New Free Online Courses under “construction”

With the successful roll-out of our learning site, MobileTrain.co and two Level One courses we are starting to work on the Level Two sections. As you know, we created this online training in response to the COVID-19 quarantine situation – realizing that even in a normal situation there was more demand for Christian mobile training than there were trainers to go around. Thus we decided to multiply our efforts by offering free courses. 

In review, we implemented two Level One courses, Mobile Filmmaking and Mobile Journalism. These two courses cover the foundational aspects of the two topic areas through a series of self paced lessons and assignments. A student is meant to work their way through the five levels successfully prior to being awarded the Practitioner Certificate in either Mobile Journalism or Mobile Filmmaking. 

As we design the structure of the Level Two courses we cover some topics in more depth and others as new topics. For example, in Mobile Journalism Level Two we build on understanding your audience and b-roll shooting and editing. We introduce  best practices of audio recording, lighting for Mobile Journalism projects, reporting in video with your smartphone and how to conduct professional video interviews both using lighting and reflectors.

In Mobile Filmmaking we are building on personas, strategy, scriptwriting, and basic short film topics. We introduce audio, lighting and narrative.

If you haven’t visited the site, go to Http://MobileTrain.co and look around. Courses are free, all you have to do is register as a user and then log back in and enroll yourself in one of the courses. 

MobileTrain.co FREE online training COVID-19

MobileTrain.co FREE online training launched in response to COVID-19 crisis

After looking at the future of Christian media training in the next three to five months we have developed MobileTrain.co in partnership with Global News Alliance.  MobileTrain.co is a website that manages no-charge self-paced courses with content very much like what was taught in our in our Face to Face(F2F) workshops.

We are offering two streams of courses to interested people; Mobile Journalism and Mobile Filmmaking. Each stream has five unique courses of eight modules. Each course is self-paced in that the student reads and watches visual resources and does both written and production assignments without day to day involvement of a Learning Facilitator.

Each course is offered without charging a registration fee but students and others are free to donate.

Here is the description of the first two courses:

Mobile Filmmaking Level One

  • What are the stories you want to tell and who is your target audience?
  • Personas and Conversion
  • Making Films with your Phone, applications
  • Suggestions for a minimal film kit
  • Shots and framing,
  • Storyboarding and planning
  • Organize visual elements into a video story using the BBC 5 shot formula
  • Basics of editing on your smartphone

Mobile Journalism Level One

  • Mobile Journalism and its advantages
  • Suggestions for a minimal MoJo Kit
  • Ethics of Journalism and Newsworthiness
  • How to Write for Broadcast
  • A understanding on writing news stories from a Christian Perspective
  • Shots and Framing of good stills and video
  • Use the best apps for video production
  • Organize visual elements into a video story using the BBC 5 shot formula
  • Basics of editing on your smartphone

For more information visit MobileTrain.co and create an account. After that you may register to take a course.

There is no registration fee for our courses. But if you would like to support our efforts here is a way. There is no set amount!

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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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”