Improving your training skills: A workshop for Cochrane Trainers


Monday 21 October 2019, 09:00-17:00


Hyatt Place Vitacura Hotel 


There are very limited places left to attend this event.  If you are interested in a place, please complete this online application:

A good trainer is one who is confident of both content and approach. However, in the same way that our subject matter expertise constantly needs to be expanded simply to keep ahead, so too do we continuously need to think critically about how we go about facilitating a training event. This workshop provides an opportunity for such critical engagement, and is a one-day tour through the successful facilitation of such an event. It has been custom-designed with a view to strengthening the delivery of Cochrane training initiatives for enhancing knowledge and skills related to conducting, editing and reading systematic reviews. The workshop is structured around a blend of interactive presentations on key topics relating to the design, planning and facilitation of a learning event, interspersed with opportunities for interaction, sharing of good practice, and reflection. It is primarily aimed at members of the Cochrane Trainers’ Network, who will be given priority in registration, but is also open to anyone involved in other similar training activities.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Describe current concepts of how people learn and the theory that underpins these pedagogical positions;
  • Describe and evaluate various approaches to teaching which promote meaningful learning;
  • Design and plan a Cochrane training event/course including developing learning outcomes for the particular event/course;
  • Implement a Cochrane training event;
  • Apply sound facilitation principles appropriate for small and medium sized groups of trainees;
  • Critically reflect on your role as a training facilitator.

Level: This workshop is aimed at those who would regard themselves as less experienced facilitators. However, people with many years’ experience should also enjoy hearing about current trends and approaches, and having the opportunity to share their experience with others.


The workshop is organised by Cochrane’s Membership, Learning and Support Services, in partnership with a team of training experts (Susan van Schalkwyk and Anke Rohwer from Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa). The workshop will be free of charge for the participants.