The Waal Foundation (DWF) is a Dutch non-profit, non-religious and non-political organisation, with head offices in the USA and a regional office for Latin America in Ecuador.
The organisation was established in 1985 through a personal grant, and today the focus is on educational strategy to promote the prevention of birth defects. DWF does this through their PreNatal program.
The program is delivered online through an educational platform (Moodle) throughout DWF’s main working areas of Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia in the Andean Region and Honduras and El Salvador in Central America.
The PreNatal program is also endorsed by universities in the five countries where the foundation is established.
To deliver the PreNatal program in the most cost-effective and best practice manner throughout the five countries that DWF operates in, the organisation required a space that would allow for:
the integration and use of their work methodology (mediation and popular education);
various resources such as videos, discussion forums, evaluations, surveys and other tools that serve for the strengthening and construction of knowledge.
Offering blended courses that will allow professionals and practitioners to combine work and the study of our program.
After doing research on different LMS (Learning Management System), the organisation concluded that Moodle was the best option.
“When looking for LMS within our locality, we saw that many educational institutions opted for Moodle, therefore, we asked for recommendations and experiences of their use, all were very positive and encouraged us to use it,” said Marco Vernooij, Director of DWF.
Marco’s team at DWF analysed Moodle’s technical conception, philosophy of use, techno pedagogical possibilities, the user friendly system and the ability to adapt it to our needs.
“So far everything has gone well without complications. Moodle has gone hand in hand with the advancement of technologies and we as an organisation along with these advances. We also appreciate open access and support,” commented Marco.
DWF deliver their PreNatal program through Moodle which they call Aula Virtual PreNatal (AVP).
AVP is used to:
The mediators act as change agents using a methodology of mediation and popular education
and incorporating Human Rights and Intercultural approaches. Within the program,
mediators dedicate time to put into practice what they have learned working with the
target population and we expect they continue to do that after the program has finished.
DWF train health, education and community development professionals and community
Currently, DWF is using discussion forums, collaborative activities and social networks to show the work of each of their students, for example:
#PreNatal_Informa #PreNatal_Perú En convenio con Asociación Arariwa, 25 agentes comunitarios de Paucartambo, Cusco…
The organisation has also made the program optimally accessible from smartphones, tablets or other devices from the web and through the Moodle Mobile App.
“We think Moodle is simple to use for both students and teachers (learning curve),” concluded Marco.
“The advance in the technological structure thanks to the work of its nucleus of developers (before 1,9 now 3,4)”, indicated Marcelo Sotaminga, IT Coordinator.
“Strong support community for any questions, free software GNU (General Public License). Extensive documentation”, commented Marcelo Sotaminga, IT Coordinator.
“As a nonprofit, we are always open and intended to share knowledge and we believe Moodle is doing the same”, commented Sebastián Salgado, Project Manager.
For more information about the project:
Visit the website at https://prenatal.tv/
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