Coaching for Results and Consumer Protection & Financial Education in Microfinance Courses Win in 2nd eLearning Global Giveback Competition

March 24 (Orlando, FL)

Eric Berg, Executive Director of LINGOs thanked all the eLearning volunteers who developed courses for LINGOs members and announced the eight finalists and two winners of the second eLearning Global Giveback Competition today at the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions Conference and Expo.

Through the first two eLearning Global Giveback competitions, instructional designers and eLearning developers have created over 50 online courses as volunteers for international non-profit organizations. These courses will help the global staff of LINGOs member agencies, do their good work in the fields of humanitarian relief, development, conservation and social justice even better.

The winner in the individual developer category is Amanda Warner, who created the course “Consumer Protection and Financial Education in Microfinance” for ACCION, a microfinance organization based in Boston. The course launched publically late last month as part of the SMART Campaign. In its first month online, the flash-authored course hosted almost 500 views.   

 Screenshot from Client Protection Simulation

  

The winning course in the corporate developer category is “Coaching for Results,” created by Illumina Interactive, Inc. and EnVision Performance Solutions, Inc. for LINGOs member Management Sciences for Health, based in Cambridge, MA.  

The Finalists in the second competition in the individual developer category are:

Volunteer Finalist Course Title Agency
Scott A VanDeKeere Code of Conduct Save the Children
Suzanne Davies and Aparna Jadhav HFHI Values in Action Habitat for Humanity International
Mikaron Fortier  and  Kim Correll Managing your Business Expenses at The Nature Conservancy The Nature Conservancy
Kathy Jeep Pretesting Social Marketing Messages Population Services International (PSI)
Susan Lichtig and Rob Gahagan PSI Ethics Training PSI

 

 

 

 

 

Finalists in the Corporate Developer category are:

Bonnie Taylor/ISDiva A Primer to the Global Fund PSI
Quicklessons How to Design a Team Building Workshop ACDI/VOCA
WITS Interactive Pvt. Ltd. A Values Driven Workplace – Living Our Values at ACCION ACCION

 

 

 

See the courses

The winning and finalist courses are available for viewing on a showcase portal: http://lingosglobalgiveback.org/

Volunteer and Agency Perspective

This is winner Amanda Warner’s second time participating in the eLearning Global Giveback and her second time partnering with microfinance not-for-profit ACCION, whose mission is to give people the financial tools they need to work their way out of poverty. Her first course, “Build, Manage and Improve Credit” is available online not just to the global staff of ACCION, but to the general public. “It’s so motivating to see the course in action,” said Warner, who estimates she spent between 180 and 210 hours developing this year’s winning course.

“It was great to play with different ideas, and work on a totally different type of content from my day job,” she said. Warner took reams of ACCION’s existing face-to-face course materials, spread sheets, word documents, published guides and other resources and developed a proposal for an engaging, interactive simulation.

ACCION Representative Amy Stewart worked with Warner on this year’s individual winning entry as well as with corporate entry Finalist WITS Interactive, who created a custom-course for ACCION “A Values Driven Workplace – Living Our Values at ACCION.” Stewart is grateful to both developers, and to LINGOs and the eLearning Guild for organizing the competition.  “There is no question that these courses add value to ACCION,” she said.

Jude Griffin of Management Sciences for Health (MSH), the health organization benefitting from the corporate category first place course agreed. “The experience of working with Illumina Interactive and EnVision Performance Solutions was fantastic,” she said. “They took the moodle platform and pulled in other tools. They showed it’s a viable way to use multiple software elements and make a really interactive learning.

Screenshot from pilot version of Coaching for Results Course

This course will help people understand what’s possible.” Michael Getz, of Illumina Interactive noted “the course was a springboard opportunity to push the envelope in terms of learning experience,” he said. “We used a creative approach to the blended learning environment: adding value and content to the core content that MSH provided.” The course is built in moodle, and includes quizzes and engaging interactions through Ariculate, surveys and polls via survey monkey.

Irene Stern Frielich, founder and president of EnVision Performance Solutions, Inc., worked with MSH and Illumina Interactive to develop the instructional design for the course. Speaking for both companies, Frielich said, “we both believe in giving back. This was a great opportunity to demonstrate for MSH some new and interesting ways to create learning.” Getz and Frielich estimate that they and their colleagues spent 475 hours developing the interactive coaching course.

Judging

Agencies entered the courses into the competition and provided a first round of judging on ten criteria. The top courses in each category were then sent to an international panel of seven elearning experts based in four countries. The international panel of judges reviewed each of the top courses on eight criteria and selected the top courses from each of the two entry categories. The eLearning Guild and LINGOs are enormously grateful to this year’s panel of judges.

Jane Bozarth, Columnist Learning Solutions Magazine

Greg Davis, Precision eLearning

Linda English, eLearning for Kids

Jane Hart, Center for Learning & Performance Technologies

Jim Klaas, DevEd International

Patti Shank, Learning Peaks

Roger Steele, LINGOs

 

Quality and impact

Habitat for Humanity Instructional Designer Susan O’Connell worked with volunteers Aparna Jadhav and Suzanne Davies on the course “Habitat for Humanity International Values in Action.” She noted that volunteers are essential to Habitat’s global mission of eliminating poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. The work of Jadhav and Davies is different from that of the more usual Habitat volunteer, but just as important if not more so, as this course about how Habitat values volunteerism, and how volunteers are integrally tied into Habitat’s mission, is already in use. “I was so impressed with the commitment of these volunteers,” she said. “I’m the only instructional designer here, so the fact that they were so focused and committed allowed me to focus on other work and get twice as much done.”

The eLearning Global Giveback Competition and the value of the great work that eLearning experts have contributed to the member agencies of LINGOs is incalculable. “Ensuring that staff members in our field offices, in geographically remote areas, are able to learn about priority topics for our organization is critical,” said PSI’s Learning and Performance Manager Marie-Laure Curie.  PSI maximized participation in both the first and second Global Giveback competitions, assigning subject matter experts to multiple volunteers to submit nine courses in the second competition. “Global Giveback volunteers have enabled us to provide quality learning on the right topics ant the right time, improving performance of our global team,” said Curie, who also serves on LINGOs’ board of directors.

Posted by Marian Abernathy

LINGOs Partners with OpenSesame

Guest Post by Kelly Meeker, OpenSesame

 

You all are fortunate and engaged members of a global network – LINGOs – that takes advantage of emerging technologies to connect global resources to a global community.  No longer are the far-flung employees of international nongovernmental organizations disconnected from the latest trends in their industry! LINGOs is doing incredible work to  leverage elearning technology to build global capacity.

And OpenSesame is proud to jump in. As a new startup in the elearning sector, we’re thrilled to partner with LINGOs to connect our technology platform and community of talented elearning developers to you, the learning leaders in international organizations.

The OpenSesame eLearning Marketplace Connects the Buyers and Sellers of Elearning Courses

OpenSesame is an online marketplace that makes it as easy to buy elearning courses as it is to download a song off the internet. eLearning sellers from all over the world upload their courses to the OpenSesame marketplace, set prices and bulk discounts and sell their courses to new customers.

 eLearning buyers browse our catalog by course subject, author, length, difficulty and special features and discover new courses and new authors. Before making a purchase, buyers can preview courses, read user reviews and research the seller’s credentials – ensuring that they’re finding the best courses to meet their organization’s learning and development goals.

In addition to connecting buyers and sellers through OpenSesame, we remove one major headache for learning managers like you by connecting any SCORM course to any LMS. Our platform technology removes obstacles to implementation and enables you to focus on the important stuff, like building connections with colleagues, developing new resources and getting to the core business of what you do – solving problems.

Opening a Larger Conversation

We are also facilitating a larger conversation on the evolving elearning sector on our blog and on Twitter. We’re blogging about everything from technical stuff (Creating a Multi SCO Package to Include Support Materials) to investigating new growth areas in the elearning sector (How to Create a Social Learning Environment). Our mission is to unlock elearning by making elearning accessible and easy to implement, while enabling you to choose the most effective and appropriate courses for your needs. 

Partnership with LINGOs

We’re proud to work with LINGOs to bring more learning and development resources to nongovernmental organizations because we believe elearning is the key to unlocking the potential of every learner, no matter how far away they may be.

We are partnering with LINGOs to engage the OpenSesame community in generating more resources for LINGOs members. First, we’re adding a check box to our course upload process to enable OpenSesame sellers to choose to donate use of their courses to LINGOs members. We’ll work with LINGOs to add those courses to the LINGOs LMS and make them available to members directly through a LINGOs area on our website.

OpenSesame will also join LINGOs and the eLearning Guild  as a co-sponsor to the 3rd Annual Global Giveback competition. This competition brings out the best in the elearning community by connecting willing volunteers with some of the organizations making real change happen on the ground, and we’re proud to invite our sellers to participate.

We hope this is just the beginning of a fruitful partnership that will continue to generate more resources for LINGOs members. Thanks for everything you do. We look forward to working with you, and we invite you to connect with us through our blog, Twitter or email.

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.