My NewsU Course has Launched!

My career involves many kinds of content work, including e-learning content development. I’m pleased to announce that an online course I’ve been working on for the last year, Covering Water Quality, is now available via the Poynter Institute’s News University.

Curious? Visit NewsU and sign up (it’s free). This is a completely self-paced online course, no instructor involvement, so you can work through the lessons comprising the course in your own preferred order and on your own schedule. There are lots of exercises and interactivity, too. The target audience is journalists from any beat who are interested in covering (or who find they must cover) drinking water quality issues…

This course was a joint project between Poynter’s NewsU and the Society of Environmental Journalists, with support from the Knight Foundation.

Of course, this was a team effort. I’d like to thank Paige West, Poynter’s designer for this project, for her creativity, good humor, and professionalism. Also Beth Parke (SEJ’s Executive Director) and Howard Finberg, Poynter’s director of interactive learning, for their support, guidance, and inspiration. And of course the Knight Foundation, for having the wisdom and foresight to support NewsU.

This was my first major e-learning project, and I learned a lot from the process. I’m proud of this course, and I think my future projects will be even better. I’m currently working on another NewsU course – stay tuned on that. And I’m furiously learning the open-source learning management system Moodle for another project I hope to announce shortly.

If you take the drinking water quality course, I’d appreciate any feedback. Please e-mail me. And please try out the other NewsU courses – there are several online now, and more are in the works.