How to host an educational workshop
You may choose to run an educational workshop to teach a technique/topic of research to people in your institution or visiting delegates.
- Define the purpose: what do you aim to achieve?
- Devise a timetable: how many days will the workshop last, how will you divide the days (factor in time for breaks and sessions over-running)?
- Decide who will deliver the training sessions and the nature of the sessions (lectures, interactive, lab-based, computer-work).
- Decide whether you will send introductory reading material before the workshop starts.
- Decide whether there will be an assessment at the end of the workshop and the format that this will take.
- Consider contingency planning (e.g. reserve slides/sessions in case speakers don’t arrive or talks run short).
Arrange the following:
- funding – will you apply for a grant? will delegates be charged a fee?
- venue (room hire)
- for the presentation slides to be emailed to you in advance so that you can pre-load them onto the computer (ask permission for them to be shared with delegates after the workshop)
Create the following documents:
- itinerary for delegates/delegate pack
- feedback forms/survey
After the session:
- collect feedback
- issue certificates
- upload presentations/documents to a Cloud server/Dropbox/Google Drive etc. or email to delegates (if agreed by the speakers)
- update your CV