eLearning partnership spreads knowledge and awareness to prevent Ebola

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.

EbolaCourse-screenshotLINGOs 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.
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USAID | Deliver Health Logistics Courses Now Available to LINGOs Members

Posted by Mike Culligan, LINGOs Director of Content & Impact

Imagine you are managing a health program in a remote community.  Everything is going great!  You have an outstanding team of health professionals.  They have collected extensive data on health practices and have identified priority areas of intervention.  The team has developed a great project plan.  And the community is excited to work with the project.

 

Photo Credit: Arturo Sanabria, JSI

In Zambia, a nurse explains how to take artemether-lumefantrine for malaria treatment.

 

Then you realize that the project is running low on medicines for the health facilities you manage.  New supplies will not arrive for at least three months. And project activities are grinding to a halt.  What would you do?

Sound familiar?  Unfortunately, it does to me – because it happened with a project I managed.  As a new project manager, my attention was so focused on the health-technical elements of the project, that I had overlooked the critical importance of program logistics.

Quickly I realized that successful health programs must ensure that medicines, supplies and equipment are available at health facilities.  If products are not available when they are needed and where they are needed, not only does the project team suffer, but clients suffer any number of consequences—including malnutrition, unplanned pregnancies, spread of diseases, and even death.

These challenges underscore the complexity of the work of health programming staff around the world.  Not only must they understand the complexities of public health, preventive health and curative health, but these same personnel need to have a basic understanding of health commodity management, and competency in the procedures specific to the logistics management systems through which they receive their supplies.

And yet, while the work of health program logistics becomes increasingly complex, the challenge of training large number of health workers in classroom settings is becoming more and more difficult as funding for large scale training efforts becomes less available, and managers are more reluctant to send service providers and storekeepers away from their jobs to attend training courses.

Recognizing this challenge, the USAID | Deliver project has developed eight interactive e-learning sessions in basic logistics management.  These include the following course titles:

• Introduction to Logistics

• Logistics Management Information Systems

• Assessing Stock Status

• Maximum-Minimum Inventory Controls Systems

• Selecting Maximum-Minimum Inventory Controls Systems

• Storage of Health Commodities

• Assessing Logistics Systems

• Quantification of Health Commodities

Now, through the generous support of USAID|Deliver and its Partner, John Snow, Inc.,  these courses are available to LINGOs member agencies. 

Level 2/Enterprise LINGOs member agencies interested in providing staff access to these titles should have the agency’s designated LMS Administrator contact support@lingos.org and identify which course titles from the USAID|Deliver library the agency would like to add to its LMS sub-portal. The courses are available on the Level 1 shared portal.

Did you know that this week marks….

“World Day for Safety and Health at Work”?

Health and safety of staff is a top priority of most employers, including the 75+ member organizations of LINGOs, many of whose staff members work in difficult and often dangerous conditions. However, many more work in offices, at desks and at computers, where work-place injury and ill-health (carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, shoulder and eye-strain) can often begin.

Where knowledge of how to promote health and prevent accidents, injuries and ill health will make a difference, LINGOs member agencies have some helpful capacity building resources available to them in their learning portals.

LINGOs member agency IUCN (the International Union for the Conservation of Nature) used a LINGOs-supplied Articulate license to create a nifty little eLearning resource in three languages on office ergonomics.
Founding member CARE shared its Personal Safety and Security Awareness Course (separate editions in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Arabic) with the LINGOs community.

There are many lists of international observance days, or examples of international days of action – why not use your organizational learning resources be part of your organization’s observance, celebration or action?

Tips to leverage international observance days to promote engagement with your learning resources:

  • Encourage or enroll staff in courses related to the action topic
  • Create a short quiz, poll, or competition that provides learning related to the topic
  • Send out an electronic (or hard copy) post-card or poster with information about learning resources and actions your colleagues can take
  • Tell a story (on-line or in person) about a colleague who used the learning resource to take action on the topic

Check out past blog posts for other ideas to engage your learners.

Click on the Calendar to see upcoming LINGOs events (both virtual and face-to-face) for yourself and your colleagues.

The inside scoop on newly available courses

While still feeling the spark and energy from the recent awards and demo-fest of the 2nd eLearning Global Giveback at the Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando, I want to update members on the 50 new courses added to the LINGOs catalog during the first quarter of 2011.

Quite a few of the newly added courses  are from MindLeaders, related to MS Office Upgrades to version 2010 (for Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, Outlook®), MS SQL Server, as well as on Flash, Dreamweaver and Photoshop. However, there are many courses that are now shared by fellow members – some from Global Giveback 1 (a year ago) and others from this most recent Global Giveback (GG2).

For our many members working in health …

PSI (Population Services International) has shared with the LINGOs community two of its GG2 Finalist courses: A Primer to the Global Fund (developed by veteran Global Giveback Volunteer Bonnie Taylor/ISDiva) and Pretesting Social Marketing Messages (Created by volunteer Kathy Jeep).

Ipas has made available the reproductive health and rights courses from IpasUniversity. Seven titles from IpasU were added. (IpasU is a self-paced learning site on the internet for reproductive health care providers, primarily in the developing world, with a focus on safe abortion care and postabortion care.)

Just before joining LINGOs in March of this year, Jhpiego shared its ModCAL® (Modified Computer-Assisted Learning) for Training Skills, a computer-based knowledge update learning resource. This course is meant for individuals who are service providers and are available and interested in training. It may also be used for pre-service faculty or clinical preceptors.

 

For those who spend US Government Funds:

ACDI/VOCA’s strategic contribution from the eLearning Global Giveback last year is OMB Circular A-122. It is a very nice tutorial for those responsible for spending USAID funds. Thanks to John Leary at ACDI/VOCA and GG1 volunteers Bonnie Taylor & Lisa Barnstorm for this course!

  

If you work in teams and/or work to strengthen teams:

Our partner QuickLessons teamed  up with ACDI/VOCA in the 2nd Global Giveback on a great course entitled “How to Design a Team Building Workshop.” This finalist course is packed with great tools and job aids. For more info, see the case study they co-wrote.  And for those developing online courses in teams – please keep QuickLessons in mind as a web-based authoring environment that allows multiple users to work together.

Finance courses – Micro and Personal

ACCION was a big participant in the first and second eLearning Global Giveback.  In both years they had the great fortune to work with instructional designer and developer Amanda Warner on self-paced courses and simulations.  Last year’s finalist course “Build, Manage and Improve Credit” is available for you and your staff as well as this year’s winning course/simulation “Client Protection and Financial Education in Microfinance.”

Values and value

Several agencies have developed courses for their staff and volunteers on their organizational values.  ACCION, Habitat for Humanity both had finalist courses in this year’s global giveback related to their organizational values. You can view both and Save the Children’s course on its “Code of Conduct” on the eLearning Global Giveback Showcase portal.

 

You can get an overview of the course topics and partners on the LINGOs site under Available Courses (you may be particularly interested in the growing “partner” entitled “sector-specific courses.”   Member Agency key contacts and LMS administrators have the new password to log in and test-drive courses on the LINGOsCatalogportal (that hyperlink will get you there… my apologies for inaccurate prefix on the recent email about the change in username and pw – those were correct).

As always, LMS Administrators who wish to add a course to their Level 2 or Enterprise portals, or to have a SCORM Package dispatched via your SCORM Dispatch subscription, please email support (at) LINGOs.org with the course code and course title (details available on the Catalog Portal).

 

 

Remember the eLearning Global Giveback! If you have content ready to adapt for eLearning, mLearning or simulation/game learning, and are a member of LINGOs (or a volunteer who wants to develop resources for LINGOs member agencies), consider the eLearning Global Giveback. Any course developed on a volunteer basis for a LINGOs member agency this year (and submitted by December 16, 2011) is eligible for the competition.

For information on the eLearning Global Giveback3, please click here and join the eLearning Global Giveback Group on LinkedIn (this is not the LINGOs group). The “match” between agency and volunteer is happening this year on LinkedIn.

We’ll chat about new courses and the Global Giveback at the LINGOs Quarterly Update for Members on April 14, 2011. Click here for the details.

Posted by Marian Abernathy