My Vision for an ActiveCollab Course

Situational Factors/Learning Environment Factors to Consider

Teaching/Learning Situation

  1. There will probably be anywhere from 10 to 200 people enrolled in the class for a single session
  2. This class will be offered at the undergraduate or graduate level since most HOBY volunteers are adults
  3. This class will meet once a month or once a term to discuss technology matters related to HOBY
  4. The class will be online and offered on-campus at the Volunteer Training Institute in August
  5. Students will need access to a computer, internet access, and a phone to Skype with other volunteers
  6. The only issue affecting the internet will be if the network goes down during the class

Context of the Learning Situation

  1. This course will use the standards of HOBY to teach students how to use the ActiveCollab program effectively in their seminar sites
  2. The students will learn how o collaborate with other non-profit organizations and seminar sites to see how well they compare with each other
  3. The students will learn all aspects of the ActiveCollab program an will have the ability to show their features to other volunteers

Nature of the Subject

  1. Technology at HOBY is a perfect combination of theoretical and practical
  2. HOBY uses a holistic process in technology plan formulation—given through many experiences
  3. HOBY uses lectures and activities to create a constructivist learning system
  4. All HOBY technologies converge at a central point to be effectively used in a seminar
  5. Controversy is occurring at seminar sites around the world as some do not see this technology program as necessary
  6. Tension is now arriving between new volunteers and older, more-established volunteers involving the role that technology plays

Characteristics of Learners Involved

  1. Many of the learners involved come from middle-class or upper-class socio-economic backgrounds with a comfortable lifestyle
  2. All volunteers involved bring previous seminar and experience from other organizations into this course
  3. Many volunteers come to training with all ears open to new suggestions about making their staff programs better
  4. All learners hope to learn better ways of doing things and are ready to make a change in their seminar sites

Teacher Characteristics

  1. The teacher should believe that learning is a life-long process and takes a lot of time and dedication to master
  2. The teacher should have an open-mind about technology and people
  3. The teacher should have a positive attitude that can motivate and inspires students in the same way that the HOBY organization inspires new ambassadors every year
  4. The teacher should know how to give speeches and keep an audience engaged in their learning


 BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) – Overarching Course Goal

Learners will …experiment and explore constructivist theories and techniques to understand systems to implement, collaborate with other seminar sites, and seek help to use the ActiveCollab program.


Learning Goals Assessment Activities Learning Activities

Learners will analyze their view of the ActiveCollab program at their seminar site and shift to a broad view of technology.

Reflection and discussion on current and future seminar activities using ActiveCollab as a focal point View lectures and videos on current HOBY seminar operations
Application, Part A

Learners will evaluate their current seminar operations involving technology and what their beliefs are regarding how a seminar should run.



Reflection on future of seminar site

Look at articles about technology integration and management


Look at presentation to show ActiveCollab’s various systems

Application, Part B

Learners will analyze their role in the ActiveCollab program and look at their current situational factors that impact their ability to use technology effectively.

Discussion with other seminar sites


Develop plan to implement ActiveCollab

View case studies from Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. Government to se how they implemented technology in their respective agencies

Integration Stage

Learners will learn to collaborate with other seminar sites on how to improve their technology programs.

Continue discussion with other seminar sites


Develop objective list about improvements to the seminar site

Look at plans of other seminar sites about how they implemented technology programs
Final/Global Stage – Learning How to Learn

Learners will learn how to affect change in their organization.

Learners will learn how to continue to explore technology solutions in their seminar sites.

(collect information)

Final discussion with other seminar sites and non-profit organizations


Reflective report on technology operations: What will we do with this?


Reflection on what was learned in course and what a HOBY leader is

Lecture about inspiration and the values of HOBY as volunteers


Final debrief about seminar operations


Learners will learn about how to collect information from their seminars and use it to run their technology programs.


Final debrief about lessons learned from this course





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