Workshop Brainstorming

Use this series of questions to help you start thinking about your workshop. It can be useful to write out your responses so you can refer to them later, and/or to discuss your responses with colleagues or a co-facilitator. The prompts below are provided as a Mural, which you can save to your own account and interactively engage with. Learn more about creating and account and using Mural.

Visit the interactive Mural or download the worksheet.

Why and how: Context

  • Why is this workshop needed? 
  • How does your workshop fit with other services and workshops being offered through SKILLS21? At McGill? 
  • Is your workshop part of a series? If so, where is it in this series? 
  • How is your field or discipline changing? How might these changes influence your workshop design?

    Who: Participants

    • Who is the workshop's intended audience? 
    • What do you know about the participants of your workshop (e.g., knowledge, attitudes, expectations)?
    • If needed, how could you obtain more information about your participants?

    What: Workshop content

    • How familiar are you with the content of your workshop?
    • What background research do you need to do to prepare for your workshop?
    • What do you want participants to learn or come away with after taking your workshop?
    • What activities do you want to use to engage participants?

    When and where: Practical considerations

    • Will you offer the workshop in person or online?
    • What type of space and/or classroom technology will you need access to?
    • How long should the workshop be (e.g., one hour, 90 minutes, etc.)?
    • When do you plan on offering the workshop?


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