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A facilitator-led workshop typically involves around 20-30 people. Virtual facilitation enables you to create a transparent dialogue between a limitless amount of participants, no matter where they are. This makes it easy for everyone – even the shyest ones – to take part in discussions and voice opinions at any point.
Face-to-face facilitation relies on participants to be at the same place at the same time. With digital facilitation, you can encourage active conversations and create activities before, during, and after sessions, giving participants time to reflect. This creates social connectivity among participants, which translates to increased motivation, involvement, inspiration, and engagement.
In the traditional model, a large majority of a facilitator’s or consultant’s time is spent on note-taking. Digital facilitation allows the facilitators and participants to co-create and share the responsibility of documentation. It also provides a single place to host all exercises and discussions so you can save time and focus on the process instead of busywork.
Use Howspace before a workshop or event starts, to help participants get familiar with the objectives or to gain an understanding of the participants’ current goals and skill levels. Once an event is kicked off, you can create discussions and activities to extend and reinforce the impact. Howspace makes it easy to track feedback and engagement instantly and over time.
Howspace is especially effective for events and workshops that rely on heavy participation and peer-to-peer learning. Some examples of typical events that Howspace is being used for: professional learning sessions, change management, transformation processes, organizational development, HR, and membership events with a learning and involvement focus.
The problem with most large scale events is that information only flows one way: the presenters and a few other people speak, while the majority of people sit still and listen. Howspace breaks down those barriers and provides a platform where everyone can voice opinions in real-time. Check out how Toronto Change Days did just that with Howspace during their 3-day conference.
Howspace is not a video conferencing software, but it works side-by-side with any live video tool of your choice to enhance your virtual meetings. Video conferencing tools can only go so far. With Howspace, you can facilitate real-time chat conversations, polls, surveys, or other activities that are permanently documented in your Howspace workspace and are easy to refer back to.
Howspace goes beyond instant messaging and gives facilitators the power to actually guide the dialogue. Administrators can hide discussions or provide specific guidance after receiving responses. You can also email participants directly from Howspace in case you need to nudge them to provide input.
Howspace workspaces are simple to create with no coding involved. Just drag and drop widgets to create chats, polls, assignments, and much more. Howspace can be used on any device with a web browser and doesn’t require any login information. The social media-like design makes it easy for participants to start engaging and “like” the platform.
Sifting through endless input can be impossible. Howspace's built-in AI-powered clustering features can help you analyze dialogue in real-time. Just choose a discussion and Howspace can create a short summary, cluster, word cloud, or sentiment analysis of the most important topics and themes.
Create a dedicated workspace for your workshop or event with our intuitive drag-and-drop editor. You can also create different pages to categorize items or separate different user groups. Think of it like being able to build your own facilitator website just the way you want, without any complicated coding.
There are several ways to activate participants before a workshop or event. One way to do this on Howspace is by sharing the agenda or other content to help participants get familiar with the objectives. Another way you can utilize Howspace for pre-engagement is to create a poll, survey, or discussion to gauge the participants’ current skill levels or interests.
Collaboration is a two-way street. Howspace allows you to create different kinds of feedback loops, and iterate experiences based on participants' comments and even through simple “likes”. This can be done through a variety of different Howspace widgets:
Share any type of content: text, images, videos, PDFs, presentations, or other types through the File Sharing widget. Howspace also has a handy Embed widget that lets you incorporate 3rd party content.
When you're ready to draw conclusions from a particular discussion, you can use Howspace's built-in AI-powered clustering features to analyze the data. Simply choose a discussion, and Howspace can instantly create a short summary, cluster, word cloud, or sentiment analysis of the most important topics.
“We were initially worried that using Teams and Howspace together would be difficult and unclear for the participants. We ended up getting a lot of praise about Howspace bringing the needed variation for full days of virtual work.”
Digital Developer, Social Democratic Party of Finland (SDP)
“Howspace creates an environment that feels safe, as the platform can be adjusted to the customer’s brand. This inspires people to share thoughts and ideas and facilitate change mutually.”
Senior Manager, Implement Consulting Group
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