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Ways to facilitate workshops with illiterate or low educated people

Give your photocamera to a group of students and ask them to make a photoserie of the most attractive touristic places in town. This is what my teacher did when I attended a language school in the South of Spain. When we came back we had a fantastic conversation about the most appealing touristic places in Cadiz, seen through the eyes of foreign students. Imagine you work in a context with illiterate or low educated people. You are asked to facilitate an evaluation assessing what has changed in people’s lifes?   Behavioural   changes which have been taking place with the different stakeholders in the project. While working with illiterate or low educated people there are various ways to share insights and perspectives ensuring equitable participation: 1.        Conduct a workshop using visuals Instruct people to build a story based on photos or pictures. Or ask people to visualize their ideas by drawing. Discuss the visuals afterwards on an interactive way. 2.       

Evaluation is an opportunity for transformation!

'Provide a voice to the most marginalised groups in society.’   ‘ As an evaluator you have a role to play in transforming perspectives.  Clearifying your values, and in my case using participative approaches in promoting equity and equal participation in change’ ,  is one of the most important lessons I gained from the e-learning course ‘Equity-Focused Evaluations’ .      This distance learning course is conducted by MyMandE  an initiative of UNICEF, the Rockeveller Foundation, Claremont Graduate University and IOCE.    The main goal is to support evaluation expert’s to update their knowledge and skills in conducting evaluations and providing them with the latest developments in evaluations. For more information watch the video:  My MandE – E-learning on Development Evaluation. What is an equity-focused evaluation? An Equity-focused evaluation is a judgement made of the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability. It provides assessments of what

Digital storytelling by video

'Ask yourself a question and make yourself to be followed by a videocamera'.   This is what one of the participants did at the bookpresentation  'Omdat het Werkt! - 11 casestudies about learning with social media '.  This day, organised by the Losmakers on the 28th September 2012,  was aiming to exchange knowledge and experiences about successful application of social media in learning- and educational trajectories. This videoproduction was applied as an experiment to test the effects on the person who was followed and the responses it generated from the fellow participants at this seminar. It was an example of experimenting with 'Digital Storytelling'. The videostory The story of the video was focused at following one of the twenty-five participants during the workshops. Through a Linkedin group, that was started prior to the event, one enthousiastic participant was identified and selected.   The story board of the video was developed by the filmmaker a

Video as a tool to explore strategic priorities

'Personal Branding'  through social media is becoming more and more important in today's society. How does your self-perception match with the perception of others?  Through your website and social media such as Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube you can build and develop your personal profile in the virtual world.  Developing a video presenting myself was one of my key activities, I facilitated last month. Discovering strategic priorities in the preparation process The process of making a short video message about yourself is an interesting journey of self-searching and reformulating the strategic priorities of your business. During the last two months of my summerholidays, I went through a process for reformulating my strategies, key activities and target groups. Key questions that helped me in this process were: How is the current situation of the business?   What is successfull? What gives energy? What does not go well? Which activities are frustrating and

Why video is so powerful to evaluate!?

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure - Colin Powell This quote triggered my interest while reading ' Making documentary films and videos - a practical guide to planning, filming and editing documentaries' -  author Barry Hampe.  The publication is a practical handbook giving some useful hints and tips on how to make a video production.  Practise, practise, practise, ask for feedback, reflect and practise again. Applying video is a process of hard work and learning. Video versus a report As a facilitator and evaluator of organisations, projects and multi-stakeholder processes, I am triggered by the fact that  video can express much more in a shorter time space than a report. A video is about visual evidence.  It shows behavior, people expressing emotions and attitudes. It also shows results and physical accomplishments.  A video interview not only communicates the content, but also people's behavior tow

Certified Professional Facilitator for another 4 years!

Recently I graduated and was recertified as Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) for another 4 years with the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) . In 2008 I passed my first assessment, when I was judged by 2 senior CPF Assessors. Background IAF's aim of the certification process, started in 2003, is to ensure that Certified IAF members meet the standards of dealing with different and complex situations as facilitator. Through this program IAF wants to ensure and maintain high quality standards for the profession of Facilitation. Facilitation is an Art and experience as must!. The certification process As part of the assessment, I was asked to select 7 workshops with different clients in different situations over the last 4 years. I selected a mix of face-to-face workshops and trajectories with civil servants, social workers and international development workers. I also presented an online facilitation trajectorie involving young professionals and a partici

Measuring performance online: How can you evaluate online learning?

Savings  of €  20,000. - per year and €  1,500. -  per participant; A course attendee who  experiments with virtual tools in team collaboration and who contributes to shorter and more effective meetings in the organisation  and contributes to cost  savings in travelling; Satisfied participants Three practical examples as a result of an evaluation of a 'blended learning' course at a training agency. One of the major challenges in online learning, is to visualize the development of a participant or organization. To what extent  contributes online learning  to improvement in efficiency? And to what extent does it contribute  to improving the competence of the individual or the team  in the organization? How can you monitor and evaluate online? Practical models As general practise  the following 3 models are commonly applied in monitoring and evaluating online performance: 1. The 8-Fields model The 8-fields model (Kessels, Smit, Keursten) examines the effects of a  train

Course Online facilitation for organisational learning and change - A combination of theory and practice

On the 21st June 2012 En Nu Online completed the first course ' Online facilitation with social media for organisational change and learning '.  Over a period of eight months participants gained knowledge and skills on how to apply social media and virtual tools for organisational learning and change. Each participant applied lessons in a practical case in their work. Immediate application of lessons learned One of the participants working with a big training company applied virtual exchange as part of a training about Leadership.  Questions and practical assignments were disseminated through a Yammer group, where participants already were challenged to think about issues they encountered in their role as leaders. This experiment gained a lot of useful feedback for 'collective learning'.  Both participants and the training company gained useful lessons. A large international company invited representatives from various parts of the world as preparation for a  work

Second serie of online games for learning and facilitation

This week I came along a Ted Talk of Jane McGonigal .  According to Jane Mc Gonigal we spended in 2010  3 billion hours a week on gaming. However, we need to jump to 21 billion hours a week  in use of online gaming in 2020 to work towards  a better performing world. Jane argues that online games are positive for learning. Games create positive emotions (fun, curiosity),  it helps people to focus and to concentrate and make people creative in problem solving.  Online games foster building relationships.  According to Jane gamers are powerful, creative and optimistic people. Gamers can perform more.   If we promote gaming, we can make a better world. Watch.  Tedtalk:   Jane Mc Gonigal - Gaming can make a better world Find a second compilation of games, which are fun to play at training or facilitation events.  The first compilation you can read at; Ten online games for learning and  facilitation. Language or wordgames 1.   Bookworm 2.   Slidoword Mathematics

How will video be used and applied in 2017?

Due to technological changes the role of video will increase in the coming years. Nowadays internet provides enormous possibilities to disseminate video messages (youtube, vimeo). The growing popularity of video making by digital camera's, mobile telephones and the availability of user friendly and low cost video editing software makes it much more easier for consultants, project staff and field workers to use video as a tool for their work. More and more video broadcasts are replacing or adding added value to written reports or publications. It is foreseen that video will play a major role in projects and organisations in 2017. Video will be having multiple functions; 1. Video as a tool for Montioring and Evaluation in a project Video will be increasingly used for monitoring and evaluation of projects. Video is a means to capture stories which can communicate qualitative changes. Evaluation methods, such as ' Most significant change ' can be excellently be applied th