The Virtual Session Design Lab

Improve your offline and online training and facilitation skills.

We will soon schedule another lab in the winter of 2021/2022. For direct inquiries, please send an email to info (at) or sign up to The FabUpdate, where we will announce new dates.

During this workshop, you will get a grounding on how to design participatory and interactive sessions that support learning and knowledge sharing. On the first day, we will do a deep dive into adult learning and review research that led to a session format known as ADIDS (Activity, Discussion, Input, Deepening and Synthesis). On the second day, you will design your own session based on ADIDS and have an opportunity to review that design with other participants.

We will also cover best practices for running virtual sessions and how to engage participants before and after your session.

By the end of the lab, you will have:

  • a peer-reviewed session design ready for implementation
  • increased expertise in running effective workshops and convenings.
  • a deeper understanding of how to select effective virtual tools and their potential impacts
  • connections with others on a similar learning journey.

You will also get to work with the Virtual Session Design Canvas. We will also share options to support your growth as a facilitator.

This lab is designed for people working with charities.

The Session Design Lab is facilitated by Dirk Slater, who has spent the last quarter of a century finetuning his training and facilitation techniques. Over the last decade, he has been on a quest to deliver virtual sessions that don’t suck. He is the Facilitation Support Coach for MozFest, RightsCon & The Climate:Red Summit.

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