Learning Approaches and Tools

Learning is a process through which individuals acquire knowledge, skills or competencies by studying, practicing, being taught or experiencing something. Learning can be facilitated through face-to-face trainings, electronic learning (e-Learning) or experiential learning.

The following learning approaches can assist Parties, partner organizations and relevant stakeholders to improve the design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of their learning activities in support of the effective implementation of the Convention and its Protocols:

Face-to-face training is a process where participants and instructors meet and interact in-person, which allows for in-person interaction, networking, and greater engagement. Face-to-face training takes place through workshops, seminars, conferences, symposiums and short courses.

E-learning involves the use of computer-based tools, mobile devices (i.e. smartphones and tablets) and other electronic means. E-learning offers greater flexibility and convenience to participants in terms of time, location, and means of access to learning content. Different e-Learning methods, tools and media are currently being used, including free-standing e-learning modules, massive open online courses (MOOCs), webinars, as well as multimedia tools such as podcasts and CD-ROM. Social media and other new technologies such as gamification, interactive videos and simulations (virtual reality) are increasingly being integrated into e-learning platforms, making them increasingly interactive and engaging.

Experiential learning, or active learning through concrete experience, allows individuals to deepen their knowledge and develop skills through practice and reflection or learning through experience. This type of learning is facilitated by internships, mentorships, staff exchanges or through the implementation of pilot / demonstration projects.

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