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Learning Technologies SIG: Going Global - Designing Online Courses for a Global Audience

  • 19 Jan 2012
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar

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How do you design for multiple cultures? How do you translate content? How do you address bandwidth and technical issues? How do you engage students and create global learning communities?

This presentation will address these issues by showing examples of courses The Nature Conservancy has developed for international audiences such as: Reef Resilience, Protected Area Management, GIS, and Climate Change. Additionally, the presentation will share best practices to address: globalizing content for all cultures, producing content in multiple languages, using Moodle to develop course rooms, addressing bandwidth/connectivity constraints and lastly, utilizing informal learning techniques (forums, user generated content) to build learning communities for the localizing knowledge to regional areas.

This would be valuable for anyone wishing to: design interactive, engaging online training, use Moodle to build online courses, design training for an international audience, and/or incorporate informal learning to build learning communities (forums, user-generated content).

Presenters:

Chanda Carpenter is an e-Learning Manager with The Nature Conservancy’s Technology Learning Center. Specializing in multi-media, graphic design and web development, Chanda has more than 12 years of experience developing online training and communications programs that focus on delivering an interactive, engaging experience to the user. She has been the recipient of several national awards for her web and print design work. Prior to conservation, Chanda worked in the finance and telecommunication industries.

Gillian Silvertand joined TNC’s Technology Learning Center (TLC) in January of 2007 as an E-Learning Designer and Developer. In this role, Gillian is working on designing, developing and instructing technical and conservation training for Conservancy staff and partners, through both online, self-paced, interactive programs and instructor-led training. Prior to joining the TLC, Gillian worked in training and development at ESRI Inc. as an instructor and course developer for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software. Drawing on 12+ years of training and design, Gillian is focusing on the creation of educational materials needed for conservationists around the globe.

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