How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

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I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results. So, expect to see regular reflections on good instructional design and delivery for any topic, but especially digital technology and social media related.

Basic Facilitation Techniques for Nonprofits

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There are a lot different styles, philosophies, and techniques for facilitating groups of people. Check out the International Association of Facilitator’s Method database which contains more than 500 entries. Here’s just a few: Instructional. Small Group Design.

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Methods for Facilitating Innovation in Nonprofits

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The co-facilitator was Amy Hedrick who works in Product and Design Innovation at Intuit. The curriculum was based on their “ Innovating for People ” design methods recipe book and “ taxonomy for innovation.” ” What is Human Centered Design? Facilitatio

Reflections on a Decade of Designing and Facilitating Interactive Webinars

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I’ve had the honor of facilitating an online peer learning exchange of Knight Grantees that are hosting Giving Days, applying and iterating on the Giving Day Playbook since 2013. In order to do that, you have to think like an instructional designer ! Learning Training Design

Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

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Recently, a colleague asked me a wonderful question: How did you learn to become a good facilitator and trainer? Evaluate your content, facilitation, and logistical skills against participant evaluations. As the facilitator, you have give clear instructions to people and keep time.

Trainer’s Notebook: Finding Inspiration and New Ideas for Facilitation Techniques

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For training where you are focusing on a skill, it allows for folks express their opinions (negative or positive) and not have get in the way of the instructional flow later on. Good participatory design and instructional design for that matter needs a closure exercise.

How To Be A Wizard at Tech Training: NTC 2016 Session

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In a couple of weeks, one of the sessions I’m facilitating at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Jose is called “ How To Be A Wizard at Tech Training.” Our session will change the way you design and deliver technology trainings. Instructional Design.

Trainer’s Notebook: The Feng Shui of Good Teaching and Learning

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All of my work these days is focused on designing and delivering effective training for nonprofits -primarily on the topics of social media, strategy, networks, and measurement. I designed and facilitated a peer learning workshop at SXSW last week. Training Design

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3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofits That Can Boost Professional Success

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Emerging Leaders Playbook: With the generous support of the Packard Foundation and in collaboration with Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies, we wrote and published the Emerging Leaders Playbook last year, along with facilitating a peer learning cohort with colleague Stephanie Rudat.

Trainer’s Notebook: Group Polling Techniques and Tools and Incorporating Movement

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see above) It is designed to be used in face-to-face workshops and conferences. When thinking about adding mobile/online polling to a training, you have to think like an instructional designer for it be effective.

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NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

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Last week I facilitated the “ Impact Leadership Track ” at the NTEN Leading Change Summit with John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson. Here’s what I learned: Facilitation Teams. Often, facilitation teams are brought together by an event host.

Flexible Space: The Secret To Designing Powerful Training

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I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results. So, expect to see regular reflections on good instructional design and delivery for any topic, but especially technology related.

Six Tips for Evaluating Your Nonprofit Training Session

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I’m co-facilitating a session on Nonprofit Training Design and Delivery with colleagues John Kenyon, Andrea Berry, and Cindy Leonard at the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference on Friday March 14th at 10:30 am! Training Design

Happy New Year: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

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Facilitator for Learning Network: Most of my work is designing and delivering capacity building projects for nonprofits literally all over the world and here in the US. I’m particularly obsessed with how to design for the modern learning , so stay tuned for more on that.

Designing Transformative Communications Capacity Building Programs for Nonprofits

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Happy, Healthy 2016: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

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I also designed and facilitated a six month peer learning cohort with colleague Stephanie Rudat. Innovation Lab Facilitation : For the past few years, I’ve trained in and designed and facilitated innovation labs using the Luma Institute Methods.

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How To Apply Social to Education and Learning

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Your job will be more rewarding when you transition your learners from passively listening to actively engaging through social channels you intentionally design as part of the learning experience. You have to know how to apply them to instructional design.

Experiential Leadership Development

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More recently, with support from the Packard Foundation, I’ve been working on an Emerging Leadership Development project with Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies. We co-authored the “ Emerging Leaders Playbook ,” and I designed and facilitated a peer learning project.

Trainer’s Notebook: The Importance of Hands-On Learning

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Classroom style with desks puts a barrier between the students and the instruction, especially when people are using laptops or tablets to take notes. Designing training that is interactive, that goes beyond presenting takes upfront planning. Training Design

Trainer’s Notebook: Using Posters To Spark Learning

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The program is specially design to leverage the power of technology in supporting women’s rights and social justice leaders and organizations to advance their work and impact. Breaking a large group into small groups for an exercise is also instructional design challenge.

How To Incorporate More Movement Into Your Nonprofit Training

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Designing and facilitating training (not matter the topic) is one of my passions and why I blog about it on a regular basis. As the facilitator you cue the leader to pass the power on to someone else in the room. Training DesignPhoto: Americans for the Arts.

Ways that Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Can Build Virtuoso Listening Skills

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For the past few months, I’ve been facilitating a Nonprofit Emerging Leaders online peer learning project with Third Plateau Impact Strategies. These techniques are described in more detail in “ The Facilitator’s Guide To Participatory Decision-Making ” by Sam Kaner.

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SXSW 2013 – Are You A Social Media Nonprofit Manager Looking for Your Peers? #npsmpeer

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I was honored to be involved with the instructional design and delivery of two workshops specifically for nonprofits. I enjoyed designing and facilitating this session because I had five awesome presenters who have a depth of knowledge about the topics we discussed.

Trainer’s Notebook: Integrating Thinking and Feedback Activities

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As a trainer and subject matter expert, I fight a big battle when designing a workshop. Balancing the amount of content delivery with exercises and right sizing given the available time for the workshop. I thought the most helpful synthesis task would be a “design rationale.”

The Disruptive Approach to the Learning Industry

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It seems that Training personnel are always focused on new and innovative teachings, and designers are obsessed with developing an open platform that can accommodate all these visionary changes that we as learning professionals would wish to implement.

How To Get Engagement in Your Online Education

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Skilled facilitators structure their sessions to include thought-provoking questions; chat enables sharing of responses. Present a pre-recorded video or case study and then facilitate a related discussion.

Webinars: Designing Effective Learning Experiences

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The content is important, but it is only half of the instructional design task. For this exercise, it would have been helpful to have people in each group with some prior real life experience designing an ROI study. Training Design nten peer exchange webinar

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Nonprofit Focused Workshops at SXSW Interactive Festival: Join Us!

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I’m honored to be involved with the instructional design and delivery of two workshops specifically for nonprofits. The annual SXSW Interactive Festival is a geek home coming for those who work on the web, social media, and gaming.

Active Training: To Get Nonprofit Audiences Engaged, Keep Them Moving

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Then we had a discussion to pull highlight and discover different practices. I used this exercise right after lunch to avoid the after lunch energy drop and use the time for instruction. Energizers are activities designed to awaken a sleeping audience or activate a jaded one.

E-Mediat: Reflections from the Conference in Fez, Morocco

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The conference in Morocco was a “tri-lingual event” and was translated into French, English, and Arabic, although the content and instructional design were identical to the event in Jordan. 1. Facilitating Tri-Lingual Events: Not Lost in Translation.

DoGoodData Conference: Live Long and Prosper with Data for Good!

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I also was honored to facilitate a reflection exercise as part of the closing plenary session with data for good rock stars Bob Filbin, Jeffrey Blandt, and Jake Porway. Andrew served as the curator and host of the event, meticulously and brilliantly weaving together two days of plenary and break out sessions that well crafted and delivered by high quality speakers and facilitators.

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Learn You Will: #14ntc Nonprofit Tech Training Session Reflection and Resources

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Earlier this month, I presented on a panel called “ Learn, You Will ” with Cindy Leonard, John Kenyon, and Andrea Berry on the topic of designing effective nonprofit technology training at the Nonprofit Technology Conference hosted by NTEN. Training Design

Reflections from Arts Leaders Workshop: Resilient Leaders from the Inside/Out

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Earlier this month I was in Boston for the annual convention for Americans for the Arts where I facilitated a leadership development pre-conference workshop, “Impact without Burnout: Resilient Arts Leaders from the Inside/Out.”

Trainer’s Notebook: Reflections on Designing and Delivering Training To Get Results

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Last week was a busy week, after keynoting the Nonprofit Solutions Conference in Kansas City , I facilitated a one-day workshop for the Center for Nonprofits on developing and measuring a sustainable integrated social media strategy. Design for Participants To Apply. Training Design

Notes About Mobile, Digital Trends, and Social Media Leadership from Knight Digital Media Center Workshop

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Last week I was in Chicago to facilitate a session as part of Knight Digital Media Center’s Digital Strategy for Community Foundations and Nonprofits workshop. Instructional Design Notes. Mobile Organizational Culture social media policy Training Design

Using Peer Learning Strategies To Build A Network

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This peer learning exchange is designed to help state-based groups to be more effective in engaging their networks toward covering uninsured children. As with all the capacity building projects that I’ve designed, it is based on a framework and theory of change. Training Design.

The Networked NGO in Pakistan

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It marked the start of a six month peer learning exchange where I, along with colleague Stephanie Rudat will work remotely with grantees as they implement an action learning project to put techniques into practice and facilitate organizational change from the inside out. Program Design.

PopTech Fellows Program: Reflections

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This includes leadership, social innovation, communications, branding, graphic facilitation, financial and funding models. Here are some thoughts about tweaking the instructional design: Game Length and Instructional Context. Graphic Facilitation Rocks.

Guest Post: Using Participation to Solve a Design Problem at the Carnegie Museum of Art

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This is a perfect example of a museum using participation as a design solution. The activity was facilitated by the activity station set up in the lobby just outside the gallery. design participatory museum guestpost usercontent

How To Make A Back Channel Light Up Like Clark Griswald's House

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I've been experimenting with integrating social media into instruction for the past five years, so the webinar was a great opportunity to reflect on practice. I covered these three topics: Why: Social media integrated into instruction - Pass or Fail? I think you can design around it.

My Themes for 2013

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I’m writing this post from Tunisia.

Reflections on the Social Media Lab Workshop

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The curriculum and instructional design included " Principles of Effective Social Media for Nonprofits " and a version of the social media game created with David Wilcox. There is one problem with this design: Many of us find experimenting difficult.

Peer Learning As A Prelude to Collective Action for Social Change: Reflection

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This peer learning exchange is designed to help state-based groups to be more effective in engaging their networks toward covering uninsured children. This week was the third face-to-face meeting I’ve helped design and facilitate. Training Design