Description: Training sessions allow participants to learn about why, when and how to use methods, tools and technologies in knowledge sharing. Practical examples, live demos and hands on experiences are key elements in these sessions.
Set-up: E-labs with good amplification, wide touch screen and a projector for the trainer, computers and internet access for participants are the ideal setting for trainings in technologies. As for the sessions which use knowledge sharing methods (such as World Café, Fish Bowl, Network Mapping), the setting should include a meeting room that allows tables and chairs to be moved so that the space can be reorganized on an as needed basis. Facilitation materials (flip charts, pin boards, markers, etc.) maybe needed for these sessions.
Lesson Learned:The organizers should clearly frame the objectives and the level (basic, intermediate, advanced) of the training in order to aggregate a homogenous group of participants that will feel comfortable with the content of the session. Hand outs and guidelines (also in electronic form) are very much appreciated to revise concepts that are unclear. The rhythm of the training should be kept lively to maintain participants' attention high. This is facilitated by involving as many senses (sight, hearing, touch) as possible through the use of colorful images, animated videos and samples.