Community Media/CNCMC/Workshop Outline DRAFT

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  • to explain how COL will work with others re: Community Media / Media for Learning Programme
  • to create awareness of the importance of readiness for facilitation as a "process skill"
  • to increase "facilitation as a skill" development in trainer-facilitators, who model it for others
  • to increase effective learning, community engagement and sustainability


  • identify good practices for Media for Learning (as a group);
  • to identify successful / promising formats & analyse the critical success factors for their success
  • to get people to think about processes in developing Effective Learning Programs that span 3-5 years, and achieve specific Program Outcomes
  • Identify at least 2 good processes (outputs)


Schedule / Timetable

Five (5) Weeks before the Conference / Workshop (Oct. 7, 2008)

  • Facilitators create Survey of Community Media / Radio Practitioners, to 'survey' the CNCMC Regional Group as to what are the important topics of interest to them, that they would like to see covered at the workshop
  • Arrange meeting venue (Paradise Inn, Beachcombers - St. Vincent & the Grenadines)

Four (4) Weeks Before Conference / Workshop (Oct. 14, 2008)

Identifying Nominated Person(s) from Community Radio Stations, and Surveying Their Interests

Step I

Facilitators call radio stations directly to:

  • Identify Nominated Person)s) who will attend the workshop
  • Obtain their contact information, including email amd website addresses
  • Provide information about the workshop, and the Discussion (which happens to be taking place online - the Facilitators will send the sign-up/email address to these Nominated Persons, and / or sign them up directly)
  • Survey Nominated Person(s) for the reasons why they want to attend the workshop, in terms of:
    • barriers - what are they, and why?
    • networking - what does that mean for you exactly?
    • programme development - what content & topics are important, and why?
    • technical issues - what technical issues and skills development are important, and why?
Step II

After these phone calls, the Facilitators will meet as a group (by conference call) to share the Survey Results, and make modifications to the process, if necessary.

Step III

Each Facilitator will then respond individually, to the Nominated Person(s) s/he contacted by:

  1. writing a confirmation email with additional information about the conference / workshop
  2. writing an welcoming email introducing the Nominated Person(s) to the CNCMC Discussion Group (MccLinks) - making sure to highlight their reasons (from the telephone survey) as to their interests in attending the conference / workshop.
Step IV
  1. Facilitators Group will then facilitate online discussion (as well as support individual Nominated Person(s) into the Discussion Group - talking about the Survey Results, and what they want to get out of the conference / workshop.

Technical Arrangements

  • Investigate technical set-up arrangements (Mervin)
    • Computers, software (Open Office); Internet (cable, telephone or high speed line), witches / router configuration; maintenance technician
    • data projector, screen
    • Explore live streaming

Travel & Accommondation

  • Arrange travel, accommodation and logistics

Three (3) Weeks Before the Conference / Workshop (Oct. 21-27, 2008)

  • Wiki skills 5-day workshop (L4C-Advance customised for the Community Radio participants ~ re: developing OER resource, and sharing with peers (instead of "introduce WE to your Institution) (Note:Day 5 needs some work)
  • Promote wiki skills training

Two (2) Weeks Before the Conference / Workshop (Oct. 28, 2008)

  • Online community group - to share ideas for OERs,following on Survey results, discussion and wiki skills training
  • Promote wiki skills training

One (1) Week Before the Conference / Workshop (Nov. 3, 2008)

  • Wiki skills training begins - with online facilitator support

Post Conference / Workshop B

  • Feedback / review results - based on report back - connected to next 6 months....
  • Buddy system - to each other (peers)

Workshops A + B

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  • to create awareness of the importance of readiness for facilitation and process skills
  • to encourage thinking about processes required to create Community Radio Programmes (which endure 3-5 years), achieving Desired Outcomes
  • to identify critical success factors / best practices (2 or more) - in M4L
  • to strengthen regional (practical) networking
  • to kickstart development of Effective Learning Programmes for Community Radio (as OERs)


  • Increased awareness of connection to COL's Objectives (i.e., CR programmes over 3 years vs. 3 months)
  • Recognition of facilitation as key skill for capacity-building
  • Skills practice in pre-workshop "safe environment"
  • Increased competency facilitating groups and processes


  • Facilitators receive recognition - through Community of Practice, news item, story, etc.

Workshop A (1-day)

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  • to develop new skills (i.e., facilitation)
  • to have an 'experience of facilitation in a safe environment (i.e.., a dry-run)

Pre-Workshop Activity

Day 1

  • Revisit topics as identified in pre-workshop survey
  • COL's strategy & objectives wrt Community Media (Media for Learning)

Activity 1: coming soon...

  • What is facilitation
    • ground rules
    • effectiveness
    • motivation / performance
      • animate attendees if they look tired; resolve conflict; interpersonal issues; language, culture, context, governance, etc.
      • modify programme on-the-go
      • build up trust, and trust in the process

How to Do It

  • examples, materials
  • how to do it, to get there...
  • facilitate the process in that CR station
  • prep activities in safe climate....for next 3 days
  • facilitate skill development in others
  1. Implant Actual Facilitation Skills (Guidelines, tips, practical skills toolkit)
  2. Get people to run specific formats or approaches and debrief (ID leaders in the region to are going to champion....lead facilitation processes
  3. Run exercises, activities and approach
  • Marketplace of Ideas
    • Effective Learning Programmes
    • Wiki Skills & WikiEducator
    • Other...
  • Spectogram
  • Speedgeeking (set up room, so that it's more fun and interactive
    • 20 observers, 5 people presenting x 4 times (short presentation), 5 ideas = 25 min
  • Participatory....


  • Day 2-5 Workshop debrief
    • What to expect (next three days)

Workshop B (3.5-days)

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Community Media Professionals

  • can I take this info and use it to start a 3-5 year programme at my CR station?
  • Facilitators: think about the "How" elements: formats, approaches and especially partnerships that will help to make ʽdevelopment-orientedʼ programme content more effective.

Pre-Workshop Activity


  • Media People bring their Idea for an Effective Learning Programme (ideally, this will be shared in the Caribbean Community Discussion two weeks before the workshop start)
  • Learning Contract for Effective Learning Programme

Day 2

Check-in Review - against Stated Objectives

  • Introduce Media for Learning - objectives
    • ID good practices
    • ID good processes
    • Start Your Learning Programme
  • What are the best practices - present to group
  • Identify / discuss Critical Success Factors
    • refer to Karma Tshering's report

Embed Online Journalism component here?


Day 3


  • Check-in
  • Followup
  • Coding processes
  • What are the most important applications (how do we go about doing this)
  • Have each station report.. (2 min each) share with us
  • Effective Learning Programmes Development (cont'd)


  • Site Visit?
  • Check-out

Day 4

  • Check-in

  • Effective Learning Programmes Development (cont'd)
  • Feedback & Collaboration
  • Practical skills development?
  • Other: Community Multimedia Centres (combining telecentres and radio)
  • Check-out (against intended results)


Post Workshop Activities

Review, Evaluation and Feedback

Other - Process Steps

  • Contact
    • key partner institutions
    • key invitees - identify how individuals selected
  • brief summary of meeting
  • criteria / guidelines for selection
  • outcomes desired
  • date required for appointment (of invitee)

Questions for Alton to Pose

Consultative Tone:

  1. In general: How do you think this workshop would be helpful in achieving your goals? Explain ~ drawing out specifics and suggestions.
  2. Specifically: Meeting learning requirements in the community
    • General goals: How