CHAPTER - 5

2.0 Organising Interactive Workshop(s)




2.0 Organising Interactive Workshop(s)
2.1 Interactive Workshops


Interactive workshops use a combination of several techniques to bring about a deeper and more pragmatic learning experience than is possible with a lecture style format.

Workshops also provide excellent opportunities for exchanging personal experiences, problem solving through panel sessions and direct consultations with experts, and discussing some of the complex situations which surround most environmental problems.

The elements to be considered in organising a workshop are provided below:

- Sending out pre-workshop reading material, with some simple exercises
- Preparation of a country report by each participant before the workshop.
- Short introductory or overview lectures on key issues
- Practical problem solving work exercises on case studies
- Feedback by experts and discussions on workshop exercises
- Panel sessions (that is, question-answer dialogues) with experts
- Individual study sessions, computer quizzes, and so on
- Structured oral presentations of country reports leading to a regional overview
- Audiovisuals such as videos, films and slides
- Field visits where appropriate
-Personal action planning by participants for follow up activity.
Source : The UNEP workshop format.

Sessions need to be carefully prepared, with trainer as well as participants knowing in advance what they intend and what they expect from the programme. A proper linkage in the sessions is must and shall be planned accordingly. It cannot be overstressed how important it is that participants should be thoroughly prepared for the workshops. And that all the pre-workshop activities have been completed.