Off the top of my head (and after a good night sleep and two cups of strong
black coffee with double heaping sugar ...
Ask each participant in the workshop to prepare in advance of the day a
paragraph introducing him/herself, or perhaps give them a short
questionnaire. Tell them (or ask in the questionnaire) that you want
something along the lines of interesting personal vignettes, unusual hobbies
or work experience. Basically, however you do it, you're looking for
something of interest about each person that the others are unlikely to
know. You collect these before the event in time for you to isolate one
interesting detail about each participant. Then you prepare a task for each
person and give it to each participant, at the start of your workshop. Each
task, on its own slip of paper, assigns the participant to identify someone
in the group who yada yada (does or did this interesting thing). The
participants are not to reveal to each other the nature of their covert
assignments, but you group them in pods of 3 or 4 and get them to introduce
themselves within the group. Each person introduces himself, and the others
can ask questions which must not reveal the nature of that covert
assignement. Then the pods turn to adjacent pods and the assignment now is
for someone to introduce to the members of the other pod the people he or
she has just met. This time it's not self introductions but 'other'
introductions. Again there can be conversation among participants, and if
time, they can wander around and get to know one another as they like, as
long as they conceal the nature of the covert tasks (if you have a coffee
break before the event you might give out the covert tasks in advance of
that, and let them talk to each other, each concealing this hidden agenda).
When you call a halt to the proceedings you ask who has met the person who
did such and such. For those who didn't happen to meet the interesting
person, or didn't get that information from them, they can read out their
assignment and the one who fits the description can identify him/herself.
Whatever you do at that point, you'll have established a well defined ZPD
whose members are amenable to scaffolding.
----- Original Message -----
From: "sharonholdner" <holdners@...>
Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2005 7:44 AM
Subject: [evonline2002_webheads] A little help from my friends,
> Hi Everyone,
> My creativity level is measuring low and I hope that you can help me
> (and my team) with some inspiration for an on-the-ground 15 minute
> learning activity for colleagues in an online teaching certification
> Our topic is:
> Effective Course Management Strategies and Techniques for Online
> Workshop Weeks in a Blended Course
> We have the information compiled. We'd like to present it in a format
> where we can engage the audience in an activity to reinforce what we
> are going to tell them in the short intro and presentation.
> We need a 5 minute activity that generates energy and enthusiasm. I
> suspect that the other teams (I've been peeking at their newsgroup)
> are going to be dividing the participants up in teams and then have
> them report back, which is okay but I'd like something that really
> gets people moving quickly.
> Any ideas for group activities that reinforce online facilitator
> strategies and techniques would be greatly appreciated.
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