Warning! This is a participatory workshop
Erika Smith, from APC’s women’s programme, blogged live from the Gender Evaluation Methodology (APC Annual Report 2006 ">GEM) global trainers exchange, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 23-27 July 2007.
The GEM Trainers Exchange got off to a jumping start, literally, in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia with local trainer Toni Mohamed Kassim giving thirty plus participants the above advisory. "Warning! This is a participatory workshop, don't think you are going to be sitting down all day." Music to many of our tired, jet-lagged ears. Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet and ICT initiatives and are convinced of the need for GSDRC guide to monitoring and evaluation">monitoring and evaluation of ICT projects. Now they're here to hone their facilitation skills with an eye specifically to more GEM trainings. Toni's suggestions and exercises, however, have the whole room remembering painful and fun training and learning moments, backing them up with theory and practical tips.
It's not enough to vary your facilitation style during a training, says Toni. To get your message across, you have to appeal to the variety of learning styles that people have in every session. Are you a visual learner? Do you learn by doing? Do you have to hear it? Toni isn't the type of trainer who gives really good recommendations, for hours on end, imparting kernels of wisdom from behind a podium. Everything was put into practice.