So I’ll admit that for the better part of the lecture I was really confused. Sometimes I forget that it’s a professional development course and I haven’t had many of them..so I’m often very confused about what I’m suppose to be learning. But then I realized that reflecting is a very important element to the learning experience.
I really enjoyed watching my classmates screencast, it was interesting to see how different they all were and it was nice that we provided feedback for them. I would love to watch the 3 that were A+ quality! I’d really like to see what they did and how it differs from mine so that I can try it differently next time. ( If you were one of the 3 and you’re reading this comment please) Reflecting on my own screencast now that I have gotten a grade was pretty useful too. I can see some area like pronunciation that I will definitely work towards improving.
In class we also watch a Ted talk given by Jane McGonigal. I always enjoy listening to her because you can tell how passionate she is about her work and passing the joy to others. Afterward she took a quick survey and looked at how different elements can effect how workshop participants feel like the experience. Sometimes things are a little out of your control, like the time and the comfort level of the chairs. Even the temperature in the room can throw off a workshop. However those are things that presenters really can’t do much about. But there are a number of others thinks that a presenter can do that can improve how participants perceive to be the quality of the workshop. Things like the pace and the visual aids can really impact a workshop. Its something most people think this common sense but its unappreciated important part to any presentation.
I also learnt that you shouldn’t ask for feedback if you don’t really want it. I think this is funny but I’m sure people do it all the time. There so much to making a workshop great and I really hope I can master them all!
Til next time….shhhh