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Thanks Clive, this is a really useful advice! Definitely something I will consider when designing my next session.
I especially like to call-to-action in the end, to make them help each other and each other accountable for their small commitments. It also gives an actionable way to follow-up towards participants a few weeks after the session.
Thank you for the feedback, I really appreciate that you took a look at on the session plan.
It's a good point you are raising, and if I translate that into a session design, it would advocate for first providing a platform to bring up current work / teamwork related issues by the participants, and then - depending on which type of issues they bring up - use the appropriate models when discussing them and looking for solutions.
I imagine this is a very practical approach, especially when you have a group who already have some experience of working together, so most of them have a good context of the issues being raised.
In your experience, how does this approach work when the group members are fairly new to each other?
(In my case, the group was just starting to work together)
You might find some inspiration in this open source facilitation library, there are quite many team building activities in the Team category:
Hope you find it useful
You can find several teambuilding and ice breaker activities in this public library of facilitation methods: https://www.sessionlab.com/library
(you can filter to specific topics, depending what you look for exactly) - I hope it helps!
You can find here hundreds of games and exercises in this public library of facilitation methods, among them a few dozens of teambuilding activities: https://www.sessionlab.com/library
I hope you find it useful
Hi Steve, thanks for the links with huge collection of tools that can be used to support learning. Actually I was thinking more in terms of tools/softwares specifically for trainers (in contrast to generic solutions - e.g. twitter - that can be used in training, too), some examples like: www.promoteint.com www.learningstone.comwww.trainedon.com If you know any other solution that is specifically designed for trainers, I appreciate your suggestions!
Yes, I was referring an online tool, not a physical kit, so practically a software that helps you as a trainer to get more productive / achieve better learning results / manage your work easier, etc.
So if you have any suggestion for that, you're more than welcome to share!
(Though the magic whiteboard is obviously very hard to beat in utility :-)
I find it an interesting debate as I'm active in an organisation (TrainedOn) that aims to develop digital tools for educators.Personally I tend to be rather conservative with trying new tools, and was mostly sticking to the old combination of MS Excel, Word and Powerpoint to create training plans, write my training reports and create presentations, respectively. Of course a couple of generic online tools like online surveys did help to make parts of the pre & post training work easier, but overall the process of using these tools to organise training was a bit messy and inefficient. What I particularly noticed as working in a youth organisation with many volunteer trainers was that having all types of training plans, reports and related materials (in every possible different format and tool imaginable) from dozens of different people made the knowledge sharing so much more difficult among trainers. Having a platform and format that is more commonly accepted (and comfortable to use!) would have made it much easier.It's not about forcing anyone to use a particular tool, more a question of providing tools that are more intuitive and comfortable to use for professional trainers.