Thanks for the feedback, Craig and Robert - both here and through your various DMs during the session and on Twitter.
For me, the main takeaway was definitely to nail down the timings. If myself and my co-host, Cat, had really got to grips with that, we could have cut out some of the content that got bogged down in 'telling'. Also, we knew that one of the exercises that we ran (using the whiteboard) was a bit risky, but you've got to have to courage to try these things out sometimes.
Delivering a webinar to generic audience is hard to pitch. While our session didn't, unfortunately, work for you guys, we've had some other feedback which is more positive, regarding the use of visuals, humour, the ideas presented, and the fact that we opened out lots of questions.
For me the experience, was nothing but positive, including your feedback. We intend to deliver the session again and know it will be a lot stronger next time, thanks to everyone's comments.
Missed day two so thanks for this Craig. I think a day of webinars could possibly work in the 'real world' but like a F2F event, needs a structured programme incorporating breaks. Sessions really need to build in some interaction and participation or there's no way I'd pay attention for long periods of time. I love that Colin has tried this online approach to an event and found your insights on it v.useful.
As it was your post-event review of day one that got me looking into this event, I have to thank you for highlighting the event to me!
I'll break my observations on what you've said into points:
1) Moving the screen aroundPersonally I quite enjoyed this... I felt like a bit like having to move around the room. I wouldn't over use it though
2) World mapThe world map tool was really good, and I stuck my pin on it before we were even asked to. Where you have a group of people that don't know each other I think it's a great idea
3) Things not quite workingIn a way, it was nice to see even a seasoned presenter such as Julie have some issues with things not quite working right. A timely reminder that delivery using any medium always involves things maybe not going to plan!
4) Learning stylesAs I discussed with you on twitter, this is still 'taught'. Just last year I did the CIPD L&D course and the final assessment piece you had to design a learning event and explain how all learning styles were catered for, as well as showing how you have used VAK elements to support delivery
5) TellingIt was odd that on a day where we were there to learn/share best practice we were effectively shown a webinar at one point. I've fed back to James via twitter as there was a lot of potential in the activity at the end of their piece to explore performance support and get lots of innovative ideas
But we all learn from experience! I would be lying if I say that on reflection I haven't delivered one way 'telling' webinars in the past....
6) "Ah, but you tell me"Roger's session at times did remind me of a biology teacher I had at a-level. She used to say "what do you think xyz found when they did a study into z?" without you ever having looked into it before. And when you asked a question on anything she would say "ah, but you tell me". Well, I don't know, that's why I asked :-)
I feel like his approach wasn't "wrong", just that it was more suited to an in-person event where people could get discussions going. Online, probably better to have a poll where people can say what they prefer, then look at the 'science', then discuss the findings.
All in all, I really enjoyed it. Developing some competency in delivering virtual learning is my big developmental objective for 2013 due to some massive changes happening at work, with systems changing and new products being rolled out at a terrifyingly fast pace. I feel that doing this right (and combined with other delivery methods) will be one of the ways to reach numerous time poor and geographically dispersed people. So from that perspective it was really interesting.
Would I recommend an all day event? Not really, but then of course that was one of the points Cindy Huggett brought up! However I did actually feel more engaged in the process than I have at conferences.
And once again, thanks for reviewing it last week and bringing it to my attention.
@JamesMcLuckie Hi James,
Thanks for taking the feedback in the manner in which it was given. I agree that the visuals were good and I also liked the activity, I just wish (as you know) that it had a bit more time to bloom - we were as a group coming out with some great ideas I think, so I don't think the question or the method of collating ideas was wrong. I liked the ability to write my own thoughts on the wall - it wouldn't be quite so chaotic with a smaller group, plus when we all realised we could move submissions around things became a bit clearer.
The questions were stretching, but that's a good thing, and ask of course as people see other peoples' thoughts they're bound to come up with their own.
I'm definitely interested in joining you again next time you host it - just let me know when!
@kategraham23 Hi @kategraham23 Thanks for bobbing by Kate and commenting on my post. In terms of a day long 'online' event, I'd really want to break it up with more than just tea breaks and would look to get the learners moving around their workplace / talking to people / undertaking some research that they would be expected to bring back into the online environment and share.
@Chutzpah84 Hi @chutzpah84 Thanks ever so much for taking the time to read my blog post and provide such a detailed response. I'm sometimes a little reluctant to 'call things out' that I don't agree or that I haven't liked as I feel there is a lot of mutual backslapping that goes on in some online communities, so it was reassuring to hear that some of your thoughts echoed mine.
Good luck with your development plans for 2013. I undertook an online facilitators programme a couple of years ago with @onlignment which proved very useful and as the team I work in is undertaking the @YourLPI COLF programme next year, I'm giving that a whirl too.
I'm pleased that my Day 1 bog post was the trigger for you to get involved in Day 2 and it's good to have you as part of my network.
@Chutzpah84 Absolutely taken in the manner in which it was intended, Robert. There is no learning to be had in being precious about such things. Am very grateful to you for taking the time to provide such detailed feedback.
@CraigTaylor74 I think the key is to approach the person directly - that's what I did with James. As long as you keep it constructive I think it's valued. I value feedback as I'm a population of one in my company. I don't have peers to critique or praise what I do in the business, and I'm aware as anyone that I'm not always effective as I could be! Getting some polite and constructive feedback is always valued by me.
Approaching the person directly is also critical in our modern world - with back channels and the like you can guarantee they'll read your comment on there anyway!
I've been looking at the COLF programme too - do you know how much it costs?
@Colin Steed Hi @colinsteed I'd be very happy to have a chat about this and bounce a few ideas round. Feel free to give me a call any time. I've DMd my numbers to you.
@Chutzpah84 Yeah, DM me your email address and I'll put you guys in touch.
@JamesMcLuckie If you could that would be really useful, thanks - can send a twitter DM if you like?
@Chutzpah84 Do you know Mandy Randall-Gavin, Robert? She is a friend of mine and of the COLF tutors. Am happy to put you in touch with her if you would like to her in more detail about the course.