In 2005 the IAF started a new seminar model based on the experience of the online programme of the Foundation’s German education programme: the International e-Academy. It comprises a preparatory online-phase and a face-to-face seminar at the Theodor Heuss Academy in Gummersbach.
During the online phase around 50 - 100 participants from all over the world discuss basic ideas of the seminar topic and share experience through various online tools on a bilingual platform (English and Spanish). They even use modern IT tools such as wikis to produce common work group results and solutions. In this way the online phase is in itself a comprehensive learning cycle. To give this course a competitive edge, the 24 best participants of the online phase are then invited to the face to face seminar in Gummersbach, where discussions from the online course are taken up again and developed further. Experience has shown that the commitment of e-Academy participants and the quality of discussions during the Gummersbach course are extremely high.
No. During the online seminar you will have certain tasks (e.g. writing an essay, answering a questionnaire…) with specific deadlines, but as long as you meet them you can do the task in your own time. Many other tasks can also be completed offline.
Usually no more than 2 - 3 hours per week.
Depending on the seminar subject, participants are usually asked to write an essay on certain topics, read a few short texts, answer a questionnaire, do some web research or take a short video (which can easily be done with a smart phone) and discuss and exchange with the other participants in the forum. The facilitators will assist and guide you through the seminar. We will also be there to support you with technical queries.
The online seminars will always take place in English and in some seminars you can choose between English or Spanish or French as your seminar working language. The languages we offer are statet in our annual seminar program. Thanks to your CV data we can take care of your preferred language in advance.
All information is given in both languages. Working papers and participant contributions to fact-sheets or the discussion forum will be translated into English and Spanish (or French) so that we can offer a communication and the exchange without barriers.
The evaluation is a transparent process based on a mixed assessment of performance indicators and regional factors. During the online seminar you will be given information on the tasks to be assessed and their respective points. In order to ensure a good international and regional mix of participants, the Foundation will invite the two best performers from Africa, Southeast and East Asia, South Asia, Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean Countries and Latin America, a subtotal of 12 participants. The other 12 participants in the Gummersbach seminar will be chosen according to performance, regardless of their residence region. Please understand that we do not publish the overall rankings. The relevant country Project Office will communicate each participant their individual results.
All information (your profile, fact files, essays, videos etc.) will be handled in a strictly confidential manner, that is, it can only be seen by the seminar participants and facilitators. Nobody else will have access to it.
Our online seminars are free. If you are invited to Gummersbach, we do charge a small fee of € 260.00 to help cover programme costs.
To take part in our online seminars you have to apply to your country’s FNF office, with your CV and a motivation letter.