Next Thursday, Aug. 23, I’ll be piloting a new workshop called What’s Your Story that I designed for a San Francisco-based career services company.
I’ve invited job seekers and adult educators in my networks to participate, and in two days we’ve almost filled all 15 workshop seats.
Why pilot a workshop?
Though piloting may be a luxury in terms of money and time, it is incredibly helpful when it’s possible to do it!
Both educators and learners benefit from pilot workshops —
- Instructional developers test out a new lesson plan, assessing timing and flow, and evaluating holes in content and practice — and then revise the workshop’s design and materials before distributing it!
- Pilot facilitators get to hear feedback from a friendly audience who have volunteered to give feedback.
- Pilot participants get to learn for free, network, and hopefully have some fun — plus a chance to influence the final version of the workshop!
- Future facilitators get to deliver tried and true materials, even when they’re relatively new.
- Future participants (ideally) experience stronger learning outcomes as a result of workshop revisions!
Finally, just like a comic who tries out new comedic material on audiences in smaller markets, educators who beta testing their instructional materials can risk learning in public (more…)