Facilitated Learning

Financial Management: IntroductionLearning in Non-Governmental Organizations

I have volunteered my instructional design services to LINGOs, a not-for-profit capacity building organization, several times. Two projects I have worked on have been a series of Financial Management modules, and an Assessment Completion Template module.

Project #1: Introduction to Financial Management is one of three financial management modules (Introduction, Planning, and Accounting Records) I created for Last Mile Learning. The modules were designed to be utilized in a facilitated face-to-face learning environment. The instructor will teach the course, utilizing the slide deck and instructor materials provided by Last Mile Learning. The source material for the modules was provided by Mango, an organization serving the NGO (Non-government Organization) sector.

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Audience: The primary audience for the face-to-face materials will be the facilitators who will be leading the course. The target audience will not necessarily be “expert” facilitators. Facilitators are expected to have high school education (with potentially some level of college education), and possess a moderate to high level of computer literacy. Curricular materials have been written in a manner to ensure that facilitators with only average skill-levels are able to lead these courses. Facilitators are expected to have sufficient internet connection to download the course facilitation materials, which should not exceed 8 MB in size.

The secondary audience of the face-to-face resources includes the learners who participate in the face-to-face courses. This audience is broad and covers a wide spectrum of learners, including:

  • Headquarter and field-based staff of international NGOs
  • Local NGO staff and government employees
  • Staff of Community Based Organizations (CBOs)
  • Staff of Development Organizations

While the skills and experience levels vary significantly between these audience groups, the general rule of thumb is that learners have at least a secondary school education (although many users will have higher). Development professionals representing local NGOs and government ministries will often have college degrees, while representatives of international NGOs may have graduate coursework.

Deliverables: For each module, a slide deck, instructor facilitation guide, and student handouts.

The PowerPoint presentations have notes for the facilitators on each slide. The notes let the facilitators know what to say and do. There are specific directions for suggested activities and alternative activities. In PowerPoint Presenter view, the facilitator has access to the notes, as well as tools to annotate the slides while teaching.

During the slide show, the Presenter view allows the facilitator to zoom in on important images or concepts.

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The PowerPoint presentations have notes for the facilitators on each slide. The notes let the facilitators know what to say and do. There are specific directions for suggested activities and alternative activities.
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In PowerPoint Presenter view, the facilitator has access to the notes, as well as tools to annotate the slides while teaching.
PowerPoint Presenter View
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During the slide show, the Presenter view allows the facilitator to zoom in on important images or concepts.
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Zooming-in, or enlarging a portion of the slide, allows the facilitator to highlight the importance of a concept.
Annotating or highlighting on the slide is another way to emphasize the importance of the material to the audience.
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Authoring tools: The slide decks for the 3 modules were developed in PowerPoint 2013, and selected slides were imported into Adobe Captivate for this presentation. The facilitation guides and student handouts were developed in Microsoft Word 2013, and converted into PDFs.

Comments on the project:

Tracy,

I am enormously grateful for the support you provided on these materials. The facilitation packs are just what we needed – and you went above and beyond with your support conducting quality assurance on the questions and mapping content between the guide and the courses.

…Thank you so much!

Mike Culligan
Director of Last Mile Learning

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