The Buzz Group is a method for larger groups of participants, e.g. for
inviting people to voice their own opinions during a talk or to
increase their engagement and involvement, but also to for the
clarification of questions.
Each group is presented with a situation and asked to think about
it and exchange ideas.
Each group works on possible outcomes and makes a plan of action.
After ten minutes a participants can leave the group and move on to
a meeting space with separated areas for groups to meet
Brainwriting is also called the „6-3-5 method“: 6 people, 3 ideas
each, and 5 rounds. Basically, the same rules apply as in
brainstorming. The difference is that in brainwriting the creative
phase consists of writing instead of talking. Everybody first writes
down their own ideas and then amends the ideas of all other
participants in turn. Finally, possible solutions are discussed with
regard to their fit to the problem at hand.
The problem is defined.
Six participants generate 3 new ideas each.
Notepads are passed around in a circle to the next person.
Each person complements or amends the ideas of his neighbor.
The cycle is continued 5 times.
Conclusions and solutions are being created.
The ideas are discussed in groups and adapted and applied to the problem.
Brainstorming is a classic among creativity methods. A large number of
ideas about a topic or problem is generated by spontaneously providing
ideas without criticism.
First, topics have to be agreed. The number of topics will depend
on the number of participants. Studies have shown that the number
of people talking in a group is about 7 and independent of group
size. Therefore the size of the group should not be very large.
Groups are set up, a person is designated to take notes and a
facilitator is named.
In each group, the moderator determines the topic.
Participants spontaneously provide ideas for finding a solution
which are being written down. The ideas should flow without
restrictions and be combined with other ideas. The group should be
in a productive and creative mood.
All ideas are read out or presented by the group facilitator and
then evaluated and categorised by the participants in order to
identifiy different aspect of the concept and weed out extraneous
ideas. The evaluation and analysis can be done by the participants
or by other experts.
A blog is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual
almost like a diary or portfolio. In the blog the author comments or
describes events or material such as videos or pictures. The posts are
most often displayed in reverse-chronological order (wikipedia
2009). Writing the blog everyday learners reflect on small learning
results in relation to the bigger goal of the curriculum and thus
learn how to learn (O'Donnell 2006: 17).
O'Donnell, M (2006) Blogging as Pedagogic Practice: Artefact and
Ecology in Asia Oacific Media Educator, Issue No. 17, Dec. 2006
To make learners reflective of their own thinking (Crook et
al. 2008: 32) the following process is suggested:
At least 1/2 hour everyday is reserved for blogging in the
classroom. The learners is asked to blog on what they learned that
day, what they want to learn better and how they will reach this
After blogging every student is asked (on class) to mention some of
the things he or she wrote in the blog. It is discussed how he or
she can reach the learning goal.
The learners is continuously encouraged to comment on each others blogs.
Crook, C. (2008) Web 2.0 Technologies and Learning at Key Stages 3 and
4: Summary Report in BECTA
Computer and softwareprogram for blogging (find them at:
www.blogspot.com and www.thoughts.com).
It's a very useful technique if you want to learn about course
participants' expectations concerning a course, what they bring to the
course (pre-existing knowledge), what they want to gain during the
course, what's their motivation, etc. Such information can help you in
designing and facilitating the course. Most preferably, the technique
is used during the first course meeting.
First of all, you should email learners with instructions for the activity.
Post a discussion topic on the learning platform with the following
questions (and any other that you find useful):
What skills and/or knowledge related to the course topic do you
have at this time?
What do you want to learn during this course?
How will you determine whether this course has been successful
Motivate each participant to give his/her responses to the
questions in the discussion forum.
You, as a facilitator, should review all the posting, give your
comments, explain basic principles of the course and comment on how
they could meet the participants expactations.
Other participants can review and comment on other participants
responses - there could be a discussion.
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