How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

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Join me for a FREE Webinar: Training Tips that Work for Nonprofits on Jan.29th at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST. I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results. Design. Training Design

Nonprofit Technology Training: Book List

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At this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, I’m thrilled to be doing a panel on nonprofit technology training and it has a bit of a star wars theme, “ Learn You Will.” When I’m training other trainers, I often get asked “What books should I read?”

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8 Reasons Why Bad Trainings Happen to Good Nonprofits

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Note from Beth: Last January, I put together a train the trainers session for nonprofit trainers. You can find the presentation here and accompanying blog post, How To Think Like A Nonprofit Instructional Designer. How can you improve the culture of training at your nonprofit?

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Flexible Space: The Secret To Designing Powerful Training

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Join me for a FREE Webinar: Training Tips that Work for Nonprofits on Jan.29th at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST. I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results.

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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! There are two different methods to evaluate your training.

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. I also love sharing techniques and tips with other trainers and often do “train the trainers” sessions as part of my practice.

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

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Keeping nonprofit audiences engaged during training can improve your outcomes. Movement can also incorporate what you’re training on. I was in India this past summer to facilitate an intensive four-day training for Packard Foundation grantees working on family-planning issues.

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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. Interactive Training Engages.

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

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Design for Participants To Apply. It’s been great to discuss instructional design with other trainers that Deborah has brought together. Design for Different Levels of Capacity and Skills: Adapt in Real Time. So, you have to design for that. Training Design

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Coaching in your Learning and Development Program

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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. The Role of Coaching in your Learning and Development Program.

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.

The Future of the LMS

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In the Learning and Development world training has migrated from solely instructional and self-taught. The LMS is vital in organizing these different types of learnings, as well as shaping the way in which you interact with training and development content.

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’m also doing a lot of training of other trainers. Training Design

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Reflections on a Decade of Designing and Facilitating Interactive Webinars

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I thought I’d take this opportunity to reflect again on a decade of experience of designing and delivering interactive webinars. In order to do that, you have to think like an instructional designer ! As a webinar designer, what tricks and tips have worked for you?

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: 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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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.”

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Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

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I answered yes to all, but more importantly I think these two methods helped me the most: Carve out time for reflection after each training and do an after-action review with yourself. Be a participant in other people’s training sessions.

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

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I have a chance to reflect now on the data I've collected and think about the instructional design. Also, some new types of questions about training and education approaches for nonprofits and specific tips for under-resourced nonprofits.

Designing Transformative Communications Capacity Building Programs for Nonprofits

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Webinars: Designing Effective Learning Experiences

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If you deliver training on webinar platforms, you need to understand how people learn. The content is important, but it is only half of the instructional design task. What are your tips and tricks for designing and delivering effective webinars?

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

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Cliff Atkinson's new book, The Back Channel is a must read for anyone presenting at conferences or planning trainings in age of social media. I covered these three topics: Why: Social media integrated into instruction - Pass or Fail? What: The art of social instructional design.

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

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This training was a day and half and here’s what we covered: Section 1: Self-Awareness: Understanding and Moving Through Your Leadership and Communications Style.

Social Media Measurement and Learning Analytics: How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count the Ways

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I tested out the five phases of falling in love with measurement. Given the topic was measurement, I couldn’t help but go a little meta and play with incorporating learning analytics into the instruction. This blog post shares some insights about those two somewhat disconnected ideas.

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

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

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Instructional Design Notes. I’ve been paying attention to “ Feng Shui ” of training or the physical layout of the room. I facilitated a session in the afternoon which was designed for peer interaction given the topic.

The Networked NGO in Pakistan

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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. Program Design. 2. Design for Organizational Reluctance.

Reflections on the Social Media Lab Workshop

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As part of my work as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation this year, I have been leading some peer trainings with grantees. There is one problem with this design: Many of us find experimenting difficult. Growing My Instructional Chops.

Five Engagement Techniques for Online Learning

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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. Hear what other associations are doing, and how they are training speakers (and participants!)

The Networked NGO in India

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This year a lot of my work as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation is working with grantees outside of the US. I’ve just returned from leading a training for Population and Reproductive Health grantees from India. Program Design.

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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.

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

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And then immediately create instructional materials and trainings for the community. 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.

Buying a LMS? Acronyms You Must Know (Part 2)

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ILT- Instructor Led Training: Any kind of training that occurs in a training room and can involve one or more instructors. Training is generally delivered through lectures, presentations, demonstrations, discussions, etc. In our last blog “Buying a LMS?

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The importance of professional development in the nonprofit sector

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posted by Leslie Beecher , Instructional Designer. Additional training to individuals can also assist in expanding their knowledge on certain subjects that may be beneficial to them in the future. She earned a master's degree in curriculum and instruction.

Reflections from Networked Nonprofit Workshop for 300 People

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I feel that my technology training for nonprofits work is more like a calling for me than simply a job or career. My design question: What is the best way to use this approach for a full-day workshop for 300 people? Tags: Training Design Colorado Project.

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.

PopTech Fellows Program: Reflections

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Here are some thoughts about tweaking the instructional design: Game Length and Instructional Context. All of the instruction is aligned to a network frame. . The game needs more time and if there is no time on the agenda, then a different design is needed. .

ArtsLabSF: Reflections About Social Learning With Social Media

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He welcomed me to the Bay Area and asked if I would be interested in doing some trainings for the local arts community. One thing led to another and I designed a social media lab for arts organizations. Here are some reflections on the instructional design: 1.

WeAreMedia Live Workshop: Reflections

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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.