Blending online and face-to-face methods

Laura Eggens

In every workshop we face the issue of time: there is never enough of it for all the topics and exercises we want to cover (and maintain a level of sanity at the same time).

In Ghana, we started experimenting with using the online learning tool on experience capitalization as a way to incorporate more knowledge over a longer period of time. Using the module in an exercise in the workshop seemed to work well, and encouraged the participants to get acquainted with the module as a resource. This could be incorporated more in the future.

A blended approach

Still, it would have been even more beneficial for participants to have gone through the module independently in preparation for the workshop. This could have had the advantage of with a common knowledge base on the topic, even among the diverse group. It might have also allowed us to move faster through certain sessions, giving more time for reflection and feedback.

In addition, during the face-to-face workshop we made use of several online tools to ease communication during and after the time spent together. Useful documents and assignments were uploaded on Google Drive (which could then be reviewed by the facilitators). A Dgroup communication platform was established to communicate remotely after the workshop, and establish an online community where sharing can continue from our different corners of the region/world.

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