Online Courses to be offered in face of COVID-19

Life, as we know, it has changed with COVID-19 quarantine. Most of us are at home in lockdown. Many people have been laid off. Churches everywhere are figuring out how to go online with Facebook Live, YouTube, etc. Education has changed to delivery online and Face to Face (F2F) education is put aside. Pundits are wondering if this temporary shift will drift into summer sessions at colleges in the USA and possibly around the world. 

We were scheduled to teach five smartphone workshops in India and Africa. Many of these areas are in forced lockdown, stopping international flights and closing borders. Large Middle Eastern carriers have stopped all flights and even US carriers have cancelled large percentages of flights both international and domestic.

We are planning to shift our training to a online mentor ship focus. We are developing courses that involve vision casting, skill transfer and mentorship. We are offering two online sequences of self-paced training using a course deliver system called Moodle. Here is a description:

We have designed a special learning management system to train Christian Mobile Filmmakers and Mobile Journalists.  We want many to tell the untold stories of God at Work for international broadcasting and social media distribution. The courses are adaptations of on-site workshops by Professors Dan Henrich and Christine Henrich which have been taught in Thailand, India and Ethiopia.

Currently there are two streams (Mobile Journalism and Mobile Filmmaking). Each stream has five courses with eight modules in each online course. Upon successful completion of each course (Mobile Journalism Level One for example) the student receives a Certificate of Completion. When the student completes Levels Two to Five they receive a Practitioner Certification in Mobile Journalism awarded by Global News Alliance as well as Correspondent Credentials. As GNA correspondents they can submit video stories of God at Work for GNA’s international broadcasting network.

In the Mobile Filmmaking area, we follow the same format of Certificate of Completion and Practitioner Certification in Mobile Filmmaking by Communication Resources International.

Each series of courses constitutes a micro-certification in the area.

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Virtual Interview in Belize: COVID-19 and Church Lockdowns

Dan Henrich was on-air in the country of Belize yesterday. Henrich was interviewed by owner and manager Richard Smith of My Refuge Christian Ministries 93.7 and 100.5 FM in Belmopan, Belize. Belize is a Caribbean country just south of Mexico with a population about 450,000.
“Belize is untouched by the COVID-19 as of now, but churches are meeting virtually, said Henrich. “We discussed using social media tools like Facebook Live, YouTube and the like so churches could still reach their members.” Henrich provided tips on using the smartphone, audio and framing.
Also discussed was future Mobile Journalism and Mobile Filmmaking courses soon and the possibility of a new initiative for self-paced online training in these areas. Henrich will be rolling out a prototype soon.

COVID-19 and Micro-Certifications

We are watching the COVID-19 situation world wide as cases mount here in the USA, Europe, Asia and Africa. How will this effect our training plans for the summer of 2020? It is easy to believe/hope that mid to late May will see a flattening of the curve (as they say) and cases will have tapered off. Changes in travel, closing borders, social distancing will all help in this flattening. Continue reading “COVID-19 and Micro-Certifications”

Workshop in Alexandria, Egypt

Partner Trainers Galilean International conducted a Smartphone Filmmaking Workshop that was part of the “Share the Story” conference organized by Campus Crusade for Christ in Alexandria, Egypt in February 2020. Trainers were David Peters, Liz Peters, with support from Aaron Peters and Jony Sureshkumar. Liz and David attended our workshop in Mumbai last summer and Dan traveled to Toronto to give a brief refresher before they left for Egypt. Continue reading “Workshop in Alexandria, Egypt”

Presentation at Global News Alliance Event

I was privileged to teach 10 tips to Smartphone Journalism at the recent NRB 2020 Christian  Media Convention in Nashville. The Global News Alliance hosted a workshop with about 40 attendees – 14 who were from non-US countries. These 40 attendees represented organizations with strong media components wanting to learn how the smartphone can be used to tell those untold stories of God at work. I am attaching a image below with the 10 Quick tips.

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Smartphone Training Schedule 2020

Mobile Storytelling workshops during the summer of 2020.

  • June 1-5, Ajmer City, Rajasthan India (Registration $45 with Lunch and tea – $110 with accommodation plus three meals)
  • June 8-12, Margao Town, Goa India (Registration $30 with Lunch and tea)
  • June 22-26, Chandigarh, Punjab India (Workshop is full)
  • July 6-10th, Nairobi, Kenya – Music For All
  • July 20-24th, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Registration $80 with Lunch and tea)

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The Future of Christian Media Training

Those of you who have been connected to our ministry of training Christians to use media effectively know that we have been conducting Smartphone Filmmaking workshops in Asia and Africa (140 students in four countries since 2016). What is amazing is that with training and mentoring each trainee can produce stories of God at work in their own lives using that smartphone in their hand! Continue reading “The Future of Christian Media Training”