Welcome Email to the Facilitating Group Participation Co-Hort

Welcome to Facilitating Group Participation! We are excited to take this 7 week journey with you. We wanted to give you an overview of what to expect next!

In the next few days we will add you to the Learning Management System (LMS) platform CANVAS and you will be able to complete the “Welcome” module in the course right away. 

Book – Your registration fee includes a printed or e-book of the Facilitator’s Guide to Group Participatory Decision-Making, Sam Kaner, third edition. You have a choice of a printed or electronic version of the book. Please let Laurie (Laurie@Dougherty-Inc.com) know if you want a printed book (provide your home shipping address) or an ebook (we will use the email we have on file). 

Welcome Module – The Welcome Module contains an overview of the course, introduction to your instructors and a place to introduce yourself to your classmates.   You will be able to access it as soon as you are registered on the Canvas Learning Management site. 
Schedule – Each Wednesday, starting on April 27th we will release a new module for you to complete. You will need to post your own discussion post before you are able to view or comment on others posts.  The module for week 1 assignments will be open on April 27th.   The module for week 2 will be open on May 4th, etc.  Attached is an outlook reminder for zoom meetings for the entire 7 week session.  Please double check that it populated each of your 7 weeks meetings on your calendar. 

Module 1: Grounding Principles – online meeting May 4th – module open April 27th
Module 2: Facilitative Listening Skills – online meeting May 11th – module open May 4th
Module 3: Chart Writing Techniques – online meeting May 18th – module open May 11
Module 4: Brainstorming – online meeting May 25th – module open May 18th 
Module 5: Facilitating Discussions –online meeting June 1st – module open May 25th 
Module 6: Effective Agendas –online meeting June 8th – module open June 1
Module 7: Dealing with Difficult People and Wrap Up –online meeting June 15th – module open June 8th 

Canvas LMS – Each of you will be automatically registered for the course on the Canvas platform. You will get an email from Instructure (Canvas) on completing your Canvas registration and we will also review any questions on Canvas at our online meeting on May 4th.   Here is a link to the what the process of signing up looks like on Canvas.  If you have not received yourWhen you have completed the process of signing up, you will be able to access the Welcome Module right away. 

Remember, facilitation takes practice and participation.  The more you engage and participate in this class,  the more you will get out of this course.  Sharing knowledge with each other and giving feedback and suggestions is a priceless addition to this course. 

Don’t forget we have our first zoom meeting Wednesday, May 4th at 3pm eastern time.  Most of our meetings will be 90 minutes or less.  Text Laurie if you need the meeting number and password. She can be texted at 815-970-2145.  We look forward to getting to know each of you during this journey. If you have any questions for me, please email us at Laurie@Dougherty-Inc.com or Michelle@ZamperettiConsulting.com  at anytime. 

Laurie Dougherty & Michelle ZamperettiRecap – please let Laurie know as soon as possible if you would like a print copy or ebook.   If print, please provide home shipping address.