1st webinar on assessment practices in training field

The International Youth Work Trainers Guild together with partners are developing an online service for professional development and appraisal of trainers. We are diving deeper to get to know some exciting practices of using 360º assessment as we are planning to use this approach in our online service for trainers.

On the 3rd May 2018, we hosted the 1st webinar engage trainers community into conversations about the use of 360° assessment in trainers’ work. More than 25 people joined the webinar online. The webinar was broadcasted during the meeting hosted by the Pool of Trainers of the European Youth Forum.

Two speakers Agne Kvikliene and Darko Markovic were sharing their experiences related to trainers competence assessment.

Agne Kvikliene worked for the National Agency of Erasmus+ for the youth sector in Lithuania. During the webinar she shared experience and approach working with trainers pool by using “360-degree feedback/assessment” process. She introduce how they integrated and used this tool for the assessment of trainers and how it helped to make quality trainings. Agne shared several strengths and weakness of using “360 degree assessment”.

Digital recording of key ideas was made by Agne Rapalaite from VisualMind.lt


Darko Markovic who works as a trainer and a coach, shared his experiences with 360 assessments in the context of leadership development. The results of these assessments are often used as basis for training or coaching. Darko shared both perspectives, being as a participant in such process and as a coach in taking the results in the coaching process. In addition to this, he also shared his experiences of developing tools for 360 assessment.

Digital recording of key ideas was made by Agne Rapalaite from VisualMind.lt

Full webinar video is available for watching at any time:

Download notes of the webinar made collectively by participants.

Next webinar:

Time: May 5, 2018 13:30 CET

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This series of webinars is proudly brought to you in the frame of the KA2 Strategic Partnership project ‘AppRaiser: 360° professional development appraisal service for trainers‘ with the co-funding of Erasmus+.

Contact: appraisal@iywt.org





Trainers and Digital Environments

During the month of December and January research team of AppRaiser project was working to gather feedback from the trainers’ community to start a process of creating a web-based 360° professional development appraisal service for trainers and other training stakeholders.

The initial user research data collected from 23 online survey responses and 10 personal user interviews from trainers who are working internationally for at least 2 years and carry on several international training activities every year.

Based on the research we drew a detailed report for a platform design, and we decided to pick the most interesting bits for our international trainers community to share and open a discussion. The infographics present the results of the survey, in this post, we will contrast them with the data from the interviews.

First of all: why trainers use digital environments?

As it is presented in the infographic major reasons for using digital environments (By “digital environments” we understand such internet-based solutions as online platforms, digital tools or digital applications) are team communication, project coordination and planning training activities. Comparing this data with interviews, the answers were similar: main reason was communication and management.

The difference we spotted was that only 3 trainers (from 10 interviewed) stated they use digital environment for their learning and professional development comparing as its shown in the infographic to half of the survey respondents.

Secondly: in which digital environments trainers carry on their professional activities?

From the group of trainers that stated they use digital environments for professional activities, we asked what tools/ platforms they use. Both in the survey and in interviews the mention tools were similar. First place was taken over by Facebook. It is quite a surprise taking into account that Facebook is a social network and its primary mission was not connected to be a platform for professional activities. Next, on the list, we found famous and all very known Skype (communication reasons) and Google Drive (storage place and collaborative work). At the end of the, we found trendy Slack that as a tool for project management was already widely used in big companies and corporations and it’s slowly finding its place in the third sector and freelance world.

During the interviews discussing bit more about Slack we heard opinions that it got popular among trainers and started to be recommended all around and ‘‘If everyone else is using it so I need to use as well’ [interviewer]

Besides the pattern of a tool being commonly used very important was to note that the tool have to be easy to use, when the time is running no one wants to be bothered figuring out how to use it, when it’s simple it’s faster to internalise it with what we already use.

Thirdly: do trainers review their performance in digital environments?

During the survey big part of answers showed that trainers conduct self-assessment, feedback and review their performance online. Tools that they mention for doing it are mostly: google docs/forms created by themselves or a team they work with, 360 review (a business tool tested by the IYWT in a seminar in 2016) or Badgecraft.

Comparing it to interviews 7 out of 10 mentioned they use digital tools for the mentioned above purpose. Youthpass (4 interviewees), SALTO TOY profile (3 interviewees), Badgecraft (2 interviewees), ETS self-assessment (2 interviewees). Other answers were more individual about using ‘home-made’ questionnaires or using some national systems.

All the answers are quite different and that can be connected with different understandings of what are digital tools for self-assessment and reviewing. There are a very few environments/tools that are developed for self-assessment and reviewing purposes only.

And lastly: how about you dear trainer?

  • What are your reasons for using digital tools in your trainers work??
  • How open are you towards new tools for professional use? Do you think trainer community is ready for a game changer-appraisal service?

Please do comment answering the questions and contribute to discussion, we would like to know your opinion. For more information don’t hesitate to drop us an email on appraisal@iywt.org

And feel free to see a  detailed report for a platform design.