Using The Courses
All of the Learn Foundation Law courses are compatible with most mobile devices.
For optimized use of our courses on tablets and Android phones, download the free Articulate Mobile Player app in your device’s app store. Please note that the controls for mobile usage might differ slightly from what is explained in the course transcript. Use on the iPhone is limited at this time.
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Using The Courses
Using Learn Foundation Law at your organization
There are many different ways you can use Learn Foundation Law at your organization to provide basic legal training as a complement to periodic legal workshops, in-person sessions and other components of your legal training program.
Some foundations make Learn Foundation Law courses mandatory for program staff, or even all staff. This ensures everyone has a basic understanding of the legal concepts covered in the courses and allows the foundation’s legal team to provide additional information and answer more complicated questions as needed. Each coursehas a Certificate of Completion under the resources section that allows staff to enter their information, print and sign so participation can be tracked.
Rather than make courses mandatory, some foundations choose to make Learn Foundation Law courses optional, pointing staff to them as a resource. This can be helpful for staff who are new to the space or staff who are venturing into new territories in their grantmaking.
Because Learn Foundation Law courses are flexible—allowing you to start/stop when needed and jump to specific topics within a broader course—they are a good resource for spot trainings. For example, you can point staff to specific topics within a Learn Foundation Law training to give them an overview of the legal concepts and some helpful resources for them to learn more. This can help provide a knowledge platform for staff that either answers basic questions or allows them to ask more specific questions about the topic.
Occasionally, there are topics that would benefit having grantees trained on as well. For example, some foundations have pointed grantees and their consultants to Learn Foundation Law training to learn more about what a foundation cannot fund when advocacy and lobbying are involved. This is a great way to help educate partners regarding the rules that apply to funding.
When Learn Foundation Law was launched, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation engaged in a competition among their staff to see which foundation could out train the other! Certificates of Completion were tallied and the winning foundation bought the other foundation’s staff lunch. It was a great way to get staff engaged and bring everyone up to speed on some important legal concepts. Think about how you can drive engagement with similar activities.
Using The Courses
Learn Foundation Law (and Maya!) can be a great and easy way to provide basic legal training as a complement to the periodic legal workshops, in-person sessions and other components of your legal training program.
Below are some ideas that can help with deploying Learn Foundation Law at your foundation:
Letting your staff know about this new training resources starts with pointing them to the LearnFoundationLaw.org
website. Adding a simple link to the homepage of your intranet or adding a link to the resources page of your website can do the trick!
Email and Blog Posts
You can announce how your foundation plans to utilize the Learn Foundation Law trainings through a series of internal emails or an organizational blog post. To make this easier to do, we have provided a sample and template for you to download.
Maya Page on Your Intranet
One of the more robust options is to develop a landing page on your foundation’s intranet that walks staff through how Learn Foundation Law fits into your legal training program. The page could include an image of Maya with context around the courses and direction for staff on whom should take each of the different courses.