Training Course for “Open ECBCheck” – the Quality Label for Capacity Building

The online phase of the new blended learning course “Open ECBCheck” will start February 24, 2014 and will continue for six weeks. From April 2 until April 4, 2014, the course will end with a face-to-face workshop in Turin, Italy, where you can meet all the other participants, discuss course content and finalize your work.

What is Open ECBCheck?

For more and more leaders in educational organizations, professionals and developers of learning materials, authors or curriculum designers, quality of ICT enhanced learning is an issue. The Open ECBCheck Initiative consists of several international capacity building initiatives and UN agencies like ITC-ILO, UNU, WBI, FAO, and GIZ, which have agreed on a quality standard and have developed a quality label for the field of ICT enhanced learning. By attending the training course you will become a certified Open ECBCheck reviewer. You will be learning how to manage e-learning delivery and e-learning development and become familiar in using the Open ECBCheck toolkit.

Get more information about the Open ECBCheck Initiative here.

What will the Course be Covering?

A team of international e-learning experts will be leading and facilitating this blended-learning course.

In the online course you will…

  • …be introduced to the topics of Quality and E-learning
  • …be familiarized with the Open ECBCheck Initiative and its Quality Framework
  • …explore the online tools for self-assessment and peer-review
  • …conduct a self-assessment of your own course or program
  • …evaluate with your peers other participants’ courses or programs

While during the face-to-face workshop you will…

  • …be part of inspiring discussions with your peers about e-learning, quality, certification process
  • …identify your concept of quality in e-learning  and the implication for your educational context
  • …analyze in depth the quality toolkit
  • …finalize your review process

What does it Cost?

The total cost per participant will be 1,500 Euros. This covers training fees for the entire programme, training material, course preparation and evaluation as well as subsistence costs at the International Training Center, including full board and loading at the training venue and minor medical care. The travel costs to Turin, however, will have to be covered separately by the participants themselves.

The ITC-ILO will have a limited number of partial fellowships available. To receive a fellowship, please enquire early. Participants or institutions that do not have enough funds to cover the course costs or the air fair might wish to seek co-funding by donor institutions in their own countries. Some development agencies, development banks and embassies provide co-funding for training.

How do I Apply for the Course?

Registration for the course can be done online.

Applications to attend the programme should arrive by email not later than February 28, 2014. Applications should be addressed to the programme assistant, Ms. Elena Mondino :

Connecting policy and practice

The Learning Link 2013 on Sustainable Learning

The third Learning Link is slated to take place from Monday, 28 October until Thursday, 31 October 2013 at the International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin, Italy.

The Steering Committee is a compliation of representatives from the JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), the CEPEI (Centro de Información sobre la Cooperación Internacional),the AFDB (African Development Bank Group), and the ITC-ILO (International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization).

The Goal

The first Learning Link events took place in 2009 and 2011. The Learning Link was conceived as an expression of institutional commitment to the common agenda for training and capacity building outlined in the Berlin Statement on International Development Training (June 2008). Its goal is to connect policy and practice by creating a venue for participatory exploration in stark contrast to traditional meetings, workshops or conferences.

What Does Sustainable Learning Mean?

In order to learn more about the theme, feel free to watch the ILO Learning Link Invitation video conceived by Haley Horan and Robin Poppe.
Dimensions of Sustainable Learning

This year’s event will promote discussions exploring the three interrelated dimensions of Sustainable Learning (illustrated in the picture below) and the corresponding questions:

      1. Towards a Learning Ecology (environmental dimension)
        How can learning and training institutions raise awareness of sustainability and change processes?



  1. Financing Training (economic dimension)
    How may financial crises limit the resources dedicated to training and life-long-learning initiatives by governments and other stakeholders?
    What could non-traditional sources of funding for training be?
    What potential do e-learning and blended approaches have to maximize efficient use of resources, encourage skills-development for employment, and support efforts to increase the reach and inclusiveness of training programs?
    How can effectiveness and impact be measured and communicated?
  1. Building Knowledge Organizations (social dimension)
    How are learning and training institutions able to make an impact beyond the life of a single training activity?
    How can they continue to upgrade their own capacities through systems and processes by which people generate, transform, manage, use, and transfer knowledge to achieve organizational goals?

The Agenda

Based on the outcomes of the Rio+20, in the context of the current development priorities, the event will include presentations of case studies, debates, and study visits. Through participatory methodologies, participants will explore the role that learning institutions might play in specific sectors of inclusive growth, poverty alleviation, renewable energies, social and economic inequality, job creation and social protection. Building on its previous editions, the community mapping exercise will enhance the existing network of institutions acting in the field of capacity development.

Amongst others, the following leading experts will be involved in this year’s agenda:

Reasons to Participate

Participants of the Learning Link 2013 will benefit from the opportunity to exchange sustainable learning practices, build partnerships with development training and learning institutions and their counterparts, and explore the role and evolution of training and learning institutes in the current development landscape, as well as in reference to the post-2015 development agenda.

In order to warm up for the Turin Learning Link 2013, the organizing committee selected some videos in their “Playlist of the Link 2013”. These videos will engage and entertain, inspiring participants during their preparation for the event.

The total cost of participation is 1700 EUR (this includes the attendance fee, as well as room and board on campus). If you are interested, make sure to apply here.

If you’d like to get a quick impression of what the Learning Link will be like, watch this video:

Re:publica, GIZ and AfriLabs invited to their Global Innovation Lounge

From May 06th until May 8th the re:publica invited – in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and AfriLabs – innovation hubs from Africa, Asia and Latin America to Berlin in order to come together and discuss their experiences in promoting local technologies and business innovations and community building. An open forum was thought to create a space-for-thought where new ideas on revolutionizing international cooperation could be generated.

One of the participants was Erik Hersman, one of the most influential African bloggers who in 2010, besides Ushahidi, also founded iHub in Nairobi. He talked about “Innovating Africa” and the new project called BRCK.

New “Islands of Innovation” in Africa

In more and more cities across the African continent similar innovation centers are currently being established. These hubs, or “Islands of Innovation” support local and technical innovations and serve as business incubators, think tanks and points of knowledge exchange. The goal of the hubs is to encourage collaborations. They act as physical nexus points: bringing together investors, academia, various tech companies, and the wider private sector to facilitate brain-storming and idea-generation.

Development on other continents

Asia and South America are undergoing similar developments: joint work rooms, fablabs, and hackerspaces are sustaining the expansion of the tech industry within local communities.

Examples of the hubs’ creative potential are the construction of an affordable and well-functioning alternative to traditional titanium prostheses (Jakarta) or the development of a solar thermal system (Kairo).

First get-together of AfriLab members

Besides the hub-members from Asia and Latin America, all representatives from AfriLabs – a pan-African virtual network of 19 hubs from 13 different countries – joined the re:publica. For them the get-together was the first time ever, all AfriLab members got to meet in person.

Here are some photos from the event:

Partnership is the key to success. GC21 and its customers, project partners, consultants

InWEnt’s programmes aim at developing organisations by capacitating private persons, which is an essentially co-operative process. Partnership is our key proficiency. Both project partners and Inwent use the Global Campus 21, and it is only because of their partnership that GC21 can provide its benefits.

Project Delivery Partners

InWEnt is available as a partner for international project consortia, where we can introduce e-learning skills as well as intercultural competence, sector expertise, and project management skills.

National governments and institutions may seek for a strong partner to help them establish and implement a project proposal to be funded by a donor. If the project includes the establishment of e-learning capacities and programmes, InWEnt should be your candidate.


Our customers are donor organisations, national institutions, companies, non-government organisations, and private persons.

Our expertise and resources are at your service. We offer

- hosting of your e-learning and e-collaboration activities on Global Campus 21, support, content import, staff training and coaching, and hotline,

- integration of e-learning into your human resource development programmes, drawing on our large pool of experts, especially for the benefit of institutions and people in developing countries, and for international cooperation.

If you are a private customer, and your project fulfils specific eligibility criteria, you may benefit from a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme under the terms of the PPP regulations of the German Development Ministry.

Consultants and service suppliers

We are constantly looking for private persons and companies offering high-quality services, such as

- e-learning authoring and content production,

- online tutoring and moderation,

- translation,

- local facilitation for face-to-face activitities,

- testing and evaluation.

Capacities based in developing countries are particularly welcome. Please submit us your profile and your references.

Content Sharing Partners 

InWEnt´s choice to use e-learning contents in its training programmes depends on specific and advanced criteria on professional quality, didactic standards, target group adequacy, cultural and political acceptance. Nevertheless, it may be your content that fits best! And our content may be exactly what you need!

Please submit us brief information on the content you offer, why it may be useful in the context of InWEnt’s programmes, and where it has proven of value in similar programmes. Browse the InWEnt website to learn about our programme profile. Add the terms of use.