[talk-ph] Increasing demand for OSM talks and workshops

Mark Cupitt markcupitt at gmail.com
Fri Jan 31 03:58:05 UTC 2014

Eugene is 100% correct. I have conducted many training seminars in the
Philippines (previous life) and I have found that face to face is the most
effective. Additionally, it is a lot more effective with small groups. If
you had 20 participants, it would be better to split into two or three
smaller groups with separate trainers. The one on one personal interaction
is a lot more effective, team building is more effective and the transfer
of information and skills is more effective.

This is a cultural phenomenon . Most Filipinos are unwilling to ask
questions in a large group situation for fear of looking silly, unlike us
Aussies who have no fear of that (hee hee)

If I did have to present to larger groups, I always made myself available
afterwards for private questions. Generally there were a lot of people who
took up the opportunity or contacted me afterwards. It did detract form the
learning process.

The approach of a bigger Group for Introductions, splitting into smaller
groups for training and then bigger groups for closing also works well, or
simply conduct smaller groups on consecutive sessions and encourage
participants from earlier sessions to help in later sessions to reinforce
their learning. This is harder on the trainer, of course. If the
participants awe captive for a period of time, the groups finished could be
set a project to do whilst other sessions are on going.




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On Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 9:18 AM, Eugene Alvin Villar <seav80 at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 5:53 PM, Jim Morgan <jim at datalude.com> wrote:
>> maning sambale wrote, On Wednesday, 29 January, 2014 06:40 PM:
>>  Might it be more prudent if we can consolidate several of the requests
>>>> into
>>>> 1, preferably in Manila? Outside of Manila, there is no group of
>>>> mappers who
>>>> are also interested in spreading the word or giving lectures,
>>>> workshops, and
>>>> tutorials.
>> Just thinking out loud here ... would it be possible to do tutorials or
>> demos online, using web conferencing software? Then the geographical
>> location becomes irrelevant. It defintely works for Slideshows and Q&A -
>> I've done a few of them on Online Security topics.
>>  https://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/talk-ph
> For online tutorials and demos, I think just posting videos to YouTube
> would suffice. But for real-time workshops and lectures, the problem would
> be the unreliable Internet connection.
> Also, I've noticed that Filipinos generally prefer face-to-face
> interaction. I've seen countless times where you ask the audience if they
> have any questions and nobody would raise their hands. But after the
> lecture is over, a few people would approach the lecturer and then ask
> questions. This kind of interaction would be hard to do online.
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