This is the first time we have run separate workshops in different venues on different topics, rather than a grand one day workshop. What do you think? Is it something we want to do again? Do you prefer the old method?
It did not work out as well as it might! We only had 3 Workshops with a total attendance of about half the usual number of people, (and some of those may be counted twice because they attended two) so it has been disappointing, and many people have not been able to get to any of the workshops.
For us, as an FE college, a one-day event after the end of term means we can close the LRC and all of us can go. Some people have missed the networking of the large event! However, the one-day event is quite intensive, and some may appreciate the smaller half-day sessions, and the chance to visit other colleges.
My comments (as an outsider, if they are welcome)
when I attended the 'big' study day last year there was a very real sense of it being a vibrant, networking event with a good range of workshops on.
I assume the individual worksops may be easier to manage and maybe more cost effective, but looking from the perspective of planning and advertising events in my own organisation, the annual e-learning fair seems to be more of a pull for people to attend and staff development managers seem happier to sign off people's applications for this rather than several individual events.
Still, whichever you decide on I am sure somebody from the RSC can speak where relevant :-)
I agree with Sylvia. Yes it didn't require so much organisation, but there was a reluctance for individual members of staff to go on their own, so there was a lack of participation. The other issue is that it is really busy for us at this stage in the term. Had we said we're all going out, then I think people would have felt less guilty about not doing other things.
Not having a full day meant that we were not providing somethin for everyone, therefore, less inclusive.
I don't mind having occasional workshops like we have done, but I think we should aim for a day workshop, perhaps every 2 years.