Content Creation Tools

Content Creation Tools

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

If you are looking for meaningful ways to contribute to The Mountaineers community during these unprecedented times, we invite you to sign up for one of these fun and creative opportunities to help keep our community connected.

Host an Online Meeting

Please use this form to request resources (call-in number, Zoom meeting link, etc.) for your online meeting. The Mountaineers has several conference tools that we can share with volunteers in order to help you run your meetings or programs virtually.

Online Meeting Request Form

The Mountaineers has a limited number of paid Zoom licenses. If your meeting does not require the more robust features offered by Zoom, please consider setting-up your meeting on a free platform like Google Hangouts or Skype. These are great options for smaller committee meetings and save the use of our Zoom licenses for larger or more complex meetings. Thank you!

HELP CREATE ONLINE CURRICULUM

The world is going digital and The Mountaineers is no exception. Help us create both social and educational opportunities for our community! Whether you know exactly what content you'd like to put online, or you just want to volunteer to help out with an existing online project, we want your help.

Is there a seminar or course you’ve always wanted to teach? Do you have an idea for how to present one of your course lectures in a new format? Consider writing or reformatting your curriculum and sharing it with other Mountaineers as a way to stay active and connected. From how-to videos to coaching and feedback sessions to live lectures with small-group breakout, online learning can take a variety of forms. 

Once established, online lectures can also reduce the strain on volunteer resources/capacity, and many of our volunteers are finding that they can be just as effective! Doing the legwork now to move course lectures online can pay dividends later for next year’s course.

Volunteer Success Stories

Looking for inspiration? Virtual content can take a number of different formats, and as our community adapts to the digital world, we're collecting ideas, tips, and how-to's to help you be successful. Check out our Volunteer Success Stories for examples and resources for creating successful virtual programming. 

Create Virtual Curriculum

To help you format and organize your curriculum, we’ve created a series of Creating Virtual Curriculum at The Mountaineers courses on Google Classroom. The purpose of these courses is two-fold in that we’re providing a list of tools and resources via a free and user-friendly format that you can then use to develop your own online curriculum. 

In an effort to make things simple, accessible, and low cost, we’re opting to use the Google suite of tools wherever possible. This is one set of tools among endless options. If you find another tool that you like using, please  share it with us via the feedback form in this Google course. 

To access these courses:

  • Navigate to classroom.google.com
  • Log in to your Google account. (You'll need a free Google account if you don’t have one already.)
  • Select the + symbol on the top right and select "Join class" 
  • Enter the class code: see courses below for code
  • Click "Classwork" at the top of your screen

Structuring Virtual Curriculum

This course covers the basics of teaching remotely, structuring content online using various methods and tools, and how to run effective video conferences. 

  • Class Code: dcugy4a

Learn Google Classrooms

This course covers how to use Google Drive and the tools it comes with, and how to use Google Classrooms, a free tool to help you run your class virtually.

  • Class Code: qcnorhm

Video Creation

This course covers how to make video content in a variety of ways. We cover how to pre-record presentations and lectures. It will also show you how to make video content without fancy tools or extra equipment, all for free. For the motivated and interested volunteer, this course also has tutorials on how to make more advanced videos.

  • Class Code: no4tp6z

Our Google Classrooms content is still evolving. We've turned our Virtual Curriculum courses into a modular format to make it easier for volunteers to find what they need. We are continuing to update this content. If you have feedback, please fill out our Virtual Curriculum Feedback form listed in each course.

Sample Language, Templates, and How To's

As you transition your programming online, visit our Sample Language & Templates page for a collection of useful text blurbs and templates to use in your program listings and email communications. If you're planning to host a large virtual event, check out our How To: Virtual Event Best Practices blog for some tips and tricks to make your next event a success from start to finish. 

Learn & Connect with Others

Staff are offering open-forum “Virtual Learning Project” meetings once a week through the end of May – alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays to accommodate different schedules. These will be loosely facilitated meetings where volunteers can share ideas, things they’ve learned, seek advice, and consult staff with specific questions. We can also give Google Classroom overviews to those joining for the first time.

All of these meetings can all be found on the Virtual Events & Activities Calendar. Please RSVP on the website to receive the Zoom meeting information.

HOST A VIRTUAL MEET-UP

Social media is full of uplifting examples of folks coming together online to stay connected with their communities during quarantine. From digital happy hours to online games to virtual moving screenings, there are numerous platforms and formats to bring people together. We encourage volunteers to step-up and organize one of these activities for your committee, course group, or SIG while our in-person connection is on pause. You can even list it as an event on mountaineers.org! Please sign up and staff will support you to make it a success.

ONLINE MEETING REQUEST FORM

Need more inspiration? Netflix (and Netflix Party) has several outdoorsy movies in their line-up, including Mountain and Dawn Wall, allowing folks to have long distance movie nights. Create and host online trivia through a platform like Zoom or Google Hangouts. Organize a book club of your favorite outdoor reads. Let us know what you come-up with! 

STAY BUSY, AND HELP OTHERS DO THE SAME

For those of us who feel most alive in the outdoors, sticking around home can feel like a chore. Stay connected with the outdoors and your Mountaineers community through different avenues. Take advantage of some downtime to prep for your next big adventure. Share your tips and tricks for food dehydration and do some thoughtful meal planning for the coming summer. Clean and reorganize your gear. Have a helpful tip for someone trying to wash their sleeping bag or patch that pesky hole in their gaitor? Write a blog or create a quick online tutorial and we'll add this to our Virtual Education Center Educational Resources. You and your adventure partners will thank one another at the end of your next trip, whenever that may be.

LET'S HEAR FROM YOU!

How else are you staying connected? Share your ideas and we’ll continue to update this blog with more ways you can help keep The Mountaineers community alive and well!