Posted by Mike Culligan, Director of Last Mile Learning
About a year ago, LINGOS member agencies first heard rumbling of the Last Mile Learning initiative and how it will “change the way their organizations learn.” Now it’s time to see for yourself! The Last Mile Learning Open Portal www.lastmilelearning.org is live and ready to share with your staff, your partners, your implementing agencies, your trainers and anyone else that is working to improve the lives of communities around the world.
By now, as a frequent reader of the LINGOs Blog, you probably know the basics of Last Mile Learning. The initiative provides free learning resources to anyone working in the development and relief sector. All the courses are organized into learning paths and are available in three formats (self-led e-learning, face-to-face, and blended on-line.)
For LINGOS member agencies, Last Mile Learning provides an especially exciting opportunity to move learning to the next level in five ways:
#5 Content is contextualized to our sector!
The Last Mile Learning catalog is designed specifically for development and relief professionals. Take for example, the Project Management Learning Path. Each of the seven courses was designed and developed for development professionals. The case studies include scenarios of health, conservation and water projects located in rural communities. The tools examined include log frames, problem trees, monitoring/evaluation plans and other indispensable tools that are critical to our sector. Furthermore, all the project management content is aligned with the PMDPro certification which, as of last month, over 5,000 development professionals globally have completed.
#4 Resources are available for learners AND facilitators!
Yes, Last Mile Learning will complement LINGOs member agency eLearning libraries with contextualized courses organized into learning paths. And, for the first time, Last Mile Learning ALSO provides facilitation packages for trainers who would like to lead courses in face-to-face or blended on-line environments. This means that organizations now have access to resources that allow them to deploy an integrated and comprehensive learning strategy – reaching learners via whatever approach (eLearning, face-to-face, blended on-line) is most appropriate for their context.
#3 Translated content for your global workforce!
Over 80% of the staff of international NGOs is located outside of the United States. For most, English is not their first language. That is why Last Mile Learning is committed to translating its content into multiple languages. The Project Management learning path is available to LINGOs members in Spanish, French, and Portuguese, as well as English; and available on the Last Mile Learning Open Portal in English and Spanish. Other learning paths will be translated over the coming year. These resources will allow organizations to share learning content with the ENTIRE global workforce – not just those who are fluent in English.
#2 It’s time to “expand the we”!
International organizations don’t work alone. Their work depends on a vibrant network of implementing partners, local NGOs, in-country consortia, government ministries and community based organizations. Now an organization can develop a professional development strategy for all of the stakeholders involved in its activities. This can be done via two options:
Organizations can direct stakeholders to the Last Mile Learning open portal where they can access resources directly;
Organizations can deploy an LMS Lite where they can directly manage the learning of everyone involved in implementing the organization’s mission.
#1 Adapt resources to your context… …and your brand!
And, finally, LINGOs members can access the source document files for all of the resources in the Last Mile Learning catalog. These resources, regardless of whether they are self-led e-learning, face-to-face facilitation packages, or blended on-line content, can be edited to address the unique needs of your organization and the context in which it works. All LINGOS member agencies have full access to the source files so that they can swap out logos, insert new case studies, revise the learning objectives, or include organization-specific policies for their staff members.
So what’s next? Help us share the news of the Last Mile Learning launch! Visit the open portal, access the resources, and (most importantly) be sure to help us get the word out!
LINGOs is asking that each of its member agency contacts to identify ten people you feel will benefit from free, hi-quality learning resources for professionals in the sector. This could include:
– Individual Learners – Who can access eLearning courses on topics like Project Identification and Design, Project Planning, Delegation, Performance Management and much more;
– Trainers – Who can download facilitation guides that allow them to lead face-to-face workshops on all of the topics in the Last Mile Learning catalog;
– Organizations – Who can acquire a Learning Management portal and manage the learning of their stakeholders… …assigning courses, tracking completion status and managing learning paths.
LINGOs Member Agencies desiring to add Last Mile Learning self-paced courses to their existing Learning Management System Catalog may do so. Designated LMS Administrators can request addition of Last Mile Learning Course titles.