This week, we continue posting samples of our light version of our most popular course. This will allow you to have a little background on what students are posting on our Facebook page, and at our Development Community. Just click on the two links below.
|Turning one of your project’s activities into a lesson plan and a take-home, how-to card.|
The concept of sustainability also has implications for your organization. In working with NGOs I’ve discovered that many of them don’t document their activities. This means that next year when they decide to do an activity again, they might not have names and addresses of partners they worked with or background information for the activity, or the specifics of how they conducted the activity.
Over the next eight weeks in this pair of courses you will be building a series of templates. You are designing a specific project and developing the documentation for that project, but this documentation can be used over and over again for different projects and different activities just by making simple modifications to the original template. So be sure to save these examples of your work. They could even come in handy during a job interview or an interview with the donor about a new project; you’ll have examples for them of the quality of work that you’re capable of doing.
So this week we are going to begin developing our first template — a lesson plan for a community workshop. The project you are building is made up of a series of activities—activities that might be launched with a workshop. The Week 1 needs assessment that you did with the community was a workshop and we provided you with a lesson plan for conducting the workshop.
The second part of your assignment for the week is to draw a ‘how-to card’ for your workshop participants to take home. The card should be a simple reminder of the different phases of the workshop. I try not to include words on my cards because so many community members can’t read, and because in the countryside there are so many different languages. In the field, I will work with a local person to do the drawings because their drawings will be representative of the culture participating in the workshop.
The Lite Version
Each week, running in parallel with the course, I will be posting a discussion sheet about community-based adaptation, and an example of the week’s homework. This is simply to give you the opportunity of seeing what these courses are like from the student’s perspective & also give you an opportunity to better understand what the students are discussing that week.
This is called the Lite Version, because the full course has a collection of online student resources, expanded discussions about that week’s assignment, and, of course, it has the course leader who works with students in reviewing their assignments and in making suggestions for their projects.
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