Academy Course 2017-2018
Descriptions and Assignments

General Instructions

All Academy courses are to be completed during the one-month period of time in which the course is taught.  Each of the courses (except the two-part course covering The Rotary Foundation) will include the following tasks:
(1) Reading various documents and responding to related discussion topics; (2) Completing a club Survey on the course topic; (3) Completing a one-year club Action Plan based on the results of the survey; (4) Completing an online final exam.  Additional requirements for each course are listed below.

2017

FIRST SEMESTER COURSES

DESCRIPTION & ASSIGNMENT

August 15-31

Canvas Pre-Course”
Instructor, Harriett Schloer
RC of Bend High Desert
(
Canvas Administrator)

This course will be available August 15 – August 31 of 2017 after students have been enrolled in the DLA program.  It is designed to help them become thoroughly familiar with the Canvas “Virtual Classroom” cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS).  Students will be given access to this Pre-Course upon being enrolled in the Class of 2018.  If the student encounters any problems whatsoever accessing or using Canvas, this “pre-course” will give them the opportunity to get the help they may need to become “proficient” in the Canvas program prior to the beginning of Course #1:  Communications.  (NOTE:  Once the DLA courses begins on September 1, the Academy Administrator and/or the instructors will not be available to provide any training and/or assistance to students who are unable to access or work in the Canvas “Virtual Classroom” eLearning format.)

September
30-day course

Course #1Communications:
Harriett Schloer

This course provides an overview of the growth of Rotary’s use of electronic communications including an introduction to Rotary’s Social Media.  Students will become familiar with the Rotary International web site and use the site to complete numerous course assignments throughout the Academy year. 

Webinar:   The course will begin with a 90 minute live tour of the RI Web site, as well as the Canvas virtual classroom, and students will be shown how to access and use the Rotary Showcase, the Rotary Brand Center and Rotary Club Central.

Assignments / Tasks: 

  1. Includes all of the tasks listed in the General Instructions
  2. In addition, a 20 question Web Challenge where all of the answers will be found on the RI web site.

October
31 Day Course

Course #2Membership:
Larry Nelson

The course covers membership recruitment, retention, and extension.  All of Rotary’s latest membership resources will be made available, as well as tools to help students analyze their club’s membership over the previous five years. Webinar:  A webinar is optional for this course and will be determined by the instructor:

Assignments/Tasks:  :

  1. Includes all of the tasks listed in the General Instructions
  2. In addition, students will invite at least one individual to a Rotary meeting with the goal of proposing them as a member by the end of the Rotary year.  If the student has proposed or sponsored a member since July 1 of the current Rotary year, this will qualify as completing this part of the assignment.

November
30-day course

Course #3Public Image
PDG Larry Long

The course covers RI’s Public Image policies and the importance of developing Rotary’s Public Image. Students will be given examples of the successful use of Public Relations to promote the work of their club and grow membership as well as create greater public awareness of Rotary.
Webinar:  A webinar is optional for this course and will be determined by the instructor:

Assignments/Tasks: 

  1. Includes all of the tasks listed in the General Instructions.
  2. Students will use the Rotary Brand Center to create an official Rotary logo for their club using the online template.
  3. Students will use the Rotary Brand Center to select from a variety of available templates to create a promotional item that can be used by their Rotary club such as business cards, newsletter, brochure, etc.

December 1 - Jan 2: Academy Closed for the Holidays.  This time can be used by the students to finish any course work for the first semester that has not yet been completed and submitted to the instructor.

2018

SECOND SEMESTER

DESCRIPTION & ASSIGNMENT

January
31-day course

Course #4Youth Service
PDG Danny Mitchell

This course covers Rotary’s four primary youth programs, how clubs can participate in them, and various requirements for working with youth.
Webinar:  A webinar is optional for this course and will be determined by the instructor.

Assignments and Tasks: 

  1. Includes all of the tasks listed in the General Instructions.
  2. Using the Rotary Brand Center, students will create a brochure describing their club’s participation in RI’s Youth Service Programs.

February
28-day course

Course #5 RI Organization
PDG Herb Orr

This course covers the organizational structure of Rotary at the club, district, and international level.  Major changes as implemented by the 2016 Council on Legislation will be focused on.
Webinar:  A webinar is optional for this course and will be determined by the instructor.
Assignments/Tasks: 

  1. Includes all of the tasks listed in the General Instructions.

Mar. 1-Apr. 25
7-week course

Course #6  The Rotary Foundation
Part 1 – PD G Ed Hardesty
Part 2 – PDG John Brodbeck

The final course in the Academy program covers The Rotary Foundation.  Due to the many components of TRF, the course covers seven weeks and is taught in two parts.

1.       Part 1 covers PolioPlus, the Six Areas of focus, and fundraising

2.       Part 2 covers the new Grant Model and incudes, District Grants and Global Grants with the emphasis on District Grants.

Webinar:  A webinar is optional for this course and will be determined by the instructor 
Assignments/Tasks::  .

  1. The assignment for Part 1 will be four Discussion topics posted in Canvas.

2.       Part 2, 1 Discussion topic covering Rotary Grants.

  1. Part 2, Students will prepare and submit a District Grant using the District Grant criteria as developed by District 5110
  2. A final exam covering both parts of the course will be, taken in Canvas..