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As the instructor and panel moderator, one has to manage the questions from the class as well as rein in the excitement and enthusiasm of the panel participants to impart their wisdom. I asked the class for feedback following the inclusion of two panel discussions.They loved the panel but wanted to have time to ask more questions and hear more from each person than time allowed.I added follow-up questions to each set so students could delve deeper into the issue if time allowed.Planning the event requires thought and organization.In reflecting upon their feedback, I had an epiphany: speaking directly with others about their work is similar to dating.In dating you have to ask questions to get to know each other and you must have a conversation to learn about the other’s experiences.Having this information prior to the event will allow the students to use their short time (it is a speed event after all) most effectively. Providing name tags for everyone, water for the panelists, extra paper and writing instruments for taking notes, and encouraging the professionals to pass out business cards will add to the experience for both parties.It is important to pay attention to time during the activity.
My previous experiences facilitating successful panel discussions led me to believe that a panel would be a good method to use here. In an effort to create a panel that represented a diversity of functions and practitioners, I ended up with too many panelists and, consequently, an ineffective exercise.
“Remember when they made us carve pumpkins in the shape of our logo?
” And here’s the kicker, in this scenario 7 people will not have had a chance to talk to one another (the people in their own row.) And they will be curious to know their thoughts as well.
Each round has to be long enough for the students to gather some information and short enough to get to each panelist during the activity. Most important is to leave time for reflection for the students.
At the end of the experience, have students work in their pairs to discuss what they learned.