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I'm preparing my first workshop, any suggestion as an attendee or organizer?

levivm profile image Levi Velázquez ・1 min read

Hi,

I'm preparing my first workshop (Full Stack), it is about Angular + Express.js + Firebase + Google Cloud Functions. Basically, the backend is going to be Serverless.

Do you have any suggestions? as attendee or organizer, what has been your experience, good/bad points about any previous workshop you had assisted.

The workshop is on site, but I have created a small tutorial regarding the backend, feel free to check it out.
Beginner's Guide for Creating a Serverless REST API using NodeJS over Google Cloud Functions

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I run paid workshops in Toronto on AWS. This is what I do.

  • I print out all instructions for the workshop and put it in a dua-tang and give it each attendee.
  • I provide prerequisite/onboarding videos to make sure people are prepared to reduce the time at the start of the workshop.
  • I have all attendees register into Slack beforehand, so during the workshop they can converse or ask questions or get help without interrupting instructor.
  • At the end of the workshop I provide them everything they learned a video-tutorialized format
  • At the start of the workshop I get each person to introduce themselves and tell me what outcome they are hoping to get from the workshop
  • I always have a second domain-expert there because some attendees have deep technical questions which is there reason for attending
 

Thank you so much for your answer.

Regarding:
I print out all instructions for the workshop and put it in a dua-tang and give it each attendee
You print as well the whole workshop step by step ? or just general instruction. I was thinking about printing the whole workshop, so they will be force to type it, it could take longer but maybe they dont just copy/paste.

I have all attendees register into Slack beforehand, so during the workshop they can converse or ask questions or get help without interrupting instructor.
This is a very nice idea, you have 1 slack and create a channel per workshop?

Again, thanks for your tips.

 

When it comes to code I just let them copy it from Slack, but the reason I print out the workshop including screenshots so if they get stuck they can keep pace.

yep 1 channel per workshop

Oh you share the workshop code / tutorial in slack ? that is a good idea.

 

Be clear about what you will be providing or what attendees should have ahead of time. Software, hardware, etc, try not to assume someone will know what they may need for a workshop.

 

Yes, thanks, that is an important point, my idea is to send by email all requirements and a remainder about workshop content.