download: I&EAR-workshop-outline

Summary of suggested course outline

  • Developing modules for creative exchange across generations
  • Engineering local & global communication infrastructure 
  • Net-working with audio media & collective productions
  • Making contemporary community depositories of indigenous knowledge

The intention of the programme is to tailor-make a training course to the local requirements and professional focus of a group of 5 – 15 participants. Content and layout of the course as suggested here over 4 weeks, can be adopted to suit the availability, interests, aims, knowledge and practice of a particular group of professional practitioners; as well as local availability of resources.

“Everyone a Teacher, Everyone a Student,” motto of the Breakdance Project Uganda.

"everyone a teacher everyone a student" Breakdance Project Uganda in Kampala

The “I & EAR” programme for audio media literacy and enhanced communication seeks to draw practical inspiration from the old wisdom that we learn more intensely when we teach – if we teach we always have to be your own best student; hence, the training of others is recommended as part and parcel of the course, and outlined as such in the course structure overleaf. Once we have gone through the experience of teaching and activating ourselves through listening, the practice of passing on the knowledge to others, and thus, multiplying media and media-ting capacities around us may come almost naturally.

The programme could for example be offered as 4 weekend block workshops of skills training and seminar-like group sessions, allowing for time during the week, for each participant to begin training and working with two people locally on making recordings towards a collection of audio. Participants would thus be testing what we have been practicing over the weekends whilst gaining experience already in the procedures of passing on their knowledge to others.

DURBAN SINGS on-site workshopping at "Youth in Action" Inanda

The “Homework” projects and local training of each core participant would be tutored by the facilitator through a rota of site visit; and collectively assessed and discussed during the weekend sessions.

The suggested number of participants is 5 – 7 or, no more then 15, also depending on the availability of resources locally (IT in particular). If, the training of trainers is agreed to be part of the programme in the way sketched above, this could mean that the core group numbers 5 participants who each train 2 others locally, bringing the over-all number of participants to 15. Locally trained participants would be involved in the weekend training sessions on a rota and according to availability resources.

Pass-the-Mic show at Pamoja fm studio

Each weekend block would have a dedicated focus and productive output, such as a collection of audio recordings, on-line authoring & publication, or CD productions. The entire programme would also aim to drive productive efforts towards a collective production of the group, a CD compilation, on-line stream and/ or on-air radio show.

Following the four-weeks programme, a feedback workshop will be convened to allow for a collective assessment of the course, the skills learned, the outputs at hand, and from there, brainstorm and exchange about perspectives, ways and means of how to continue with the practice, how to root and integrate it into the participants’ regular professional fields.

“With the I&EAR programme, I offer bringing my creative expertise to bear on a collective effort – often these are outreach initiatives – of a group or organization aiming to develop together practical modules or projects in which mutual communication can thrive in collective multi-media productions. This way, we are working, each time again on new template-projects how an open, inclusive, shared or collective production of Media could be realized,” states the facilitator Claudia Wegener.

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