What is T3?
Many environmental education organizations are starting to create their online learning opportunities to serve members of their networks and communities. These organizations may benefit from training in online learning pedagogies, approaches, and technologies. From this emerging need, the T3 Online EE Learning Accelerator was born. A Train the Trainers’ Trainers effort, the accelerator is a hybrid (face-to-face and online) capacity building opportunity for organizations ready to take the leap into becoming an online learning provider.
In 2016, T3 will use a Project-based Learning Community (PLC), members of which will work together online from June to October to develop online learning opportunities, followed by a face-to-face workshop at the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) meetings October 18-22 in Madison WI. Funding of up to $1500 for attending the meetings and a small stipend for conducting online learning opportunities are available to T3 participants.
The Gist of It
- We will be accepting applications from 2015 T3 Fellows and from individuals from new environmental education organizations interested in developing online learning opportunities for their communities, members, and audiences. The PLC will be limited to 30 members.
- 2015 T3 Fellows who apply for this PLC will serve as mentors for the 2016 T3 Fellows.
- Participants will be selected by a competitive application process. Similar to the 2015 cohort, the 2016 Fellows will include a mix of national, regional, and local environmental organizations focusing on diverse audiences and areas of environmental education.
- The mix of expertise will enable new ideas to emerge and will drive the peer-to-peer learning model.
- The T3 Accelerator PLC is comprised of:
- A pre-PLC self-assessment of needs, assets, and goals that will allow us to best design a learning experience that serves as an accelerator of ideas for each participating organization.
- Monthly webinars or online learning experiences where participants will:
- Learn from technology and instructional design experts about educational approaches and technologies to engage diverse audiences in online environment-related learning experiences.
- Exchange ideas, resources, and lessons learned from other environmental education leaders on what has worked when using online learning in their communities.
- Develop a plan for creating environmental online learning opportunities for their communities and audiences.
- Learn about the latest EE resources and online learning trends.
- An online social networking and resource sharing hub.
- An in-person workshop at the 45th NAAEE Conference in Madison, WI (Wednesday, October 19).
- PLC participants will also receive: 1) technical support from Cornell educational technologies professionals, and 2) programmatic support and mentoring from EECapacity staff and project partners to ensure each participating organization has the peer and expert support to succeed in implementing their online learning action plan.
Benefits to participants:
Professional Learning Community with peers and EECapacity staff to exchange ideas, resources, and lessons learned on what works in online learning for various audiences and networks.
- Technical and programmatic support to develop an online learning project.
- Webinar series featuring experts in educational technologies and online learning.
- Professional development workshop and scholarship to attend 45th NAAEE Conference in Madison, WI. Participants will learn the latest thinking around online learning technologies. Conference scholarship of up to $1,500 can be used for travel and conference expenses.
- Participants can apply for a select number of EECapacity Online Learning Apprenticeships and work directly on an EECapacity online learning project.
- Opportunities to highlight PLC projects at NAAEE conference.
- Recognition and publicity for their organization on EECapacity.net and eePRO, NAAEE’s professional development and networking websites.
- Enhanced ability to conduct online learning for their audiences.
Applications due May 15
PLC Participants notified by May 20
Online needs assessment due May 27
PLC begins June 1
 EECapacity trains organizations to conduct online learning; the organizations in turn train their professionals and volunteers using various forms of online learning. So EECapacity trains the trainers (organizational leaders) of the trainers (educators and volunteers).