A course to prepare people for the delivery of workshops on Free Culture, Openness and related topics in informal spaces (conferences, gatherings etc) .
= Notes from March 21 meeting =
Jane - want anyone to be able to run an SOO workshop on any "open" topic anywhere in the world (workshop toolkit)
Jessica - running training around CC, Inconvenient truth style
Billy - like running workshops, bringing people in virtually (open science data sprint)
Mick - bringing people together and sharing experiences. very dif from seminar type of session
Vanessa - not very good at collaborative workshops. background in creating group activities
What should collaborative workshops include?
Jane interested in 3 types (first 2 relevant for this course)
- Workshops introducing SOO - Berlin
- Course sprints to create SOO courses - Sudan (Open Video)
- SOO in schools - Kenya = ultimate goal - maybe out of scope for this course
Techniques - Elements to inlcude
- Take an audit of skills and experiences at the beginning of workshops
- Mapping existing resources using visual aids
- Main activity and back up activity in case it doesn't work
- Learning spiral - find a way to make content relevant to learner
- Propose your topic. Why are you here/etc.
- Discuss what you think makes a successful workshop
- have some questions
- Run through severa (3-6) examples of successful and not successful (openly/collaboratively run) workshops
- each has some of (blog post, agenda, any howtoguides, any media)
- after each case study, discuss what made it good, what made it bad. here's what we think made it successful, is there something missing?
- Internet taskforce http://www.ietf.org/tao.html
- Wikimedia workshop http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/02/14/wikipedia-education-program-sweden/
- Mick's examples - a course sprint
- Jessica - game technique
- an example of a poorly run workshop
- Tips and tricks?
- Analyze, discuss etc.
- Create an agenda for your own workshop
- Run it
- Report back - reflect (link to your blog post in disqus)
- How would you improve this course? How would you expand what you learned here into a larger workshop/unconference?
- Get a badge for 8 and 9 (we need to design badges)
Breaking Course up into 7 Chapters -
Ideas for Course Sprint location
The move away from formal learning environments to peer-led, often temporary learning spaces at conferences, gatherings or street occupations creates a new set of challenges for workshop leaders. This course is a peer-learning space to explore these issues.
- How should you predict what resources will be useful within the context of the workshop?
- How can you stimulate debate and create a peer learning environment when pressed for time and have participants from many backgrounds and levels?
- How can you overcome distracting loops or unhelpful blocks in the workshop?
- How can you allow follow up on the workshop and keep participants in contact?
We don't have all the answers to these questions but this course, designed by experienced workshop leaders, aims to be create a productive 2-way dialogue about these exact questions.
Sometimes we can get it really right but we still get it very wrong too. Generally you find workshop leaders are always happy to share techniques, activities and lesson plans to communicate about their subjects
Other ideas include:
- what to look out for in the presentation resources you source (including attribution best practices?)
- how to communicate free culture with passion without appearing inflexible / dogmatic
- techniques for encouraging peer to peer learning in short workshops (eg. breakout groups, discussion questions)
- keeping energy levels up in longer workshops (ice breakers, games, activities like spectrograms)
- guiding workshops and short debates and keeping them on track without being overly controlling
- mapping activities/ techniques in workshops
- choosing suitable hands on activities / workshop projects
- what to do when only a few people turn up and you have a workshop planned for many
Specific Chapters / Tasks / Challenges
These are just ideas just pitch in with ideas as we can structure them later...
- Selecting appropriate supporting video resources and how to integrate them into your workshop
- Desiging the start of your workshop to maximise participation
- Sharing experiences on Warm up activities, what works for you?
- Overcoming blocks in your workshops
Background Resources -
- Design recommendations for workshops: let users choose an interest, work together on a project, and share back with the group. I always use that guiding principle as a rule of thumb
- An example I'm particularly proud of: http://www.slideshare.net/VanessaGennarelli/user-generated-content-badges
- I asked people to list things that they were good at, then come up with a product that plays upon that interest and requires user-generated content, and deploy the following strategies and recommendations from the slideshow
- Specifically for badges, I'd ask people what they are good at, design a learning activity for that, and a corresponding/appropriate badge
Some to come based on recent workshops
P2PU Resources - videos, activities, ideas
Vanessa usually puts her brilliant presentations on P2PU on Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/VanessaGennarelli
Karen Fasimpaur made some great videos about P2PU and using the platform that are on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/36737642
Some of Philipp's presentations are on SlideShare too: http://www.slideshare.net/philipp