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I love the holidays and this time of year.  It’s a season focused on hope; and with the New Year, a time for change.  Now, here’s an opportunity that is appropriate for this time of year.  image

LINGOs is looking for volunteers to help some of its member agencies build elearning courses.  Now you can share your instructional design and elearning skills to benefit those organizations that are working to make this world a better place.

The eLearning Guild is sponsoring the E-Learning Global Giveback Competition and will announce five finalist courses and the winner at the Learning Solutions Conference & Expo in March 2010.  Check out the links for specific details.

Why Should I Participate?

The obvious reason for participation is that you use the skills and experience that you have and bless others.  By doing so, you’re able to help those agencies train their staff and keep their costs low, allowing the money they have to go directly to helping people.

But here are a few more reasons that will also benefit you:

  • Build your portfolio. In this industry, you need to be prepared for opportunities.  So many of us only work on proprietary content and don’t have a portfolio to share.  Well, here’s your opportunity to create a portfolio project you can share.
  • Step away from the cubicle.  Are you stuck in an organization where you have to do the same type of boring elearning courses and would like to do something more?  Now you can.  Do more than boring, click-and-read courses.  Take on one of these projects and try out some of your interactive ideas.
  • Put up or shut up.  One of my big pet peeves is all of the critics of boring elearning who never seem to produce any of their own work.  There’s a lot of talk, but little action.  Well, here’s your chance.  If you have an answer to boring elearning, let us see what you can do. 🙂

Who Should Participate?

Anyone can participate, but here’s who I’d recommend take a stab at this.

  • Instructional design students.  Are you in a master’s or elearning certification program? Why not take on one of these projects?  You don’t need to do it by yourself.  Instead do it with some other students as a school project.  If you do decide to pursue this, let me know.
  • E-learning freelancers. I get a lot of emails from people wanting more exposure and experience.  Here’s the perfect opportunity.  Plus, it’s a project you can put in your portfolio.  And imagine the doors that can open if you get recognized or even win.
  • Small elearning companies.  This is the perfect opportunity to get some much needed exposure. Even if you don’t win, your courses will be out there and something you can point to.  And if you do win (or make the top five) that’s even better.

Are you up to the challenge?  If you’re interested, contact Eric Berg [eric at] or look over the list of courses and contact the agency.  If you’d like to help but want to partner with someone else, leave some contact information in the comments link or contact me and I’ll see if I can get you connected.

If you do participate, let me know.  I’d love to see what you do and maybe feature it in a blog post.  Happy Holidays and may you have a blessed New Year!


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29 responses to “Here's How You Can Change the World”

Hi Tom,

I love this idea and think it’s perfect timing for giving back. Unfortunately, the links for LINGOS and the competition don’t work for me. Am I doing something wrong? Thought you’d want to know.

I really enjoy your blog posts!
Happy Holidays!

@Monica: I think their site was down. But it’s working now.

December 22nd, 2009

I cannot get to the list of courses either, I think there must still be anissue with their site.

Links are not working for me.

December 22nd, 2009

Sorry – just tried the link (10:42 a.m. Eastern) and it’s not working!

Hi Tom

The link is still unavailable

Happy Holidays

Thanks for the information. It sounds like fun. Their site is still down.

The link seems to be ok now. I have written to Eric offering my services.

Thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately, the increase in traffic impacted their server. They’re working on it right now.

December 22nd, 2009

Hi Tom,

Thanks for passing on this info; it’s a great chance to do something good.

I’m looking for a partnering opp. Haven’t designed e-learning for a few years and want to gain exposure and experience. In the meantime, happy holidays!

Thanks for passing this on, Tom! I’m already developing a course, pro bono, for an international nonprofit for many of the reasons you listed, plus I worked for nonprofits for many years and they really have my heart.

Also, the links/site are tough to get to, but I discovered if you play with the url a bit and refresh the screen a lot, you can get to the list of courses, etc.

Hey you got me hooked on this effort-contribution idea but as with the other posts here, the list of courses link does not work, it gives me a “Service Unavailable” message. Someone at your site needs a rapid e-learning course on how to maintain uptime on a web site…

I am an educator with curriculum instruction design and some e-learning design (and construction) experience. Would love to work with someone strong on technical side of building e-learning courses. I’m particularly interested in the PSI – Adult Learning Basics course. Anyone interested being a team?

@Jim: My guess is that the site doesn’t normally get a big hit of traffic at once. Those things happen. When we launched this blog, it crashed about 20 minutes after launch.

Hi Tom, thanks for the interesting link on LINGOs. Sounds like a real interesting thing to do! I have sent a mail to Eric and see what I can mean for them.

December 23rd, 2009

Hi Tom:

Thanks for sharing. I would love to participate.

Please contact me.

Thank you.

Hi Tom,

Thanks for sharing the info. I would like to participate. I am an e-learning course content developer. Please content me.


December 24th, 2009


I wouldn’t mind working with you on the adult learning portion. I have a strong technical side.


Hi Tom,

Thanks for passing on this information. We will involve people at to contribute to development of courses for this initiative.


I am interested in partnering. I am an instructional designer/course designer, but I am not a programmer or developer. I would like to work with a team that has good graphic design/course development skills. Anyone interested?

I’d love to participate in this. Ellen and Angela-I am also interested in partnering on the Adult Learning course. I have an MS in Curriculum Design & Instructional Technology and undergrad work in Communications. Most recent presentation was on adult learning (Conference on Instructional Technologies, 2009). I also have several years of experience with course design in higher education.

Anyone else want to partner, I am happy to do so!

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I’d really like to participate but I am new to E-Learning and would want to partner with someone. I have just completed an instructional design for E-Learning class and have over 15 years change management, workforce learning and strategic communications experience, as well as a masters in adult developmenal psychology. I am eager to apply skills with someone more experienced to give back and develop my skills in this area. I am interested in practicing my instructional design of E-Learning skills, learning new tools, being the arms and legs of a more experienced person. Please let me know! Thanks.

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January 14th, 2013

Hi Tom,

Just come across this and was wondering if a similar competition was going to take place again any time soon? Would love to get involved.

Thanks! 😀

@Sam: contact LINGOs. They do the contest as a year round event (kind of like movie awards). They can provide more details.