CSDi Training for Individuals, Communities & Nonprofits
This OL 201 Student Resource Page has three sections that can easily be reached by clicking on the red links just below.
Links on this OL 201 Student Resource Page:
Download Course Documents
Summary of Ten Seed Technique Word Doc 35k
Ten Seed Technique Lesson Plan 72K
Ten Seed How-To Card; Photos and small file size PDF 203k
OL 201 Assignment One Homework Instructions PDF 35K
Magee Example Project OL 201 Assignment 1 Word Document 35K
OL 201 Assignment 1 Discussion PDF 35K
Resources and Discussions on Needs Assessments PDF 35K
OL 201 Assignment Two Homework Instructions Word Document 35K
Magee Example Project OL 201 Assignment 2 Word Document 35K
OL 201 Assignment 2 Discussion Word Document 35K
OL 201 Assignment Three Homework Instructions Word Document 35K
Magee Example Project OL 201 Assignment 3 Word Document 35K
Scientific Document Example: Food Insecurity and Participation in Community Food Programs.
OL 201 Assignment 3 Discussion Word Document 35K
OL 201 Online Resources for Food Banks Word Document 35K
OL 201 Assignment Four Homework Instructions PDF 35K
Magee Example Project OL 201 Assignment 4 Word Document 35K
Assignment Four Family Garden Field Guide Example Word Document 35K
OL 201 Assignment 4 Discussion PDF 35K
OL 201 Assignment 4 Discussion on Sustainability PDF 35K
OL 201 Assignment Five Homework Instructions PDF 35K
Field Guide Knowledge Transfer—Developing Field Guides, Lesson Plans, and Workshops PDF 35K
Magee Example Project OL 201 Assignment 5 Word Document 35K
Field Guide and Lesson Plan Example Word Document 750K
OL 201 Assignment Five How-To Card Example PDF 800k
OL 201 Assignment 5 Discussion PDF 35K
OL 201 Assignment Six Homework Instructions Word Document 35K
Magee Example Project OL 201 Assignment 6 Word Document 35K
OL 201 Assignment Six Student Template to Fill In Word Document 61K
OL 201 Assignment 6 Discussion Word Document 35K
Webpages with Weekly Course Discussions and Assignments
OL 201 Discussion 4 on Sustainability
Welcome to Online Learning: OL 201 Designing and Funding Non Profit Projects
Class Home Page
Welcome to the Center for Sustainable Development’s online learning course OL 201 Designing and Funding Non Profit Projects. In this course you will build a project around community need. It is the prerequisite for a second course, OL 202, which will transform your concept into a packaged project ready to fund and launch.
Logistics: The class week begins on Tuesdays; assignments need to be sent to me by the Monday 7 days later. This allows students without Internet at home to access Internet at work on Mondays in order to send their assignment in.
This first week’s Assignment will take longer that any of the assignments over the next 8 weeks. This is why I am giving you three weeks to do it. This will also give you extra time to get used to the course website, explore online resources and read introductory documents about the course.
You have signed up for a specific course within specific dates. If you are not able to complete the course within these dates, the Center allows you to take the course again for 50% of the normal course fee if you enroll in the very next scheduled course and use the very same project. Unfortunately, we can’t make exceptions.
You will land on this page—the Student Resource Page—each time you log in. It contains:
1. Links for downloading the weeks’ documents: be sure to save them for future reference.
2. Links for the background Discussion on the week’s homework assignment; in this case – OL 201 Discussion 1; read this first each week
3. Links to the week’s Assignment; in this case – OL 201 Assignment One Homework
4. Links to the Magee Example Project Assignment for each week.
5. This, the ‘Class Home page with the class rules and logistics
6. A link to the Email & Homework Etiquette page in the Download Class Documents gives the rules of the game for corresponding with us and for posting assignments. Please print it out and read it first.
Each week I will ask you to download my example project to use as an assignment template. You can contact me with questions here: Online.Learning@csd-i.org .
Important: The Email & Homework Etiquette page in the Download Class Documents gives the rules of the game for corresponding with us and for posting assignments. Please print it out and read it first.
The Class Project
This class is designed to be fun. We are each going to develop our own project – hopefully a real one. Each one of your assignments is actually a concrete element in building your project. I will comment on the development of each of your project’s assignments and have posted my own project components as examples for you to see and use for ideas.
Please use my Magee examples as templates for your project. They are formatted such that one week is the building block for the next week and therefore we need to maintain the format of the examples I provide. Download my examples and just write right over the top of what I’ve written. In this manner you will learn the system and be guided in thinking through the components of your project. This will also make it much easier for me to read through each of your assignments as each participant’s will all have the same look and feel.
I will review each one of your assignments and make suggestions. In this manner, I get to know you through our correspondence, and I become familiar with each of your projects. My suggestions are meant to keep your assignment ‘on track’. There are very specific steps that we work through and each project usually needs a bit of guidance in preparation for the next assignment. Do not move onto the next assignment until you have received my comments on the current assignment.
I invest an unusual amount of time working with each student during the first two assignments, and I’m happy to do so. This is what I do as a consultant for my clients and so by the end of the second assignment you will each have a well conceived, well designed project outline that is formatted in a specific way so as to serve as the foundation for the rest of the 8 weeks—and for moving forward into OL 202.
We will lock in on this project concept at the end of the second assignment; your project concept can’t evolve, change, grow or morph from that snapshot over the following 4 weeks.
If in week five or six you have an idea and decide that you want to make changes to your project concept, I encourage you to develop a separate, new project on the side – outside of the course. Easier yet, upon completion of OL 201 and OL 202, using the templates that you have developed, you will see how easily and quickly you will be able to modify your course project to include your new idea after the course is over.
Assignments that drift from the original concept will be returned to be restored to the Assignment Two project outline snapshot.
Please send photos of you, your project, the community you are working with – and especially your Ten Seed needs assessment (get some good close-ups) and I will post them in an upcoming newsletter. For some tips on taking good photos please look at the Newsletter: Capturing Compelling Photos from the Field.
1. Schedule. The work load is between 2 and 4 hours a week. You need to stay on schedule. We all need to be on the same week. If you get behind the rest of the class, you will need to take the class again in the future. We allow you to take the course again for ½ price if you join the very next class and use the same project.
2. Certificates. Course participants who successfully complete a course on time will receive a course certificate. Learn more. Your certificate will be e-mailed within 30 days of the end of your course.
Signed certificates are delivered by email in a PDF format for you to print out. We do not offer paper certificates by mail. The name on the certificate will be your first and last names as they appear on your Student Enrollment Form.
Course certificates are issued for all students from one course all at the same time—usually within one week of the end of the course. Students requesting a replacement certificate at a future date will be charged a $15.00 fee. So save and backup your certificate when you receive it.
3. Email and Homework Etiquette: the rules of the game. We have had students from 153 different countries enrolled in different courses. It is a bit complicated managing all of the incoming emails. We have developed a system that you need to incorporate in submitting homework and in corresponding with us. Please read the etiquette page now.
4. Our Online Course FAQ has answers to most other questions.Course Syllabus: OL 201 Designing and Funding Nonprofit Projects How to Design & Fund Non Profit Programs
Now that we’ve gotten past the rules we can begin our adventure together and have a lot of fun in the process.
So what’s next? Click on the Assignment One Discussion and get started in development!