Workshop Feedback and Moving Forward

I’ve now looked through the feedback from the workshop evaluation forms. Stupid problem number one was that several people only completed one side of the evaluation form. It is clear that they did not realize the form had two sides. I will need to be much more clear at the next workshop that there are two sides to the form. I’ll also update the form to say or something like that at the bottom.

Themes that emerged from the workshop feedback:

  • Resource: participants would like some kind of resource (handouts and/or eBook) to support the workshop. This resource should include a list of apps that are mentioned with their descriptions.
  • More hands-on: participants would like more hands on activities and less theory.
  • Slower pace: Pace of presentation was too fast. Some participants felt like there was too much information presented

In addition, the pre/post test indicated that the following items were already known by most participants, such that they need not be covered in the workshop:

  • Turning on and off the iPad
  • Using the iPad to buy an App from the App Store
  • Organizing icons on my iPad

As I mentioned previously, my plan is to restructure the skills lab to be problem-based learning scenarios. These will be supported by some form of resource as well as me (or the technologist) being present. It will be sort of liked a “flipped” classroom model, when learners are given a challenge and can work either individually or in small groups to work through the various activities. This will increase the amount of hands-on time, but also hopefully, help people feel like they won’t forget everything they learned the minute they walk out of the room. The resource will also contain a bunch of the theoretical information that originally covered in the skills lab. This information could just as easily be read, rather than presented. The key is to spend the face-to-face time doing hands-on activities.

My other plan is to provide some form of resource. I’m not 100% certain what that will be. Originally, I had planned on it being this website, but I’m realizing that the navigation on this site is much more conducive to looking up things you already know. They need a form that looks more like a book that they can easily follow in a linear fashion. So, I think I may end up building an iBook. I also think I need a few worksheets – pieces of paper that provide a checklist of activities for people to progress through. This model has the benefit to adapt to the level of the learner. Beginner learners can start at the top of the list, where more advanced learners can skip over the stuff they already know.

There will be lots of work involved in putting this resource together. I should be able to get enough together to prove the concept for the next workshop – and then hopefully have more time over the summer to fill in all the blanks.

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