How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

Beth Kanter

I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results. And, if you are attending NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology in March, join me, John Kenyon, Andrea Barry, and Cindy Leonard for a session on designing effective technology training. 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.

Basic Facilitation Techniques for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

As a trainer and now adjunct professor, I’m constantly working on and honing these skills sets: assessment, instructional design, curriculum/materials development, presenting, facilitation, and evaluation. There is a lot of learn and refine in each of these areas. And that’s why I love teaching and training because it is all about the learning for both you and the participants. Here’s just a few: Instructional. Small Group Design.

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Five Engagement Techniques for Online Learning

SocialFish

Maddie Grant, CAE and Lindy Dreyer—the experts behind social media strategy firm SocialFish—will share specific ideas designed to encourage engagement around your online education. As educators themselves, Maddie and Lindy have methods your subject matter experts can use, along with ideas for integrating social tools into your webinar platform and instructional design. Five Engagement Techniques for online webinars from SocialFish.

Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

Beth Kanter

Conferences are a great opportunity to take workshops and observe the facilitator’s techniques. Many of us do this and take content notes, but it is also great to take notes about instructional design and facilitation techniques. I typically draw a vertical line down my notebook page, and label each column “Content” and “Instructional Process” to capture both types of notes.

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

Beth Kanter

Last week, in addition to giving the ending keynote and facilitating a design lab for the Arts Brain Trust at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference , I was a participant in a pre conference convening expertly facilitated by Jennifer Edwards who is an organizational development consultant, dancer, and teacher. As a trainer, it is always great to experience someone else facilitating so you can have empathy for participants, get some new ideas or reflect on your trade craft.

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

Beth Kanter

Last week, during the Google hangout hosted by the Packard Foundation , someone asked me where I get all my ideas for designing and delivering training. Part of delivering instruction is being a good facilitation of people’s learning and there is no better way to learn how to improve your own technique than watching world class facilitators in action. I always learn something from his participatory style, humor, and techniques. Here’s a few things I learned.

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

Beth Kanter

Our session will change the way you design and deliver technology trainings. Whether you are facilitating a session with your board, staff, or hundreds of folks in a room, you’ll find ways to design instructional content that interests, engages, and inspires action. This is a session where you’ll be an active participant in your learning and will leave ready to apply lots of practical tips and techniques that will give your trainings more impact. Instructional Design.

The importance of professional development in the nonprofit sector

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posted by Leslie Beecher , Instructional Designer. Over the past four years, I have worked as an instructional designer in the for-profit education world and am excited to have transitioned into the nonprofit sector. I was able to develop dynamic, innovative, and knowledgeable courses using e-learning tools such as Articulate, Camtasia, Microsoft Office, and worked with graphic artist to develop custom interactive multimedia instruction (IMI).

Reflections on a Decade of Designing and Facilitating Interactive Webinars

Beth Kanter

It has been over 10 years since I designed and delivered my first workshop/webinar on, “ Designing Effective Technology Training Workshops for Nonprofits ” with NTEN. Because webinars were a new medium to trainers back then, I used Richard Mayer’s research on multi-media learning based on understanding how the brain works and the ability to pay attention to guide the instructional design. Learning Training Design

Six Tips for Evaluating Your Nonprofit Training Session

Beth Kanter

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! Our session will share lots of great advice about what to do before , during , and after leading an effective technology training. Using the ADDIE for designing your workshop, you arrive at the “E” or evaluation. Training Design

Coaching in your Learning and Development Program

Gyrus

Instructional designers have been trying for years to come up with the perfect teachings for organizational entities, with learnings ranging from electronic, social, micro, mobile, instructor-led, and blended. Be sure not to stop there, coaching involves so much more than instruction towards a positive outcome. It can also consist of reinforcement of techniques and procedures. The Role of Coaching in your Learning and Development Program.

Webinars: Designing Effective Learning Experiences

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The content is important, but it is only half of the instructional design task. It has been over six years since I designed and delivered my first webinar/conference call, “ Designing Effective Technology Training Workshops for Nonprofits &# with NTEN. Because webinars were a new medium to trainers, I used Richard Mayer’s research on multi-media learning based on understanding how the brain works and the ability to pay attention to guide the instructional design.

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Trainer’s Notebook: Integrating Thinking and Feedback Activities

Beth Kanter

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. While I did a pretty thorough participant assessment survey before finalizing the content, the instructional design and creating materials, I always like to get a group understanding of the learning goals and get people ready to learn. Training Design

Methods for Facilitating Innovation in Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

Last month I had the pleasure of taking the Luma Institute Train the Trainers workshop where I got a chance to immerse in practicing facilitation techniques based on human centered design principles. The workshop instructor Peter Maher is founder and CEO, of Luma Institute , and a Jedi Master. The co-facilitator was Amy Hedrick who works in Product and Design Innovation at Intuit. ” What is Human Centered Design?

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

Beth Kanter

These include a review of the year’s accomplishments and two techniques that help you focus on your goals: Peter Bregman’s theme for the year , and Chris Brogan’s “ My Three Words.” I also throughout the month of January review my work routines and systems and redesign or tweak to improve productivity. 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.

Ways that Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Can Build Virtuoso Listening Skills

Beth Kanter

An important part of the design is that this professional development isn’t just focusing on emerging leaders skill development, but is also includes supporting their mentors as well as opportunities for peer learning. The fun part of the instructional design is selecting good assessments, creating applied “homework” assignments where emerging leaders get to practice their skills at work, and providing guides for their mentors to support the emerging leaders.

Designing Transformative Communications Capacity Building Programs for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

We asked participants to do a “think and write” and jot down one idea that resonated before facilitating a grand synthesis of what we learned about designing more impactful capacity building programs for grantees. You can read my guest post over the Communications Network Blog that summarizes these insights. Training Design

Nonprofit Focused Workshops at SXSW Interactive Festival: Join Us!

Beth Kanter

I’m honored to be involved with the instructional design and delivery of two workshops specifically for nonprofits. This workshop will share strategies and techniques for changing your nonprofits culture to be more agile, training other staff to be social to scale, and managing your nonprofit’s c-suite and board. The workshop will share tips and techniques for culture change, training, and adoption.

500 Social Media Marketing Tips

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After months of uncertainty, I was laid off from my job as an instructional designer for a global communications company. With over a dozen chapters, I am almost positive that you will find plenty of beneficial tricks and techniques! This is a guest post from Andrew Macarthy , author of 500 Social Media Marketing Tips.

Trainer’s Notebook: Using Posters To Spark Learning

Beth Kanter

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. I designed a 90-minute workshop focused on “Human-Centered Social Media Strategy” which teaches how to apply a simple design-thinking technique, creating personas, as the basis of your digital strategy. Training DesignPhoto by Equal Rights Advocates.

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

Beth Kanter

Going beyond content delivery, I also use a lot of participatory and hands-on learning techniques to help students gain a deeper understanding. As a long-time trainer, professor, and teacher, I feel strongly that interactive learning activities – going beyond the death by Powerpoint Lecture – is the key to retention and application for participants. Your room set up can support your instructional activities that engage participants or get in the way. Training Design

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

Beth Kanter

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. Given that this was two and half hour workshop at the end of a long day at SXSW, I put to use all the interactive training techniques that I have been teaching nonprofit trainers around the world.

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

Beth Kanter

But before jumping into the daily grind, during the first week of January I use the quiet time to engage in several New Year’s rituals that help me prepare for the year ahead and identify professional growth areas. My rituals include: 1) Review the Year: For as long as I can remember, I have kept an annual professional journal, using a variation of bullet journal technique. I would like to wish all my readers, colleagues, and friends a happy new year!

Experiential Leadership Development

Beth Kanter

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. So, this trip was a gift in terms of getting new ideas for instructional design. When you are a trainer, you are a designer and facilitator of learning experiences.

How To Incorporate More Movement Into Your Nonprofit Training

Beth Kanter

Designing and facilitating training (not matter the topic) is one of my passions and why I blog about it on a regular basis. I also love sharing techniques and tips with other trainers and often do “train the trainers” sessions as part of my practice. The photograph above documents a creative stretch break from a recent Leadership Training I designed and co-facilitated at the Americans for the Arts Conference. Training Design

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

Beth Kanter

These include a review of the year’s accomplishments and focus setting: Peter Bregman’s theme for the year , and Chris Brogan’s “ My Three Words .” This year, I’m adding a technique from Gretchen Rubin, author of the Happiness Project to establish and track good habits on a monthly basis. I also designed and facilitated a six month peer learning cohort with colleague Stephanie Rudat. Happy New Year !

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Free Webinar: Sharing Trainer's Social Media Bag of Tricks and Secrets

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

And then immediately create instructional materials and trainings for the community. Later, as I developed workshops and content for strategic technology planning , I became obsessed with learning about technology professional development for nonprofits and designing effective trainings. For almost six years, she has been integrating social media tools and tricks into her instructional practice. How to think like a social instructional designer.

NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

Beth Kanter

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. Are there facilitation skills/techniques that you enjoy and are great at doing? Are there facilitation skills/techniques that you want to improve or work on? Next, of course, is diving into the design task of identifying goals and framing for the session and specific roles. The Session Design and Implementation.

The Secret To Social Media Engagement: Kiss A Squirrel!

Beth Kanter

I’m preparing for a webinar and with any training I begin the instructional design with surveying participants to understand their level, learning goals, and attitudes about the subject matter. Use Participatory Research Techniques To Discover Engagement Topics. Have you discovered engaging content that inspires your audience to an action that reaches your goals? Do you use any of these techniques?

Reflections on the Social Media Lab Workshop

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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. It is also a good technique to explore the possibilities of new tools and techniques before investing more time and energy in something that isn't right for our organizations. There is one problem with this design: Many of us find experimenting difficult. Growing My Instructional Chops.

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

Beth Kanter

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. Each of us took on a different aspect of nonprofit technology design and incorporated some interactive exercises. I am particularly grateful to Cindy Leonard who compiled and consolidated our slides based on the design.

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

Beth Kanter

I’m doing a session for the NW Philanthropy and have been asked to talk a little about how to design peer learning and trainings for nonprofits. Having trained nonprofits on every continent of the world (except Antarctica), I had a great laboratory to develop my instructional design and delivery skills. One of the biggest challenges is keeping nonprofits engaged. Energizers are activities designed to awaken a sleeping audience or activate a jaded one.

Using Peer Learning Strategies To Build A Network

Beth Kanter

As part of my work plan as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, I have the pleasure of working with networks of grantees to design and facilitate peer learning exchanges on networked nonprofit practices and using social media effectively. One of the networks I’m supporting are the grantees in the Friending the Finish Line strategy. As with all the capacity building projects that I’ve designed, it is based on a framework and theory of change.

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

Beth Kanter

Design for Participants To Apply. It’s been great to discuss instructional design with other trainers that Deborah has brought together. Recently, Jennifer Ahern Lammer who is the program director for the Alliance of Nonprofit Management , shared several good design points developed by Peter York from TCG and how she applies it. Design for Different Levels of Capacity and Skills: Adapt in Real Time. So, you have to design for that. Training Desig

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

Beth Kanter

My inspiration for the instructional design was learning that there was a game show in the 1980s called “ The Body Language Game.” We did a little role play showing good listening techniques and bad listening techniques. 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.”

Reflections from Networked Nonprofit Workshop for 300 People

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

For the past 15 years, I have been excited about nonprofit technology training design and delivery and it is what I will continue to focus on as part of my role at Zoetica over the coming years. The day was designed as a one-day interactive strategy session in the morning and intensive mini-workshops on tools and tactics in the afternoon lead by a cadre of local social media specialists and experts. Tags: Training Design Colorado Project.

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

Beth Kanter

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. The project kicked off a year ago with a seven-day Train the Trainers intensive in Beirut, Lebanon for the in-country teams who would localize and implement the curriculum for five 3-day workshops that I designed. Design for Flexibility. Group Photo with Certificates.

The Networked NGO in Pakistan

Beth Kanter

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. This blog post includes some reflections on the instructional design, delivery, and insights that I hope will inform the field building discussion taking place over at the Packard OE Program site.

My Themes for 2013

Beth Kanter

Creativity: How do you keep creative and generate new ideas, both individually and working within an organization. It is so easy to just do the same old thing all the time, but there is some discomfort in creating something new. I want to explore the methods and techniques for optimizing creativity and applying it your work. I’m writing this post from Tunisia.

The Networked NGO in India

Beth Kanter

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. This blog post includes some reflections on the instructional design, delivery, and insights that I hope will inform the field building discussion taking place over at the Packard OE Program site.

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Social Media Trainings: How do you use pre-workshop data about your participants effectively to shape effective instruction?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I have a chance to reflect now on the data I've collected and think about the instructional design. I'm doing the workshop twice and I toyed with the idea of actually doing two totally different sessions, but I do not have an equal split - and I think there is value to having mixed levels in the group - if, you as the instructor, can make sure there is differential instruction. " This reminded of the Thiagi's Interactive Lecture techniques.

WeAreMedia Live Workshop: Reflections

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I was pleased with workshop, even though it was the first time and that is always difficult because instruction improves with feedback from learners. The content on the wiki has now organized into an instructional format as a two-day face-to-face workshop. understand how to design and implement a social media experiment that enables listening, participation, content creation, or community building and is appropriate and realistic.

ArtsLabSF: Reflections About Social Learning With Social Media

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

One thing led to another and I designed a social media lab for arts organizations. Participants design and launch a social media experiment that helps them improve their practice and share learning with one another. Here are some reflections on the instructional design: 1. These leaders are then given the meeting agenda (game instructions), keep the group on track, and volunteer to report out. ArtsLab SF View more presentations from Beth Kanter.