Learning is the Work

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If you are not already familiar with their work, you will learn a lot about online collaboration, knowledge management, informal learning, and networks by following them. Jane Hart: Jane has been blogging for many years and writes about informal and workplace learning.

Valuable Fundraising Lessons We Learned in 2017

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How Citizen-Powered Movements Will Lead Social Change in 2017: Learn about the shift to cause-minded individuals driving change and how their efforts are making a difference.

A New Approach for Nonprofit Professional Development: Micro-Learning

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Recently, a nonprofit professional said to me, “I don’t have time to learn anything new because I have too much work to do.” Yet, we know that learning continuously in a complex world is critical because otherwise our skills are quickly outdated.

Bridging the Skills-Gap with Competency-Based Learning


What is competency-based learning and how would it work? A competency-based model involves creating learning journeys around high-need roles within an industry. Next, the association takes each competency and creates specific learning activities that teach that competency.

Nonprofits Need Integrate Learning into their Work in 2014

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Adding Learning to Work. He points out that approach has value but, by adding activities is only assisting in the learning process. He suggests that design principle is that learning is something separate from work or ‘first we learn and then we work’.

Social Media Tools and Resources for Social Learning


This past week I, together with my friend Shari Rager from American Medical Writers Association, did a session at Tagoras’s Learning*Technology*Design conference on designing for social learning. Defining and Designing Social Learning. Social Media is Not Social Learning.

How the Nonprofit Sector Can Share What We Learn and Why We Should

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Note from Beth: I’ve been a big believer in shared knowledge and learning for the sector. While they confess that they still don’t know the ultimate answer to that question, they have learned a thing or two in their continued pursuit of that goal.

Five Ways to Help Your Nonprofit Learn from Feedback (and Earn More Funding Too!)

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Note from Beth: At the end of the day, organizations that are committed to learning will be more effective at meeting the needs of the people they serve. Learning is the ultimate result of being “ data informed ” that is using feedback data to improve results.

Does Extreme Content Delivery = Learning?

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How do you learn? When you want to acquire a new skill or apply some new knowledge, do you learn by passively sitting and listening to an expert lecture for 90 minutes without a break and 150 PPT slides? The best one, “Stop Talking: The longer you talk, the less they learn.”

3 Nonprofit Fundraising Lessons Learned from Political Campaigns

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Because of their scope and scale, US presidential campaigns are unique entities. They don’t last very long compared to those of nonprofit organizations, but they raise and spend a tremendous amount of money—growing quickly from scratch into an immense, people-powered machine.

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Learning Analytics: Big Data Applied to Training, Teaching, and Learning

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Learning Analytics comes from a report about the impact of emerging technologies for practitioners in a field. Two or three years to adoption: Learning Analytics (K-12/Higher Ed), Open Content (K-12), Games and Gamification (Higher Ed). Learning and Knowledge Analytics.

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Learning from Millennials (Yes, Really)


We forgot about the part where we learn from them. Once you start learning more about the Millennials in your environment, then you’ll be able to do a much better job of both bringing them in AND retaining them in an ongoing way.

The Intersection of Online Communities and Learning Management Systems


We’re seeing some interesting things going on in the association industry at the intersection of online communities and learning management systems (LMS). LinkedIn, the first social network to be publicly traded on the Stock market, acquires Lynda, a leading online learning platform for $1.5

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

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Going beyond content delivery, I also use a lot of participatory and hands-on learning techniques to help students gain a deeper understanding. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to understand how the feng shui of a classroom impacts learning.

Learning + Technology: The Latest on What Associations Are Doing


I asked Jeff Cobb to share a summary of his great new report on social learning, a topic which you know is dear to our hearts. How much success are organizations having with technology-enabled and technology-enhanced learning? Featured Industry Insider Social Learning Useful Data


Successful Strategies for Distance Learning [CASE STUDY]


Face-to-face events remain the preferred method of learning for many. In 2008, APIC embarked on a journey as the “Pied Piper” of learning and discovered enormous opportunities as well as plenty of unexpected challenges. Case Study Social Learning

Learning is Everything!


In my conversations with nonprofits over the past ten years, the single most important need isn’t simply more money or more staff (although those are always helpful)…it’s continued learning. Education is absolutely essential to the millions of nonprofit organizations doing good work in the United States and abroad

The Best Adult Learning is Social Learning


Aaron Wolowiec (who’s recently launched EventGarde LLC , a brand new consulting firm for meetings and educational strategy) has a MUST READ post on adult learning principles and andragogy (which “places value on the process of learning. Social Learning

Are Digital Badges and DIY Learning the Future of Education?


So when I read this article about digital badges and DIY learning, I was intrigued. Even more intrigued when I clicked through to the other article about DIY learning. Take a look at those two proposals for a glimpse of what the future of association learning could look like.

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What Nonprofits Can Learn From Political Campaigns About Harnessing Smart Data

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Now, let’s take it a step further and see how these intense, short-lived campaigns harness the power of the data they collect with these three examples and the lessons learned. In my last post, we talked about the campaign fundraising innovations that are repurposed by nonprofit organizations.

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Webinars: Designing Effective Learning Experiences

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If you deliver training on webinar platforms, you need to understand how people learn. This post summarizes some learning research and offers some tips for delivering effective webinars. The content is important, but it is only half of the instructional design task.

It’s Not What You Know, It’s How You Learn

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About a year ago, Mario Marino reached out to me and several colleagues with some provocative questions about e-learning in the nonprofit sector. It can be summed in a tagline: ”It’s not what you know, but how you learn.” Peer learning is an important concept.

Peeragogy: Self Organized Peer Learning in Networks

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On Monday, Rheingold delivered the UC’s Regents Lecture , “Social Media and Peer Learning: From Mediated Pedagogy to Peeragogy” prior to working with a group of students in a seminar and launching a process to co-construct a peeragogy handbook/sourcebook. Photo by Aussiegal.

What I Learned From @nancylublin About #dataonpurpose

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Here’s a curated transcript of Tweets from her talk, including the one above that she wanted everyone in the audience to tweet. Here’s what I learned from Nancy’s inspiring talk about data for good: How It Got Started. Kids learned about homelessness.

Data Dictionary: Variables and Analytical Learning

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Data Mining & Modeling analytical learning term definitions variablesAnalytics can be overwhelming or confusing without the proper context. So let's build our understanding of various types of analytics you might use in your fundraising.

January 2014Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Measurement and Learning

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It’s also having a clean, complete, and accurate data and the discipline to make sense of the data and use what you learn to improve results. Photo by Notemily. I’m delighted to be hosting the January, 2014 Nonprofit Blog Carnival.

Conference Season: Learning for More than Members


Bounce around, learn a bit about the topics, and check out the various topics covered by the content. Watch (people) and learn. Take every opportunity to learn about the people attending the conference, what they do in their daily lives and how they interact with the association.

6 Lessons Nonprofits Can Learn from the Private Sector


The way we do things in the nonprofit world often differs from the way the private sector operates.

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What I Learned About Fundraising from My Career in Recruiting

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I started my career in recruiting. I would gain the interest of good talent by sharing with them all of the reasons why they should be interested in an interview: benefits, career opportunities and the potential to work with awesome people.

Nine Digital Marketing Lessons Nonprofits Can Learn from charity: water

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If you want to convert donors online and inspire people to align themselves with your cause, invest time in learning how to write great copy, or even hire an expert to do it for you. Joanna Wiebe’s Copy Hacker e-book series is great for learning how to write web copy. Learn more here.

Giving Days and Beyond the Dollars: What Have We Learned?

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As part of the report release, I wrote this guest post on the Knight Foundation blog called “ In Wake of Giving Day Tech Failure, Here’s What We Have Learned ,” and sharing here on my blog. In a word, Finch says Kimbia and the sector learned the importance of preparedness.

3 Donor Acquisition Tips Everyone Learns on Their First Date

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My wife and I learned early on in our relationship that we both shared empathy towards helping victims affected by modern day slavery and human rights abuse. Think back to one of your first dates. Do you remember it? What was it like? Was there nervous anticipation? Some butterflies?

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What We Can Learn from Finnish NGOS About Resilience

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I really enjoy teaching in different cultural contexts and observing different learning styles and approaches to working for a nonprofit.

5 things nonprofits can learn from Wikipedia’s online fundraising campaign

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The 2014 online giving campaign just wrapped up and there are plenty of lessons that other nonprofits can learn from Wikipedia. These are just a few of the things that nonprofits can learn from Wikipedia’s latest online fundraising campaign.

Lessons Learned From Our Website Content Migration


At the end of that grueling day I asked the team what lessons they learned from our experience. The post Lessons Learned From Our Website Content Migration appeared first on Idealware.

Why Movement Is the Killer Learning App for Nonprofits

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As a trainer and facilitator who works with nonprofit organizations and staffers, you have to be obsessed with learning theory to design and deliver effective instruction, have productive meetings, or embark on your own self-directed learning path.

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What Google+ users can learn from nonprofits

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I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m fascinated by Google+. I left Web Worker Daily in 2009 in no small part because I was bored out of my mind with the content I was producing/editing. I couldn’t stomach looking at even one more new social networking/collaboration site that no one would care about in 6 minutes, much less 6 months. Google+ is different, and not just because it’s from Google.

The Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

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It was a great learning experience from both a process and content perspective. The first step in the exercise was to ask participants to write down three things about themselves that are important for others to know for this project, including skills, knowledge, interests, or learning goal.

Unlocking the Potential of Peer Learning

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Unlocking the Potential of Peer Learning – Guest Post by Noah Flower. Many funders are interested in using peer learning to help nonprofit leaders advance their capabilities. Yet, we still have much to learn about how funders can tap the power of peer learning.

4 Things We Learned from #GivingTuesday 2017

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We read through it for you and are bringing you what we think are the four most valuable things we can learn from 2017’s #GivingTuesday. The post 4 Things We Learned from #GivingTuesday 2017 appeared first on Nonprofit Hub.