The (Virtual) Session Design Lab


Improve your offline and online training and facilitation skills.

We are planning the next workshop for sometime in early November, subscribe to the FabUpdate to get more info.

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 practical 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
  • a greater understanding of how to run effective workshops and convenings
    • along with best practices for engaging participants in online events.
  • connections with others who are on a similar learning journey.

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.

Planning a virtual event? Check out the (Virtual) Event Design Lab.

Apply for a scholarship to The (Virtual) Session Design Lab.