Although we do not always have the luxury of choice, ideally workshops are held in spaces that have the following qualities: Well-ventilated and not too hot. Stuffy air will quickly tire the most enthusiastic of participants. If ventilation is not sufficient, open windows and a door to create an airflow. Ventilators, although noisy, can be helpful in hot situations. Slightly cooler is better than too warm. Bright. Where insufficient daylight is available (or the sun is too strong), good lighting is essential and has been shown to directly affect participants’ concentration levels. Spacious. Unlike in regular classrooms, in workshops participants are likely to walk around a lot, to sit in groups and to work on posters or with other materials. Insufficient space will have a direct impact on the success of the workshop. Don’t forget that you will also need additional space for yourself, to be able to easily move from one group to the next. Ideally, you have access to breakout rooms so that different groups can work independently. Flexible. Ideally the furniture needs to be movable. This is the most common problem with spaces for workshops where desks are fixed in long rows. Ideally, desks should be light and easily moved and put together with other desks to create new configurations.
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