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Thursday, August 2 • 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Unhangout for Educators: Best Practices for Participant-Driven Online Workshops

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Unhangout for Educators (U4E) is an online professional development program for K-12 educators who are interested in maker education practices. Hosted on an online videoconference platform called Unhangout, U4E has been iteratively designed and conducted as online unconference sessions, where participants actively propose and organize small-group discussions based on their own interests in the topic. Through feedback and observations from a playtest and three workshop iterations conducted so far, we have found that successful participant-driven workshops finely balance intervention and guidance for participants, but also grant them enough autonomy to freely explore their own interests. We will continue iterating the workshop design as well as support strategies to eventually assemble a set of support materials to help teachers and teacher educators create similar types of learning opportunities, particularly focusing on successful facilitation strategies of participant-driven learning as well as respective uses of different breakout styles.

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Katherine McConachie

Manager, ML Learning Initiative, MIT Media Lab
Hey there, I'm Katherine! Talk to me about: creative learning; participatory workshop design; online learning communities; university-public library partnerships; design for human values; sewing; crossword puzzles.

Yumiko Murai

Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Thursday August 2, 2018 3:15pm - 3:45pm
MIT Tang Center, E51-149 - Classroom, Building E51 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

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