Where training meets technology
how to implement e-learning in a scout association
Your NSO/NSA is considering to try or a wider implementation of e-Learning as a complementary delivery method for adult training? That is great!
At his point you have probably read and thought about the benefits of e-Learning, especially within the context of Scouting, and you are probably asking how to start.
The information on this page aims to help you taking the first steps by providing you with a picture of:
After going through this information please contact the ScoutingLinks team at firstname.lastname@example.org and check the training content and support already available.
why is e-learning suitable in scouting
Scout Associations dedicate a considerable amount of resources to the training and support of their adult volunteers. Nevertheless, many adults leave Scouting having little training to help them in their role or are put off by training activities that consume a considerable amount of their spare time. In many cases, the trainers and resources are not available when needed. The availability, as well as the proximity of human and technical resources, is a real hurdle for adults who are looking for training opportunities.
Increasingly, Scout Organisations are exploring and developing new ways of delivering training that can be successfully integrated in the changing trends in volunteering and which can provide an answer to adult volunteer needs, raising their satisfaction and consequently the length of their commitment to the Movement. E-Learning is one of the methods to support this strategy.
what is scouting links and how it works
ScoutingLinks is an online system aiming to technically support the delivery of training in any Scout Association. The system is based upon four different layers called Learning Hubs (LH). LH’s differ from each other as they target specific audiences and have different management processes.
One of these LHs – Learning Hub 1 – is meant to be directly and completely managed by Scout Associations, meaning each Scout Association will have simultaneously an online space that can be set and customised according to that association's needs and working methods.
The Training Area will contain all the training content and support the processes developed as part of a national training system or complementary to that training system.
As an NSO you can use this area to host:
- A full training scheme or training programmes
- Random training courses or content that aims at supporting training
- Training resources
The Collaborative Area provides a tailored and flexible solution to serve the on-going work taking place at the national level, whether it is directly related to training or not. Though some Scout Associations have already similar tools and processes in place to support networking and collaboration among volunteers, it is also true that sometimes they are difficult to manage.
Scout Associations may be interested in having an area for projects or dedicated spaces to their formal or informal networks of volunteers and/or staff. Some possible uses of this area are:
- Organisational structure support (e.g. National Board; Training/Adult Resources department)
- Networking (e.g. Youth Programme teams; Leaders forum; other formal and informal networks)
- Project Management (e.g. Planning Team for a specific event; Thematic projects)
what are the basic steps to approach and implement e-learning
E-Learning can be approached and implemented in different ways. It doesn’t mean your Association's complete training scheme needs to be reviewed or that a full training course needs to be delivered online.
In many cases, considering the context of Scouting, a blended delivery method is more suitable and ensures a better transition for learners and trainers that are still adapting to new models and methods of training delivery.
The strategy and steps to implement e-Learning may also vary. In any case dedicate some thinking to it and consider the possible options.
Creating content and developing e-Learning
Assess all your resources
Start with identifying the resources you can spend on the e-Learning.
Identify your needs
E-learning is just a tool and it can be used from many reasons. Define what you want to reach with the eLearning course. According to this answer you should choose the appropriate tool possibilities.
Describe your course environment
Be sure you know who are the participants of your course, what is their motivation to join the course, what are their time and place possibilities and what could be their restrictions in terms of technologies (how capable are they in using ICT, do they have good connectivity, appropriate hardware?)
Set the role of e-learning in your course
Answer these questions: Should the whole course be online? Or is it going to be a combination of e-learning and live part of a course? Which part do you need to deliver online - getting information, practicing, assessment, motivation..?
Explore the e-learning tool possibilities
When exploring the e-learning environment, mention what tool you can use for
- increasing the participants motivation
- mapping the participants needs
- allowing individual paths through the content
- working with feedback and review
- learning from each other
Match the possibilities with your needs
Prioritize: find the tools which fit best to your needs according to the learning and course phases.
Choose the right structure
Do you prefer all the participants to start in the same point? Do you want all of them to take all the tasks? Do you want them to choose their own way? Or would you like to modify their way according the system feedback? And – last but not least – where should each of them finish?
Make a clear plan for your e-learning course
Imagine the participants path through all the course, adjust and put the tools in the right order.