We hold our next Bible Storytelling & Discussion workshop here at MAF-Learning Technologies HQ in Nampa, ID. The first two sessions take place the evenings of Thursday, 7 Aug and Friday 8 Aug. The third session runs all day Saturday, 9 Aug. You may go directly to online registration by clicking the QR code to the right. Or, click on the image below for more information.
We sit around the table (again…) hammering out the next version of our website. I ask, “Why don’t we ditch our CMS (Content Management System) and write this one in raw code?” Some furrow brows while others roll their eyes. Not without reason. The CMS industry exists so web masters don’t have to be code ninjas to make fancy sites play nice. CMS providers offer packages that, more or less, work right out of the box. Fill in appropriate blanks with your organizations’s name, logo, tag line, add some content and, voilà, a useable website materializes.
In ministry, successful growth isn’t only measured in terms of numerical or statistical increases. What if there was a way that your ministry could experience significant growth “beyond the numbers?” Contextualizing the content of your ministry’s training and resource materials for the specific cultures and communities that your ministry serves is the key.
Target, Ebay, Adobe, Heartbleed…you’ve heard the news. Slowly people are starting to recognize the need for secure and unique passwords around the world. But, as passwords improve, hackers have just switched to exploiting weaknesses in the website “gatekeeper” software itself—SSL and TLS encryption—which is best known to most internet users as https or the little lock icon.
An amazing opportunity was coming to Kinshasa! MAF was offering certified, internationally recognized, professional technology courses to help build up the people of Congo. The news spread quickly, and excitement was rising. To think that this level of training was coming to Kinshasa--not Nairobi, not Johannesburg, but Kinshasa.
When I was a kid, phones sat a heavy presence on the desk. Big and raucous, their strident interruptions demanded attention. Yet for all their swagger, they didn’t reach far. Calling across town worked ok, but out of state? The system raised a dubious eyebrow,grumbling, “You want to do what? Hmmmm, ok, but it’ll cost you extra.” A call to another country—even with a civilized infrastructure—prompted a gathering of friends to celebrate the scratchy, 5 minute conversation.
Today a light, plastic device sits demurely in the corner of my work station. I can choose both ring-tone and volume, an innocuous, waiting portal to the world. I push a code for a colleague across the building, or with equal ease, another continent. My quick directory lists available extensions across the US and in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. Seems like a totally different, modern, efficient system—except for one thing.
Okay, so what is the deal with Lumin and all these projects, Paks and archives?
Because Lumin is a versatile tool, these three unique aspects of Lumin can cause some confusion. The following is an attempt to clarify how each is different from the other and how to properly use them.
“T-0….We have liftoff!” Wednesday, May 14, 2014, Mission Aviation Fellowship-Learning Technologies (MAF-LT) in Nampa, ID, launched its new, free software called Lumin. Lumin is a Windows desktop software that helps you easily create interactive educational resources that can be viewed offline by exporting the finished content as a Lumin Pak. Lumin Paks can then be uploaded to Estante—a digital resource library—where they can be stored and shared.
This is the end of our eLearning Series 2 on this blog. We’ve worked through eight categories that affect the standards to successfully deliver quality eLearning. The items in each of the eight categories represent minimum quality standards for organizations wanting to successfully deliver digital training at a distance. The eight categories are …