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Workshop Elements

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Recommended elements for developing, delivering, and evaluating workshops.

Workshop Development

  • Consider partnering with an experienced trainer.
  • Determine the following before you worry about content:
1. Who is your audience?
Staff? Faculty? Students? Guests? A mixture?
2. Where is your audience?
On Midd Campus? MIIS? Elsewhere?
3. How much time do you have/want for the session?
4. What delivery method is most appropriate?
Instructor-led, in person? Instructor-led, video conference?
5. What are the desired outcomes/goals of the training?
  • Learn about the topic -- work with content experts when necessary.
  • Establish learning objectives.
  • Create content outline appropriate for time allotted.
  • Consider a balance of “hands-on” and question/response vs. “lecture.”
  • Develop a handout and locate supporting materials. Things to include:
  1. Learning objectives!
  2. Pertinent references to lynda movies or courses
  3. Links to online documentation
  • Schedule a trial run with a live audience so you can check pacing, delivery method & see what real-world issues arise.

Preparation

Room selection & reservations

  • DFL105 and MBH161 can be reserved through Doreen Bernier.
  • Other spaces must be requested through the Events Scheduling Office.

Advertising options to consider

  • LISBlog posts to MiddPoints and MiddNotes
  • Events at Middlebury - submissions to the Featured Events Calendar

Delivery

  • Adjust lighting & screen resolution for optimal audience viewing.
  • Introduce yourself; if helpful have learners introduce themselves.
  • Refer learners to supporting materials as appropriate to reinforce their use.
  • Explain where and how to get help after the workshop.

Resources within LIS

  • Former Education & Training Team Leader (Pij Slater)
  • Other workshop trainers
  • Research Librarians
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