Floris and I prepared our 4-day training with 2 daily live sessions via Zoom and individual learning and group work in between and after the sessions. We kept the sessions interactive and fun by including daily recaps and quizzes. Additionally, we made sure that the participants could apply what they had learned during the training by giving them hands on assignments and letting them work in small break out groups. Organizing break out rooms is easy, it’s done by the click of a button, especially getting participants back to the plenary group, is even easier than face-to-face training!

Using MDF Training & Consultancy’s (MDF) online learning platform was key to let participants learn in their own pace and at their own time. For some participants we finished around lunchtime, for others dinner was calling. On the platform, the participants had daily access to new content and they submitted their exercises for feedback by the trainers as well.

Our 15 participants were satisfied with the training and stated that it had the right balance, between theory, practice and discussion. This is important to us, because we challenge ourselves to live up to MDFs learning approach of experiential and brain-based learning during this online training to make the learning as effective as possible. Our online training programme shows that the current shift is a great opportunity to stay connected and keep learning! Where a door closes, a window opens.


Here are some quotes from the course participants:

“You did great work! I like the way that an online training can be very participatory and interactive.”

“The trainers were very enthusiastic and review the exercises carefully”.

“All topics are useful and interesting. I like the topic on Results Chain and Theory of Change.”


If you are thinking of a custom-designed training for your staff, please contact us at mdfasia@mdf.nl or call us at 84 (024) 6258 4438. You can also consider sending your staff on our online open course on Monitorning & Evaluation for Learning (5-16 October). Find out more here.

Authors: René Vermeulen and Floris van Zuilekom, MDF trainers