Workshop Report

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eL4C43 Workshop Report


Following the commitment from the Commonwealth Youth Programme Regional Centre for Africa (CYPRCA) and the International Labour Organization Lusaka Country Office (ILO-LCO) to organise the second international trainers’ workshop on International Perspectives in Youth Entrepreneurship Training (IPYET), a need was identified to build the capacity of resource persons in delivering online training programmes using Open Education Resources (OER) platforms. The CYPRCA in collaboration with the OER Foundation (OERF) thus organised a capacity building programme in Facilitating Online Workshops from 6th September to 15th September 2010.

Expected Output

In this training we tried to explore issues that arise in attempting to utilise OER and ICT platforms in training. We also explored the peculiar intricacies involved in applying this especially in non-formal training sessions such as resource persons of ILO and CYP find themselves in.

The expected output of the workshop, thus, were to gain an understanding on:

  • How to adapt current materials or develop appropriate materials for online training,
  • How to moderate/facilitate online training sessions,
  • How to use of the new Rich Text Editing features of WikiEducator,
  • Background information on WikiEducator,
  • demonstrating collaborative sharing of information, and
  • How to develop OER content on WikiEducator

Resource Requirements

This free wiki workshop was presented online over 8 working days and required approximately 15 - 20 minutes per day of practical exercises after reading the instructions. We advised all participantts to dedicate about 1 hour a day to ensure good practice of the instructions and guidelines provided. This time period also made allowances for the sometimes low internet connectivity. The course was presented asynchronously -- so as to allow participants to work at times which fit their own schedule.

Programme Schedule

Day 1: Monday, 06 September 2010

  • Instructions for Day 1a >> what is a wiki
  • Instructions for Day 1b >> Introduction to wikieducator

Day 2: Tuesday, 07 September 2010

  • Instructions for Day 2 >> Basic editing and formatting
  • Ideas for a learning contract projects

Day 3: Wednesday 08 September 2010

  • Instructions for Day 3 >> New pages and Links

Day 4: Thursday 09 September 2010

  • Instructions for Day 4 >> Working with Images

Day 5: Friday 10 September 2010

  • Instructions for Day 5 >> Collaborative Editing/Authoring

Day 6 and 7: 13-14 September 2010

  • Instructions for Day 6 >> Communication and Interactions
  • Instructions for Day 7 >> Moderated discussions

Day 8: Wednesday 15 September 2010

  • Using Pedagogical templates.

Target Participants

The training programme was targeted at staff and resource persons, of the Commonwealth Youth Programme and the International Labour Organisation. Of particular target were staff facilitating in the international ToT programme in International Perspectives in Youth Entrepreneurship Training (IPYET). This training was however open to all and bound by the guidelines of the Learning4Content programme of WikiEducator Community.

Outcome and Demographics

The workshop consisted of the following demographics:


Participants: 17
Female: 10
Male: 07

This workshop was facilitated by Victor Menash as Training Coordinator, Ramesh Shrama as Lead Facilitator and Brian Sikute as Co-Facilitator.

Country Participation

Participants (including facilitators) from 4 countries participated in eL4C43:

Flag of Guyana.svg Guyana | Flag of India.svg India | Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand | Flag of Zambia.svg Zambia |

Top 3 high performing participants

Congratulations to the top 3 high performing participants in terms of number of edits so far on the wikieductor site!
They are:-

  1. Mukatimi Chabala          67 edits
  2. Moola Mangolwa            46 edits
  3. Elizabeth Simonda         42 edits


I am very grateful for full support extended to me by my colleagues Victor Menash as Training Coordinator, and Brian Sikute as Co-Facilitator. In addition I would like to thank all the participants for their time and zeal to learn the skills for collaborating online and develop OERs as part of this project. The facilitators and participants interacted with each other through their respective user-pages and by email. I observed that participants were not hesitating when they needed some assistance (good sign of an active participation!). Out of the 17 registered participants, more than 10 participants developed their pages and thus have an edit count of more than 20. I am sure that they will continue to practice these skills they have learned now. All the best. -- Ramesh Sharma, PhD 13:38, 16 September 2010 (UTC)