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Home Groups How to Organize and Host a nanoHUB Workshop for Faculty Detailed Activities
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  • Created 12 Apr 2012

Day One * Participant introductions : Allow participants to give reasons for attending and their expectations for the workshop.

* Assessment of preexisting knowledge: plan an activity that allows participants to state their current knowledge of nanoHUB; whether they have used it before, or whether they are likely to use it in the future. To increase engagement and establish camaraderie, try using a group activity such as a small group brainstorming session.

* Facilitator presentation of workshop objectives: Do not overburden participants with too much detail in this session, just give a brief overview of the planned curriculum and possibly some fun activity for more team building.

Day Two

* Introductory training session with Have additional facilitators on hand to assist participants with login procedures for nanoHUB.

* Team building exercise. Allow some time for participants to familiarize themselves with nanoHUB in small groups (possibly do a nanoHUB scavenger hunt-type event). Have additional facilitators on hand to assist teams while exploring nanoHUB.

* Reflection activity. Plan some form of reflection activity so they can reinforce the most important takeaways of the first session.

* Begin pedagogy training session for curriculum design. In our workshop, we chose to use a “How People Learn” (HPL) framework with the “Backwards Design” method for course development. These two methods promote community while maximizing content transfer by establishing good communication channels between participants and facilitators. Provide enough structure to ensure that participants’ expectations are being met.

* Group Activity. Allow participants to share and discuss course plans in small group and whole group presentations.

* Allow time for individual participants to develop a preliminary course plan using pedagogy. Our workshop featured a “Community, Knowledge, Learner, Assessment” course plan integrating nanoHUB simulations with Backwards Design. Additional facilitators should be on hand to assist participants with any issues while navigating nanoHUB.

Day Three

* Allow participants to share impressions of workshop with group. Third day session is more informal. Allow participants to have more control over discussion topics.

* Provide additional guidance developing resources with nanoHUB. Give more background on some of the social media tools found on nanoHUB such as: wikipages, blogs, messaging, work groups, etc.

* Participants’ presentations of course materials developed during the workshop and future plans for deploying nanoHUB resources., a resource for nanoscience and nanotechnology, is supported by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.