[kwlug-disc] New user breakout sessions
unsolicited at swiz.ca
Wed May 5 16:54:32 EDT 2010
Paul Nijjar wrote, On 05/05/2010 1:12 PM:
> I was talking with Bob Jonkman, and he suggested that we have
> "breakout sessions" at the regular KWLUG meetings. This breakout
> session could be in the room at the top of the stairs at SJK (which by
> day masquerades as a medical office).
> Provided that the office is not in use and there is somebody there to
> supervise, I think this could work. (I will have to ask permission,
> though.) Network access should be available via the wireless. There
> are some network plugs in that room but they would likely be
> I suggest the room near the stairs because it is much quieter than the
> meeting space, and more importantly people yakking away in that room
> should not disturb the main presentation too much.
> People at the breakout could do newbie-friendly demos, tutorials, Q&A,
> or whatever else appeals to them. If they wanted to have a theme and
> we put it up on the website/announcement list beforehand that would be
> useful as well.
> What I would ask for is a KWLUG regular to be present in the breakout
> room for the meeting. (Maybe this person would end up doing doorbell
> duty, too.) Are there any volunteers? It would likely mean sacrificing
> your presence at the main presentation (which would continue as
> I was thinking we could do this starting with the July presentation. I
> guess June could work as well, but that is already an unorthodox
IF I'm there, AND I'm not interested in the presentation (which isn't
too likely, if I'm not interested in the presentation I'm generally
not there), I'm more than happy to play watchdog.
But I think you can play it loose - I expect someone will volunteer
for that on any given night, it probably need not be scheduled nor the
same person every time.
And it may not necessarily have to be a formal topic, if nothing
presents itself as being appropriate, that night. I expect a number of
people would be happy to go to a back room lounge and just casually
chat. If someone with a specific question comes along, an answer would
Not much different than, when at the working center, there was usually
a small group of people sitting in the far back corner sofa's quietly
and casually chatting together during a presentation.
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