Recently, the Bulgarian foundation StartUP started using Eliademy to create a training program about entrepreneurship and the KSL Study Center (Finland) uses the online platform in adult education. E-learning is spreading fast among NGOs and is used in very different kind of organizations and goals. Whether you are an international humanitarian NGO working in post-disaster situation or a local NGO willing to keep the biodiversity in its region, you can make a great use of online courses to grow and raise awareness. So, why should you use e-learning in your mission and how?
Train your members
First, as an NGO, you can use an e-learning platform for internal training purposes. It is an easy way to provide all your members with the same basic training all over the world, which contributes to a better understanding of the global mission and values of your organization. With e-learning you can reduce travel costs as well by utilizing Live video broadcasting.
You can also use online courses to train your members in their particular task or functional area. In nowadays’ fast-paced world, keeping your members up-to-date is a must as new technologies, services and ways of working are coming up all the time. Based on your training needs, you can use already available MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) or create specific courses for your employees/members. MOOCs are the opportunity to connect the members of your organization around some issues and create learning communities despite the different locations they operate from.
Online education is also a cost-effective way to train short-term volunteers. For example, the Chiriboga Green Project uses online courses to train the international volunteers going to help them in their mission in Ecuador, explaining them the project in detail and what their role will be.
Furthermore, using an e-learning platform can help you build a strong knowledge culture within your NGO. By investing in your members and in their personal and professional development, they will feel more valued and willing to bring the best of themselves to your organization.
Extend your horizons
MOOCs can also be used for external training. If your mission is to provide education or training to people, you can use online courses to supplement normal lectures or workshops. This way, you deliver more diverse content (video, links, documents, forum, etc.) to your students, even when they cannot attend your courses personally. Reaching them is by far easier online than with traditional education and it is cheaper as well. Recently, the UK’s Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) has thus started using Eliademy platform to provide adult education.
Besides, you can foster the collaboration with your partners by using e-learning. It opens the possibility to follow more easily joint training and seminars online.
Finally, you can also share the knowledge you have gathered in your organization with the masses in order to raise awareness around the cause you stand up for. Get people to know about your field and establish yourself as an influencer, an expert in this field. It will contribute to the branding of your NGO and may get you new donors! Or simply create a course on Eliademy , not for free, but with a price so you can raise funds/donations.
E-learning platforms are a tremendous opportunity to spread knowledge, anywhere, anytime. Undoubtedly, NGOs can gain a lot from using them.
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- Rupp Shanon, 2013, Technology, e-Learning and Education in Africa. Available from: http://www.ngopulse.org/article/technology-e-learning-and-education-africa (03/02/2015)
- Scholz Claudia, 2012, Massive Open Online Courses and your Non-profit. Available from: https://claudiascholz.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/moocs-and-nonprofits/ (03/02/2015)
- Smith Judie Marie, 2013, Online training – can it work for NGOs? Available from: http://dgmt.co.za/online-training-can-it-work-for-ngos/ (03/02/2015)