SEE QI 8 E-trainings: Participative and empowering virtual collaboration

New concepts, methods and skills

SEE QI 8 E-training programme on virtual collaborations: 

The e-trainings enable participants to successfully organise and run virtual collaborations such as meetings, events, trainings, consultancies or team work. The SEE QI 8 e-training program offers three stand-alone e-trainings: on planning and running effectively online events, on leadership in extended virtual collaborations, and on impactful e-trainings and remote consulting. They are generally geared toward different target groups and tackle complementary challenges. However, for certain people, who simultaneously perform several roles, more than one e-training could be relevant. Each e-training is three hours long. In each e-training, participants will reflect on their past experiences and learn new concepts, methods and skills that are needed to effectively work and cooperate virtually. The e-trainings follow a hands-on and experience-based methodology. Different virtual methods and techniques will be demonstrated by way of conducting the e-training itself and interactively connecting with the participants. 

Background and Motivation:

Virtual collaboration is here to stay: It became the new normal as the COVID-19 pandemic became protracted and people adapted their working modes to meet their work objectives and deadlines. There are some positive effects of this shift such as cost- efficiency, flexibility or climate friendliness that will motivate people to partially continue virtual collaboration in the future, especially in international cooperation. At the same time, virtual col- laboration comes with its own challenges in addition to exacerbating some from the analogue mode of collaboration. Just as we are not born project coordinators, trainers or facilitators, we also need to learn how to collaborate virtually. After months of remote working, teams need to be kept motivated. Events such as trainings or conferences, which were postponed because of con- tact and travel restrictions, now have to take place. Although we partly work from home, con- nected by video conferencing or other tools, we would like to be as professional and effective as we were in the analogue world. Digital tools do not replace social interaction, but, if thoughtfully used, can enable us to get in touch with each other despite distances. In fact, we learned that much more can be achieved virtually in terms of content and social interaction than originally thought and that there are even some advantages from virtual collaboration. However, switching successfully to the virtual space requires a changed or at least more aware mindset as well as new skills and competencies. Current improvements in virtual performance will increase effectiveness of work and collaboration in post-pandemic times and building back better as a result. 

Participation

The e-trainings Western Balkans (WB6) Quality Infrastructure (QI) institutions's staff 

Each training is free of charge through the financial support of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ).

It is organised in the framework of the PTB SEE QI Project 8 " WB6 QI response to COVID-19" Find out more information about the SEE QI Project 8 here.

The language of instruction is English.

 

E-Training 1: Organizing and running effective virtual events

Trainers: Suzana Lange and Anke Merziger

This e-training focuses on conceptual changes when transferring meetings and events to a virtual environment. The aim is not only to smoothly implement virtual events, but to successfully reach the goals by actively addressing and engaging participants.

Target group: non-professional facilitators/ QI institution staff who would like to organise (one-off) effective virtual meetings and events.


Next training: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021
Time:    10:00 – 13:00 (CET)

If you are interested in this training, but not available on that date, please register nevertheless with your e-mail address, so that we can inform you about the next training session.

Draft agenda 

Please register to the E-Training on organising and running effective virtual events here.

Training 2: Successfully leading extended virtual collaborations

Trainers: Suzana Lange and Prof. Dr. Marcus Bölz 

This training goes beyond conducting single (one-off) virtual events or meetings and focuses on conceptual changes in prolonged virtual work and collaboration. The aim is to professionally establish the basis for a continuous virtual contact with colleagues, facilitate their interactions and keep up the motivation during online and offline collaboration phases.

Target group: coordinators of projects, committees or teams as well as facilitators and trainers, who facilitate/ lead longer collaboration processes.

Next training:    Friday, February 12th, 2021
Time:    10:00 – 13:00 (CET)

If you are interested in this training, but not available on that date, please register nevertheless with your e-mail addresse, so that we can inform you about the next training session.

Draft agenda

Please register to the E-Training on successfully leading extended virtual collaborations here

Training 3: Conducting impactful virtual trainings and remote consulting events

Trainers: Suzana Lange and NN

This e-training focuses on the collaboration between a trainer/ adviser and individuals or groups. The aim is to base the collaboration on a better assessment of the initial needs of the target group, to mobilise interlocutors during the interaction and to stimulate an open and effective learning culture.

Target group: trainers, coaches, consultants.

Next training:    Friday, February 26th, 2021
Time:    10:00 – 13:00 (CET)

If you are interested in this training, but not available on that date, please register nevertheless with your e-mail addresse, so that we can inform you about the next training session.

Draft agenda 

Please register to the E-Training on conducting impactful virtual trainings and remote consulting here