Toolkit for Planning Education Events
Step 3: Consider the Delivery Method

Step 3: Consider the Delivery Method

There is a number of training delivery methods you can use. The key is to consider the method that best suits your audience and learning objectives – face-to-face session (i.e., in the same room/physical location), technology-based (e.g., videoconferences, webinars, online modules, e-learning), or blended learning (hybrid of the two). Also, look at what other educational resources are already available that might suit your needs.

Comparing Delivery Methods

The table below provides some general information about options for delivery methods. Complete the table by inserting information relevant to your specific session outcomes and administrative requirements. Once the table is complete, you are well on your way to making an informed decision about the training delivery method that is most suited to your situation3.

Type of delivery Benefits Drawbacks
Face-to-face (F2F) Interpersonal contact, builds relationships, social engagement opportunities. Good for people who prefer traditional training approaches. Travel required. Room size can limit total number of participants. Back-filling people who are off work at the same time. Success depends on leaders’ content presentation and process facilitation skills.
e-learning3 Can be done at a distance; compensates for limited room size. Learners can access anywhere, anytime. Fosters interactivity through online forums, connected communities. Cost savings on time and travel. Requires appropriate technology and skills, reliable e-systems that are maintained. Technology can be intimidating for some.
Blended learning Can leverage the best learning methods for everyone’s benefit: convenience of e-learning + F2F interaction with peers and trainers. See above for F2F and e-learning.

Who’s doing it this way?
Record what your sister organizations are using for each delivery methods and why. You may find something pre-packaged that other organizations recommend or discover a resource that is nearby.
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