Adult Learning Program (ALP) – Half-way through the Course
RGD held the 2nd training module of the ALP in Dnipropetrovsk Regional Institute of NAPA, November 24 - 30, 2011 and in Lviv Regional Institute of NAPA, December 8-14, 2011. For the first time, training participants presented plans of their future training curricula to their peer audience for review and feedback. ALP participants didn’t just look through the proposed materials, but also worked on better identifying target audiences and clarifying the expected results of the future trainings in RED being developed. During that 2nd ALP module many training participants discovered for the first time a number of new methods (“case study”, “aquarium”, “open space”, “paradox” and “take a stand”) and instruments of interactive learning for working with groups of trainees. RGD trainers suggested participants to choose five interactive training methods to demonstrate in detail.
After demonstration of the new methods, participants developed their presentation using the obtained new knowledge and skills. Thus, ALP participants have come to a better understanding on how to apply each specific method practically as well as which results it can bring about.
”Our group has chosen the “open space” technique, about which earlier we had no idea ” – says Iryna Gorozhankina, Curriculum Specialist, Donetsk Oblast Center for Retraining and In-service Training of Civil Servants Working in State Bodies and Local Self-governments, State Enterprises, and Organizations. According to her, after they became aware of the method details and got over to practical assignments, they began to grasp the main idea of it. She thinks that applying this method in Donetsk In-service Training Center will be useful for finding better ways to reform its current structure. Iryna Gorozhankina also emphasized that this training module helped her to see some shortcomings in her own training activity, which she intends to eliminate as soon as possible.
Anastasia Lapteva from Kirovohrad shares her impressions regarding the training: “Everything that is going on here is new to me. I am completely absorbed by it. Developing the presentation of my training plan entitled The Art of a Public Speaking within my home assignment helped me obtain a number of new skills required to design public speeches in a due manner. Frankly speaking, at the beginning of the ALP I doubted that I would be able to complete the training. But now I am sure that due to the interactive learning methods and techniques applied by the trainers I will get my own way.”
Maryna Kuberka, Senior Specialist in the Main City Housing Department, Uzhgorod City Council, commented that “I’ve discovered some brand new training methods and would apply them not only for development of curriculum within the ALP framework, but also in my everyday work in the City Council. I am going to design and deliver specialized training, entitled “Development of Pilot Projects Aimed at Applying Energy Efficient Technologies in Apartment Buildings“, for Heads of condominiums in Uzhgorod. This training has great practical value and will help to resolve one issue that is very important for Zakarpattya. We are going to implement at least two such projects in 2012, using funds from the state budget”.
According to Roman Losa, Deputy Director of Ternopil In-service Training Center for Civil Servants, the ALP program helps not only to get ready for delivering a training, but also increases one’s capacity to hold it at the highest possible level. She states that “possessing strong theoretical knowledge is good, yet one must also be able to effectively apply it in real life. And when you have already done it yourself at least once, you know how to teach other people to do the same. I am developing a training curriculum aimed at formulation of the community development strategies, planning of activities and methods to build a self-sustaining community”.
As usual, during the 2nd module, ALP participants were provided with sound theoretical background as well as obtained practical information and skills in the field of training curricula development. Specifically, they were mastering modern adult learning principles, discussing training objectives, analyzing videos of their own presentations, etc. It is also worth mentioning that the presentations made by Viktor Karamushka and Olena Morgun, RGD Experts, on integration of environmental sustainability and gender equality principles into the training curricula greatly contributed to a better understanding of traits and special considerations of the modern trainings on RED. Completion of the 2nd module means that the first half of the ALP training program is over, and soon the participants will be able to put their newly obtained knowledge and skills into practice to promote regional economic development in their respective oblasts.