A great way to kick off a new course

Use this exercise to pinpoint the most valuable lessons from previous courses and projects and build on these experiences when you start a new one.

  1. Spread out the Dialoogle cards on the floor.
  2. Ask the participants to pair up and find two cards each. One should illustrate an experience from a course or a project that was particularly good. Which part of the picture describes the good experience? The other card should show something that you or your co-workers did differently at that time.
  3. Ask the participants to explain to one another why they have chosen their picture card and elaborate on the answer.
  4. Find 1-3 common denominators in the presentations.
  5. Ask the participants to form a new pair, repeat their presentations and find common features. Remember these features! Repeat the process with new pairs for as long as you want.
  6. Afterwards, ask the participants to gather and write the common features on a blackboard. If you can think of a relevant feature that nobody has mentioned, you can add it to the blackboard.
  7. Ask 1-3 participants to make a to-do list of the common features: What are the essential features? What are the most important factors for making a course successful? This list can be used at the beginning of future courses and projects.

As a variation, you can pretend that the new course or project has already begun. In the exercise, you ask the participants to share their expectations for the course and how it may vary from previous courses.



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