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Planning and Presenting Workshops That Work: A Faculty Development Workshop

  • Zenni, Elisa A.1
  • Turner, Teri L.2
  • 1 Professor and Associate Dean for Educational Affairs, Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville
  • 2 Professor, Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Vice Chair of Education, and Martin I. Lorin Endowed Chair in Medical Education, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital
Published Article
MedEdPORTAL : the Journal of Teaching and Learning Resources
Association of American Medical Colleges
Publication Date
May 11, 2021
DOI: 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.11158
PMID: 34041360
PMCID: PMC8110637
PubMed Central
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Introduction Workshops are commonly used in higher education, although faculty often have little or no training in how to develop and deliver this type of teaching methodology. This publication can be used to deliver a 1-hour active learning session to faculty utilizing experiential learning as a framework. Methods An hour-long workshop on developing and implementing effective workshops was given to five cohorts of participants in the Academic Pediatric Association's Educational Scholars Program (ESP) between 2010 and 2018, following a 2008 pilot. After a brief didactic presentation, participants developed their own workshop plans. A unique reflection in action was utilized to model effective workshop facilitation techniques. Written surveys were used to evaluate the effectiveness of the workshop. Data from the ESP graduates were used to report the percentage of respondents who conducted their own workshop postgraduation. Results A total of 116 faculty participated in this workshop over the course of 5 years. One hundred and fourteen participants stated they found the session to be useful. The role modeling/reflection by the facilitators and the opportunity to work with others on a workshop plan were described as the most valuable aspects. Approximately 70% of scholars who responded to postgraduation surveys had conducted at least one regional, national, or international workshop. Discussion This faculty development session implements active and adult learning principles to model and teach participants how to develop and lead an effective workshop. It also provides a mechanism for collaboration among participants to develop a workshop based on shared interests.

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