Training for Educators in Indonesia is growing significantly as we are developing our school & curriculum system with our new ministry of education.
This is the best time for Indonesian education to step out their comfort zone to absorb a lot of relevant and fast-developing education trends. As we can see, we have a lot of teachers, students, administrators, education enthusiast training, seminar, workshop which discuss many different topics from curriculum, educational technology, national exam, and many more.
This is good signal for our educational quality improvement. However, We don't just want to create something that are eventual, but we want to initiate changes that are sustainable and continuous which not only support educators needs at the event, but also after the events. This is several challenges that we need to overcome to design sustainable educators' training in Indonesia.
1. Educator's Passive Mindset
In most training, Indonesian educators often become an object of training which are pushed to absorb a lot of new thinking, knowledge, and skills. Educators sometimes are seen as blank paper who just need to sit, listen, and learn everything from the trainers. One way communication from trainers to educators made educators made us simply as someone who just need to practice what have been taught and designed by trainers. Just do what Trainers said and everything will be fine. In reality, that's never happen. After training, we face a lot of challenges and problems to implement what we have learned. Then at that time, we are alone because we have no sustainable follow ups after training because we have no connection and support from the trainers, right? At the end, we become inferior teachers and lack of confident to learn and implement new technology.
Encourage Educators' Engagement.
We are not simply trainer's object. We are not blank paper. We should not only simply listen and do what trainers said.
We should be active subject of the training. We should reveal our true background and needs. We should listen, share, and modify what we have learned contextually.
This is absolutely not easy but I think it's worth a try. We need to involve our training participants to learn, share, inspire & empower each other by becoming volunteers, trainers, and planning team. By involving them into the training, you listen to their needs, explore their diverse opinion and perspectives, and engage them actively into developing what we learn in the training and form sustainable communication and collaboration.
Believe me, Trainers should also learn from their training participants through feedback, discussion, and presentation. Building sustainable collaboration is one of the best ways to motivate each others.
How do we create sustainable participation and collaboration?
1. Open for trainers team, planning team and volunteers team before the workshop:
Google Forms is one of the best way to BLAST the registration stuff.
2. Follow up educators who are interested to learn, share, and support the training.
Send them Email, add their G+/Social Media, Hangout with them to know their passion and interest, Learn and share from their contextual perspectives, and support each other.
3. Share your plan, ideas, and resources for training. Ask their ideas & opinion.
Blast your resources using Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms) via Email.
4. Run the next training TOGETHER as a team & acknowledge them.
Build Google Sites and put their name and contribution on the sites. Use Google Drawing to design their certificate of Appreciation/Participation to value their contribution. Actively collaborate with them to build resource & support center .
5. Interactive sustainable support and communication
Maintain dynamic two ways of communication to amplify your participants' voice. Use Google Docs as participants worksheet that could be easily shared to anyone, Use Google Forms to collect their background knowledge and feedback before and after the event, Encourage collaboration among participants by designing slides that consist their action plan for their school. Use Google Hangout to check each other learning progress and motivate each other.
2. No-Resources Center
Print, copy, and paper had always crucial part of training. We used a lot of hard copy to:
1. Schedule of event
2. Registration Form
4. Material Presentation
5. Additional Information/Resources
6. Post Event Survey
You can imagine how much paper we printed out just for one training for all participants.
Easily broken, lost, difficult to access and share, and of course NOT Go Green. Then, it's actually not SUSTAINABLE because all paper & print work only for you and yourself. How about the others?
How do we create easy, effective, and efficient Resource Center?
We need to ONE STOP SERVICE which enable participants, trainers, and everyone to put everything there. Therefore, we need to have online resource center that could be easily accessed, maintained, and shared.
Originally posted at EduTechPost Blog here: