archive digitization

eLearning Project Developer

Organization: 
Idealware
VISTA Name: 
Colin Pizarek
Program Start: 
9/2010
Program End: 
9/2011
Project Description: 

The VISTA will develop and manage Idealware’s eLearning Training Initiative. The eLearning Training Initiative will help Idealware to transform their current on-line training programs into an on-demand training library which takes advantage of current eLearning best practices. The VISTA will work with the Idealware team to define an eLearning strategy to deliver training to help non-profits choose software. They will then package curriculum materials that Idealware has already developed to be optimally viewed as screencasts, software demos and more, as well as create new modules to fill content gaps and expand Idealware’s scope of offerings. The VISTA will also work with staff and consultants to develop the technology to appropriately sell packages and individual online trainings, help to facilitate and administrate Idealware’s current live training, and train Idealware staff in the skills to continue to maintain the training library and create new vidoes after the VISTA term expires.

Project Outcome: 

Colin fulfilled much of the work towards our eLearning initiative. He began with preliminary research to survey the scope of the field of eLearning, and provided recommendations for Idealware’s approach. He then co-authored an article based on this research which outlined several eLearning styles and their possible applications for nonprofit organizations. Colin developed potential sales models for the eLearning course library, and created pilot courses to test the concept. This involved developing the curriculum, writing the scripts, interviewing other organizations for content, and producing and designing the visuals. After launching the courses, he conducted a feedback survey to gauge reaction to the courses and test their viability as a business model for Idealware.

As a result of the shift in eLearning’s role at Idealware, Colin took on the development of six software demonstration videos that evaluate donor management systems. These have been commissioned by the Pew Foundation to support a live training session. They will help nonprofit organizations make a more informed decision when choosing a donor management software system. Colin has also headed a research project that tests the effectiveness of broadcast email software in avoiding spam filters. He has been responsible for desiging the research, implementing the process, and reporting the results. Colin has supported Idealware in many other ways. He has provided diagrams and visualizations to our online trainings. He has also worked on diagrams to be published in the NTEN Journal, and taken staff photographs for our website. He also sometimes brings cake to the office.

The results of our feedback survey for the eLearning courses revealed that our plan to deploy eLearning as a revenue-generating product would not be as successful as we would have liked. While the media content created by Colin was valuable, this particular format would not be a sustainable enterprise. We decided to shift the role of media content to support our live training seminars.

Having Colin on staff has enabled our organization to expand the types of training we can offer. He will be creating courses that document his processes and enable others to pick up where he leaves off.

Impact Quote: 

We’re disappointed that the VISTA program will no longer be supported. Colin is a valuable member of our staff and we would have liked to have had another VISTA.”

- Andrea Berry, supervisor

Outreach & DIY Media Coordinator

VISTA Name: 
Tiffany Otoya
Program Start: 
9/2010
Program End: 
9/2011
Project Description: 

Raise the visibility and capacity of the DISKovery Center in Little Tokyo and to help launch DIY Media (Digital Institute for Youth Media) and other youth technology classes at the Angelina Apartments.

Project Outcome: 

Since arriving, Tiffany has worked to recruit new volunteers for the DISKovery Center and has created a Volunteer Packet, which we give to all potential volunteers. The packet includes information about DISKovery, a volunteer registration form, information about the Little Tokyo community, and a list of possible volunteer positions. Additionally, she has created several fliers for various DISKovery Center classes and events. When we launched DIY Media in February, Tiffany outreached to dozens of Los Angeles high schools, churches, and communities centers to find students for our class. She has also worked with her supervisor Gena Hamamoto and our other VISTA, Melissa Niiya, in developing a curriculum for our documentary filmmaking class. Tiffany is currently developing curriculum for a Digital Photography class and a Photoshop class which will be taught for youth at our Angelina Apartments in June/ July.

She greatly increased the visibility of our social media presence and recruited a committed volunteer who has developed an ongoing social media plan for us and will continue to maintain our pages once Tiffany leaves. She has also participated in the effort to revamp our Diskovery website. Both the website and social media plan will be critical to raising our visibility and bringing new populations of seniors and youth to our programs, and Tiffany was key to getting both of these processes off the ground.

One of our original objectives was for Tiffany to implement a volunteer-run public access program, where DISKovery members could use our computer lab at certain scheduled hours and volunteers would be available to assist them, if needed. However, we quickly realized that even though it would be volunteer run, we would still need staff members at DISKovery to watch over the lab and open/close it. We do not currently have enough staff members to do this, or to help train and guide our regular volunteers. Although we have had to reexamine this goal, we are still working on building a more sustainable public access and volunteer program.

Museum Outreach and Archiving

VISTA Name: 
Elisha Durrant
Program Start: 
1/2007
Program End: 
1/2009
Project Description: 

ONLINE HISTORY PROJECT COORDINATOR: Continue the development and expansion of TINCAN’s online history site – the Inland Northwest Memories Project; Work with neighborhoods and community organizations to utilize historical information for community identity; Train neighborhood and community organizations on gathering oral histories and preserving historical information in digital format; In collaboration with other TINCAN staff, link community and neighborhood history to other TINCAN community development efforts; Work with K-12 schools to promote utilization of the history site in the curriculum; Continue to develop and expand the Inland Northwest Memories volunteer base; Assist the Inland Northwest Memories project in developing and implementing a long-term sustainability plan.

Project Outcome: 

Elisha manages the Inland Northwest Memories project, an online history archive funded by Humanities Washington. This includes outreach, training, and writing, as well as fundraising and project development. In addition, she works with staff on other projects as needed.

Elisha trained 20 small community museums in the digitization of their collections. She developed a video on the importance of small museums in preserving community history, which has been shown at a number of sites. Elisha is also conducting a seminar series, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, to familiarize secondary school teachers with the events leading to the passing of women’s suffrage in Washington State. She has drawn in a number of new community partners for this project.

In light of Elisha’s success, we have decided to make her a member of our staff after her second year of service.

Impact Quote: 

Elisha has been invaluable to the growth and vitality of the Inland Northwest Memories project. She has found underwriters that will let us continue collecting veteran’s histories, and constantly discovers new sources of history that would otherwise be lost to the community. These primary source materials, when out online, will help our local schools fulfill the state’s ‘Dig Deep’ initiative that requires that students use primary sources in studying history.”
- Karen Michaelson, supervisor

Transmission Project