Innovation Sprint @ITC-ILO. Making use of interactive video-walls.

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Learning Innovation is one of our crossing cutting strategic drivers that highlights the comparative advantage of our Center. To communicate this idea we made use of an 8 meter long video-wall (composed of 80 micro-tiles). For us the ideal opportunity to test digital storytelling in a large format. Interactive video-walls are used in exhibition spaces or musea to transform communication into an experience. Explore the following visual impressions that generated a new learning experience. Thanks to all colleagues who have contributed to this event!



Gender equality helps us reach our full potential

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Women team members of the DELTA/MDP unit.

       Today, March 8, the world celebrates International Women’s Day, recognizing women for their achievements without regards to divisions. Adopted by the United Nations in 1975, it commemorates the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century. In 2018 Turin, as men represent 61.8% of the workforce globally according to the World Employment and Social Outlook, the DELTA/MDP, where women have the lion’s share representing a whopping 72% of all staff, recognizes and observes on a daily basis that equal opportunities is not just a matter of justice, but of quality.

A predominantly female staff is not at all perceived as a disadvantage to male counterparts. Rather to the opposite, our male colleagues testify that the different opinions and work styles of their female colleagues challenge them in their work, keeping the creativity alive.

In the words of the DELTA/MDP head of department:

“Diversity is the key to our work in Learning Innovation and the gender factor in our team contributes substantially to that and with this I do not only mean in terms of (gender) balance. The perception of detail, the deep sense of empathy and the capacity to move beyond the rational … are only some of the characteristics that bring a higher degree of self-awareness in myself.” – Tom Wambeke

Others joined him by stating there would not be a different they’d wish to be part of. “I couldn’t imagine it any other way.” – says Luca Fiore, graphic designer. Each individual, with her capacities, embodies the motor of success.

The women in our team are professional, precise in all they do, team players, have an irreproachable work ethic, strong leadership, great organizational skills, and sense of social cohesion. Some of women’s implications can be seen when Alessia Messuti is leading the Innovative Diploma Programme, or when Mirella Scabini is voluntarily taking of her time to present ITC-ILO’s work to visiting students. The truth is that without them, we would be missing on 50% of our potential.

Still, there remains a lot of work to do. Women’s rights to equal work conditions and opportunities are not respected worldwide or in all organizations. Bias, stereotypes and gender-blind workplace rules still unconsciously produce discrimination, with important human and economic costs.

If you wish to understand how good your organization is doing on gender equality, take the ILO participatory gender audit. Gender balanced organizations are more successful. Become an agent of change yourself: invest in women’s potential.

Front Cover Photo: Jacopo Maino

The idea of this article came from Luca Putteman, and was co-authored by Carl Verrier Silva.

Where good ideas come from.

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Training of Trainers

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DELTA is currently involved in a Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop in Gaza for UNWRA staff. This blogpost wants to invite you to take stock of all the interesting TOT-material that is available on-line. Our workshop started from a general learning cycle that throughout the training tackles all the important pedagogical/instructional parameters from the identification of your learning objectives/outcomes towards the evaluation phase. The cycle is a typical adaptation of the ADDIE-model, that we have developed together with the UN Staff College.

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100 facilitation tips?

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We are moving from managing trainer focused events where experts transfer their knowledge to participants, to facilitating participants’ learning processes by supporting them develop the most adequate responses to their needs and those of their organization. This implies a radical shift in the trainer’s abilities. What counts is not to effectively transfer a predetermined message, but to help individuals with diverse needs and expectations to achieve their learning goals. In group training this is even more complex as the challenge increases with the number of participants in the group.


During the last year and taking advantage of several events and workshops, a list of tips for facilitators has been collaboratively established. The number of 92 tips has been reached, the objective is to reach 100 quickly.

Download the tips here. Will you suggest any missing idea?

Robin Poppe

More video’s to learn

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The amount of visual aids is growing in the learning atmosphere. Already two topics were introduced here in this blog:

In addition we would like to point out that more and more ‘lectures’ become available in audiovisual format.  One of the famous examples are the  global TED lectures (ideas worth spreading) . They are more and more visible on the internet. Next to this we would like to share Academic Earth with you. This channel is hosting free video courses from leading universities (Stanford, MIT, …). In fact this nice collection of video’s refers to initiatives of several institutions and universities that already were available on the net for some time.

A final collection with 385 free online courses from other top universities can be found here:

Any other usefull audiovisual contents that can be explored to enrich courses at ITC-ILO?


Knowledge sharing among employers

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Organizations recognize that knowledge (information, skills, expertise) constitutes a valuable asset for creating and sustaining competitive advantages. The creating of knowledge sharing platforms supports this process.  As a sample we would like to share with you LEMPNET, the Learning Employers Network, launched by the programme for Employer’s activities with technical support and advise from DELTA.

Lempnet ( is an Internet platform dedicated to the employer organisations’ community around the world. Lempnet is a tool for knowledge sharing and learning amongst employers.
The objectives of Lempnet are first to provide information on training opportunities for employers and secondly to strengthen the worldwide network of employer representatives and experts.



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Educational objectives

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In the beginning of the learning cycle you start to formulate your learning objectives as you know. The taxonomy of educational objectives of Benjamin Bloom has always been a good guideline to classify the different objectives you want to reach through learning and training. Bloom developed his taxonomy of cognitive domains and objectives according to three areas of learning:

  • Psychomotoric – manipulative or Physical skills
  • Affective – Attitudes and emotions
  • Cognitive – processing information

We are most used with the latter one which is subdivided in six different categories (knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation). For a more in-depth explanation you can click here. In this blogpost we want to show the revised taxonomy to account for the new behaviors emerging as technology advances and becomes more and more omnipresent. The introduction of new technologies in learning and training request a revision of the objectives.


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The pedagogical potential of podcasting

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Podcasts are digital media files, distributed on the internet using syndication feeds for playback on portable media players and personal computers. Several instutions integrated Podcast as part of their e-learning programme.

Some interesting examples:

  • The UNICEF Podcast is a new global radio service focusing on the health, education, equality and protection of children.

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