The See You in Prizren workshop was conducted in Prizren from 10-11th of March 2018. Prizren Makerspace were kind to provide us with an excellent venue, where we could have interactive workshops, consisting of lectures and practical exercises. The first workshop had as an objective to teach about the basics of intercultural communication, and provide the student practical knowledge that they could put into practice when pursuing or conducting interviews with people in Prizren. The second workshop stepped further into the concept of local histories, and aimed at providing the basics of the concept, as well as to introduce various interviewing techniques. The students were provided with an interview guide, and practiced the use of it by interviewing each others in groups. After teaching theory, we also organized a panel discussions, where the panelist were practitioners and engaged in bringing into light the local histories in Kosovo. The aim of this was to illustrate how this activity could be pursued, as well as facilitate excitement and motivation amongst the students.
The next day started with a workshop on the platform for dissemination of the stories, and touched upon the different digital tools that exists for sharing and publishing online content. The aim of this workshop was to provide general overview of the plurality of digital tools that exists in web 2.0, and what is important to assess when choosing the tools most suitable. In order to do this, the swot-analysis model was introduced for the students, which they discussed by using the See You in Prizren-initiative as a case study. The swot-model was furthemore introduced as a useful model for approaching the selection of the most suited tools for digital content sharing.
The day then continued with a field work in Prizren, where the students were divided into groups, and tasked with conducting one or more interviews with locals, using the interviewing techniques and interview guide as a way to structure the conversations. This was a success by all means, as we got to witness a very energetic group of young people, who managed to put theory into practice in a much quicker way than we had anticipated. They were furthermore very excited to share the stories from the interviews when we headed back to Prizren’s Makerspace. The workshop demonstrated for us just how enthusiastic Kosovar students can be when it comes to learning new skills they believe will enhance their skills and abilities. It should be noted that the workshop was conducted on a saturday and sunday, the working language was english, and we did not experience any turnover on the last day. This demonstrates once again that we had to do with a group of students that were highly motivated to learn skills and techniques that would further enhance their abilities to practice their english language skills. The workshop functioned as great way to teach the students, but also as very important way of creating a motivating atmosphere among the students and in the project in general. We therefore agree that a similar concept should be organized when starting an initiative like this, as it will create the foundation for a collaboration that will be limited to the use of digital collaboration tools.