An Online Training on the Logical Framework Approach
A new online training course on Logical Framework Approach is a valuable first step towards greater use of online learning tools, according to PCM trainer Saskia Van Crugten.
Through a short introductory video, online challenges and multiple choice question and answers, the distance learning package offered participants sound grounding in elementary aspects of Project Cycle Management and Logical Framework Approach.
The best aspects of the course, according to Ms Van Crugten, was the introductory video and the real case exercises, which provided an overview of the entire course and the chance for participants to build and design their own log frame matrix – providing essential grounding in understanding the tool which is the basis for the European Commission’s project management and monitoring.
“Giving the participants chance to design and build their own log frame matrix, in their own time, gave them a valuable understanding of how the tool works that they don’t perhaps get in a group learning environment,” said Ms Van Crugten. To see the video element of the course, click on the icon below:
Participants also welcomed the ease with which they could sign up for the course, as high demand has meant that EC staff often have to wait many months to be accepted on face-to-face learning courses.
Project Cycle Management is a process of understanding and managing the activities that bring about clearly specified objectives within a defined budget and is essential understanding for any EC staffer.
While the online training course had its benefits it was not without fault, according to Ms Van Crugten, who would like to see future courses use more live chat and video elements to keep the pace of the training lively and personable.
“I feel participants were quite isolated,” Ms Van Crugten said. “Time in a class with a trainer is a treat – learning with just a computer needs to engage in other ways, by making the training more like a game.”