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Advancing your learning designs with a blended learning approach
Is training and capacity development part of your work? Are you interested in online or blended learning solutions, but feel unsure of where to start? This practical and compressed version of Re-Thinking Training will introduce you to the basic didactics of blended and digital training and give you hands-on experience with actlearn.org.
Learning is always a unique process. It is different for every individual and completely depends on the context. A better understanding of learning processes can help you to reduce the continuous challenge of how to transfer the knowledge and skills you gain from a training situation into your daily work. This course will introduce you to the key pedagogical and didactical knowledge to take more qualified decisions on how to make more effective learning designs that can change performance. The course will also give you the skills to develop and facilitate blended learning processes including online and physical learning environments and with a variety of activities. We will cover project management and planning, including some information on budget and workflow.
As the course objectives, upon completion of the course, participants will have
- Discussed foundational pedagogical and didactical frameworks and how they influence the learning process and outcome, including principles of adult and professional learning
- Participated in online, real-time sessions that model five interactive techniques
- Critically engaged with key didactical elements for successful teaching: learners, conditions, objectives, content, learning process, assessment
- Strategically used frameworks in the learning design, technical build, and project management of a blended training.
The course targets humanitarian and development practitioners who have training and capacity development as part of their job description. Through a pre-training questionnaire, participants have the opportunity to influence the content and processes of this course, though the compressed format will be focused on an essential set of skills to ensure the enrolled trainers will get the best experience in exchange for their time.
Course format and schedule
The course will be a participant-driven but instructor-led online training. This condensed version will take place over two weeks with an expected learning time of seven hours per week. The course activities will include hands on application, video-lectures, group work and online sessions in real-time. The the majority of the course will include 4 online training sessions in real-time, which are fixed in time and mandatory. All remaining time (approximately 4 hours) will be independent and task-oriented work.
If you are taking this course with a specific training ahead, please indicate that and the nature of the training when you email to register. You will have the option of arranging for individual mentorship to supplement the training and customise it further to your specific needs.
WEEK 1: The foundations: Didactics and facilitation
(Webinar: Tuesday November 28, 9-11.30 CEST*)
(Webinar: Thursday November 30, 9-11.30 CEST*)
WEEK 2: The application: Practice and planning
(Webinar: Tuesday December 5, 9-11.30 CEST*)
(Webinar: Thursday December 7, 9-11.30 CEST*)
* we will try to fit the actual time slots to the participants time zones based on the needs assessment
The lead course facilitator is Stephanie Rahbek Simonsen, a learning experience designer in DanChurchAid's Learning Lab. Stephanie has nearly a decade of teaching experience in the field of communication with adult learners in a variety of fields and contexts, and works in LLAB as a project lead, advisor, and copywriter. Her educational background in communication, information management, and the social impact of technology inform her perspective, but Stephanie always enjoys learning about the unique training contexts of her colleagues in the NGO field.
The course co-facilitator is Simon Skårhøj, the entrepreneur behind the creation of Learning Lab in DanChurchAid. Simon, who heads Learning Lab, has developed this specialised unit dedicated to innovative competence development within the humanitarian and development sector. Simon has more than 10 years of experience with training and learning designs globally varying from both participatory in-person methodologies and different forms of online training. He has an educational background in education, global studies and psychology and is certified in the forum theatre methodology.
Number of participants: Minimum 12 and maximum 20
Course Fee: 400 EUR
More information: Contact facilitator Stephanie Rahbek Simonsen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration: Send an e-mail to Stephanie Rahbek Simonsen, email@example.com
Registration deadline: 17 November 2017
Expected Time Commitment: 14 hours (7 hours per week)
Terms of Registration: The registration is binding and subject to payment. In case of cancellations they will be subject to a full refund until 1 week before the training commences. Once beyond this deadline, the participant fee cannot be refunded.
Software: Participation requires no software installation or technical prerequisites. However, all participants must have a computer and a headset available, as well as an internet connection with a speed of 200 kps-350 kps (check your available bandwidth here:www.speedtest.net and divide with the number of users on the same connection).
Responsibilities: LearningLab bears full responsibility to ensure that the training is running and accessible according to the above outlined software demands. If anything should fail from our end, a full refund can be expected. However, if the participants is not ready to check in 30 minutes before the course commences and has headset available and for those reasons does not get the full outcome of the training, no refund can be expected. An email with technical instructions will be shared in due course before the training, and all participants are expected to read and follow those instructions.