2010 Flex Learning Blended Online and In-Person Volunteer Training

Note: An updated version of this curriculum is now available. Click here to learn about the 2018 Flex Learning option. The 2010 version will be retired by end of 2018.

 

National CASA Association's Flex Learning: Volunteer Training Curriculum is now available. This new pre-service curriculum gives local and state programs a way to provide pre-service volunteer training for potential volunteers who find it difficult to attend 30 hours of in-person training. Using the same kind of learning management system (LMS) as schools and colleges, volunteers will be able to log on to a course especially set up for their CASA/GAL program.

American Legion logoThe development and piloting of the curriculum at eight CASA program sites was made possible by a generous grant from the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. To help cover the ongoing costs of the LMS, participating state and local programs will be asked to pay a $75 course fee. This fee covers registration for up to 15 volunteers, the maximum number per course. This means that if you register 15 volunteers, you will, in effect, be paying $5 per volunteer (15 students x $5 per student = $75 course fee).

Flex Learning will not replace the traditional 30 hour in-person pre-service training, but rather it will give CASA/GAL programs an alternative way of providing pre-service training to their volunteers. For more information about Flex Learning: Volunteer Training Curriculum please see a list of frequently asked questions (560 KB PDF) or email training@casaforchildren.org

Steps to Offering the Flex Learning Curriculum in Your Program

  1. Review the Flex Learning Curriculum Program Readiness Checklist (120 KB PDF) in order to assess your program’s readiness to offer this option to their volunteers. 
  2. Complete the Flex Learning Request Form (47 KB Word form) at least two months in advance of requested training dates. (You will identify your preferred training dates in the request form.) 
  3. After the training dates have been approved by National CASA Association and the program pays a $75 course fee (per course of up to 15 participants), you will be asked to send a completed Flex Learning Student Roster (32 KB Excel doc.) to National CASA. Association 
  4. After all items are received, a Moodle course will be set up for the program and links and instructions will be sent to the program contact. It its required that the designated course facilitator participate in session one of the online training of facilitators.

Please note: A separate Flex Learning Request Form (47 KB Word form) must be completed for each Flex Learning course being requested.

The number of Flex Learning courses running at any given time is limited, therefore, requests will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis to meet the needs of the entire CASA/GAL network.

Flex Learning Training Materials and Resources

Facilitator Manual

Moodle and E-Learning Handbook (7.2 MB) 

Volunteer Manual

Volunteer Assessments (two versions)

E-Learning Instructions for Supervisors

Volunteers will need to access the final case study, the Redd Case, on National CASA Association’s E-Learning for Continuing Education website. First, facilitators will need to add themselves as an e-learning supervisor and then add their volunteers as students. See the How to Use National CASA’s E-Learning Website (7 MB) to learn how to do this. Once students are added into the system, they will automatically be sent an email with a link to the site and their login information. Facilitators should instruct the volunteers to click on the Redd Case link once they are logged in.

 


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