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Submissions Made Simple for National Geographic

The National Geographic Society began in 1888 as a group of scientists and adventurers with the goal of increasing and diffusing “geographical knowledge.” Since these humble origins, the Society has become one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Over 9 million people subscribe to the iconic National Geographic magazine, a trusted authority on humanity’s relationship with planet Earth and its natural resources.

Fast forward over 125 years, and the Society has funded more than 1,400 expeditions, scientific grants, and programs. Recently, the Society launched an Educator Certification Program. Designed to support teachers, the program offers curriculum and instructional materials to inspire K-12 students to become “the next generation of explorers, conservationists, and global citizens.” Educators participate in an online workshop, then use what they learn in their own classrooms. At the end of the program, they report back to the Nat Geo Education team and the growing community of educators to offer lesson plans and a portfolio of work.

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The Challenge

After an initial successful launch in 2015, Meghan Modafferi, the Nat Geo Community Manager for Education, began to struggle with a way to streamline the program’s workflow.

To complete the program and earn a certificate, educators reported on their experience via a series of Google Forms, and National Geographic staff then managed the information in 3 different spreadsheets. If a teacher wanted to edit their submitted report, National Geographic staff would compile their submission in a Word document and send it to the teacher, who revised and volleyed it back to the staff. Staff at National Geographic would then go into their spreadsheets to make the requested changes. Overall, Meghan estimated that she and her staff were spending more than 40 hours or $1000 worth of staff time per month on repetitive administrative work.

The Solution

As the program was new, Meghan knew there was a great opportunity to get the process right the first time. After looking into a variety of options, she ultimately chose Submittable. “Submittable was much more affordable and more user friendly,” Meghan said, “and the customer service has been incredible and very quick. Submittable seemed like the safe choice.”

The Results

Meghan and her team quickly put their Submittable account to work, immediately reducing their 40 hours of monthly administrative work. “We just don’t lose things as often,” Meghan reports. Also, “they can submit everything in one place, multimedia files included.”

And, similarly, the teachers now save a great deal of time and significant headache, because they can easily access their submitted reports from anywhere on any device. They can also review, add to, or edit their reports if needed using Submittable’s Open for Editing feature. In the past, Meghan said, “If we want[ed] them to revise something, they would have had to re-submit the whole form.”

Meghan and her team are now saving more than 40 hours per month, making it possible for them to focus on further developing the program, benefiting thousands of teachers and students worldwide. As National Geographic’s Educator Certification Program continues to grow, it’s incredibly gratifying to know that Submittable will have a small part in their groundbreaking work.

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Simple interface and powerful tools allow you to start accepting submissions in minutes.

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We provide variety of plans for your size of organization.

Saves you time

...so that you can focus on choosing the best submissions.

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