Training 1.3

Designing Participatory Workshops

Dates: September 9-11, 2019

Facilitation skills are required in many different contexts whenever people come together to work, discuss, plan, evaluate, solve problems or share experiences. This course is very hands-on in character and will emphasize how to design and conduct participatory workshops, meetings, short trainings or other group sessions with simple but effective tools and techniques. We will reflect on the roles, competencies and responsibilities of facilitators. Some basic knowledge on the creation of effective learning environments and on working with adults will be given to better understand how to design lively, dynamic and participatory workshops.

We will create our “facilitation toolbox” to discuss how to use methods and tools and adapt them according to different objectives, contexts and phases of interactive workshops. We will also practise some methods and techniques like different forms of brainstorming, group work settings, workshop design steps as well as the use of icebreakers and energizers. The course is directed to beginners without or with first experience in the design and facilitation of workshops.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the course participants
  • have a better understanding of how to plan, prepare and conduct participatory and dynamic workshops in different settings;
  • are able to use tools from the facilitation toolbox and have practised their visualization skills, energizers, different forms of brainstorming and the facilitation plan;
  • feel more confident to facilitate first workshops (or parts of it) and are motivated to further improve their skills.
Course Content:
  • Responsibilities, skills and attitudes of workshop facilitators
  • Planning and preparing workshops and learning environments
  • Facilitation toolbox: reflection on methods and tools for different phases
  • Workshop phases from beginning to closure with practical exercises
  • Visualization skills and flipchart design
  • Icebreakers, warm-ups and energizers
  • Handling difficult situations in workshops
  • Principles of adult learning

 

Preliminary course programme 2019

 

Tuition fee: 465,- euros  Early Bird Offer: 405,- euros if you apply online through the enrolment form before April 30th 2019.

 

Trainer:

Annika Buchholz & Miriam Holländer are research associates at the Centre for Rural Development (SLE), HU Berlin. Before joining SLE in 2013, Annika Buchholz worked for the Federal Foreign Office, organizing training courses for international diplomats. Working with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in South America, she was responsible for preparing and facilitating participatory workshops in remote areas, international conferences and meetings with a variety of stakeholders. At SLE, she coordinates the international capacity development programme SLE TRAINING and is passionate about working with groups and the creation of motivating learning environments.

Miriam Holländer is a Social Scientist and graduate of the 52nd cohort of the SLE graduate study programme. Before joining SLE in 2015, Miriam worked as a project manager for a communication agency where she was in charge of organizing workshops, conferences and multi-stakeholder dialogues commissioned by national and international organizations like UNESCO, UNDP, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and GIZ. At SLE, she coordinates the postgraduate study programme “International cooperation for sustainable development” and is a passionate trainer for topics such as teamwork and communication.

 

 

Apply now through the online enrolment form!

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