center on the north side of Dupont Circle (on the DC Metro’s red line). For those flying in from out-of-town, Washington’s Reagan National Airport is on the Metro’s Blue/Yellow line; Baltimore Washington Airport has public transit to connect to the metro (US$6 for a 20 minute bus ride to the end of the Metro’s green line); and Dulles International Airport (US$10 for a 25 minute limo/bus service  to end of the Metro’s orange line).

Not a Member Yet?

If your organization is thinking about joining LINGOs, there’s never been a better time.  Organizations that join by October 1 are eligible for staff to attend the LINGOs 2012 Member Meeting. Click for the online membership application form, or contact Marian Abernathy for more information.

See a list of LINGOs Member Agencies

What do members say is the best benefit of LINGOs membership?

Is it ..

  • The hosted Learning Management System, supported by LINGOs Technical Wizards Robb and Joey?
  • The premium membership in the eLearning Guild — which includes a registration to one of the three superb live-conferences?
  • The hundreds of courses from award-winning content providers on topics ranging from IT certifications and the latest MS Office applications, to leadership and management, finance, learning a new language or a variety of sector-specific content for development professionals?
  • One of the four rapid eLearning authoring platforms to create custom content for their agencies?
  • Access to cutting edge consulting on contextualized Project Management capacity building?
  • The opportunity to collaborate with a team of learning experts in the creation of contextualized learning resources that will be appropriate, affordable, and available in multiple languages and multiple modes to their global staff and counterparts through LINGOs’ new Last Mile Learning program?

In fact, many members say that the benefit of greatest value for them is belonging to a community of professionals who are facing similar challenges and circumstances, and learning from one another.

While the vibrant and growing LINGOs LinkedIn group is a helpful platform for community discussion; our virtual Baristas Shannon Cavallari from PATH and Catriona Moriarty from Conservation International serve up regular jolts of gourmet learning buzz at the Virtual Coffee Breaks; and Susan O’Connell from Habitat for Humanity International facilitates amazing vDemo-fests that keep us coming back for more, there’s nothing like the face-to-face interaction and community of the LINGOs Member Meeting.

  2012 Member Meeting  – Here Before You Know It!

  November 28-29 with optional workshops on Nov 30

The LINGOs 2012 Member Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, November 28 and 29, with optional workshops on November 30 in Washington, DC.  The LINGOs team is working to put together a great meeting that maximizes the valuable opportunity of face-to-face interaction. We’re looking at the discussions on the LinkedIn group; the virtual coffees and demofests; the buzziest sessions from the eLearning Guild and ASTD; not to mention your calls, emails and skypes to the LINGOs team. But we want to hear from you directly as we put together the sessions, speakers and social events that meet the needs of the members who plan to attend.

What would you like to learn about at the 2012 LINGOs Member Meeting?

  • Best practices for strengthening employee engagement with learning
  • Using learning data to build our program
  • Applying game theory or “gamification” for organizational learning
  • Building capacity in leaders and managers through Virtual Coaching
  • Organizational Approaches to building capacity in project management
  • Strengthening knowledge management within my organization
  • Buzz, Blend and Bandwidth – platforms for communities of practice
  • Moodle: what does it take to get started, examples from other member agencies
  • Building a comprehensive leadership training program: inputs, outcomes, costs and key lessons
  • Maximizing knowledge management and organizational efficiency with sharepoint: how member organizations have leveraged this platform
  • Getting started with designing and developing custom eLearning for a global NGO: lessons, tips from fellow members
  • Scaling up learning for global impact
  • New Member Orientation – are you or your organization new to LINGOs? Learn what it’s all about, and get an overview of the benefits and how to leverage them.

If you are planning to attend, or considering it, and you work with a LINGOs member agency, please do your part to make the meeting what you need it to be. Take a few moments to respond to this short survey now: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012LINGOs-meeting-plan

In the meantime, please plan to join the community for

  • Another “priceless” session with Mike Culligan — virtual demo fest: July 12  This is your chance look “under the hood” of the Last Mile Learning course prototype, “Coaching for Results”  To learn more from Mike and about how your organization can benefit from Last Mile Learning. Register now: http://july2012demofest.eventbrite.com Open to all.
  • LMS Admin Q&A: July 17  Get tips and tricks for managing your LMS! Register to participate in the 3rd Quarterly LMS Administrator Community Q&A session. (For LINGOs Member LMS Administrators only)               Register: http://lingos-lms-july17.eventbrite.com
  • LINGOs Mid-Year Update: July 18  Please join LINGOs for a mid-year update to learn more about plans for the member meeting, the latest on LIN Last Mile Learning, and Project Management for Development Professionals (PMD Pro), recent additions to the list of member benefits, plans for 2013 and more!  Please register now for this one-hour virtual event: http://lingos071812.eventbrite.com

Have NGO colleagues in Nairobi? Let them know about two LINGOs events July 10 and 11.

Half-day workshops and focus groups on Last Mile Learning’s Coaching course and key Project Management Tools:


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