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LINGOs Announces Third eLearning Global Giveback Winners

by Michael Culligan

March 23, 2012

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by Michael Culligan

March 23, 2012

“This year sees continuation of the remarkable trend of generous support from learning professionals and companies that has allowed LINGOs member organizations to develop over 90 courses over the past three years. As in previous years, the contributions of Global Giveback volunteers have allowed LINGOs member agencies to do their good work in the fields of humanitarian relief, development, conservation, and social justice even better.”

Eric Berg, Executive Director of LINGOs announced the winner and finalists of the third eLearning Global Giveback Competition on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at The eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida.

Competition winner

This year’s winner, Amanda Warner, developed “Isoniazid Preventive Therapy (IPT) for the Prevention of Tuberculosis in People Living with HIV” for FHI 360, a global development organization based in Durham, NC and working in over 125 countries. (Figure 1.) The Flash-authored course invites learners to navigate a series of scenario-based interactions where they are given an abbreviated medical background and current symptoms of an adult or child living with HIV. The learners then determine whether to offer IPT and for what duration in accordance with World Health Organization guidelines.

Figure 1. Paige Winn of FHI 360 accepts the Third eLearning Global Giveback award from David Holcombe, CEO of The eLearning Guild and Chairman of the Board of LINGOs. Winn accepted the award on behalf of course designer Amanda Warner.

Berg was especially impressed by the great variety of courses in this year’s competition “It is exciting to see the diversity of designs,” he observed. The winning design uses a simulation-based approach. It was the result of development in coordination with health technical advisors working in Africa. Other finalist courses include a mobile learning module that applies industry-leading animation, and courses that employ organizational maturity surveys to map out learning strategies.

Berg thanked the eLearning Guild, Open Sesame and all of the “instructional designers and learning developers who have volunteered their talents to the program. Together they have developed over 90 courses in the past 3 years, resulting in invaluable improvements in the impact of their programs in humanitarian relief, development, conservation, and social justice.”

The finalists

Here is the complete list of the Global Giveback finalist courses, all of which are available for viewing at http://lingosglobalgiveback.org:

Table 1. List of the Global Giveback Finalist Courses
Volunteer Finalist Course Title Agency
Skill-Pill
Travel Safety and Security Tips Save the Children
Amanda Warner IPT for the Prevention of TB in People Living with HIV FHI 360
Claude Abbott and Bonnie Solivan
Becoming One Save the Children
Anjanay Panetti
LINGOs New Member Onboarding LINGOs
Yewande Daniel-Ayoade
Performance Management IAVI
Bram Piot and Lucia Salters From Maps to Decision Making: Mapping the PSI Way Population Services International (PSI)
Ian Minderman
Welcome to PSI Population Services International (PSI)

The panel of judges

A panel of six judges reviewed the Global Giveback Competition entries and selected the overall winner. This year’s judge panel included:

Comments from winners and agencies

This year’s winning collaboration teamed learning developer Amanda Warner with a number of health technical advisors who work around the world. Together they developed a course on how to administer Isoniazid Preventive Therapy (IPT) to HIV-positive children and adults to prevent tuberculosis (TB). The disease is a major cause of illness and death in people living with HIV. TB could be prevented in millions of people infected with both HIV and TB through the use of IPT.

Warner was especially excited to apply the World Health Organization (WHO) standards in the context of a simulation-based curriculum design. “The initial content for this course was essentially 50 pages of guidelines for when and how to administer IPT. Instead of directly recreating this material, we made this course an opportunity for the user to apply the information from the existing resources in an interactive, engaging environment. I love it when I have the opportunity to create these sorts of practice spaces, and I think they're a really effective use of online learning.”

According to Paige Winn, Senior Learning Officer and Warner’s contact at FHI360, the course is especially important in light of those new guidelines published by the WHO. They assist health care workers to diagnose new cases of tuberculosis and to provide effective therapy. “What is amazing about this course is that it uses scenario-based interactions to immerse the learners in realistic interactions with real patients,” said Winn. “The course tracks learner responses and provides on-going feedback to measure the effectiveness of the interaction.”

Warner’s win is also notable as it marks the first time that the Global Giveback competition has a repeat winner. Last year, Warner’s course, “Consumer Protection and Financial Education in Microfinance,” was a Global Giveback winner; that was her second course, developed for ACCION, a microfinance organization based in Boston.

A range of solutions among finalists

An example of the variety this year is the mobile learning that UK-based Skill-Pill developed in cooperation with LINGOs member, Save the Children. This is a safety and security course for staff traveling to over 120 countries where Save the Children works.

Save the Children’s Learning & Development Systems Coordinator, Elena Pullara, was especially pleased to be able to offer the course to staff, volunteers and consultants regardless of their location (especially when they were in transit.) “The work we do in development and relief is incredibly important and truly saves lives.” explains Pullara. “However, there are risks involved in delivering our work and internet connection is not always stable. With the help of the Skill-Pill team we are now able to brief our staff on the norms, protocols and policies that help ensure their safety regardless of location and internet availability. We have wanted a tool like this for some time, but it would not have been possible without the support of Skill-Pill.”

In another example, Marie-Laure Curie, Deputy Director for Learning & Performance at Population Services International (PSI) was enthusiastic about the work of Ian Minderman. Together they used Articulate’s new StoryLine application to develop a “Welcome to PSI” course that provides a guided virtual tour of PSI’s headquarters building.

“What you need to remember,” explains Curie, “is that the great majority of PSI staff are located in countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Most of these staff will not have the opportunity to visit the offices in Washington DC. This innovative tour-like approach allows them to get a feel for the HQ-based offices of their colleagues in the United States.”

Learning, where it otherwise might not be possible

“What makes the eLearning Global Giveback Competition invaluable,” according to Ariane Miller-Fuhrman of IAVI, “is that it provides organizations that have the intentions and the need – but lack the resources – to design and develop innovative learning, putting it within our reach. Furthermore, the use of virtual tools and approaches helps us reach our staff globally, providing learning on topics that are industry regulated and business critical. And the new skills I gained about eLearning are an added bonus.”

This year sees continuation of the remarkable trend of generous support from learning professionals and companies that has allowed LINGOs member organizations to develop over 90 courses over the past three years. As in previous years, the contributions of Global Giveback volunteers have allowed LINGOs member agencies to do their good work in the fields of humanitarian relief, development, conservation, and social justice even better.

About LINGOs

LINGOs (Learning in Non-Governmental Organizations) is a global consortium of humanitarian organizations sharing learning technology and professional development resources. LINGOs enables international humanitarian relief and development organizations to do their good work better by sharing their resources and experience. LINGOs connects international organizations to facilitate sharing and engages Partner Organizations – companies and associations working in the field of learning technology – to provide expert assistance and donate resources. LINGOs member organizations include some of the most-respected organizations working in international relief, including Habitat for Humanity, Save The Children, Catholic Relief Services, and Oxfam. For more information, please visit http://www.lingos.org.


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