Training Modules Design Workshop (3rd Training Needs Assessment Meeting)

Seminar / Training workshop

Training Modules Design Workshop (3rd Training Needs Assessment Meeting)

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Pathumthani, Thailand
EVENT DATE: 10 August 2011 to 12 August 2011
ORGANISER: APAN; APN; IGES; UNEP; AIT-UNEP.RRCAP; AKP

DATE OF ENTRY

23 February 2012

A three-day workshop was held to design training modules for the agriculture sector in five countries following the first and second Training Needs Assessment meetings held in January and March 2011. The workshop aimed to meet the final objective of the project titled “Scientific Capacity Development of Trainers and Policy-makers for Climate Change Adaptation Planning in the Asia and Pacific” which is funded by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN).
The main objective of the workshop was to design training modules for imparting knowledge and skills for effective adaptation. This was accomplished by (i) reviewing training module development concepts, techniques and framework to enable participants to prepare training modules; (ii) providing feedbacks and suggestions on the modules that participants developed; and (iii) familiarizing the participants with training modules design process so that they will be able to take lead in preparation of training programmes in their own country in the future.      
Sixteen participants from the targeted countries, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia and Nepal, worked together to design the training modules under the guidance of training specialists and agricultural experts. The major activities of the workshop included (i) country presentations on the TNA results and findings; (ii) lectures on training methods, training modules design, and agriculture technology for climate change adaptation; (iii) group exercises on identification of training contents, its organisation and selection of training methods, training course design, etc.; (iv) group presentations after exercises followed by discussion and feedback. The training modules would be pilot tested and scaled up to other countries and sectors in collaboration with various Network partners.

Summary

Day 1
The welcome remark was delivered by Dr. Mozaharul Alam, Regional Climate Change Coordinator of the United Nations Environment Program for the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP-ROAP). This was followed by presentations from each country on the tools and methodology they adopted for TNA exercise. Open discussions preceded each presentation. Mr. Voravate Chonlasin, Senior Program Specialist  for the AIT Extension delivered a lecture on training course development framework and training objectives and identification of training contents. The lecture provided a clear understanding of the types and nature of objectives for both the trainees and the trainers, and guided on the process of filling in the template for writing the objective. The lecture was followed by a group exercise on identification of training contents and designing modules in a standardized framework. Mr. Chonlasin facilitated the group exercises for the next two days.

Day 2
Dr. Abha Mishra, a senior research specialist and a faculty member of the Agricultural Systems Engineering field of study at the Asian Institute of Technology, delivered a lecture on “Agricultural technology for climate change adaptation.” Her lecture focused on the projected climate change impacts on agriculture in specific countries of the Asia-Pacific region and provided information on the CCA technologies that are being advocated and researched.
Mr. Chonlasin delivered another session on modularization of training contents as part of training module design workshop. This session was built upon the previous training and development session conducted during the second TNA meeting in March 2011. The main objectives of the session were to guide the participants on techniques used for selecting training contents and approaches that could be used for organization of contents in the training modules. The lecture was followed by open discussions from Bangladesh, Laos and Mongolia.

Day 3
The countries presented the training modules prepared during the group exercise on precious days. Mr. Chonlasin, Dr. Prabhakar and Dr. Le gave their comments and feedbacks on the training modules presented.
Dr. Le presented the guidelines for the country team leaders on the submission of country reports and financial documents. She also discussed and suggested that the countries should develop a clear work plan for the implementation or piloting of the training modules developed. In order to help the country teams improve their draft training modules and revise the final country reports, Dr. Prabhakar wrapped up the meeting with some important points for the teams to consider for revision.
The workshop concluded with closing remarks from Mr. Alam. 

Related Files
›› Proceedings Report

Agenda and Presentations

 Day 1 - Wednesday, 10 August 2011

8:30-9:00

Registration

9:00-9:15

Welcome remarks
Dr. Mozaharul Alam, Regional Climate Change Coordinator, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) - Asia and the Pacific, Thailand

9:15-10:45

Country presentation on results/findings of TNA (20 min./presentation and 10 min./discussion)
Bangladesh, Cambodia and Lao PDR
Facilitators:
Dr. SVRK Prabhakar, Senior Policy Researcher, IGES
Dr. Le Thi Thu Huong, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, IGES Regional Center – APAN

10:45-11:00

Tea break

11:00-12:00

Country presentation on results/findings of TNA (continued)
: Mongolia and Nepal
Facilitators:
Dr. SVRK Prabhakar, Senior Policy Researcher, IGES
Dr. Le Thi Thu Huong, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, IGES Regional Center – APAN

12:00-13:00

Lunch break (at AITCC)

13:00-14:00

Lectures:
Introduction to training course development framework
Training objectives and identification of training contents
Mr. Voravate, Training Expert, AIT Extension

14:00-16:00

Group exercise: Identification of training contents

15:00

Tea break

16:00-17:30

Presentation and feedback (15-20 min./group)

Day 2 - Thursday, 11 August 2011

9:00-10:00

Agriculture technology for climate change adaptation (and Q&A)
Dr. Abha Mishra, Senior Research Specialist and Affiliated Faculty, Asian Institute of Technology

10:00-10:30

Modularization of training contents/training methods and resources plan
Mr. Voravate, Training Expert, AIT Extension

10:30-10:45

Tea break

10:45-12:30

Group Exercise: Contents organization and selection of training methods
Facilitators:
Mr. Voravate, Training Expert, AIT Extension
Dr. SVRK Prabhakar, Senior Policy Researcher, IGES
Dr. Le Thi Thu Huong, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, IGES Regional Center – APAN

12:30-13:30

Lunch break

13:30-17:00

Group Exercise: Finalization of training course design and preparation for country presentation
Facilitators:
Mr. Voravate, Training Expert, AIT Extension
Dr. SVRK Prabhakar, Senior Policy Researcher, IGES
Dr. Le Thi Thu Huong, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, IGES Regional Center – APAN

Day 3 - Friday, 12 August 2011

9:00-12:00

Country presentation and feedback (20 min./presentation and 10 min./discussion)

10:30

Tea break

12:00-13:00

Lunch break

13:00-13:30

Work plan for next steps
Dr. Le Thi Thu Huong, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, IGES Regional Center – APAN

13:30-14:00

Wrap up
Dr. SVRK Prabhakar, Senior Policy Researcher, IGES

14:00-14:30

Closing remarks
Dr. Mozaharul Alam, Regional Climate Change Coordinator, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) - Asia and the Pacific, Thailand