Getting Started with LevelUp

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LevelUp is a living project intended to provide support to the growing network of individuals providing needed digital safety training and education to users of technology worldwide. We've gathered insight and learnings from trainers around the world, and have distilled these into a collection of helpful resources across a range of topics relevant to the context of digital security trainers.

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Every trainer is stronger in some areas than in others; however, the best are constantly seeking new ways to improve their skills.

The LevelUp website is a continually growing resource dedicated to sharing knowledge and experience from digital security trainers from around the world - start here to orient yourself with our resources for digital security training, how you can use them, and how you can help improve them.

This resource is a continually evolving one, as is the community it engages with. Send us an email at levelup@riseup.net (GPG public key here) with a request to join the LevelUp Mailing List, to stay updated with the latest on LevelUp, be informed of changes or improvements to the site, and interact with others in the training community.

How You Can Use LevelUp

1. Explore advice and insight from the global trainer network

We’ve gathered insight and learnings from trainers around the world, and have distilled these into a collection of helpful resources across a range of topics relevant to the context of digital security trainers.

From training session modules, how-to guides for planning events and event agendas, guidance on facilitation aids and techniques, and introductory resources on holistic security and psychosocial well-being, this evolving compendium of advice and experience is available for all trainers to freely remix, reuse, and adapt under a Creative Commons license.

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You, The Trainer

Every trainer is stronger in some areas than in others; however, the best are constantly seeking new ways to improve their skills. These resources reflect the experience of a number of trainers in this regard.

Before an Event

Arguably the most critical phase of the training planning process takes place before the event itself. This multi-part resource details the basics, built from the documented experience of several experienced trainers.

2. Craft custom trainings using our shared Training Curriculum

Core to LevelUp is its *created by trainers, for trainers curriculum of shared digital security training modules, developed from the experience of active digital safety trainers, and available to freely remix, reuse, and adapt under a Creative Commons license.

LevelUp uses the Activity-Discussion-Inputs-Deepening-Synthesis, or ADIDS approach, to gear these modules towards the needs of adult learners and has organized its curriculum around this design. For trainers, it can provide a useful framework when creating lesson plans and training agendas.

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How To: Using the LevelUp Trainers Curriculum

Each of LevelUp’s curriculum modules are designed around a topic-based training session - this resource explains the basic structure of a session module, and the logic behind this structure.

Planning Your Event Agenda

This resource features advice from a number of experienced digital security trainers on preparing agendas for your training events. It has been broken down into several main resources that can be used as planning aids for workshops.

3. Contribute to and interact with LevelUp content

LevelUp relies on contributions and input from members of the training community, like you, to remain an evolving, up-to-date, and most importantly, *shared resource.*

LevelUp’s content is developed by dedicated digital security trainers and experts, who willingly share their knowledge in order to protect individuals working for greater rights and social justice. We welcome and encourage all users of LevelUp to contribute new training content, provide feedback or updates for current content, and participate in our ongoing localization efforts.

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Get in Touch with Us

LevelUp is managed by trusted members of the training community, who are dedicated to maintaining the resource and staying engaged with its users. Email us at levelup@riseup.net (GPG public key here) to get in touch regarding content contribution, feedback, or any questions you might have.

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LevelUp on GitHub

LevelUp uses GitHub in tandem with Jekyll to edit and manage the content of this website - this also means that all LevelUp content can be found in markdown (.md) format via the website’s public GitHub repository.