Notes from EDIFdefinition dissemination planning event
What makes gd event?
Before the event
Helpful directions with photos
Civilised start and finish time to fit with travel (suggested 10.30-4) to meet needs of local/people from distance- Flexibility
Gd transport links/parking
During the event
Gd speakers/ realism
Mix of content and different activities friendly and interactive
Running workshops with taster of project Learner experience
Not too exclusive and no jargon!
Give things to people- not just tell them what we did but things they can take away and apply in their own context
Relevant - learn something Informal using entertainment to engage people
Group projects into themes Information prior to event with précis so delegates can choose most relevant
Create QR codes so people go direct to website
What makes u tell other people about it, book it AND turn up!
Issue with free events. Different people need different hooks Link to policy changes and people - if we make links for them they'll come and find out what they need to do
Great speaker and relevant - but also people don't like lots of speakers
People don't like non interactive workshops
Focus on questions/ challenges and provide some solutions
If you say you will do something you have to deliver it- if you advertise solutions must provide some
People want to take things away.
highlight Policy changes
If event is done properly 'This is what we've done and these are link to another projects'
I have just had sneek peek at the All for One, One for All film and Ive been blown away!!! I cant wait to Showcase it at the first dissemination event! The film is a real first in our area and in relation to Equalitydefinition and Diversity it will have great sustainability when deilvering training and tutorials within the College....whooooppp!!! (big smiley face)...Julie
Well now we are being filmed!
Community Action Derby have agreed to video the project in action. Last week they interviewed learners and filmed their I.T. session. Employers are currently arrangeing suitable times to talk about their involvement so now it is our turn - Debbie Owen ( the project manager) and I will be before the camera tomorrow. I think it is safe to say that some of us are more comfortable with this than others - however it will be excellent publicity and the learners say they found it a really positive experience.
The project is now on track after some initial hiccups with regard to recruitment. We are holding a 'Sprinboard Intensive' 2 day developmental workshop May 28/29. The aim is to focus on further skill development but also the performance process.. Lots of very positive support within the college and the Dissemination day in July!
Our group has got together a couple of times in the past few weeks to agree on main themes and the quotes that best illustrate them. We identify lack of knowledge of transgender issues, well-meaning attempts to help that don't work, issues of how to be addressed (pronouns and titles), inadequate procedures, or failures to stick to them, and isolation and harassment as major themes. The good news is that many good experiences were reported too, and things seem to be getting better the more time that goes by, according to those interviewees with a long history of dealing with transgender issues. We are now busy working on a 3-4 minute film that will hopefully illustrate the issues, and suggest some solutions, in an entertaining and informative way.
Project coming along nicely now. We have got both of our surveys up and running ready for before and after the users have gone through the elearning training.
We are now in a position for IT Support to install our eLearning software on computers that students can access, so they can update the learning materials and make them more suitable as student learning materials.
See our project web page for the front page of our eLearning materials.
I'm slowly starting to feel the pressure lift and the project is coming together. Before the easter break we had STRIVE deliver tutorials to learners and staff about forced marriage and honour based violence. The sessions were interactive and informative and learners and staff gave very positive feedback about the awareness it created.
One learner commented, 'I never fully realised what women in some cultures have to go through'.
Yesterday learners from our Catering department took part in the final leg of their All- For-One journey and visited food suppliers and stores on Leicesters 'Golden Mile'. I'll post pictures and feedback as they come in.
Our short film about the project is well underway. I feel like I have achieved a personal victory by securing funding to have the film subtitled. The film will be highlighted at the dissemination events.
I'm really excitied to see everyone next week at the planning meeting and also looking forward to the dissemination events to see all the great work that has been done!!!
See you all soon!
These short videos show some of the EDIFdefinition activity taking place at the college. The courses have run before, but this time the tutors have deliberately embeded new resources aimed at developing the Equalitydefinition and Diversity competencies of everyone in the class:
- "Stepping Stones" short course for those moving into support work. Learners chose to role play someone with a protected characteristic different from their own and showed great empathy.
- Access to HEdefinition presentations. For the first time, LGBT was one of the posible topics. Video shows follow-up Q&A about the open letter sent by Gigi Chao to her father.
- "Liberated" is one three gallery exhibitions which have reinforced what has gone on in the classroom. Three women describe their work, and then invite learners and staff to identify and bin the labels they are given but don't own.
For each activity tutors complete a template to capture the impact in class (whether positive or negative). We have also developed a questionnaire to measure the distance that these learners have travelled overall during the lifetime of the project.
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