Thrilled to be nominated for a TechRev Award

April 14, 2012

TechRev Award, nomination Exceptional Webinars, Sarah Eaton, Sarah Elaine Eaton, Calgary, webinar, webinarsOne of the projects I’m involved in is Exceptional Webinars, where we run train-the-trainer programs on how to develop and deliver great webinars. We started in 2011 and have run live courses and workshops, as well as e-learning training programs.

Since we started, we’ve had almost 200 people through the various programs, working with teachers, non-profit organizations, professional speakers, workshop facilitators, adult educators and corporate trainers.

Last week, we were honoured and thrilled to receive a notice saying that we have been nominated for a TechRev Award. Those who are selected as TechRev Innovators meet these criteria:

TechRev Innovators may be at any stage in their company’s life cycle. We are pleased to include those companies who are pre-commercial as well as those who are firmly established with a history of success.
Companies from across the broad spectrum of advanced technology innovation are eligible to be considered for TechRev Innovator recognition.
Global trend analysis may suggest greater potential in certain key sub-sectors such as geomatics, clean tech and wireless, while companies in ICT, life science technologies and advanced engineering among others are also considered important to regional innovation sustainability.
The winners are announced in September. For now, we are honoured to be nominated for the award.
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


A small contribution to a great event: Calgary Learns Life of Learning Awards (LOLAs)

March 28, 2012

When Megan Williams of Calgary Learns sent out an e-mail asking for donations for their silent auction, to be held as part of their Life of Learning Awards (LOLAs), I knew I wanted to do something. I was introduced to the LOLAs a few years back by a colleague who works at Bow Valley College. The awards honour individuals in 3 categories:

  • An adult learner who has achieved outstanding results in a non-credit, part-time adult education setting.
  • A facilitator or instructor of non-credit, part-time adult education who has shown exceptional skill, creativity and understanding.
  • A program designer or director who has made extraordinary and innovative contributions to the promotion, advancement and development of lifelong learning in Calgary.

So this year, when Megan sent out her call, I wanted to do something… and knew it had to be related to learning. As some of you know, I’ve been involved in a project to teach other learning professionals, non-profit organizations and small business people expand their educational program offerings using webinar and e-learning technology. It’s not much, but we have donated one set in our upcoming 5-Week Online “Build Your Own Webinar” Bootcamp.

These awards recognize an outstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Most importantly, the LOLAs recognize and celebrate individuals who work exceptionally hard… and do not always have the chance to shine in the limelight. This event is so inspiring precisely it celebrates those who dedicate themselves to a life of learning, not because they have to, but because they are driven by an insatiable passion to learn… and to share learning with others. It’s hard not to walk away from this event feeling elated.

That’s why I love going every year… and why we wanted to do our part to help. If you’re in Calgary on April 4 consider joining us. I guarantee you’ll leave inspired.

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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


Teaching Non-Profits How to Use Webinars Effectively

March 4, 2012

Tomorrow is an exciting day for me. I start teaching another “Build Your Own Webinar” course. This will be the third time I am teaching the program and I’m pretty excited. In the past, we’ve had participants from literacy and other non-profit organizations who run educational programs, as well as entrepreneurs, and people working in small to medium-size businesses.

The course basically teaches people how to build a webinar step-by-step, taking it from concept to delivery. The idea is that by the end of the program, participants have a webinar that is ready to go live.

Here is the course outline:

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Here’s what some participants of the webinar programs have said:

“I have nothing but gratitude and thanks for such a well planned and meaningful learning experience. This webinar was pivotal to a new career direction for me.” – Pat Minor, Canadian Parents for French, High River, Alberta, Canada

“Sarah is definitely an expert in her field. The breadth and depth of her information is excellent and she is very willing to share her time and expertise. I have attended several of her webinars. I highly recommend any webinar that she’s presenting in.” – Jeff Hough, Idaho State University, ISU Workforce Training, Pocatello, ID, USA

“Sarah is hugely knowledgeable in e-learning design to ensure that the audience is kept engaged. She also has a keen sense of what works and a broad knowledge of what tools are out there in the marketplace. I’d recommend this webinar to anyone contemplating developing their own programs!” – Peter Temple, Past President, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, Calgary Chapter, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

“Great practical information for anyone who is looking at venturing into the world of webinar production. Sarah provided practical information and questions to ask when you are looking for a provider that will meet your needs.” – Laura Godfrey, LearningLinks Resource Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

I am excited to meet the participants who will be joining us for this new course. Love working with adult learners who are dedicated to lifelong learning, professional development and using technology to advance the good work they do.

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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


Exceptional Webinars Made Easy: Book Preview

July 20, 2011

Many of you know me as a language teacher and literacy advocate, with a love of leadership and all things tech.

Over the past several months, I’ve been working on a book manuscript to help non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs and small businesses learn how to develop, produce and deliver webinars for both promotion and training purposes. The result is Exceptional Webinars Made Easy. It is a step-by-step manual that guides you through the development of a webinar. It is currently available as a Kindle e-book and will be published as a paperback by the end of the year.

This preview includes the Table of Contents (to show you what is in the rest of the book), the Introduction, and a few pages from the end of the book.

Thanks to everyone who has given me some great feedback on the book! If you’re so inclined, I’d be grateful for a positive review on Amazon.com

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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


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