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This section introduces a wide variety of training techniques which one might need during a training, seminar or any other educational format. We distinguish here between the standard elements required in any learning processes and between specific methodology or approaches in the different learning fields.

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Moderation is the ability to shape a whole learning process and guide through its single elements in cooperation with the learners and toward agreed and transparent goals. More: Planning


Standard Materials and Spatial Requirements

We indicate the necessary materials and spatial requirements for each task. We assume in-person learning as the standard and the widely established practices of non-formal education. A standard setting might require the specifications listed below:

For in-person settings

  • Whiteboard or flipchart, paper, markers, pens, cards and tape or self-sticking cards.
  • A space big enough to arrange the group in a circle, usually without tables.
  • Space for group work, ideally in different rooms, or in corners of a large room if big enough for distraction-free group conversations.
  • A (digital) pad, chat or board for sharing outcomes, documentation or questions, e.g., an Etherpad, Pinnet or messenger group.

For digital settings

  • A pad, whiteboard or similar tools, e.g,. an Etherpad or Pinnet.
  • A video conference tool or a combination of video conference tools enabling individual or group (breakout room) participation, e.g., BigBlueButton or Jitsi.

If both online and offline are combined

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  • Projector
  • When interaction is foreseen: internet access and devices for learners



Articles: The Standard Building Blocks

The fields of methodology described her are relevant for a broad range of trainings, workshops, or lectures, not specific in regards to content.


Section: First Steps

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The section includes:

  • Needs Exploration
  • Establishing Good Working Conditions
  • Name Games and Getting to Know Each Other
  • Personalities, Beliefs, and Expertise of Your Participants

Section: Guidance through the Process

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The section includes:

  • Moderation
  • Presentation & Visual Facilitation
  • Energizers & Cool-Downs
  • Big group methods

Section: Social Skills

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The section includes:

  • Facilitating Conflict Management
  • Communication Skills
  • Language & Understanding

Section: Evaluation & Reflection

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The section includes:

  • Individual Reflection and Assessment
  • Selected Methods for Group Evaluation
  • Self-Assessment of Facilitators



Articles: Educational Fields

The educational fields provide information on specific methodologies included in a certain learning context and relating to the specific content of the field such as citizenship, environment, arts, etc.