Using GLF Ideas and Scouting Hackable Agenda Items

This is a guest post by Laura Musoke, Staff Developer at World Renew.

The Global Learning Forum (GLF) this year gave me so many great ideas – some to implement right away, some to continue working on, and some I’m eagerly waiting to put into action when the right opportunity comes along.  I’ve never been to a conference where I’ve had so many takeaways!

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Three things I have learned in the last three years of “rolling-out” the Introduction to Child Centered Community Development (CCCD) Module

This post was originally published on Plan Academy and written by Pedrito Sandy M. Fortuna, Regional CCCD Specialist, Plan International in Asia Region.

I have been facilitating and co-facilitating, both online and blended face-to-face, one of the Plan Academy’s flagship modules on Introduction to Child Centered Community Development. Although the list of things I have learned over the past three years can go on and on, there are three important lessons that stand out when looking at Plan’s development approach.

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Designing eLearning Courses with Localization in Mind

A guest post by Ingenuiti, a LINGOs partner.

Do you design or create training content or eLearning courses for an organization that operates globally? If you think your content will reach a global audience, you should consider integrating localization as part of your development process. Training has its greatest impact when it is provided in the learner’s native language. If you are a writer or instructional designer and have never considered localization in the planning and creation phase of content development, while it might seem daunting at first, this once dreaded task can be simplified with proper preparation and strategy.

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A new way to learn PMD Pro

A guest post by John Cropper, Director of Capacity Building Solutions

How do you help people doing good to do it better? This has always been one of the main challenges with training NGOs in project management. Most NGO staff working on projects work long days and often long nights. They spend a lot of time in communities, on the road and in difficult and often hard to access locations. In addition, they often have to respond to multiple and often unpredictable demands ranging from humanitarian crises to unplanned visits from HQ or donors. It is like juggling but with an ever varying number of balls in the air at the same time.

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Get Ready for the Global Learning Forum!

Are you joining us in Seattle for the Global Learning Forum? We can’t wait to see you in just six weeks! Right now you’re probably busy booking air travel and deciding which sessions you’re going to attend – if so, perfect! Here are a few more ideas for pre-conference preparations to help you make the most out of this year’s Global Learning Forum:

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Improving virtual collaboration with remote workshops

 

Originally published by Laïla von Alvensleben on The Logbook by Hanno:

Remote workshops: Collaboration done virtually

As you may have noticed, the times they are a-changin’. Our traditional ways of working are being disrupted and the latest trends show that the number of organizations embracing remote work is constantly rising, and they’re here to stay.

Let’s pause and reflect on what this means for companies in general. Should they all become entirely remote? No, for a number of reasons. First off, it really depends on what a company is focused on: some of their products and services are too difficult or impossible to create remotely (remote car manufacturing, anyone?). Yet their teams might still benefit from becoming familiar with remote collaboration because as enterprises grow and expand their networks, so do the opportunities for remote teamwork.

So let me reframe the question and ask, should companies learn how to work remotely? Ideally, yes. Not only is it going to help them attract new talent (already 68% of college graduates are more likely to seek flexible remote jobs), but it will also give them a head start to a new way of collaboration which is already defining the future of work.

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Learning Against the Odds: LINGOs Member + Partner Donated Tool

Featured image above: GOAL SYRIA Humanitarian Communications trainee, Al-Baraa Haddad (Image: A.V. Crofts) from FlipTheMedia.com

Sometimes, supporting learning and development feels far from the front lines of humanitarian work. Yet, often, it is front and center – we were inspired by this story of how a LINGOs-supplied resource from one of our long-standing partners enabled a member to provide training and support to happen despite some extraordinary challenges. Earlier this month, Janet Humphreys from LINGOs Member GOAL shared an article written by a trainer who had recently traveled to Antakya, Turkey, to lead a workshop on communications for humanitarian workers on both sides of the Turkey-Syria Border.

Border closures kept staff who were intending to come on the training in Turkey from Syria from traveling to the training, and the GOAL office was also closed due to security. However, a number of staff were still able to participate using Blackboard Collaborate from their homes. We also recorded some of the sessions for others who couldn’t make it. The trainer was very complementary re the technology which we get through our LINGOs membership and it certainly meant the training reached staff despite the logistical challenges.

Read the story by AV Crofts on Flip the Media:

Stories That Showcase Resilience and Everyday Acts of Hope: Humanitarian Communications in a War Zone

And THANK YOU to our partner Blackboard for your generous support of LINGOs and our Members’ work.

LINGOs offfers quarterly online training courses that can help staff of member organizations to deliver online training.

The next LINGOs Moderator Training for Blackboard Collaborate is June 11:  Register - Moderator Training Button

LINGOs and Volunteer Extraordinaire Greg Davis offer a quarterly Virtual Training Mastery Series (VTMS) on how to design and deliver virtual classroom training. The next two-part VTMS is July 28 & 29.

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LINGOs and PM4NGOs Announce Over 10,000 Development Workers Have Completed a Project Management Certification

Summary: Results and impact from the first 5 years of the application of the PMD Pro certification in the international humanitarian and development sector show the need for a common project management approach that is specifically designed for NGOs and their systems and processes. PMD Pro is already receiving widespread adoption from notable organizations like Mercy Corps and World Vision. The milestone of 10,000 certifications is being marked with the release of PMD Pro Forward, Making the World Better, One Project at a Time

[Seattle, WA], (PR Web) May, 2015 – LINGOs, a non-profit organization focused on certified project management training for international aid and non-government organization (NGO) workers, today announced that 10,000 workers across 70 countries have completed the NGO sector’s leading project management certification, PMD Pro. In recognition of this milestone, LINGOs released a report detailing both the challenges humanitarian and development workers face when managing complex projects around the world as well as how PMD Pro has empowered them with a much-needed common and accessible approach to project management. Benefits of PMDPro include improved project design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

The end of 2015 will mark a watershed moment for the global development community. NGOs, donors, governments and international organizations are set to plot a new course for sustainable development beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). With ambitious new goals, there will be an even greater need for transparency and accountability, creating demand for new project management tools. Without these tools, it is increasingly difficult to manage in a more complex environment, with many partners and collaborators, and ensure project milestone and completion dates are met, resources are mobilized effectively, and risks are identified and managed.

With NGOs managing projects in places where nobody else will go, LINGOs convened a working group of several international NGOs and private sector experts such as the Project Management Institute to create PMD Pro, a project management capacity certification specifically designed by international NGOs for all development workers to provide tools to better monitor and evaluate projects, goals and outcomes. The certification is owned and managed by the non-profit PM4NGOs with an express vision to maintain an open and accessible body of knowledge and certification with which any organization can design its own training materials. For example, LINGOs has created open and free online learning modules, available to anyone, and offered in five languages.

“International development requires funders, NGOs, and governments to work together to not only offer funding, but to equip knowledgeable and capable aid workers with the skills they need to realize our goals of creating a world where access to education, life-saving medicines and clean water and food are the norm,” said Chris Proulx, President and CEO of LINGOs. “By providing our sector’s professionals with a common language of project management through the PMD Pro certification, we are helping to foster more responsiveness and collaboration both within an NGO and among international, national, and local organizations. By implementing these standards we are helping to reduce the complexity that is commonly inherent in international development projects to allow NGO professionals to do their jobs more effectively.”

The recently released report, PMD Pro Forward Making the World Better One Project at a Time, further highlights the many challenges international development and NGO workers face when managing various projects is available at http://www.pmdproforward.org. The report stated that in the absence of a common framework, project planning, implementation, monitoring, change management and project closure were common challenges. Craig Redmond, Senior Vice President of Programs at Mercy Corps said, “Project Management represents a fundamental set of skills. If we don’t do project management right, nothing else is possible. PMD Pro and our own Program Management at Mercy Corps Initiative are finally giving us a common language that has been missing for many years.”

In response to these challenges, the report further highlighted the significant impact that the PMD Pro certification has provided, including delivering improved project outcomes, promoting local partnerships to assist with project implementation, increasing the accessibility of training in the hardest to reach places, and fostering even stronger control over project costs. The report concluded with a powerful call-to-action. “We will continue to build on the success of PMD Pro by setting new standards for project management in international development. This will be achieved as multiple development actors—NGOs, civil society organizations and governments—come on board, and through sustained local capacity building, effective partnerships with donors and further translation of the course into other languages.”

About LINGOs

LINGOs, a non-profit organization, is the international NGO sector’s largest membership-based consortium dedicated solely to training and capacity building. It has a membership of over 80 international humanitarian relief, development, conservation and social justice organizations. LINGOs has been a leader in curating, developing, and disseminating appropriate learning and development tools, technology and content to over 50,000 NGO staff in developing countries since 2004. The PMD Pro certification, in particular, provides project managers and team members working in the international development sector with training on the skills and tools need to successfully manage their projects.

About PM4NGOs

PM4NGOs is an international NGO that promotes and sustains the professionalism of program and project management in the international development sector and is the owner of PMD Pro. PM4NGOs is in the process of developing the PMD Pro Level 3 certification and guide and certification for Program Management.

For more information, visit www.pmdprofoward.org or www.lingoscopy1.lingos.org. For media inquiries, contact Cari Sommer, Sommer Communications Group, 646-480-7683.