It feels like just yesterday we were announcing the pilot of the Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate. We started off with 40 brave souls who helped us learn a tremendous amount about the new approaches, formats and technologies we were using. Their feedback helped us prepare for the public launch of the program in October of 2016.
And now it’s the 1st birthday of the Certificate! Besides eating some cake, we took a look back at the progress and accomplishments that have happened during this first year. We are continually impressed by the how hard this community works and what they can accomplish when they set their minds to it.
In this first year, we had nearly 30 individuals from around the country (and beyond) complete their Professional Certificate.
Professional Certificate earners spent over 600 hours building their knowledge, skills, and resources so they could more effectively use technology to create change in their communities. The community collectively spent more than 1,000 hours on professional development in the Professional Certificate courses.
— Kristy Hayter (@kurlykristy) March 21, 2017
These are some seriously dedicated individuals and organizations that have supported them.
We get to work with some amazing members of our community as faculty on our programs. Learn more about this impressive group of individuals sharing their expertise by visiting the Faculty page.
— Monica S. Flores (@monicasflores) August 22, 2017
Key lessons learned
In the last year we learned some valuable lessons from running this new program and from feedback.
Blended is better
A mix of self-paced and live events makes for a good mix with participants’ schedules, according to feedback from early enrollees. And making the live events available via recording immediately makes that part more accessible.
Interaction adds value
The flexibility of self-paced content is good but those who were able to join the live events or participate in the community space found a significant increase in the value they got out of their experience. It turns out the faculty and community members are pretty smart folks and engaging with them helps you learn.
In the coming year, we will continue to listen to your feedback and make improvements.
Leveraging the technology better
As we build our own skills with the technology, we will work to create more engaging and effective online learning experiences, truly moving beyond passive learning experiences.
We are working hard to make improvements to our onboarding experience. We are pushing ourselves to share information in a greater variety of formats to help make it easier for you to get underway in our courses.
We appreciate the immense amount of enthusiasm and support you’ve shown in this first year and look forward to making even more progress in the years to come.