What is the site model?
All our courses incorporate a site-based model where participants in the same geographic location or at the same organization can enroll in the course together and then connect with other learners in their group.
While the course itself is offered online, sites groups create an opportunity for participants to
- Connect with their colleagues in person or through remote meetings.
- Discuss the course material together.
- Apply what they’re learning to their setting and community.
- Build connections that support them in their work.
- Participate in the course at a reduced rate.
How do sites meet?
Sites may meet in-person or remotely using video-conferencing software (such as Zoom, Skype, or Microsoft Teams). Many sites create WhatsApp groups to distribute local resources and information and to connect, share ideas and support one another.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we've advised that sites continue to follow their local public health guidelines and we have encouraged remote meeting options.
Who coordinates a site, and what does it involve?
Sites are coordinated by a volunteer site coordinator (the contact person for eDGH), who registers their site by submitting a site application. That person helps coordinate participation, communication, and payments with their site participants, as well as organizes site meetings/discussions several times throughout the course.
What do site meetings look like?
During the site meetings, the group typically reviews the materials and the site coordinator or facilitator/s will facilitate guided questions for the group.
How do I apply to be a site coordinator?
To register to be a site coordinator and host a site at your location, you can submit a site application using this form. Each quarter's courses will become available to select when the site registration opens for that offering (a few month’s before the course).
- Listing of our scheduled courses and application dates
- More about our course offerings, cost, and course dates
Where can I learn more about the requirements for hosting a site group?
You can learn more about being a site coordinator on these pages:
- Site Registration Process and Timelines (Listed by Course)
- Site Based Participation
- Site Coordinator Roles and Expectations
What technical requirements and equipment do sites need?
Each site must have access to a computer that meets the following minimum technical specifications:
- A minimum of 1024x600
- Windows XP SP3 and newer
- Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
- Linux - chromeOS
- Mobile OS Native App Support
- iOS 5 and newer
- Android 2.3 and newer
Computer Speed and Processor
- Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
- 1GB of RAM
- 2GHz processor
- Internet Speed
- Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments
- Minimum of 512kbps
- Windows: Internet Explorer 6 and later, Firefox 1.x and later, Safari 3 and later, Google Chrome, Opera 9.5 and later
- Macintosh: Safari 3 and later, Firefox 1.x and later, Google Chrome
- Linux: Firefox 1.x and later
- Flash Player 6.0.79 or later (Check flash version)
- Flash Player 7 or later recommended
In addition, during meetings and depending on the size of the group (usually more that 5), it may be helpful to have:
- A computer with either downloaded materials, or internet streaming capabilities
- LCD projector and screen for viewing videos or other materials
- Speakers so the group can hear videos