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Help Nitartha’s Online Campus Thrive! 3 Projects, 1 Goal

Nitartha Institute is seeking funding for major upgrades in its online course offerings, especially Self-paced Online Courses.

Nitartha’s Current Online Campus

Nitartha’s Online Campus was built in 2007 and currently offers 9 courses of the Foundational and Intermediate Curriculum for students in a self-paced format. It is a tremendous resource, but the course offerings have not kept up with best practices in online learning.

3 Projects, 1 Goal = Help Nitartha’s Online Campus Thrive!  

In order for Nitartha’s Online Campus to thrive and be up to current standards, we have identified 3 projects that we would like to focus on in the next 12 months:

  1. Create Advanced Curriculum Online Classes
  2. Upgrade and Redevelop Mind and Its World I and Clear Thinking classes of the Foundational Online Curriculum
  3. Create eBooks for Mind and Its World I and Clear Thinking classes of the Foundational Curriculum.

Help Nitartha turn these projects into reality!

PROJECT 1: Create Advanced Curriculum Online Classes

Currently, only courses of the Foundation and Intermediate Curriculum are available in online format. Nitartha Institute’s Advanced Curriculum consists of a comprehensive collection of teachings that have been presented by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Dr. Karl Brunnhölzl, and others.

Making these profound and advanced teachings available in an online format will benefit many students all over the world!

For a start, we would like to develop the Madhyamakāvatara Advanced Course (4 courses in total) and start working parallel on other courses like the Abhisamayālamkara as Online courses.

This includes:

  • Converting analog audio and video tapes of teachings given by Ponlop Rinpoche and Acharya Lama Tenpa into digital files
  • Creating course outlines and syllabi
  • Developing class material, such as course exercises, lecture notes, review questions, diagrams, charts etc.
  • Set up in our Online Course tool Moodle

Help us to accomplish this historic goal of making Nitartha’s Advanced Curriculum available online!

Advanced Curriculum Online Class Fundraising Goal: $20,000

PROJECT 2: Upgrade and Redevelop Mind and Its World I and Clear Thinking classes of the Foundational Online Curriculum

Nitartha’s Foundational and Intermediate Curriculum is available as Self-paced Online Courses – however, the format is not up to standard of best practices of current eLearning; the current videos e.g. are merely recordings of in-person courses. Online learning is increasingly becoming an essential element to any learning environment, and as it is the gateway to the further riches of Nitartha, these courses need to the best that we can produce.

To begin, we would like to upgrade and redevelop Mind and Its World I and Clear Thinking classes of the Foundational Online Curriculum with the goal to attract particularly new students and making Nitarthas’s profound study path available to them.

This includes:

  • Creating new course outlines
  • Recording new video segments
  • Developing new class material, such as course exercises, lecture notes, review questions, diagrams, charts etc.
  • Using selective features of Moodle to enhance the learning experiences of students

Upgrade and Redevelop Mind and Its World I and Clear Thinking Online Courses Fundraising Goal: $14,000

PROJECT 3: Create eBooks for Classes of the Foundational Curriculum

Nitartha Institute’s sourcebooks are valuable resources with well-edited transcripts of teachings by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen and many more – not to mention professional design and presentation. These are currently only available in print format.

In the future, we would like to make Nitartha’s sourcebooks available as eBooks. EBooks will improve our Self-paced Online Classes and especially allow international students to take Nitartha classes online!

We would like to start with an eBook pilot project and create eBooks for 1) Classifications of Mind, 2) Collected Topics, 3) Gateway Root Text, 4) Mind & Its World I, 5) Mind & Its World II, 6) Mind & Its World III, 7) Mind & Its World IV, 8) Clear Thinking Workbook.

eBook Fundraising Goal: $8,000

You can help Nitartha turn these projects into reality!

Total Fundraising Goal 2018 for the 3 projects: $42,000

Donate now! You can make a general donation or donate to a specific project. Any amount will help to accomplish our goal!

Donations are tax deductible in the US.