EXPECTATIONS

Brief summary of activity

The participants are asked to formulate their expectations of the workshop, the workshop organization, the trainers, the other participants and themselves. Depending on the time and number of the group, you can use different methods.

Aim of the activity

● to make the workshop process transparent● to underline the co-responsibility of the participants regarding the workshop● to clarify wishes and expectations

Expected Outcomes

a) expectations on the workshop-contentb) expectations on the workshop-settingsc) expectations on the participantsd) expectations on oneselfe) expectations on the trainers

experience and skills required

This activity is very helpful at the beginning of a workshop, because it gives all participants the possibility to express their expectations and needs. If some participants have misleading information about the workshop or unrealistic expectations, this is a good opportunity for the moderation to clarify this. It also creates an atmosphere of co-responsibility. During the workshop, especially in feedback-phases you always can come back to the expectations.Beyond it, the expectation inquiry helps to find and decide on common rules

infrastructure, setting, resources

flip chart, Markers and index cards in different colours (different shapes for vision impaired, blind people use their computers)

Length

30 minutes

How the activity should take place

Explain the participants the activityAsk each participant to take index cards in different colours (each colour stands for a theme) and to write their expectations on them - one card per expectation; 10 minutes time to fill outThe themes are i.e.:a) expectations on the workshop-contentb) expectations on the workshop-settingsc) expectations on the participantsd) expectations on oneselfe) expectations on the trainersGet back into chair circle and ask participants to present their cards and pin them to the flip chartCluster and comment expectations (what will be fulfilled, what may be fulfilled, what is impossible to fulfil).This could be a good moment to present the workshop programme

Recommended max. number of participants and trainees to trainers ratio

10 (for visually impaired and learning difficulties, 4 per trainer)

Risk and possible adaptation

For participants with vision impairment /blindness, use different card shapes or objects to identify each question (e.g. a square or a pen for content expectations, a circle or a cup for workshop setting, etc ). Trainer needs to take note of answers.

Tips for Trainers

Be honest about what expectations can be achieved

Analysis and evaluation

Are trainers and learners clear ona) expectations on the workshop-contentb) expectations on the workshop-settingsc) expectations on the participantsd) expectations on oneselfe) expectations on the trainers

Scheduling

On the first day of the training
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