I have the wonderful opportunity of facilitating web workshops for Lexia Learning and in helping to facilitate learning for the TLT Group. Most recently The question I have been exploring of late is this. Why and how is facilitating learning different in a webinar environment versus in a face to face environment, My first step in answering that question has been to read a book titled "Great Webinars: How to create interactive learning that is captivating, informative and fun" by Cynthia Clay. I first read this book when I was working as a Faculty Development Specialist for EDMC.
Below are some of my notes and ideas from the book. This is not yet in any coherent order but what I will say is that reading this book has helped me generate ideas that I have already put into practice.
I have been disappointed in how I have ended webinars so I have made it a point to improve the ending, No matter how the time and expectations may fluctuate, my goal is to reserve 2-5 minutes for some sort of ending. Ideally I want to have time for a short reflection on next steps, a review of the session goals, thank you and the survey.
One idea that I have not tried yet is to use the white board in WebEx to capture the next steps ideas
generated at the end.
I have decided to use the phrase "web workshop" versus webinar. I think it implies a more interactive learning environment. The word webinar more reflects a passive environment.
One thing I would like to do more of is to encourage participants to tell their stories.
I would like to improve the type of open ended questions I ask. Such as "Does anyone have an example of a time..."
The beginning of a webinar involves some housekeeping activities and I plan to start calling it that. For example: getting participants logged into myLexia and TodaysMeet, being sure they have the handouts, talking about how we will communicate, introducing myself, talking about the survey at the end, etc. This is still a work in progress and does change given audience factors.
Pre webinar assignment
I do like the idea of providing a pre web workshop assignment but it would need to be very simple. I am thinking something like this for a launch: log into myLexia, find the training on demand videos, view one and answer one question.
I think we could do more related to a self assessment prior to a data coaching session. This would be fun to develop..
Getting to Know Participants
Getting to know participant names is something else I am working on. For a large group that is more challenging but for a small group, I have been using a bold marker and a large post it note and capturing names from the myLexia site and attaching the post it to the side of the computer screen. In cases of a large group I capture the name of a few key people only.
Getting to know participants
Ideas for handling slides with dense information
Instead of just presenting the slide related to research on at risk and usage, I have created a question
and asked the group what they think the result might be and then present the slide. The research data slide is very dense with information and asking the question first helps in focusing.
I have added an affective goal. So in addition to the overall goal of implementing Lexia with fidelity, I have added "Get excited about implementing Lexia." I have been thinking about adding a polling question where I ask the participants how excited are you to implement a Lexia. I am still working on this idea. Balancing the getting started tasks with audience technology comfort ability is an important considerate. The poll question could also be something very simple like asking yes or no about experience with Lexia.
You actually need more slides for a webinar and slides in general need more graphics and less words. With that in mind, I have modified the slide I had been using with the 5 keys to implementation fidelity and created 6 separate slides. I also refer participants to the training guide.
I want to develop a slide at the end where I summarize various post webinar support resources such as the Help desk, the training guide, training on demand videos, Twitter, lead is website, onsite experts.
Two of my webinar colleagues use a cursor that blinks when the control key is pressed. I plan to check it out. Here is how you activate that function.
Go into your Computer Settings
Select Devices- then choose Mouse and Touchpad
Choose Additional Mouse Options
Go to the Pointer Options tab at the top
Click the box for "Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key"
Learning more about Twitter from Susan Beardon this week (November 20, 2015) with the TLT Group on FridayLive!
Prior to the webinar Penny Kuckkahn shared an interesting dialog that took place between her son and daughter regarding Twitter. This short interchange sums up polar views about Twitter. Twitter may not be for everyone. I need to decide if it is for me and if so, in what regard. Thanks for allowing me to share this Penny.
Lainie and I subscribe to a service which allows us to watch all National and International skating throughout the world live streamed. As we watch we usually follow the hashtag on twitter for the competition.
Conversation between my 17 year old son and 14 year old daughter
Philip: What is Twitter?
Lainie: It this thing that you can post your thoughts and ideas using less than 160 characters
Philip: Why would you do that?
Lainie: To let people know your thoughts and ideas
Philip: That's just dumb
Lainie: No it's not. I can see what the coaches I have worked with think about the skater I am watching
Philip: My first tweet - "Twitter just another form of gossip"
My last tweet "So long Twitter I do not even need 160 characters"
Below is a mind map of my notes from the webinar. Link to the mind map.
Also below is the transcript of the FridayLive! Twitter "conversation."
Below are a few review activities to complete in preparation for the up-coming Lexia Data Coaching event. ___1. Test your understanding. Look for the answers in the Core5 Teacher Training Guide or flip the card for the answer.
The TLT Group hosted a book discussion focusing on Dr. John Medina's book "Brain Rules." Steve Gilbert, Penny Kuckkahn and I developed the following activity in our attempt to help people connect to the book and model one of the Brain Rules, in this case #12, Exploration. The activity took place in Adobe Connect.
We asked participants to chose one Brain Rule and then take 5 minutes to explore Dr Medina's website or any other resource. After reviewing material on the Brain Rule, identify one app or activity that connects with the Brain Rule in some way. We set up a new chat pod in a new layout for participants to post their contribution.
Below is a picture of the AC layout used.
After the activity we asked for feedback. In general participants liked the activity and the array of resources that were shared. They suggested we use music during the 5 minute exploration and no conversation. They liked the minute reminders we put in the chat. All in all it was a great success. This link will take you to a summary of the resources shared during the activity. This was a small group of 16 participants.
The image below illustrates the ideas offered by Brain Rule. It is interesting to see the focus on Memory and Exercise. Stress and Vision had the next highest votes.
I have been experimenting with Todoist to help me manage my tasks for the day. I like that you can create your own projects and assign tasks to those projects. One of the things I would like to do with this project feature is to create a project that represents the breakthrough goal I am working on. I think Todoist will help me see what kind of progress I am making toward this goal, help me keep the goal front and center.
I also like that you can collaborate on projects using Todoist. All people involved in the project must create an account. Once added to a project all people involved can add, assign, and modify tasks. Creating an account is free. Below is a short "How To" video.
The TLT Group has been exploring the app, Tricider for the past few weeks, thanks to an
introduction by Penny Kuckkahn. Tricider is an easy tool to collect ideas, discuss and vote. So it facilitates brainstorming and voting all in one. It also facilitates debate. Tricider works great for teams in the work place and for students as a part of a class. The app is free and no registration is required. Here is an example of a Tricider we used at the end of a webinar. We used it as a space for participants to reflect on this question "What advice would you share with students or colleagues based on the readings and today's discussion? We were also experimenting with the Tricider app.
We used the voting feature the next week to encourage people to share their ideas for the webinar around this question "What is one tool or strategy you or your institution uses to support student learning?" The idea with the largest number of votes was the recipient of a prize.
The TLT Group shares something from "the Bleeding Edge" and a Low Threshold Application(LTA) each week prior to the start of FridayLive! This information is also available for TLT Members after the session. See the up-coming FridayLive! lineup here.