Webinar: How to Turn Your Program Into an Online Course

With the rise in popularity of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) such as Udacity, Coursera, and Khan Academy, online learning technologies and practices have come into the mainstream, and nonprofits are building e-learning sites to expand service reach, improve service quality, and reduce training costs.

Building an e-learning site entails pulling several systems and tools together to deliver a smooth online experience for learners. Last year, Upwardly Global launched an initiative to digitize its training content based on trainings previously delivered exclusively at in-person events. Constituents are now able to access this content via an online community.

In this webinar, you will learn how to convert your face-to-face class into a robust online course based on Upwardly Global’s experience in building an employment training site for skilled immigrants. Upwardly Global’s Aaron Winters and co-presenter Allie Levinsky will share the process used to select the technology, create the content, and build an e-learning site, as well as insights into what Upwardly Global is learning from digital service delivery.

Key takeaways:

  • An overview of the spectrum of content authoring tools, including capabilities and pricing
  • What to consider when choosing a learning management system
  • An introduction to SCORM (a set of technical standards for e-learning software products) and AICC
  • The role of website content management systems in enhancing the learner’s experience
  • Other considerations, including integrating with a CRM
Who should attend:

This webinar is geared towards nonprofit staff and volunteers who are involved with running education or training programs, as well as IT staff and consultants who are responsible for managing web application projects.

About the presenters:


Aaron Winters
 leads IT, operations, and strategic planning for Upwardly Global. Aaron joined the organization in early 2009 as Program Manager and built relationships with corporate and government partners to increase placements and funding in the Bay Area before moving to a national leadership role the following year. Prior to joining Upwardly Global, Aaron led the sales and customer service teams for AIESEC United States, where he created and delivered international internship and training programs to companies, universities, and governments across 64 countries.

Aaron is often asked to speak on topics related to technology project management and Salesforce implementation best practices. He has also written on topics related to global human resources and has been published by the Society of Human Resource Management. Aaron graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from San Diego State University. Aaron has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. You can follow Aaron on Twitter at @aaronwinters.

Allie Levinsky is the Program Manager for Upwardly Global Chicago, where she has consistently led her team to increase program impact through process improvement and early adoption of organizational technology. She has over 7 years of experience, specializing in program design and implementation and significant experience applying skills in training, content development, direct service, project management, and fund development to build successful programs from the ground up.

Speaker: Aaron Winters