Like other multinational organizations, NGOs working in multiple countries face a major challenge to their productivity and success: the language divide between staff in various national offices. Take ChildFund for instance, which works to support vulnerable children worldwide: “English is the great unifying language of our business,” says Leslie Crudele, ChildFund’s International HR Business Partner. “We have staff around the world that are non-native English speakers, and they’re asked to use English in their business communications.”
Today kicks off 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, a campaign to educate citizens and lawmakers alike about gender-based violence, human rights, and “the intersections of political, economic, and social realities.”
The uncommon timespan is no accident. Beginning on November 25 (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women), and ending on December 10 (International Human Rights Day), the 16 Days campaign delivers gender equality to the doorstep of human rights – one inextricable from the other.
With thousands of organizations around the world participating in activities, sharing resources, and calling for change, the 16 Days campaign founds a sustained conversation about gender-based violence and human rights.
How are you joining in 16 Days?
Get the newly updated “Guidelines for Integrating Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action.” Explore the resources and community action supported by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and UN Women.
Take an online course from UNFPA on managing gender-based violence programs in emergencies. And LINGOs members, the following courses are available to you through the LINGOs Learning Platform:
|Course Title||LINGOs Learning Platform Course Code|
|Inter-Agency Standing Committee – Different Needs – Equal Opportunities (Gender Equality in Programming)||IASC-IASC-GenderEquality|
|InterAction – Managing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Investigations||IA00-managing-SEA|
|InterAction – SEA101: Introduction to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse||IA00-SEA101|
|InterAction – SEA201: Mainstreaming of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse||IA00-SEA201|
|Headington Institute – Coping with Traumatic Stress (EN)||HI00-traumaticstress-EN-HI|
|Headington Institute – Coping with Traumatic Stress (ES)||HI00-traumaticstress-SP-HI|
|Headington Institute – Coping with Traumatic Stress (FR)||HI00-traumaticstress-FR-HI|
|Headington Institute – Coping with Traumatic Stress (PT)||HI00-traumaticstress-PT-HI|
A recent survey by Jane Hart asked her blog readers to rate 10 different ways they learn at work. As you can see here, the results of the survey are provocative, and challenging to Learning and Development (L&D) teams. However, her results likely don’t represent the reality of the learners we serve in the development, relief and conservation sectors. While 3,500 readers responded to the survey, very few were from the global South and over 50% of the respondents worked in HR/L&D.
So, let’s explore the different ways that development, relief and conservation workers learn!
Please share the link to this brief survey with your learners around the world. We want to know how learners in your organization rate 10 different ways they learn at work. We will keep the survey open for one month, and results will be published in the next LINGOs newsletter. We will then use the data to:
- inform a series of articles that outline the challenges of the new world of learning
- identify models to evolve the traditional role of L&D teams, and
- introduce LINGOs resources that help address the new realities of learning in the workplace.
Please share the link to the survey widely and often! The URL is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CYNVVSK
If you’re interested in learning more about the resources available to NGOs through LINGOs, sign up for our monthly newsletter here.
By Mike Culligan, Director of Last Mile Learning
In his book The Future of Work, Jacob Morgan observes that “the traditional way to learn and teach was largely guided and dictated by organizations who set out training programs, manuals, and set courses. Technology has connected employees and information together anywhere, anytime, and on any device. This means that learning and teaching can happen between employees without official corporate training programs or manuals. Have a question? Tap into the collective intelligence of your company.”
Morgan’s observations underscore a fundamental shift in the way organizations interpret the concept of “workplace learning.” Nowhere is this shift more apparent than in the work that LINGOs is doing with its partners in the Last Mile Learning initiative. In Syria, for example, we are working with the Syrian NGO Forum to set up a learning platform that supports the staff of over 90 NGOs (local and international) responding to the crisis in that country. While the platform will serve as a channel to distribute a collection of Arabic-language eCourses, the NGO Forum is equally excited about using the platform’s front-end to establish a system of social/networked learning that helps emergency responders to connect and share knowledge via groups, discussion threads, blogs, wikis and document repositories. The Syria context is especially challenging for learning because relief workers are located in three countries, do not have free passage between the areas in which they work, and often are unable to attend coordination meetings and trainings. To remedy these constraints, the platform will provide users access to “just in time learning”, but will also provide the “just in time information” that is critical to supporting the people they serve.
Jane Hart recently reviewed Morgan’s book in her excellent Learning in the Social Marketplace blog and concluded by asking ‘How is your organization supporting the ‘learning worker”?’ LINGOs’ work in Syria provides a window into the new opportunities organizations have to promote both formal learning and social/networked learning through the new LINGOs learning platform.
Interested in learning more? Join Mike for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, May 14 as he shares 7 lessons from the social platform launch in Syria. Details and registration here.
The LINGOs tenth anniversary member meeting was packed with many sessions and we’re excited that several presenters have offered to adapt and host their sessions as virtual classroom sessions.
You can get a sense of the fun and inspiration shared with participants at the workshop ” “Chop Shop: Stealing ideas, breaking them up and re-purposing them,” got some great ideas and sources of inspiration for developing eLearning” from co-leader Brian Washburn’s promo for the November session. Click on the image below to launch a short YouTube video, then read on for how you can participate in the Chop Shop Redux session on February 4th.
LINGOs Members Brian Washburn of SightLife and Shannon Cavallari of PATH will share an online version of their fabulous LINGOs 2014 Session “Chop Shop Redux.” In this online LINGOs Community Session they’ll provide participants with fresh ideas on how to develop engaging eLearning and new places to find creative inspiration.
By the end of this one hour virtual training session, participants will be able to…
- List potential sources of inspiration
- Re-purpose concepts from existing material to fit their organization’s learning needs
- Identify others in the LINGOs community who can serve as a “sounding board” when coming up with new ideas
Register Now so you don’t miss this opportunity to learn with Brian and Shannon, two of LINGOs Rock Star Members.
Brian Washburn, Global Training and Development Manager at SightLife. Brian writes the Train Like a Champion Blog. A Learning and Development professional with 14+ years of experience, he was named one of Training magazine’s 2011 Top Young Trainers.
Shannon Cavallari, Organizational eLearning Development and Delivery Manager at PATH. Shannon’s enthusiasm for learning and taking on new challenges is infectious. With over eight years of experience creating and managing training processes and practices, she’s consistently brought ideas and engagement to the LINGOs community.
If you missed it, you can catch LINGOs CEO Chris Proulx’s online version of his Member Meeting session “What Lessons from eCornell for the LINGOs community…Redux” by clicking on this link.
The learning community is partnering with individuals and organizations to increase knowledge and awareness of the outbreak of Ebola and to prevent the spread of this virus. Using content from the World Health Organization, CDC, and other organizations, the DisasterReady.org team created a 15-minute online course called Ebola Awareness Quick Guide in both English and French and made it available on the DisasterReady.org portal free of charge for any registered learner. Registration takes only one minute to complete and provides immediate access to over 300+ online courses, recorded webinars, videos, and other resources.
Upon learning of the Ebola Awareness Quick Guide, LINGOs requested to put the course on its own platform so that its 80+ International NGO members could provide it to their staff via the same site as their other organizational learning, and track staff access of this resource.
We’re pleased to report that within two days of becoming aware of the existence of this learning resource, the DisasterReady team shared the course files and the LINGOs tech team loaded and tested the course on all platforms and made it available to all member organizations. “We are very happy to share these two courses with LINGOs. This Ebola Awareness Quick Guide is an example of our Rapid Authoring program designed to respond quickly to a crisis with free resources for individuals and organizations that are responding to specific emergencies or disasters. As more courses are developed, we will be happy to share those in the future” said Bob Nutting, Director of Learning at DisasterReady.org.
“LINGOs Member Organizations have responded like never before to the availability of a new course,” said LINGOs Membership Director Marian Abernathy. “The timely creation of the course and sharing it with LINGOs for international NGO Member organizations to deploy and track to their global staff is an important step to preventing the spread of Ebola.”
International NGOs are deploying the English and French versions of the Ebola Awareness course for staff in affected areas and their emergency response teams. LINGOs and its member organizations are grateful to DisasterReady.org and its parent organization the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation for providing some of the indispensable elements – information and knowledge – to stopping the spread of Ebola.
The quick guide course includes links to updated websites with the latest information on the outbreak. Learners will also have immediate access to documents providing additional awareness of the outbreak including fact sheets, posters, and information specific to aid workers in Africa.
The course is available to anyone free of charge via http://DisasterReady.org. Additionally, international development and humanitarian workers who work for a LINGOs Member Organization, may access the course through their organizational learning platforms.
About DisasterReady (www.DisasterReady.org)
DisasterReady.org is a free online resource for aid workers with over 30,000 registered users from around the world. Through the DisasterReady.org initiative, aid workers can share resources and information and access customized online learning anytime, anywhere in the world. By providing high-quality, accessible training at no cost, the DisasterReady.org Portal allows aid workers to do what they do best: save lives, rebuild communities, and restore hope.
About LINGOs (www.LINGOs.org)
LINGOs is a not-for-profit capacity building organization in its tenth year of providing world-class learning opportunities that are appropriate, accessible and affordable for people working to reduce poverty and alleviate suffering in the developing world. We accomplish our mission through:
- Private Sector Partnerships – learning industry leaders provide products and services to LINGOs for free or at greatly reduced costs;
- Volunteer Engagement world-class instructional designers and developers provide pro bono services to create world-class learning products available at no cost;
- Member Collaboration – over 80 of the leading international development organizations collaborating on shared solutions to common challenges.
Last year, LINGOs Last Mile Learning program launched a financial management learning path in English. This five course learning path based in the Mango (Management Accounting in NGOs) curriculum contextualized to the Global NGO covers planning, accounting records, reporting, and internal controls.
Question 1: Are you fluent?
Available in English since last July, we asked potential learners “Are you Fluent in Financial Management?” (click the image to find out).
The answer was that global NGOs want to build the financial skills of their global staff and they wanted the financial management path available in other languages. We wanted it, too, but just didn’t have the resources.
Question 2: Can you help?
This time we asked our members for help, and thanks to the generous support of a few members, we now offer the Financial Management Learning Path in Spanish, and soon will be able to do so in French. We’re about a third of our way to getting the Financial Management and People Management learning paths translated to Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Thanks, Gracias, Merci, Obrigado ….
Huge thanks to The Nature Conservancy, Samaritan’s Purse, CARE, FHI 360, Habitat for Humanity International, Helen Keller International, IUCN, MSH, Plan International and WWF for the initial contributions that have gotten us on our way.
It’s not too late to help – we have four languages/paths to go right now, and more as new paths are developed in English.
I want to help!
“Crowdfunding is the collection of finance to sustain an initiative from a large pool of backers—the “crowd.” Wikipedia