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As I noted in yesterday’s post, I’m heading up to Vancouver to co-host a couple of workshops. Besides the VizEd, Tracy Kelly, a great team and I will co-host a two day Liberating Structures immersion workshop February 22-23, 2017 and the early bird rate ends November 15th. So Register Online Now!
This immersion workshop focuses on the appication of Liberating Structures in higher education. Here are the details:
Liberating Structures are a collection of powerful facilitation strategies that can be used in our classrooms, everyday meetings, strategic planning sessions, workshops, presentations, etc. They are seriously fun methods to engage and work together.
Liberating Structures are small design shifts that move us gently away from more constraining “conventional structures” (e.g., lectures, open discussions, round robin updates, brainstorms) and toward sessions that quickly foster lively participation in groups of any size, making it possible to unleash and include everyone.
In the workshop, you will learn how to choose, facilitate, and sequence Liberating Structures for your individual facilitation challenges and contexts.
Who should attend?
Faculty, Instructors, Teachers, Learning Designers, Leaders – all who are called to facilitate learning, meetings, sessions, groups, presentations, workshops, processes, communication and change. (I would add learning in and outside of formal educational institutions!)
We will focus on post-secondary education contexts, but colleagues from other sectors (e.g., government, health care, private) are welcome!
Here are some examples of applying liberating structures:
- Designing engaging meetings and classes – online and face-to-face – with productive endpoints in mind (Min Specs, Design Storyboard, Purpose To Practice)
- Amplifying both love of learning and practical skill development (Wicked Questions, 25/10 Crowdsourcing)
- Working productively with difference, not sweeping it under the rug (Conversation Cafe, 15% Solutions, What/So What/Now What?)
- Creating an inclusive culture within a very diverse campus (TRIZ, Discovery and Action Dialogue, Appreciative Interview, Ecocycle)
- Shaping next steps together with faculty, staff, student, administration fully engaged (Discovery and Action Dialogue, Ecocycle, P2P)
- Preparing for operating in a future in which public funding is decreasing and serious competition is increasing (Critical Uncertainties)
I’m particularly excited by the early conversations with the hosting team, dancing around provocative and challenging issues such as inclusion, indiginization, how people do or don’t see themselves as “facilitators” and what this means in the Liberating Structures context. As always, we will travel both familiar and new territory! Join us!