A good professional workshop is not unilateral. That is, information does not solely come from the facilitator/instructor. Rather, it is a two-way street where ideas can pass between everyone involved. That happened to me recently. It was my goal to pass on some ideas on how chroma-key (green screen) technologies can be used pedagogically. However, it turned in to something like this:
Me: Here’s how it can be done.
Participant: How about using it in this situation?
Me: Great idea! Let’s discuss and work it out.
Now, this is a very simplified way of how it all works, but I am sure you get the drift. The point is that when the two side get together, great ideas abound. Some that even you might not have thought are related to the workshop itself.
With that, I highly encourage you to sign up for any one of the numerous workshops that the CAPE offers. I do believe the great philosopher Forrest Gump stated it best, when he said: workshops “are like a box of chocolates… you never know what you’re gonna get.”
Instructional Media Design Specialist
Center for Academic & Professional Excellence