CanvasLIVE meet-ups are a great informal event. They're meant to be a starting point for collaboration: an initial conversation that might ultimately yield a shareable resource. And ideally, they will also be fun.
If you're looking to host a meet-up, here are some tips.
- The meet-up should have a facilitator.
In most cases, that will be the person who initiated the CanvasLIVE event. The facilitator's predominantly neutral role will be to step back to let the conversation flow, and step in to prompt participants as necessary to keep the conversation moving.
- The facilitator should designate a participant to help collect the ideas.
After the meeting, the facilitator and designee should document the meet-up, either in the comments section of the event or in a blog post, if the latter format makes more sense.
- The facilitator needs to be ready with an actionable item at the end.
If the session is going to be part of a collaborative effort, then a framework for that effort--an action item--should conclude the session. It might not be readily apparent until the session has run its course what form that action item will take, but just in case nothing becomes apparent, have something ready. Examples might be, "I'll create a course and invite everyone who is interested as teachers. DM your email to me so I can add you." Or, you could say, "I'm going to create a chat room where we can begin collaborating and brainstorming next steps."
- The facilitator should also schedule a follow-up meet-up or event right away.
This will allow the participants to have a milestone or marker to which to look forward where they can discuss next steps, what's been done, the next project, and so forth.
Ready to meet up? You'll find a brief description at CanvasLIVE: Meet-Ups; click on the Create New Event button to set up your informal get-together.