Online Tutorials Prepare Volunteers

Training modules cover IEEE operations, budgeting, and setting up a display booth

6 April 2009

Do you want to volunteer for an IEEE position but are hesitating because you don’t know enough about the organization or about what you might be asked to do? Or perhaps you’re already a volunteer but you need to know more about a new duty you’ve been assigned. To help you, IEEE Technical Activities has rolled out 10 online courses, called training modules that cover topics such as understanding how IEEE functions, how to set up a display booth, and the budgeting process for societies and councils.

The modules, which run from 5 to 30 minutes, rely on step-by-step instruction as well as a combination of audio, animation, still photos, screen shots, and other techniques to explain the material. For example, one short video tells you how to set up and break down a booth at a conference. Some modules offer an overview of IEEE services and products, like the IEEE Financial Advantage Program and IEEE Standards. Others provide training in a specific process such as which forms to complete when organizing a conference or how to prepare certain financial reports.

MORE TO COME Technical Activities is in the process of taping tutorials and orientation sessions at various IEEE workshops in order to turn them into more modules. The meetings include the Technical Activities Board Finance Workshop and the Society/Council Presidents and Division/Regional Directors Leadership Orientation session.

“With these online modules we can reach more people than we could at face-to-face meetings, and it makes it easier for volunteers who can’t attend an orientation meeting in person because of conflicting schedules or travel constraints,” says Barbara Della Salla, project specialist for the Technical Activities Governance, Communications, and Volunteer Relations group, the area producing the modules.

“Volunteers have told us that offering these modules was a huge accomplishment,” she says. “As one volunteer put it, ‘The module on the society/council financial reports is excellent. It helps to understand the reports.’ There had been complaints about the forms being confusing. The training module provides a simple and easy-to-follow explanation.”

All the modules include brief descriptions. And if you see something you’re interested in, jump right in.

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