Back to School Energy and Excitement

Posted by Marian Abernathy, Director of Member Services & Communications

When I was growing up (in the Northern Hemisphere), this time of year was marked with the energy and excitement of going back to school: learning new things, acquiring new skills, seeing old friends and making new ones… and getting to bring snacks and lunch in a new lunch box.

photo: Ashworth Associates

Learning Departments at International Development and Humanitarian Relief organizations can bring some of that energy and enthusiasm to their global staff with resources from LINGOs.  

New Approaches: Join Dawn Kohler of The Inside Coach in a highly engaging webinar to learn how to bridge the gap to make organizational elearning programs wildly successful for all stakeholders. She’ll share best practices on how to:

  • Dramatically increase course usage
  • Increase skills competencies
  • Enhance accountability and skills execution
  • Create sustainable results
  • Measure success

Register for the September 20 session here.

Timelines: Taking some tips from school and from human behavior, externally imposed deadlines make a difference for almost all of us in getting tasks accomplished. Click hereto learn three approaches that LINGOs LMS Portal Administrators can use to set time limits or deadlines for learners (click on “Time Limits for Courses” under the “Tips & Tricks – Portal Administrator” section).

New Content: The start of a school year is a great time to launch new courses for staff, whether they be compliance courses required by either your organization (check out FHI360’s experience at the September 13 Virtual DemoFest) or your geographic jurisdiction, such as the California state law 1825 that requires 2 hours of training on sexual harassment prevention for managers every two years).

Social Learning: Many learners appreciate the opportunity to learn by interacting with an instructor and/or with fellow students, as demonstrated by the overwhelming success of the recent series of Spanish-language webinars offered through the GEPAL program and outlined in Tito Spinola’s June 14 virtual coffee break on social learning.

LINGOs member agencies can offer their staff the opportunities to:

  • Learn to design and deliver virtual training with other NGO colleagues from around the world through the Virtual Training Mastery Series offered September 25 & 26. Click here to register;
  • Build coaching skills with other global NGO colleagues in the October Coaching Out of the Box sessions. Next 2-part class is October 4 & 18. Click here to register.

Join the discussion with over 800 learning professionals helping each other with organizational learning on the LINGOs group on LinkedIn.

Plan to attend the LINGOs 2012 Member Meeting in Washington, DC – November 28-29 with optional workshops on November 30 in Washington, DC… Details and the registration links coming soon! Snacks and lunches will be included, so you won’t need to bring a new lunch box.


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