In Experiential learning for developers Allison McMillian provides guidance on facilitating workshops.
Checkout the video here: https://youtu.be/FI-WvXYCmIM
- Interactivity is about letting information sink in in a more effective way
- People may think: “I don’t know enough to be a facilitator for this subject.” But you can all learn together.
- Learning through reflection on doing
- Goals - what do you want people to walk away with?
- Trigger - the thing that they are experiencing and creates the discussion. Not complex but creative. - Discussion - tailor discussion questions to your goal.
- Conclusion - close the workshop in a thoughtful way.This could be a statement or an action.
- Supporting material - allow anyone in the future to pick up the workshop and run it themselves. - Materials needed - a list of all the things needed to run the workshop
Allison goes into more details on her blog Workshops for engineers:
- Get comfortable with silence
- Ask open ended questions
- Make sure to call out people who haven’t spoken
- Keep the discussion on topic but let it flow