Mark virtual volunteering

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  • Mark virtual volunteering

    1. 1. DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT A context for virtual volunteering
    2. 2. “Providing opportunities for using informationand communication technologies (ICT), suchas the internet, as means of makingconnection within and beyond a community.” Government of South Australia’s Information Economy website http://www.informationeconomy.sa.gov.au/digital_engagement
    3. 3. “People who commit their time and skills overthe Internet, freely and without financialconsiderations, for the benefit of society.” http://www.onlinevolunteering.org/
    4. 4. Prosocial behaviour refers to “voluntaryactions that are intended to help or benefitanother individual or group of individuals”…
    5. 5. (1) there is no previous connection between the volunteerand the recipient of the service;(2) there is no expectation of any kind of reciprocity; and(3) the requests for help come at random times.
    6. 6. Volunteering is undertaken “to be of benefit to the community and the volunteer”TO GIVE IS TO RECEIVE Room for reciprocity online
    7. 7. Clearly defined tasks:“Make sure to break down your needs into well- defined tasks. An assignment focusing on one distinct task will increase your chances of finding qualified online volunteers”
    8. 8. •Starting small: “Start with just one or two short-term, simple assignments to get used to working with online volunteers”
    9. 9. Being prepared to start immediately: “Online volunteers apply at a time when their personal and work schedule allows for their volunteering activities”
    10. 10. Schedule: “A rough schedule outlined in the opportunity description will help interested online volunteers decide whether they can commit to the task”
    11. 11. Feedback for development: “To enable your organization to continue benefiting from your online volunteers’ knowledge well into future, consider each assignment as a learning opportunity”

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