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Dipanwita is passionate about digital and has a keen focus on Digital Training and Capacity Management. She has trained and built tech solutions for the Global Health Advocacy Incubator, the Sehgal Foundation, and PeoplesClimate.org. This Atlas Corps Fellow has designed and implemented digital training program for over 300 global social impact leaders from 60 countries, and has led social movement campaigns and supported philanthropic projects across the globe. She also served as a Mentor for StartingBloc, a judge for social venture competitions, and an advisor to the OPEN fund.
Thank you, Kate Rushton Hi Anne, Your idea sounds fantastic and thanks to you for your work in this crucial area. In the realm of training, I noticed that you have mentioned the importance of face-to-face training and certifications as well as technological training interventions. I had a couple of questions about that. 1. In the user map, you have talked about an online training platform, do you have any more information on how you are thinking that through? Are you planning on a custom solution or planning to use an existing LMS or platform? 2. In the certification model, do you have ongoing conversations with universities etc? 3. How are you using the training to build community? 4. What's the feedback model you are thinking about using to evaluate the impact of the training? For the Future of Higher Ed Challenge that we participated in, we submitted Impact College (http://impact.college/) which provides a training deployment platform + instructional design + animation, etc services to social impact orgs with training as a part of their programs. That's the context in which I am asking you these questions. Again, great work, this is such a critical field. Thank you, D
Thank you for your comment. It addresses two very important points in our idea. 1. Knowledge Partners, as defined within the scope of Impact College are individuals/organizations that already specialize in one or more skills within their scope of work and work with us to create online courses that they can then disseminate to a larger audience through our platform or to their existing users, thus bolstering any in-person training they have. The depth of this curriculum will correspond to what is required to get the job done. eg: How to use email to raise money for you nonprofit? We are only partnering with organizations who are experts in their field instead of positioning ourselves as the repository of all knowledge. In terms of cost, all courses we create are delivered at no cost. Once a student has taken the free course, they are welcome to pay for an advanced course that will come with a certificate. On our part, we do not charge for courses that are not certified and add no tangible value to a student's resume. Second, Knowledge Partners, who use the "white-label" option are doing so because they already have a target audience in mind to deliver their content to. If they choose to share it with a larger audience and charge them for it, they will have to justify why someone must pay for that content. With respect to the demos. They are only illustrative of what the platform can do. They do not represent actual content or courses. We wanted to show that courses can be paid for. We are currently working with 3 of our nonprofit clients to build out the Google Adwords course, which will be our first. Hope this answers your questions and do let me know if you need any more clarifications. Thank you, D