Included in the materials for each workshop, you
will find detailed instructions for the content of your Getting Ready
and your Going Further Site Investigations. The following hints are
intended to help you and your colleagues get the most out of these pre-
and post-broadcast discussions.
Designate a facilitator.
Each week, one person should be responsible for facilitating the Site
Investigations (or you might select two people -- one to facilitate Getting
Ready, the other to facilitate Going Further). The facilitator
does not need to be the Site Leader, nor does it need to be the same person(s)
each time. In fact, we recommend that participants rotate the role of facilitator
for each workshop.
Be sure to read over the Getting Ready and Going Further
sections of your materials before arriving at each workshop. You and your
colleagues will accomplish the most during the Site Investigations if you
come to the workshops prepared for the discussions.
A few of the Site Investigations require group brainstorming or list-making.
In these instances, it will be useful to have chalk and a chalkboard, or
markers and chart paper. The facilitator should be responsible for bringing
these materials, when necessary.
Keep an eye
on the time.
Thirty minutes go by very quickly, and it is easy to lose track of the
time. We have suggested the amount of time that you should spend on each
question or activity. While these times are merely a guideline, you should
keep an eye on the clock so that you are able to get through everything
before the broadcast begins. In fact, you may want to set a small alarm
clock or kitchen timer before you begin the Getting Ready Site Investigation
to ensure that you won't miss the beginning
of the broadcast. (Sites that are watching the workshops on videotape
will have more flexibility if their Site Investigations run longer than
We recommend that someone take notes during each Site Investigation,
or even better, that you make an audiotape recording of the discussions
each week. These notes and/or audiotape can serve as "make-up"
materials in case anyone misses a workshop. (This may be particularly
useful for those who are receiving graduate credit for the series.)
discussions on the Internet.
The Site Investigations are merely a starting point. We encourage you
to continue your discussions with participants from other sites on the
Discussion area of the Web site and on Channel-Talk, the workshop email
discussion list. (See Invitation to Interact.)