Exercises

Exercise: Drafting Learning Objectives

In this exercise, participants will practice creating SMART (Specific, Measurable, Appropriate, Realistic, Timely) learning objectives that address their audiences’ knowledge needs. They will first learn about the SMART criteria and review an example learning objective that meets the SMART criteria, before developing their own. 

Exercise: Planning a Share Fair

Share Fairs are participatory events that enable participants to gain new skills and understanding and to learn from other participants. For Share Fairs to be successful, they need to be well planned, and the topic needs to be responsive to a need expressed by the target audience. Prior to holding a Share Fair, it is important to determine the following: the audience(s), the main issues that need to be discussed, the goal for the event, and the knowledge management (KM) tools and techniques your event will include.

Exercise: Developing a Community of Practice

The purpose of this exercise is to provide participants with an understanding of how to develop a community of practice (CoP). A CoP is a group of individuals who are bound together by a shared interest or purpose and interact over time. CoPs have the capacity to both share and generate knowledge. Several elements should be discussed as part of the creation of a CoP, including setting a purpose, identification of a timeline, and defining the audience, strategy, security, and culture.

Exercise: How Can KM Help Your Program?

The Introduction to KM training module includes two main exercises to help participants think practically about how they use or can use KM in their global health programs. This is the second key exercise, intended to be conducted at the end of the Introduction to KM training module, after participants get a detailed look at what KM is, why we use KM in global health programs, and how to apply KM systematically to global health programs. This exercise provides participants an oppportunity to brainstorm how KM can help them do their own work more effectively and efficiently. 

Exercise: Understanding KM Practices

The Introduction to KM training module includes two main exercises to help participants think practically about how they use or can use KM in their global health programs. This first exercise is intended to be conducted after the initial presentation that provides an overview of what KM is, why we use KM in global health programs, and how to apply KM. The exercise helps participants to understand how they might be already be using KM in their daily work, or how KM could help strengthen their work if they applied it systematically.

Exercise: Unpacking the KM Tools and Techniques Matrix

The purpose of this exercise is to help participants get more familiar with the four quadrants of the KM Tools and Techniques Matrix (Ask, Tell, Publish, and Search approaches in KM), and with some specific KM tools and techniques that fall under each quadrant. Through use of a card-sorting exercise, the exercise will also put into practical use a specific technique that can be used to get input and feedback on how to structure information and information products.

Introduction: KM Videos

We have included two videos that you can use in the training session to provide participants an overview of what KM is and how it can be used to improve health programs, and ultimately help improve and save people’s lives. Feel free to use one or both of these videos in your training workshop. This document provides a brief overview of the two videos, links to access the videos, and questions the trainer can pose to the participants to consider after viewing the videos.

 

Icebreaker: Nicknames

Icebreakers are a common way to kick off training events or meetings, especially when not all participants know each other. They are a fun way for participants to get to know one another and to foster team building. In this short icebreaker, particpants are asked to share a nickname their friends or family used for them when they were younger and the reason for the nickname. Any other appropriate type of icebreaker can be substituted for this one.

Exercise: What Is in a KM Strategy?

The purpose of this activity is to provide participants with a real-life example of a knowledge management (KM) strategy so that they can begin thinking about this relates to their context. Participants will review and briefly reflect and discuss aspects of the strategy that might apply to their health project. This will help participants to begin choosing which elements of a KM strategy they might find useful to include in their own KM strategy.

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