FROM DATA TO INFORMED ACTION

Why take this course?   

Many organizations collect data that could make their work more efficient and more effective. The challenge is that data is often either inaccessible to staff or perceived as irrelevant to staff. This course offers staff with varying roles and perspectives to dig into their data in ways that serve them and the vision of the organization. A learning-centered approach to data will help you engage others in understanding the story the data is telling, discerning the questions it is raising, and clarifying the implications for action.

What will you learn? 

This is an engaging and highly personalized course, with ongoing invitations to test, try and practice the new content being learned. During the course, you will work alone both on and off the computer, as well as participate in a group session on-line. Here is a sample of what you will have achieved by the end of the course:

  • located data you or your organization is already collecting and determined how it is currently being used
  • reviewed a model from knowledge management theory and identified critical factors for ensuring that data is used to support informed action
  • analyzed the data you found to identify the story it tells and the questions it raises
  • created a tool to select and effectively share your data with a group
  • created a learning-centered design for bringing data to your group.

What else do you need to know?

  • Platform: Ruzuku
  • Length: Six weeks, including orientation. There is one group live session at the start of the course followed by six weekly modules on your own time with online communication among course participants and facilitator. The weekly modules are available each Monday morning.  The expectation is that learners work through their tasks according to the realities of their personal schedule and the Monday-to-Monday timeline. There is total estimated course time of 12-20 hours.
  • Pre-requisite: None.

NOTE: It is strongly recommended that you take this course with at least one colleague who is involved in planning the same event as you. Participating with your entire planning team is ideal. 

 

LEARNING-CENTERED CONFERENCES

Why take this course?   

How many times have you gone to a conference (or organized one) where everyone actively learned new things and connected the topics of the conference with their day-to-day work back home? If you have, you are lucky. Most conferences aren’t like that – but they can be!

What will you learn? 

This is an engaging and highly personalized course, with ongoing invitations to test, try and practice the new content being learned. During the course, you will work alone both on and off the computer, as well as participate in a group session on-line. Here is a sample of what you will have achieved by the end of the course:

  • articulated key attributes of a learning-centered conference and considered how to use them in your own planning
  • named persistent conference challenges you want to address and identified potential leverage points
  • selected tools from the Learning-Centered Conferences Toolbox and used them in the event you are planning
  • practiced refining conference designs by giving and receiving conference design feedback
  • drafted your conference design with a plan for integrating additional learning-centered aspects into your upcoming conference. 

What else do you need to know?

  • Platform: Ruzuku
  • Length: Six weeks, including orientation. There is one group live session at the start of the course followed by six weekly modules on your own time with online communication among course participants and facilitator. The weekly modules are available each Monday morning.  The expectation is that learners work through their tasks according to the realities of their personal schedule and the Monday-to-Monday timeline. There is total estimated course time of 12-20 hours.
  • Pre-requisite:
    • You have a large gathering or event you need to plan
    • Ideally, you take this course with 1 or more colleagues who are also involved in planning the event you are working on.

 

CUSTOMIZABLE FOR YOUR NEEDS

If you are interested in a course that is not currently scheduled, you can express your interest here.  If your organization is interested in a particular course, you can also contact us to arrange for a private, customized course that is suited to the unique context of your organization. Class sizes are limited depending on the content and number of facilitators to ensure a participative, learning-centered approach.

If a one-on-one approach works best for you, consider mentoring.

 

FLEXIBLE PRICING

If you are a nonprofit, work in the education or faith-based field, or otherwise need financial support, we usually can provide some discount. We also recognize the value in partner learning (2+ people from an organization attending the same course) and are often able to offer a discounted rate in these situations. Please note that discounts may not be combined with any other promotions.