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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.

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.