ADVICE TO COORDINATORS OF CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT TRAININGS



‘I had the opportunity to work with Tikvah in May 2021 when I was working for UN-Habitat as legal specialist. I was designing a capacity development programme on policy and legal drafting for the Ministry of Urban Planning and Housing of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tikvah provided pro bono advice on how to develop a blended programme for the Ministry blending in-country sessions with online and off-line activities. It was extremely useful and easy to work with her. Tikvah helped me appreciate the opportunities blended trainings can offer to overcome the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic and improve the impact of capacity building activities. She quickly understood the programme needs and challenges and proposed workable solutions.’

ProjectleadGianluca CrispiLead Legal Specialist, UN-Habitat Nairobi, Kenya.

Photo: Medellin, Breimer 2020

Are you curious for more? Would you like to get in touch? Feel free to contact our lead directly for any questions or inquiries you may have. tikvah@studioblended.com

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Did you even realise, that with the world opening up after lockdowns you must completely re-design all your existing in-country and remote capacity development trainings for professionals? (Have a read here on why).

Or, perhaps you’re embarking on new capacity development opportunities. Here too, ‘blended’ is not optional, but actually what effective, good education will look like, in the future.

Did you also realise this is in fact a great opportunity to look at your trainings and make them healthier in terms of the golden triangle of cost, time and quality? There is a whole spectrum of opportunities opening up for you.

Blended, is a thoughtful integration of online and ‘face to face’ learning and teaching. ‘Face to face time (such as in workshops in-country) has new value and meaning. We must see, with new eyes, and optimise this time, in-person an a physical space. Synchronous teaching (whereby the trainer and the professionals call in at the same time), as well as a-synchronous learning (self-paced, online), must be reinvisioned, to become optimally effective bichronous learning.

Did you also realise, that this means none of the design logics you had before the worldwide lockdowns in terms of time/attention cost investment makes sense anymore? Did you realise that therefore you need a complete reimagining of your budget and time financial sheets? This means a shift in time division (design vs. development and delivery vs. learning), to the required trainer capacity, travel schedules and costs, venues and learning platforms. 

And, we are mindful of your training staff, we call this ‘human resilience’. With so much complexity coming at them, such as through innovations and technology, and the world opening up again for travel, we must think first about our trainers and teachers, for the long run - their health, their retention. And we must do so already in the groundwork, by design.

We have the capacity you need. Both in qualitative technical and pedagogical curriculum design, and in the logical thinking of finance and time to realise it effectively. Our approach is that of pragmatic idealism, moreover, based on over a decade of experience with trainings, we are always searching for the optimum in your specific case, between quality, time and cost investment. This includes for instance the logical ways in which senior staff vs. junior staff is included on all layers (budget, schedule). And, importantly, it includes the pragmatic idealist way we approach, experiment and innovate with Online Learning Platforms.

Shelf material that can be used in modular ways is crucial for in-country trainings. It allows trainers to jump in quickly if needed during a program, and feel the calm that mature technical design brings, and the logic of healthy set up in terms of finance and time. Also, qualitative shelf material, saves you immense investments in design and development.

Allow us to dust off existing shelf material with your teachers/trainers/program managers and to reenvision them for the post-lockdown world.

Allow us likewise, to come alongside you, to also envision the new vital trainings you need in the rapidly changing post lockdown world, ensuring both simplicity and resilience up to a decade.

How is StudioBlended unique?
At StudioBlended we consciously choose to focus on in-country trainings that are more technical by nature, content-wise, and with which our independent senior advisor is well-versed (see also our manifesto). This enables you, as a client, to start right where you are, in briefing us.

We specialise in a modular open building approach to curriculum design, which is also fit for purpose.

If you’re curious about the scope of essential, resilient curriculum design, have a look at StudiOpedia. It features Tikvah Breimers’ finite methology for curriculum design. StudiOpedia’s design is, in itself, modular, and we approach delivery in ‘rolling wave’ way. The design, development and delivery, shows our latest experimentations and innovations with learner autonomy and differentiation, such allowing learners to design their own learning pathway, and even learning ecology.

By reenvisioning your technical material in terms of a blended (or bichronous) approach and the golden triangle of time/attention, quality and cost, - we completely transform the accompanying budget, capacity and planning for you and show you what makes sense, where your trade-offs are. We work in a pragmatic idealist way, from our own first-hand experience on these jobs.

The opportunity cost of your time and investments, are always on our minds. We long to ensure that time and attention spent by your highly qualitative training and program staff, is spent effectively so that also, the enjoyment of teaching can come out.

And once the training is delivered, we are strong on learning and feeding that back into the design to consolidate your trainings, coming both from an educational angle, and a program management angle. We can come alongside you to advise how to set up meaningful assessment of impact.

As part of our approach, if you wish, we can simultaneously and organically develop capacity of your trainers on the job, or even include a ToT (Trainer of Trainers) component.

For exclusive clients, we may travel with you to pilot shelf/new trainings. To be their observing eyes, and give feedback both on the teacher / trainer, which feeds back into the curriculum design and the financial and time planning. Together we evaluate and see how to bring outcomes back into a subsequent pilot, or consolidate into shelf material which lasts for a decade.

A structured design for the learning journey (see Online Learning Platformsis absolutely essential for an effective learning experience. Material is designed to ensure instructions and content are clearly accessible to teachers and trainers. Expressing the purpose and goals of the training in the clearest way possible is vital.

We are strong in inventiveness and problem-solving, tapping in to not only our own expertise and experience, but also that of senior experts in our professional network. 

In principle our senior independent advisor and teacher trainer Tikvah Breimer comes alongside. We can also put together an agile team especially for you, to solve your issue and realise a certain deliverable. Have a look at the technical and regional fields we work in.

From our side, we too, are always open to learning, after all this rapidly changing field is best captured in teamwork, not alone. This means that our senior independent advisor works closely with your expert technical and project team, financial and ICT experts (etc.) or we may bring in our own agile team.

For a full CV of Tikvah Breimer, feel free to contact her directly or have a look at her LinkedIn.

Countries/Cities Tikvah Breimer worked in / with remotely*:
Europe (London, Italy/Tuscany-Naples-Sicily)

Middle East (Tel Aviv*, Cairo, Istanbul (Erasmus teaching), Diyarbakir (action planning), Marrakech)

Central/Latin America (Nicaragua (anthropological fieldwork), Brazil (fieldwork, training), Quito, Medellin. 

Africa (South Africa (teaching, architectural fieldwork), Zambia (field visit, start up workshop), Ethiopia*, Uganda (field visit), Malawi*, Nigeria (remote mission and teacher training).

Asia (Katmandu - start up workshop, Bangladesh*).

We are here especially for you as unique educational professional, to come alongside you as you work on the curriculum design of your module, course, training or degree, so that you can offer good and resilient educationin all simplicity.

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