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.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 132: Creating an Email Welcome Series

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In today’s interview with sgENGAGE Podcast veteran and Blackbaud University instructional designer Jocelyn Wright, you’ll learn more about why a welcome series is important, why they are valuable even in an email overload world, and what the best practices are for developing an email welcome series.

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Expert Tips for #GivingTuesday Success

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Segment the donors who give primarily on #GivingTuesday with a special thanks and keep them in mind for next year.

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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! Bear in mind that the model isn’t practical in all situations.

Successful E-Learning – A Roadmap


When evaluating the effectiveness of eLearnings it is vital that we keep in mind exactly what we are trying to accomplish; then craft exceedingly mindful learning experiences to ensure the highest possible return on our investment. Successful E-Learning – A Roadmap.

The Disruptive Approach to the Learning Industry


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.

Mobile Learning – Is it Finally Viable?


Instead, effective content is and must be designed specifically for use on our handheld devices and tablets. Mobile Learning – Is it Finally Viable? Mobile Learning has been a cool shining beacon in the learning industry for quite a while now.

Ways that Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Can Build Virtuoso Listening Skills

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Mindful Listening: Master the Basics of Focused Conversation. In the book, Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness, and (World Peace) , author Chade-Meng Tan offers 3 simple techniques to practice mindful conversations. Flickr Photo by qwrrty.

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How To Get Engagement in Your Online Education


How do you apply instructional design principles to a live online learning session? Always keep learners top-of-mind; what will make the session most effective for them?

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

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When you have worked in a field a long time (for me it has been over 3 decades), you have to keep an open mind about remembering and reflecting on what you have heard before — looking at as if it was new. I would like to wish all my readers, colleagues, and friends a happy new year!

The Future of the LMS


Throughout the course of history, some very brilliant minds have endeavored the obscure task of forecasting the future of technology. In the Learning and Development world training has migrated from solely instructional and self-taught. The Future of the LMS – Where Are We Going?

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. Happy New Year !

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

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It has been a long time since I’ve attended a conference where great content and instructional design were so well integrated. So, bravo to Andrew Means for designing a great end to the conference that can lead to participants applying what they learned – that’s the true result. Great conference @meansandrew and see at next years #DoGoodData2015 may the force be with us all @kanter Alicia Schatteman (@aschatteman) May 1, 2015.

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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

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NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

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The team’s first planning session should be one of learning about each’s other trade craft versus diving into the design of the session. Next, of course, is diving into the design task of identifying goals and framing for the session and specific roles.

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

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My inspiration for the instructional design was learning that there was a game show in the 1980s called “ The Body Language Game.”

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.

Designing Professional Development for the Distracted Learner

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Bersin by Deloitte’s infographic “ Meet the Modern Learner ” is an excellent summary of the challenges facing trainers who need to design and deliver professional development for nonprofit professionals. From a design perspective, one takeaway is to create micro learning opportunities.

10 Best Practices for Planning Successful Crowd Funding or Giving Day Campaigns

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The next day, I facilitated a workshop on Best Practices for Crowd Funding that blended traditional instruction with innovation lab facilitation techniques. This post shares the content and I’ll share a post about the instructional design in a second post.

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