eLearning Community Contributes to Global Good



Final stages of the second annual eLearning Global Giveback Competition  are underway. The courses that eLearning designers and developers created for LINGOs member agencies are now with a panel of judges, finalists will be announced shortly and winners will be announced on Thursday March 24 at the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions Conference and Expo  in Orlando, Florida.

The eLearning Guild (www.eLearningGuild.com) and LINGOs (www.lingos.org) created the eLearning Global Giveback Competition to provide the e-Learning community with an opportunity to help change the world.  International non-profits that do great work in relief, development, conservation and social justice use eLearning to build the capacity of their global staff on the frontlines in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the former Soviet Union.

Instructional designers, e-Learning Developers and other e-Learning experts come together in the Global Giveback to make a real difference in the world by volunteering their expertise in developing state-of-the-art e-Learning to help build the capacity of LINGOs member organizations such as ACCION, ACDI-VOCA, Catholic Relief Services, CARE, Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, PSI, Save the Children, The Nature Conservancy, and World Vision.

Win or not, participating in the eLearning Global Giveback is a great experience. For LINGOs member agencies, the eLearning community has contributed a huge win and windfall by developing customized, high-quality learning resources for their staff in the far reaches of the world. Staff in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America rarely have the opportunity to access state-of-the-art learning resources, given the costs of time and travel to regional and international training courses. The contribution made by volunteers means that these agencies can both invest in their staff’s development and use the precious financial resources contributed by generous donors to achieve their organizational missions, in responding to crises, such as last year’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, building democratic institutions, fighting corruption, protecting natural resources, and promoting health and human rights around the globe.

For the volunteers, the experience offers an opportunity to give back in meaningful ways, to learn about a new field, try out a new authoring tool, and build a portfolio. “The experience was just awesome,” said Alfredo Leone of Quicklessons who developed a course for LINGOs member ACDI-VOCA. “It’s a great initiative, a great way to get involved and create real value for the community,” he said of the Global Giveback initiative. “John Leary, at ACDI-VOCA picked a topic that meets an underlying need, and we were glad to be able to collaborate.”

To our volunteers, sponsors and partners, the eLearning Guild, LINGOs, and LINGOs member agencies say thank you! And … to help us do a better job, have a request:

If you posted a course for development, if you offered to develop a course, if you did develop a course, if you sponsored the competition by making your learning resources available to volunteers and LINGOs agencies, please take a few minutes and respond to our survey .

We want to learn from the experience and make it even better next time.

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