Discussion Report 1 Simone Staiger - KS Workshop and Toolkit for all

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KS Workshop and Toolkit for all

Simone Staiger


1. Danny 2. Dhurjati 3. Kwami 4. Simone 5. Elsa 6. Andrea 7. Olivier 8. Vincent 9. Barbara 10. Josien 11. Kumkum

Key Discussion Points

notes from the beer garden recorded by Kwami Ahiabenu,II first and most important point, there was no beer in the garden and the convernor Simone is to be blamed for this oversight

Our topic : The Knowledge Sharing Workshop http://www.ks-cgiar.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=108&Itemid=125 A programme by CGIAR ICT-KM programme interventions www.ictkm.cigar.org First edition was in English only Duration :

Time committment each participants was expected to spend one hour daily on the course, overall most participants spent an average of two hours daily on the course. Since participants were nominated by their organisation, the organisation time was used for this course Cost : $500 per participant plus ticket and accomodation for the f2f session. When two or more persons registered from an organisation they paid a discounted amount of $300 per participant

three phase progamme

- three phase

  • one month online - using Moodle
  • f2f meeting
  • online session -long closure - using moodle

Participants In all 40 participants took part in this course with 30 participants very active throughout the course Participants came from different backgrounds but working with FARA, CGIAR and FAO

Facilitators Four facilitators- instead of three, since the organisers wanted to ensure that there was always a facilitator available online to interact with the participants

APPROACH The approach used was very flexible ( open space) with the participants contributing what is important for them

In addition to the use of moodle as the the key platform for the course, weekly conversations took place among the participants and facilitators using telephone using web based conferencing tools, unfortunately some participants had problems calling in and it was expensive calling from land line as well.

podcasting The facilitators also created podcasts for some topics under discusion


week one -Getting to know each -virtual networking mapping by each participant

the platform Had info on the following - rich course resources - participants and pix - facilitators and pix -resource library -participants and facilitors trend organised per topic Apart from visiting the platform to read the content of the course, there was an option to receive all posting via emails and the facilitators made it a point to reply and acknowledge each post to the group. The learning logs in moodle enable the facilitators to see who is read but did not participate in the thread, key contributors to discussions etc

Course Topics included but not limited to - general discusssion of KM - tools and methods - open threads on various topics supplied by the participants as well - Web 2.O was the key topic that was discussed -

CHALLENGES - problem with French speakers who signed up for the course expecting translations which was not provided - Some participants were not very active during the course - -

- PHASE TWO - F2F Meeting

Headline text

Took place in Addis Baba, Ethiopia for three days with twenty participants The objective was to experience methodologies in action among others.The agenda and content for the f2f session was provided by participants online. The facilitators group similar content from the participants in order to fit them over the f2f session.

Methods discussed -peerists, -open space -prelimary -card sorting -fish bowl -knowledge fair

Key Challenge There was no internet connectivity at the workshop venue so the facilitators had to go around this problem by using demo video as an entry point and thereafter had a discussion on the various tools ADDISS - no internet connectivity - one morning - wikis, RSS,

ONLINE THIRD PHASE Long closure to ensure participant receive online coaching to enable worked on their individual projects

OUTCOME PEER ASSIST was very successful Survey method was used to evaluate the course A well written workshop report available at http://www.ks-cgiar.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=108&Itemid=125

A major outcome is KM toolkit which was developed using WIKI SPACES with content from CARE KM toolkit as a foundation the toolkit was developed using "work in progress" concept ensuring all participants having a part in its development leading to a share of its content ownership.

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