Designing and Using Handouts

You might choose to use handouts to keep participants engaged, provide a space for note-taking, and give additional information for follow-up. Consider these questions when designing your handout so participants get the most out of it:

  • Is the font sans serif and at least 12 points?
  • When will you give participants the handout?
  • When will participants use the handout (e.g., while you are speaking or only during designated times)?
  • Will you collect the handouts or are they for the participants to keep? 
  • How will participants use the handout once the workshop is over?
  • Is a printed handout necessary? Can it be shared electronically before or after the workshop?

For virtual workshops, consider:

  • Can the handout (document or link) be shared with participants through the chat?
  • Is the handout interactive? Can it be easily filled out by participants?


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