Why This Course?
You’ve probably had experiences as a learner that you considered 'useless' or a waste of your time because you felt you didn’t ‘learn’.
On the other hand, you’ve also probably had learning experiences that you found truly valuable and rewarding – you still remember those lessons and have used what you learned over and over in your professional (and maybe even personal) life.
Why were these experiences so different?
As a teacher (trainer, educator, or facilitator), you now have the noble responsibility of helping others acquire knowledge and skills that they will apply in their professional lives. And you want to make sure that you do a good job of enabling learning, so that your learners will find their experience with you rich, rewarding, and valuable.
The good news is, being a good teacher - making it easy for people to learn - is a skill that you can learn. And you've come to the right place to do just that!
It’s likely that in the case of the “useful and rewarding” learning experiences, the facilitator applied strategies that made it easy (and maybe even fun) for you to learn.
Unfortunately, not all trainers of health professionals know these strategies – many don’t even know that these strategies exist. For a long time, there’s been a misleading assumption that as long as you’ve completed your training as a health professional, you can immediately become an effective trainer of other health professionals.
This assumption disregards the fact that teaching is a profession with its own set of principles and practices that need to be adopted for one to be effective at enabling learning.
Is This Program For You?
This continuing professional development program has been developed for health professional educators (trainers of health professionals). This program is best for you if you have a deep desire to be a better teacher than you are right now…
To be the type of teacher that can make even the most boring or difficult subject come alive for your students
The type of teacher that helps your students learn - and not simply memorize stuff to pass exams - but truly learn and understand the subject
You want to help your students learn how to learn, so that they can keep updating their knowledge when things change
You dream about being the type of teacher who inspires your students to be better - to be all they can be
And perhaps, the type of teacher that your students will never forget - for all the right reasons
What Will You Learn?
We've created this course to introduce you to the key principles, ideas, techniques, and doodads that you can use as you begin this journey. Yes - we used the word “doodads” because, let's face it, learning and enabling learning doesn't always have to be so serious or boring.
You definitely CAN and SHOULD have fun in the process!
This program is foundational or introductory in nature – you will be introduced to the basics of teaching and learning.
In each learning cycle ("module") you will be introduced to some principles, ideas, and techniques that will touch on the following thematic areas:
- Preparing for learning
- Planning learning
- Facilitating Learning
- Assessing Learning
- Program/course Evaluation
Be assured that by the time you're 'done' with this course, you'll definitely not be the same. You'll have taken many little steps towards becoming the kind of teacher that makes it easy for others to learn. And you'll be proud of yourself - as we'll be proud of you.
It’s common for people to attend courses and then NOT implement what they’ve learned. However, in designing this course, our main focus is on experiential learning – learning by doing.
We’ve designed this program in a way that requires you to reflect on and immediately apply what you’re learning to your teaching or training responsibilities.
We’ve also designed this as a blended learning program in which there are face-to-face as well as online learning components.
Although the course will run over a period of about five (5) months, the face-to-face sessions of about 2-3 days will take place at the beginning and at the end of the course. This will make it easier for you to complete the course while you’re still working.
We estimate that you’ll need to allocate about 8 hours for each of the weeks during which you have course assignments.
The content in this program has been organized into “learning cycles”. Each learning cycle begins with reflection on your current practices, and ends with reflection after you’ve implemented what you’ve learned.
You will receive a lot of support from your mentor, and are encouraged to also seek support and feedback from other course participants.
Do You Qualify to Join this Program?
This program aims at building the capacity of health professional educators so that they can become better at enabling learning. The core approach in this program is experiential learning – learning by doing.
You will be expected to apply each of the concepts you learn to your working environment immediately to successfully complete this program.
Consequently, to enroll in this program, you MUST prove that you are currently engaged in training of health professionals OR that you have obtained placement as a trainer of health professionals (even if temporarily, e.g. as an attachment or internship).
This blended-learning program had been developed by an international team of passionate and dedicated teachers from Europe and East Africa who love making it easy for others to learn. Collectively, we have many decades of experience developing and implementing innovative programs to build the capacity of health professionals. You can learn more about the program organizers here.
23rd February 2018 – 12th August 2018
First face-to-face session:
February 23 - 25 2018 (Friday – Sunday)
NOTE: The course dates could change, and will be confirmed
On successful application, your enrollment fee is as follows:
Before 15th January 2018
After 15th January 2018
*These fees include the course tuition, and lunches and teas during face-to-face sessions. Transport, accommodation, incidentals and dinner costs are not included in the fees, but prior arrangements can be made for affordable accommodation and meals.
FACE-TO-FACE WORKSHOP VENUE
North Coast Medical Training College, Mtwapa area, Kilifi, Kenya
Frequently Asked Questions
This training has been designed for trainers of health professionals. It is best for you if you are currently teaching health professionals or will be engaged in that soon.
If you're not currently engaged in teaching health professionals, you must find a place at which you can practice what you will be learning in the course. This is a requirement for you to participate in the course successfully.
The course has a face-to-face component at the beginning and the end of the program. The face-to-face components will be held at the North Coast Medical Training College (NCMTC) in Mtwapa, Kilifi.
We chose this venue because the NCMTC embodies the principles that you will learn in this program. We therefore feel it will be good for you to see how they implement some of what we'll be teaching you.
Ready to Begin Your Transformation?
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To participate, you need to complete the application form to verify that you meet the minimum criteria to get the most out of this course.
There are limited spaces available, so apply to join the class right away.