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


Team Management

Strategic Management

Project Management

New Manager Transitions

Team Management

Change Management

Identification and Design



Strategy Execution


Meeting Management

Performance Management

Leading & Motivating


Presentation Skills


Team Leadership


Managing Others

Difficult Interactions


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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