We set out to design this facilitator training for the main purpose of teaching others how to evaluate the assessment of 21st century skills at our standard.
However, the unexpected consequences have been much greater. By putting 75 learning professionals (faculty, instructional designers, career service reps, and deans just to name a few) in a community together we began to see all sorts of connections forming.
In addition to canvas we also leveraged a discussion platform called Pretzl and Slack to forge bonds. At the beginning of the cohort (which lasts one month) we assigned each participant to a group of 3 buddies. Our goal was to have them reach out to one another with questions instead of me.
Soon enough, people were not only asking their buddies for help in the training, but also collaborating on their micro-credential initiatives and sharing insights.
Our goal with this group is to create a community of Facilitators who can eventually run their own cohorts to take some of the work off the Lab, creating a dispersed evaluation community.
Education Design Lab