I improved my personal training case, I could reflect on the tools of the trainers, and I learned how to use offline training tools by doing an online training. It all happened during my MDF ‘Training and Facilitation Skills’ course in November.
From the beginning, the training was very personalised. In the weeks of preparation, I started to analyse my own case with new tools such as the Training Needs Assessment (TNA) that where provided on an online platform.
During the first day, I had the opportunity to present my training case to the other participants. The real-life cases made the training immediately very interesting. My training case involved focused on the improvement of online training, given by professors of the university. As I experienced as a student that the online lectures were rather slow and distant, I wanted to provide them with simple tools to get them in contact with their students again and raise the level of participation.
The trainers used their own position as a trainer by reflecting on their own training tools and skills. It made me aware of the invisible tools that a trainer can use to make the training more interactive, inspiring and fun. It resulted in a list that I made during the course that describes my own experience of these techniques and tips that felt refreshing for me. A few topics of my list are:
1) Be aware when you share a hyperlink to keep the attention
2) White paper reflects on camera, so you use yellow paper instead
3) Always check the energy from your participants when you start the training.
As the worldwide pandemic made it impossible to do the training in Ede, it was flipped to an online training. This meant no new meetings, no talking at the coffee machine and no movement. However, this just appeared to be a prejudice! The refreshing techniques that I learned made all these things possible in an online setting. One of the refreshing techniques for me was the usage of face-to-face tools in an online environment. For example, we learned to implement short energisers. While we finished a part of the training, one participant instructed an energiser. So I danced together with all participants on the same music and ran around to find an object in my room with a blue colour to become the first one back on the screen. It made me literally move around in my office while learning.
The training is interactive, personal and makes you ready to become a better training, right away! I will use all the notes, drawings and articles from this training when I have to set up a new activity in the future. It gave me the confidence to build a full training programme and with tools that I discovered as useful in my learning process.
My name is Holly, and I am a research intern at MDF training and consultancy. I used to be a social worker with experience in providing training and lecturing. I got more and more interested in cultural influences in the world, and I started my study Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies. Currently, I conduct a research for MDF whether there are any socio-cultural influences that participants and trainers bring to an online training setting which might influence the training.