Thanks for week 3 live sessions and feedback reflections
Thank you for the session today and some reflections on your helpful feedback
Thank you for all your thoughts, hard work and engagement in the live session today. I am writing to go over the recent feedback some of you have kindly provided about the training and how we can adapt it to better suit your needs. First of all, thank you so much for your feedback and suggestions - without which we would not be able to improve. Second of all apologies for not meeting your needs/expectations in some areas so far and I am planning to make some changes to do better in that regard over the coming weeks. Here are the main points that came up and what we are going to do about them.
Issue 1. The first sessions were a bit long and were very conceptual rather than practical.
Response 1: I think the first session will make more sense as setting the scene for the training and linking all the components together once we get to dive into the more practical/focused sessions on each of the components in turn. Having said that I should have provided a better introduction to the training to set expectations about your learning experience so that you could foresee and put into context that first session and know about how the following sessions would have a different emphasis. I could also have shortened the time of the first session as you were much faster than a lot of other groups in setting up and using the tech which you must have found slow/basic. So apologies for that and we will make changes to this session in line with your suggestions for future training workshops. You will not get the benefit of those changes so apologies for that.
Issues 2: The presentation of the approach focuses on landscape-level conservation so it is sometimes difficult to see the relevance/practicality of the approach to the work you carry out.
Response 2: Although it is not practical to create video tutorials that cover all types of conservation work, I can see how that presentation of the approach and the examples I have used so far has lead to this issue. Coming from an academic/science background myself I can clearly see how to use this approach for helping to manage that kind of work, but so far I have not done well enough in presenting examples that are more relevant to your work or provided sufficient context to help you see how you would use the approach yourself. So, I am creating more relevant contextual explanations and examples specifically focused on the type of work that you do - which I will provide to you via written and verbal communications. To go even further, as suggested by Lizzie, I will also be asking 1 or 2 of you to give me some information on one of your projects so that I can use that specific UNEP-WCMC case study to illustrate each concept as we go, if anyone would be willing to volunteer then please email me.
Issue 3: One person suggested that the google sheet templates that we provide may not be suitable for larger projects.
Response 3: While these templates have been used to help manage multi-million pound projects, I do agree that they are only one possible systems solution. The advantages of these templates are that they are online, free and very easy to customise to suit your needs. The disadvantages are that they do not have all the functionality of some other (paid for) software e.g. Gantt chart functionality. So I would suggest you have a play around with what we provide and if that helps you manage your work then great, and no problem if you end up using a different system to manage your work - the concepts of the approach should still make your work easier within whatever system you choose to use. Hope that sounds ok to you and very happy to get further feedback on how we can improve those templates once you have had a play around with them.
There were a few other comments/suggestion that we are also looking at but the above were the main ones. Thanks so much again for passing them on and please continue to do so in the future either directly to me or through Lizzie - whatever works best for you. I hope the above responses go some way to better adapting the training to meet your needs and thanks very much in advance for bearing with me while I put this into action.
All the very best,