Bluedrop Performance Learning commits to the delivery of an online learning program for CGI's hundreds of partner NGOs. Using its CoursePark Learning Management Solution, the goal is to affect NGO organizational success and empower their employees in key skill areas. In partnership with the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Bluedrop will develop two custom courses to teach effective operational and financial management. These courses will equip NGOs with the skills necessary to define and market great ideas, better leverage connections with partners, and improve program governance.
The CoursePark platform transforms the way people learn online. Since 80 per cent of workplace learning is informal, CoursePark exclusively markets an e-Learning model integrating social networking tools called Learning Networks. This means that CGI's NGO partners will be able to form learning networks with one another under a collaborative umbrella. Within these Learning Networks, people complete courses, engage with other learners, share knowledge and blog about their learning experiences.
CoursePark is unlike other online learning management system because of the volume of people it can serve in a streamlined, user friendly, and fully technically supported approach.
CoursePark will establish, operate, and monitor a Thunderbird for Good/Bluedrop Learning Network and enable all the staff and leadership of NGOs to access the free courses.
The project will begin at the CGI Annual Meeting in New York in September 2012. Interviews will be conducted with successful NGOs, Foundations, Corporate CSR players, governments, and funders. This content will be used in the development of the course content in addition to other mediums such as vignettes and short animation.
The next steps will be to work with Bluedrop's partner Thunderbird School of Global Management to fully scope the content for the custom courses. The custom course development will begin with our partner Thunderbird in early October and be completed by February 2013.
In coordination with CGI, Bluedrop will then develop a strategic communications and awareness plan to ensure that NGOs have knowledge of the Learning Network. This will take place in November 2013.
By late February 2013, a test site will be launched to trial functionality of the Learning Network with a small selection of NGOs.
CoursePark will launch the Thunderbird for Good Learning Network on March 18, 2013.
By the launch date, the communications and awareness plan will have been introduced and will continue for the following twelve months to ensure a solid adoption of the Learning Network.
Quarterly reports will be made to all partners.
A final evaluation detailing the response to the level of learning, value achieved, and benefits realized will be completed for March 21, 2014.
It should be noted that Bluedrop will provide the Thunderbird for Good/Bluedrop Learning Network with the custom courses in perpetuity. This will not shut down at the end of the year.
NGOs and not-for-profit enterprises (herein called 'NGOs') call a common operational objective: to accomplish a great deal with limited resources. Ongoing professional training and continual learning is central to meeting this challenge. If staff members are unprepared to perform at their highest levels, then this challenge will not be met. Additionally without effective, up-to-date, targeted training and continual learning, qualified people become under-qualified. Fifty three per cent of workplace skills are outdated every three years (Znada.com, 2012).
As Charity Village (2012) points out, ?one in five community organization employers believe its organization has difficulty meeting its objectives due to its employees lacking skill sets; this number increases to one in three for smaller community organizations. 36 per cent of community organization workers are concerned the amount of training they receive does not meet the demands of the job requirements, and fifty per cent of community organizations employees report the level of skill required to properly carry out their duties has significantly grown since they were hired (charityvillage.com). ?
Due to size and resource constraints, NGOs have not been sold on the benefits of online learning. Consequently, these community organizations run the risk of falling behind in their commitment to provide leadership and employee development, which will limit their present and future potential and stymie staff from achieving their potential. There is a need to level the playing field for NGOs and increase their ability to offer ongoing skills development.
This commitment targets the NGOs that CGI supports by providing advanced online learning with custom courseware targeting the training needs of NGOs. Because learning must be continuous in order for organizations to succeed, this commitment will target all of CGI's NGO's partners and capitalize on the relationships with CGI, funding partners, and their own staff.