In 2005 DynaMind eLearning – inspired by the training delivery challenges faced by a global shipping company – designed an e-learning model that focuses on facilitated collaborative learning, which was (and still is) quite different to the common approaches out there. The eWorkshop model was born.
The eWorkshop model has become increasingly popular in the international development sector, culminating in winning Gold in the 2014 Asia Pacific LearnX Awards for best e-learning model for a programme developed for World Vision Australia.
What is an eWorkshop?
An eWorkshop is the online equivalent of a participatory face-to-face workshop. The activities are stretched over 5 to 7 weeks and on average take about 5 hours per week. eWorkshops are self-paced (people log in at a time that suits) yet there is a requirement to log in a number of times every week.
The eWorkshop model is different to any e-learning you’ve experienced before because of the way the collaborative work is done as well as the e-facilitation method.
When we design eWorkshops, we make sure the team tasks are challenging real-life problems. It is very motivating for learners to be given the opportunity to work on typical workplace problems with fellow professionals and apply the skills while they learn.
The eWorkshop approach is used when the content cannot be packaged and when it’s important to integrate the participants’ own work experience into the learning journey.
The methodology is especially popular in the NGO sector because participatory approaches are so important in this sector. We have extensive experience in designing eWorkshop programmes for development organisations.
There are two key success factors in this model: expert design and trained e-facilitators. DynaMind offers regular e-facilitation workshops to train clients’ staff and consultants who are responsible for running the eWorkshops. Organisations which also want to build in-house capacity in eWorkshop design can enrol their staff in the Moodle eWorkshop design course.
We develop our eWorkshops in Moodle and make sure your programmes are accessible on low bandwidth if necessary. The asynchronous approach overcomes the challenge of variable internet access and different time zones.
In our case studies you will find a short write up of eWorkshop programmes which we have developed for UNWomen, the Australian Council For International Development and World Vision. These are just a few of the many programmes we have supported. Get in touch and we can have a chat about those that are relevant to you.
How does the eWorkshop model compare to other methodologies?
The eLearning Nomad blog article ‘Can we develop e-learning that respects adult learning principles?’ compares the depth of learning achieved between self-paced e-learning modules and eWorkshops. The blog post ‘Why eWorkshops instead of webinars?’ explains the benefits of eWorkshops over webinars.
The model can be used in combination with other methods. In some programmes trainees undertake an individual self-paced e-learning module to achieve concept mastery and basic application, after which they voluntarily enrol in one of the facilitated eWorkshops which is aimed at taking this knowledge and these skills to a much deeper level. eWorkshops are also successfully used in blended programmes to offer pre- and/or after-care for face-to-face workshops.
A TINY SELECTION OF LEARNER FEEDBACK FROM EWORKSHOPS WE DEVELOPED…
“The course design for both the e-learning modules and the e-workshop is outstanding.
I wish all training could be like this!”
Learner feedback – eWorkshop and self-paced modules for
‘Aid Effectiveness from a Gender perspective’ training programme
“This is the best online course I have done. Extremely well structured and facilitated.
No changes to suggest.
Thanks and well done!”
Learner feedback – eWorkshop on Performance Management for NGO managers
Australian Council for International Development
“What a great way to learn while doing.
These scenarios are fantastic! […] I had no idea teamwork online could be
so interesting and fun.
[…]This has opened my eyes.”
Learner feedback – Farmer Program e-Course (for Radio Broadcasters in Africa)
Farm Radio International