Week 5: Learning and Teaching, Testing & Evaluation

Summary of Activities
Testing the Tool
It was the last session of phase 1 and Mick asked us to participate in some usability testing for the tool.

Testing the tool

Testing the tool

Meanwhile, Hils facilitated a final session on learning and teaching which aimed to build on  previous discussions on how we learn and how we support others to learn. Hils introduced the idea of the learning cycle which outlines 4 phases of learning that take place before becoming adept at something…

The Learning Cycle

The Learning Cycle

She also added the idea of the learning jigsaw and asked everyone in the group to think about the different  elements of training that help people to learn. She asked people to think about everything from activities used to the attitude and approach of the trainer and facilitator.

Learning Jigsaw

Learning Jigsaw

Evaluation
In the afternoon, Mick and Hils invited everyone to participate in an overall evaluation of the project from weeks 1 to 5 using a process map. This involved plotting out the different sessions and using ‘post-its’ to comment on them. We looked at what we did, what we noticed and what we would change.

Process Map

Evaluation

Evaluation

Process map

Process map

Reflections

Learning and Teaching

The work we have done throughout the process on how we teach and learn really came to fruition in the last session. The combined teaching and learning experiences of everyone in the group made for a rich and in-depth conversation. The group reflected that this focus within the process has enabled us to better articulate how we learn and teach. This is particularly useful for those who have not had formal training in training and facilitation. There was an agreement from the group that co-design process has helped support our professional development as trainers and facilitators and has given us loads of new ideas!

Evaluation
A visual representation of the whole process was really effective in providing an overview. We could see our progress and how our thinking and understanding of the tool and the co-design process had developed over time. There was a real sense of achievement. After all that ‘brain burning’ it now  seemed to make sense and to fit together. It was as if the clouds had lifted to reveal blue sky!

As an earlier blog post underlined, The group is made up of very busy people so not everyone has been able to attend all of the time. This has presented some challenges with regards to continuity and communication. The ideal situation would be to conduct the co-design process in one short, intense burst, over a week and maybe as Tommy suggested “in a barn in the middle of nowhere”. This idea takes its inspiration from collaborative processes such as book sprints and code sprints popular in the free software movement.

Watch out for ‘Co-design camp’ coming to a barn near you soon!