First Workshop – Initial reactions

My initial reactions after the workshop were that it worked well. I don’t think it needs two physicians, but it does need more structured activities. I need the activities for the icebreaker and skills lab written down. They need to be written out better. Perhaps for the skills labs, I need actual activities (hands-on workbook) that people go through, rather than me talking and explaining something. A few things I showed worked well, but others seemed like me talking too much, and I wonder if I caused more confusion than I needed to.

In looking at the feedback, people wanted a handout. They felt they were writing things down too much. The workshop definitely needs some kind of resource (this website, but also, perhaps, a one or two page handout that people have in the workshop itself).

We also had a large group (20-people). The workshop would be better with a smaller group – or broken up into smaller groups. The length of the workshop worked well. For most of the participants, they reported “just right”, with only a few wishing the workshop was longer.

The ice breaker activity worked remarkably well. The timing for the workshop was good (right on 1h30m according to the powerpoint timer) – however, we did 15 minute ice breaker activity, 35 minutes each session, and 5 minute wrap up.

So, some quick updates for the next workshop:

  • only two presenters (ice breaker could be led by either presenter – technology educator and physician demonstrator)
  • handouts with list of apps being presented (perhaps some info on context)
  • structured activities for the skills lab – getting them doing more hands-on in this section

Other feedback is that they wanted to know more about medical apps they could use. One challenge here is that many of the medical apps being presented are apps that cost money. I haven’t really figured out how to manage that conflict.

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