Online away days case study: Shared Care Scotland
“We were a little nervous about undertaking such an important piece of work ‘remotely’…”
Now that we’re all experts with Zoom, Teams, Skype etc, surely we don’t need facilitated sessions…? Having fumbled through clunky online meetings like everyone else, we ran a remote strategy away day recently. Both experiences show there’s value in independent facilitation!
Rather than cancelling a planned strategy day with stakeholders, Shared Care Scotland worked with us to adapt the event, transforming what would have been a full-day’s participation into a shorter online session. As with a face-to-face event, preparation was everything.
We began by checking people’s appetite and availability for this way of working, then provided the key questions in advance via a short survey. This let us work out which topics mattered most to staff, trustees and stakeholders, helping to focus the session. Next we gave participants the chance to explore the online platform in advance. Making the ‘meeting room’ available for a week beforehand and giving clear explanations and guidance ‘gave people confidence’, says Chief Executive Don Williamson.
‘There was a nice pace and good use of the platforms tools to check mood and pace. There was great multi-tasking from the facilitator – listening and building on points whilst also keeping an eye on the chat log, raised hands etc.
‘We were a little nervous about undertaking such an important piece of work ‘remotely’, but we felt it delivered what was needed and has generated some helpful questions and themes for us to explore over the coming months.’
We are grateful to Don and everyone at Shared Care Scotland for the opportunity to test our online learning platform as a facilitation tool. We’ve learned a lot about delivering online courses in the last two years, but knowing we can offer the usual Wren and Greyhound experience virtually, has been really heartening.
We’ve already helped a few organisations learn to more about developing and delivering elearning, so give us a shout if you’d like a look around the platform – or if you’re ready for better online meetings!