New facilitated volunteer orientation course to run in March

In March we will be running a facilitated 4 week orientation course for prospective Physiopedia volunteers.

Our volunteers are an important part of the Physiopedia Team.  Working away behind the scenes, in their own time alongside their usual work, they accomplish everything from quality assessing pages to managing the peer review team.  Since we started the volunteer programme a few years ago there has always been an orientation process for these volunteers to complete before they are assigned their ongoing roles.  This orientation process aims to familiarise the prospective volunteers with reviewing and editing Physiopedia as a self directed learning experience.

Now, we have updated and improved this orientation process and will be running it as a synchronous course for 4 weeks at a time.  The new volunteers will follow similar learning experiences but they will work together at the same time and so can support each other through the process.  They will also have support from our existing experienced volunteers and join them in the private volunteers discussion forum.  The first course will start on 2 March 2015.

We are expecting this course to be hard work but fun.  At the end of this course, participants will be:

  1. Familiar with the many varied aspects of the Physiopedia project.
  2. Confident to edit Physiopedia.
  3. Familiar with the Physiopedia review process.
  4. Have an idea of what role they would like to play in the Physiopedia project.
  5. Develop key professional skills such as digital skills, social media skills and professionalism.

On successful completion of the course the participants will graduate onto our volunteer programme, will receive a certificate of completion and will also be awarded a Yellow Belt badge – the first in a line of annual awards!

Sign up for the course here – but be quick as we are limiting the numbers!

Find out more about the volunteer orientation course