Community Action Projects 

During your time in the U.S., all SUSI participants will prepare a Community Action Project that you’ll complete when you return home. For FIUTS SUSI participants, this project will take the form of designing curriculum for a unique training session that you can deliver in their home communities and beyond that addresses the changing nature of work in your own local context. Trainings can take different forms, such as the creation of a hands-on technical or skill development session; a session on adapting skills to new technological and economic realities; or a visioning session to explore opportunities and challenges presented by economic or technological change in the local context.

The following workshops during the SUSI will help you to prepare your training:

Workshop #1:  “Introduction to Instructional Design: How to turn information into learning” sets the stage for how to design an effective workshop. It introduces instructional design and the key elements in building an effective curriculum.  This will be a hands-on session in which you will take a topic you know a lot about and organize that information into a useful framework. By the end, you will be able to:

·      Describe the character and context of your target audience. This includes being able to name the barriers holding these people from taking action.

·      Name and describe 3 actions that you will like your target audience to take. By reverse engineering the knowledge and tools they will need to take these actions, you will start to define the information, tools, and practice activities needed in your learning program.

·      Define the domain of knowledge needed for your audience to be successful, including what you will not be covering. Let’s avoid cognitive overload!

This workshop will be led by Nancy Bacon, a teacher and instructional designer who has worked for over 20 years in the nonprofit sector. For the past five years, she has led Washington Nonprofits learning program. She created and led the World Affairs Council’s Global Classroom program, directed an international development NGO in partnership with Afro-Brazilian women in Salvador, Brazil, and taught middle school social studies at the International School Manila. She writes and trains on adult learning through her blog

Workshop #2: Identifying and Analyzing Training Needs In Your Community

Through this workshop, you’ll identify issues affecting your community and analyze the ways in which you could approach your project in order to address these issues. You’ll explore your own areas of interest and find the places where your interests and the needs of your community intersect, and develop some goals around your training idea.

This workshop will be taught by FIUTS staff members Era Schrepfer and Ellen Frierson.

Workshop #3: “Never Fail” Course Design

You will learn a structure to use in planning a workshop. You will leave with a draft document with the main elements of a workshop. Do you feel overwhelmed while developing a new class or webinar? Does all the content threaten to cover YOU up? Do you simply not know where to begin? Welcome to Guila Muir’s “Never Fail” Course Design Template. A product of twenty-five years of experimentation and evolution, this template enables you to design active, effective courses that transfer skills into the “real world”. Who knew course design could be so easy?

 By the end of this three-hour workshop, you will be able to:

1.     Describe the nine elements of outcome-focused, activity-driven lesson plan.

2.     Create the Purpose and Learning Outcomes of a training session that you will present in the near future.

3.     Explain how you will enable participants to transfer new skills into the “real world.”

This workshop is taught by Guila Muir, who is principal of Guila Muir & Associates, a Seattle-based firm specializing in developing professionals' facilitation, presentation, and training skills. Since 1993, Guila's engaging, highly energetic style has transformed businesses and organizations across the United States and in Canada. Her clients include Microsoft, Amazon, and hundreds of state agencies and nonprofit organizations. Guila has also worked as an adjunct professor in Seattle University's Graduate School of Education. She published "Instructional Design That Soars: Shaping What You Know Into Classes That Inspire" in 2013. Since then, it has become an essential tool to develop and deliver effective courses, training sessions, and Webinars.


Workshop #4: Designing in Learner Engagement

Without engagement there is no learning. It’s not enough to be smart, to be experienced, to know your content. If your learner isn’t engaged, they don’t enjoy your training, they don’t attend to it, and it doesn’t help them do a better job when they need to. In this two-hour session, we’ll explore together as we design and deliver engaging training. We’ll experiment with several techniques include the single most powerful technique for engaging the learner in a way that makes learning stick. 

This workshop will be taught by Timothy C. Dawes, who has made a career of teaching empathy skills; concrete practices that forge alliances, resolve conflict, broker deals, and make sales.He’s founded two training organizations and managed a third. He’s an experienced speaker including delivering a TEDx talk on reimagining compassion as powerful. In the healthcare industry, Tim’s work led to an award-winning book, Healing from the Heart, which has been called “an important contribution to the humanization of healthcare” and “the antidote to what's missing in nursing education.” In hi-tech, he has created and led training covering strategic planning and execution, business acumen, persuasive presentations, influencing, and active listening skills for management teams from across the U.S., China, Latin America, and Africa.