How to deploy TheWell effectively

Learn more about how you can use TheWell in your context. 

Understand the context

You can’t just dump a new piece of technology and expect it to work. It is critical that you invest time in understanding your context. What is the general level of technology in the country? What can you expect from the people who will use TheWell? A fairly low level of technical expertise does not mean that you won’t be able to deliver digital learning through TheWell. You just need to deliver the product with a sufficient level of training and maybe avoid using some of the more advanced parts of the product (e.g. the LMS). Using the media interface and a projector or monitor to share content to a larger group might be the best first step. 

How many users do you expect have access to a smartphone? You can do a simple online research, and based on that you will get a pretty good idea of what to expect. 
In some countries the smartphone users are maybe just 20% or less. This means you shouldn’t probably expect people to have a smartphone available and therefore you may need to think of alternatives. 

Try not to make the smartphone a requirement but just an advantage. 

Even though a country may have a low percentage of smartphone users, we know that this can change rapidly. We have seen exponential growth in the numbers of smartphone users in many parts of the world. You can get very affordable phones produced and designed for majority world. 

How old are the users? A rule of thumb is that those below 40 are more likely to “catch fire” and learn new technology faster. 

Understanding the age group helps you design the training you need to offer during the product deployment. 

Design a strategy

How are you going to use TheWell? 

TheWell is designed as a multi-purpose tool. It can be used for evangelism and for different types of structured learning. You need to understand how you intend to use TheWell. 

If you want to use TheWell for evangelism, you may want to setup the device as an open network, so people will get easier access without password protection. 

If you are using TheWell for enrolled training programmes you may want a password protection on your boxes, so they won’t be accessible for everyone.

Sometimes the same box can be used for different purposes, but we do recommend that boxes are setup a specific purpose. It is also important that you consider the type of content you want to deliver through the box. Though you can have many different content collections on a box, it may be counterproductive to have have high-level theological resources next to evangelistic resources. 

Be intentional on how you will use TheWell and the people you want to impact through TheWell.  

If you wish to use TheWell for evangelism or in a training scenario you may to add other equipment to display content to a group of people.

TheWell has an active HDMI so you can easily display media from the media library using projector or monitor. You can plug-in a USB keyboard and mouse. 

It is very important to make sure that the sound is of good quality. Many projectors do not have good integrated loudspeakers. Therefore it is a good idea to think about external loudspeakers. 

Are you operating in closed countries or in countries where you can’t easily share Christian content? 

You may want to consider security issues.

We are offering white label boxes for those purposes. 

Please reach out to us, before you deploy in a high security context. 

Identify the right people

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Teach and train

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Follow up

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Evaluate and adjust

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