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Pre-workshop jitters

In a couple of hours we will run the first workshop. For the most part, the logistics are all organized; however, I woke up this morning to complete white out. It seems to be clearing up a bit now, and the weather network is telling me that things should be clear sometime between noon and 1pm. An hour ago I could not see the buildings across the street!

2014-03-22 10.03.31The workshop is up in Wakefield – about a 30 minute drive when the weather is good. Fortunately, the workshop participants are already there – they were up in Wakefield all day yesterday as part of the annual DFM community retreat. The only people driving up today are myself, one of the physician facilitators, and the videographer. I hope everyone makes it up there safely.

The content and organization of the workshop are prepared. I had hoped to have the ipad-fm.ca website in better shape prior to the workshop. However, a lot of the content of the workshop will find its way onto the website – which is why there is a videographer at the workshop itself. I hope that in presenting the material, I get a lot more detail than I have in my transcripts from my initial interviews. The act of teaching the material to peers will be useful. In an ideal world, I would have been able to get the group of early adopters into a room together and had them explain to each other how they use the iPads – that would have allowed for rich knowledge transfer. Actually, I may look at proposing that as a concurrent session at the Fall retreat. Depending on how many concurrent sessions they have, we could do one or two iPad workshops, plus an iPad knowledge sharing event. My only concern with such a thing is ethics approval – but if I were to treat it as a separate study, I could get approval just for it …

I need to remember to document the room setup at the workshop. Ideally we would have had two rooms, but that didn’t happen. So we have one rather large room, but I still worry about when we break into two groups whether we will end up competing with one another (from a volume perspective). I won’t be using a projector for the skills lab, as I would rather focus on the hands on portion in a more intimate setting. The demonstrator will be using a projector so that everyone can see what he is doing. I wish there was an easy way for me to record what he is projecting directly – so I get good images of what is on the iPad – but I cannot see how we could manage setting that up.

We have two projectors in the room. One will show the PowerPoint slides which are on my computer, and the other will be available to show iPads.

Workshop design – sharing vignettes

One aspect of my original workshop design – from my iPad Professional Development Program (iPDP) – was the desire for some form of knowledge sharing evening. Although the program I’m creating at the DFM has been scaled back a lot from the design presented in the iPDP paper, I was struggling to figure out how to incorporate the knowledge sharing component. I’m happy to report that one of my sponsors/co-facilitators came up with an idea of how to solve that program (without even knowing that I thought it was a problem).

When we deliver the workshops, after the ice breaker activity the group is divided in two. Those who feel more beginner/notice begin with a 30-minute skills lab, while those who identify as more advanced begin with a case-vignettes presentation. After 30-minutes the groups switch. By dividing the groups this way, it means that the skills labs can be little more adapted to the level of the audience. The first skills lab will necessarily be more basic than the second skills lab. However, the interesting part here, is that the first group doing the case vignettes will have an opportunity to see some vignettes but also be solicited to share some vignettes. In this way, the more advanced participants have a chance to share what they know, and the physician facilitator demonstrator (yes that is a mouth full) will also have an opportunity to learn from peers. When the second group does the case vignettes (the beginner group), they will likely not have new vignettes to contribute, but they will gain from the additional knowledge, as the case vignette facilitator now might have a couple of new vignettes to present. I may not have explained that well – but the benefit here is that the opportunity to “share” vignettes has now been incorporated into the workshop – so I don’t feel like that aspect of the original iPDP design has been lost.