Biodiversity Conservation Society Sarawak
Pertubuhan Konservasi Biodiversiti Sarawak

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The Elf Camp!


To build a base of instructors for the Boot Camp, it's important that our instructors understand our teaching methods. The Elf camp details the instructional design and methodology behind the Boot Camp.


At the Elf Camp, we focus on how to teach, not what to teach.

It is not another, more advanced statistics workshop. It is only open to people who have done two Boot Camps and have got a grip on the stats. We focus on facilitation and teaching, or perhaps better: helping people to learn.

In the first two days we cover:

  • how (and why) we learn, brain-based learning;
  • the constructivist approach - allowing people to explore ideas instead of feeding them information;
  • a framework for planning and assessing lessons;
  • good facilitation techniques.

During the remaining three days, participants practice presenting modules from the Boot Camp. We provide feedback and discuss ways to improve their teaching - as well as ways to improve the Boot Camp modules themselves.

Interspersed with this practice we discuss questioning techniques, ways to incorporate review and repetition into the programme, and other ways to improve facilitation.

Who should come

Participation is intended for those who are willing and able to help in future with BCSS Boot Camps and specialist workshops, and is by invitation only.

Many of our instructors run other workshops besides BCSS and some are university lecturers. They find the methods they learn at the Elf Camp valuable for their day-to-day teaching. But we don't have the resources to build teaching capacity generally.

If you come to the Elf Camp, we expect you to help with Boot Camps afterwards.

Next Elf Camp

Bhutan, 18-23 September 2019.

The instructor team

Ian Signer
Expert on informal education methods.

Ngumbang Juat BCSS staff and gibbon researcher.

Mike Meredith
The guy who prefers to sleep at the back and let the younger ones get on with it.




Updated 6 April 2019 by Mike Meredith