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.
Qualifying Online Phase
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 an e-learning platform. 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.
Preparatory Online Phase
After being invited to one of our IAF seminars in Gummersbach (with indicated preparatory online phase) you will receive access to our online platform to take part in a short online course to prepare everyone for our on-site seminar in Gummersbach. This will help to bring everyone on the same level of knowledge, provide further readings and material on the topic and get to know each other. With this approach we have the possibility to make the most of our Gummersbach experience and dive deeper into the topic as we discussed the basics online already.