Thursday, August 18, 2011

Planning, Membership, Communication - Sample Guidelines/References for Frugal Innovation thru Small Group Collaboration

Make participants comfortable and confident.
  • Include potential leaders/facilitators and participants at earliest stages of planning - especially those who will be most affected by the results and those who will be essential to achieving those results
  • Balance time spent listening to each other and modifying plans with time spent working on scheduled tasks.
  • Level of Communication:
    • Make it possible for the least expert participant to understand, contribute
    • Make it possible for each participant to ask questions, to acknowledge limits to their own knowledge
  • "Leave venting at the door" - How ?
    • provide explicit time for venting and explain other times NOT for venting
    • leader/facilitator models non-venting behavior

From Sample Guidelines from Working Draft See More:  "Guidelines/References for Frugal Innovation thru Small Group Collaboration:  Working draft from TLTG Annual Online Symposium 2011"

These Guidelines & References are based on the work of the TLT Group's 4th Annual Online Symposium on Frugal Innovation and Collaborative Change: YOU ARE NOT ALONE! SMALL MIXED GROUP COLLABORATION (August, 2011). Registration was free to TLT Group members. See the homebase Web pages for each of the 3 online sessions:
Session 1    Session 2    Session 3
TLT Group Members are also invited to participate in a "small mixed collaborative group" to continue developing these resources in academic 2011-12!
To join this working group, send email to Rebecca Kurtz:

The Symposium strongly influences the TLT Group's agenda for our weekly FridayLive! online sessions. Our 2011-12 "season" begins on September 9, 2pm Eastern with a recap and  extension of this summer's work on Small Mixed Collaborative Groups. In the Symposium, guest presenters discussed specific kinds of successful small-group collaboration:
  • Student-Faculty - Session 3, Elon University et al.
  • Faculty-Faculty - Sessions 1, 2, 3 - Temple University, Miami University of Oho, Elon University et al.
  • Faculty-Librarian - Sessions 2, 3 - Miami University of Ohio et al.
  • Faculty-Faculty Development, and Faculty-Tech. Participants - Sessions 1, 2, 3 - Temple University, Miami University of Oho, Elon University et al.
We welcome all in higher education - faculty, librarians, faculty developers, administrators, and students; but we especially encourage small groups of colleagues from the same institution.

We believe that focusing on small, realistic steps will lead to more widespread, long-lasting meaningful changes. In fact, in these especially challenging times, small steps may be the ONLY way to keep moving - in the right direction.

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