Working in the world of peer-to-peer education and free culture we often find ourselves working outside the confines of established institutions or teaching outside the traditional quarter or semester system of courses.
Increasingly informal and temporary learning spaces are being set up in many spheres. These include technology and open education conferences, counter-summits, BarCamps, hackathons and many other events.
The facilitation and planning methods governing these spaces are varied, however, the common thread that runs through all of them is an emphasis on collaboration and hands-on learning. Also, almost all of these events divide up learning into sessions which are considered "workshops" of one kind or another. Let's make the most of these spaces by making our workshops as good as we can!
This course brings together case studies of some great collaborative workshops that have been run in the past with an open invitation for you to share your own experiences with either running or participating in a workshop that worked well (or didn't). As we navigate the case studies, we will discuss and determine some common elements to a successful workshop, formulate plans to run workshops according to individual interests, and help each other in their execution - providing feedback and ultimately reflection on the workshops we run ourselves.
This course is part of the School of Open because we cover how open processes contribute to collaboration and open resources and tools you can use to run your own workshop.
You are free to go through this course at your own pace. For those who wish to join a group of your peers in exploring these topics, we will host a lightly facilitated version of this course during Round 2 of the School of Open which starts 5 August, 2013. Below is the rough schedule:
How will we communicate with each other? See Communicating in this course on the left.
All materials are released under a CC BY-SA licence unless otherwise stated. Many thanks to Seeds for Change, Aspiration Tech for providing their resources under open licences.
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