From March 16-19, 2021 I was assigned to accompany a group of benchmarking ASN from BPSDM West Java Province. I got the very first day and the last day to facilitate BPSDM Team. On day 1, I was given the opportunity to deliver BLC, something that I have long forgotten since I decided not to teach group dynamic class anymore (there’s a story to it, bu I’m not gonna tell you today). BLC is like a throw back to a decade ago, will I ever make it to do it fully online via Zoom? Keep reading, guys..
I don’t know if BLC on the first day of the technical assistance session is the most important part of the course, but I don’t think many of us would disregard its significance. I just heard that not all BPSDM team will take the Bimtek seriously as it is compulsory for them to join it. So, I have to prepare the BLC so carefully if I want to make the TA sessions successful. Handling a virtual session itself is already hard for me, let alone to engage them virtually, so challenging! But I know if a number of people with complementary skills are committed to a
common purpose, that will be so great for my own personal mastery.
So the participants were JPTs from all over West Java, officials who were forced to take technical guidance in order to support the acceleration of Corpu in West Java. They joined Zoom while doing other work such as meetings, making phone calls, instructing their staffs, and some even hid their videos, I bet that has nothing to do with bad internet connection because all of them were in their offices.
I set up a session planning with my partner, Mr. Wawan Ismawandi, with activities to build the group dynamics. The first activity of course I introduced the facilitators and then I continued using Wordwall’s Wheel of Fortune to check participants’ attendance. They were asked to say their names and explain a little bit about their town. At that very moment I realized that some participants were really not so cooperative, I mean some of them refused to answer or response to our remarks to them, although their names were called. They just frankly said that they have no idea of what to say and so they tried to pass the chance to other participants in the room. After we got around 15 people to do self introduction, we quickly moved on to the next activity with Quizizz. I tried to explain some terminology in corporate university in a more personalized activity for participants. This too, we have to wait for quite some time to get more participants to join the quiz. Once we reached 20 people, we just started the quiz cause time’s running out. You know what, we have to trick them with some rewards for the first 3 winners of the quiz, that’s why we can get 50% of the room participants to join that game.
After the second activity, the participants were a bit more energized, so we use the last quiz : a Wordwall puzzle. This time too, only three people were willing to answers the 20 questions we provided. Well, the point is that I and Mr Wawan have done our best to engage the participants.
To me and my partner, that was our worst experience, but the BPSDM organizer were so impressed with our session. They said that our BLC was so insightful and inspiring for their own trainers. Oh thank God, Alhamdulillah! At least at our worst, some got certain significance from our activities.
Now reflecting on that experience, I must say that the attendees’ commitment to learning is rather unsatisfactory. I expect to have a curious group of people for that techincal assistance, but they show different behavior. We did our best to engage and motivate them; we tried hard to be approachable and friendly , but yeah what else can you say if they don’t feel the need to join the session, as it is just another mandatory task for them. I think having 1/3 of the room active is already a blessing for that day.