Related to the issue of time is how long a workshop should be, or how short it can be. Of course, the key points of a workshop can be put on a handout and participants could read this themselves, but as we hope to have shown, the added value of workshops comes from the opportunities for interaction and gaining practical experience. Some organisers forget this important point and do not allocate enough time. If you feel this is the case, talk about it and perhaps share a brief outline of the activities (not just the content) you aim to complete with the participants, and the various (types of) learning outcomes (see the section on ‘Writing goals, objectives and learning outcomes’, p. 80) you are aiming for. The opposite can happen too. One of us was once asked to change a 2-hour workshop into a full-day event, supposedly because one of the other speakers cancelled. The workshop schedule was changed, with the morning dedicated to input and controlled practice, and the afternoon was used to have participants work in small groups based on their shared interests, with the facilitator walking around and giving feedback.
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