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  1. 1. ALT-CTitle: Guiding e-learning: from theory to realisation.Tags: confrontingReality; international; experience; nonFormalLearning; leadershipBackground: With ten million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 145 countries, the World Associationof Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls andyoung women in the world. It supports girls and young women to develop their full potential, asactive citizens of the world, with a focus on leadership development, community action, andadvocacy campaigns.Introducing technology into education is challenging , and there are concerns that this may furthermarginalise the deprived . This work confronts the realities of introducing e-learning to WAGGGS;with the aim that more leaders, especially young women, will be able to experience thedevelopment programme (WLDP), currently delivered face-to-face.Approach: The project started in June 2010 with desk research of current e-learning practice;combined with technological and pedagogical audits; providing a good understanding of thestakeholders and materials. The technology audit sought to understand what technologies potentialparticipants and facilitators were familiar with and the differences around the world. The audithighlighted many issues, from rolling power cuts in rural Africa impacting on the availability oftechnologies, to the inseparable relationship of some members and their mobile devices. Thepedagogic audit concentrated on existing training materials used by individual members and in face-to-face group events. This highlighted the Guiding ethos of non-formal learning in an interculturalcontext, the differentiation methods built in to accommodate for age variation,s and the range ofquality materials available.Following this initial work a prototype e-learning system has been developed based on the Moodleplatform, and the first international trials will take place in March/April 2012.Results: The results of the first international trials will be reported and compared with expectationsof the planning stage, highlighting where things went well and where there were surprises. Theactions taken before the second set of trials will also be presented, it is expected that the second set(scheduled for the early summer) of trials will include a multi-lingual aspect.Conclusions: The paper highlights areas of importance when planning and implementing e-learningin a large international organisation, from the initial theories of the desk research, to the realisationof using it with a large multi-lingual international group.The session is important as it addresses the realties of delivering e-learning overcoming difficultiesranging from rolling blackouts of power through time zone differences to lack of common languages.Internationalisation is becoming increasingly important across many educational sectors.CARR-CHELLMAN, A. A. 2005. Introduction. In: CARR-CHELLMAN, A. A. (ed.) Global Perspectives on E- Learning: Rhetoric and Reality. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  2. 2. COLLINS, A. & HALVERSON, R. 2010. The second educational revolution: rethinking education in the age of technology. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 26, 18-27.--