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Only have 45 minutes to run your workshop?

Can we start a workshop before it begins, and keep it going after it finishes?

Design thinking workshops (in this case) offer great potential for generating new ideas and solutions, however the short versions are usually more than 2 hours. Borrowing from the flipped classroom the idea is to use online environments to start the workshop way before the conference even begins.
Pre-conference, participants are asked perform various actions and gather various information about a problem or situation, this is then used in the workshop itself to feed into subsequent stages of the design processes. By the end of the workshop the ideas and solutions generated are documented online so they can be further developed and pitched to the wider community (in this case the Mahara and Moodle communities). If the community likes the ideas they will engage with them to further develop them, and hopefully implement them.

It's a bit of an experiment, but I'm going to try this because the design challenge I've developed can't fit into 45 minutes. So I sat down with Danny Munnerley who has run numerous design thinking based workshops and we hashed out this plan. Feel free to re-hash, re-use and repurpose, all design thinking references are on the sheet:


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