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No classroom teaching!
Rick avoids the classical form of classroom teaching as much as possible.
Any teaching material that may come accross is setup in small modules, that will be taught when the need arises.
But generally, a session is shapen as a workshop.
Key to a workshop by Rick is interaction.
The concrete problems of attendents are discussed in the group.
Group members are encouraged to exchange experiences, and to learn from eacht other.
Rick leads the discussions, and when necessary, steps out to explain theory.
Upon entering, every client receives a reader -- empty.
All theory is structured in separate modules, and when one is explained there will be a handout accommodating it.
That is, when such material exists -- something unforeseen may pop up!
Topics for workshops serve to collect people from a problem area, but they are not accurate definitions of what will be discussed.
After all, it is an open, interactive workshop, and not classroom teaching!
If the group agrees, diversions are possible.
It may therefore happen that not all topics are equally interesting to all, but over a whole workshop, everybody is usually served equally well.
The normal audience for Rick's workshops are technical people in computer science, including technical managers.
If you feel uncomfortable with technical discussions, you should contact Rick before engaging in a workshop, to ensure that you can enjoy it to the fullest.
When you come to Rick.
These workshops work by subscription, and nice group sizes are formed.
The location of these workshops is always in the vicinity of Enschede.
Enschede is easy to reach by train.
Fees are charged per attendents.
When Rick comes to you.
These workshops can be held anywhere.
A flat rate is charged, independent of the group size.
Group sizes of 2 up to 5 or 6, not counting Rick, are pleasant for a workshop.
Less people means too few different opinions (=opportunity to learn) and more people usually means cluttering the discussion or even suggesting a classroom-situation.
Problems or solutions?
An often-heard phrase is "complete solution provider".
Do not feel estranged when you will be confronted with problems, rather than solutions, during Rick's workshops.
In most technical fields, it is much more difficult to recognise problems than to solve them.
Rest assured, Rick is usually good at getting you into problems!