Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

1. How do I know if I am a member of the Intro to Digital Empowerment Group?

In order to check if you are a member of the group, click on the "My Pulse" tab at top of the screen. On the left hand side you will see a list of your group memberships. Intro to Digital Empowerment Training 2015 should be on this list. You can access the training content by clicking on the link for the Intro to Digital Empowerment Training 2015 group. If you are not a member, you can visit the group page and click "Join Group" to join.  

2. Where should I post my assignment for the modules?

Please post your first writing assignment, "My Journey", in the Intro to Digital Empowerment Training group. The second module contains an assignment to post an introduction for one of the groups. This post should take place in the group that you decide to join during Module 2, and won't show up in the Intro to Digital Empowerment training group. The third modules has two assignments - "My Personal Assets Map" should be posted in the Intro to Digital Empowerment Training group, and the module will include instructions for how to post your final assignment, in response to one of our action prompts. 

3. When are the assignments due?

The assignments are due one week after the module opens so that Listeners can read and respond to your posts. Module 1 is due on 23 November, Module 2 is due on 30 November, and Module 3 is due on 7 December. In order to receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for the Voices of our Future training, all assignments need to be completed by the end of December.

4. I am starting the training late and cannot complete the assignments by the deadline. Can I still participate?

Yes! If you are entering the training after 16 November and cannot complete the first assignment by the deadline, you can still participate! Just complete the assignments as soon as you can. The deadlines ensure that our Listeners will be able to read and comment on your posts and help you stay on task to complete the training by the final deadline of 7 December. However, you can complete the assignments on a timeline that works for your schedule. Also, if you are applying to the Voices of our Future training, you will need to complete all assignments before the application is due.

5. I might not be able to access the internet at some point during the three week training. Can I still participate?

We understand that internet access can be a barrier to participate in this training. However, there are several ways to overcome this. There is a link within each module to download the training materials, so you can save the training materials to your computer or a removable drive, or print out the modules. You are also able to complete the training during a timeline that works for you, based on when you will have internet access. For example, if you know that you won't have internet access during the second week, you can complete the second module during either the first or third week, or complete the training one week late. 

6. What should I title my assignment?

During the course of the training, you will be completing several writing assigments. Each wirting assignment has an assigned title. Please use these titles so that it is clear that you have completed the assignment. Your post for Module 1 should be titled "My Journey," and your post for Module 2 will be titled "Introducing Myself."

7. What if English isn't my first language?

Although at this time our training materials are in English, you can use the Google Translate tool, which is located at the top right corner of the webpage, to translate the materials into your preferred language. Click on the "Translate Page" tab to find your language. You can use this tool to help you have a broad sense of the training materials and our website content, if you ever need the support. Just keep in mind that Google Translate is not a perfect tool so there may be mistakes in the translation. 

8. I completed the Intro to Digital Empowerment Training and would like to receive more training.

The Intro to Digital Empowerment Training is the first step in your digital empowerment and leadership journey. We are excited to be offering our signature advanced training, Voices of Our Future again in January 2015. You can learn more about the training here. Applications are due 31 December 2015. Completion of the Intro to Digital Empowerment Training is required to apply. 

9. How will I know how many words my article is?

Word Count Tool is a simple and quick online tool to find your word count. Simply copy and paste your article in the form and click on the Submit button. Your word count will appear under the form. If you are using Microsoft Word, the word count an be found in the left side of the bottom bar. 

10. Who will be reading my assignment?

World Pulse has gathered together an international panel of Listeners, composed of World Pulse staff, community members, and volunteers. The Listeners will be reading your assignments and posting feedback. Additionally, you are encouraged to read posts written by other members of the training and to comment.  

11. I may not have access to internet at some point during this three week training. Can I still participate?

Yes! The training is a self-led training, so you will be able to complete it at times that are convenient for you. If you will not have access to the internet for the whole three weeks, you can download the training materials to read at another time, away from your computer. You can complete your assignments when you do have internet access, based on the schedule that works for you.

12. Can I edit my post after I have published it?

Yes, you can edit your post after you have published it. To edit a post, click on the title of your post to open it. On the left hand side, you will see a button that says "edit." Clicking this button will allow you to make any changes to your post that are needed. Once you are done, click "save" at the bottom of the screen to make these changes.

13. How can I see who else is part of the training and where they are from?

Clicking on the "more members" link on the right hand side of the screen, under the Community Champions section will bring up a list of everyone who is part of the Intro to Digital Empowerment training. You can connect with others in the training by sending friendship requests or messages. We encourage you to read and comment on assignments posted by other trainees to learn more about the other training participants and to start building a global network of support!

14. I completed an assignment but I don't see it in the list of posts below.

If you wrote a post but it is not showing up on the list of posts, this may be because it was saved but not published. In order to publish your post, click on the title of your post and scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click on the "publish" button to complete the assignment and make your post public. After publishing, if you need to make any changes you can click "save" instead to make the changes public. 

15. What is the difference between this training and the Voices of Our Future training?

The Intro to Digital Empowerment training is the first step in your journey to digital empowerment! The training is accessible to a large audience with varying skill level, and will help improve your digital communication skills so you can increase your knowledge and learn how to tell your stories. The Voices of Our Future training is a more in-depth and selective training - it is only open to 30 women - and is the next step in improving your digital communication skills. 

16. I know other women who would like to take this training. How should I get them involved?

Please share this training with anyone who might be interested! The Intro to Digital Empowerment Training is accessible and open to anyone who is interested. If you know someone who is interested in participating, please share the training link and instructions for how to join with them or have them contact us as to register. 

17. I am confused about how to navigate the training, and what the different parts of the training are.

The training is composed of three modules that include training content and assignments. The information below will help you navigate the trainings, and ensure that you complete the training during the assigned timeline. If you have other questions about navigating or completing the training, please refer to the questions section below.

Modules: Each module contains content and assignments for one topic of the training. The modules will help you access the training materials and ensure that you are able to meet the training goals and learning objectives.

Learning Outcomes: Learning outcomes are goals for each section of the training. By reading the content and completing the assignments, you will achieve the learning outcomes for each section.

Assignments: Assignments are tasks at the end of each section that put the training materials into practice. Assignments are due one week after the module is posted. In order to receive a certificate of completion and to be eligible to apply to Voices of our Future, all assignments must be completed by September 30th.

Thinking Exercises: Thinking exercises are a chance for you to engage with the material more deeply. Thinking exercises do not have to be written out, but are questions to consider to help improve your understanding and apply the training content to your own life. 

18. I still have a question. What do I do?

We encourage you to post your question to this Frequently Asked Questions post, so that all applicants may benefit from your inquiry. We will answer it as fast as we can.