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Aalborg University is a well-known educational institution located in Aalborg, Denmark. It is a public university that was founded in 1974. Aalborg University is known for its focus on problem-based and project-based learning, which encourages students to work on real-world challenges and gain practical experience during their studies. The university has multiple campuses in Aalborg and a campus in Copenhagen.
At Aalborg University (AAU), there is a success criterion for leading virtual meetings, group sessions, or teaching remotely. In continuation of the Corona pandemic’s first work-from-home period, the need to strengthen the professional profile as good facilitators was reinforced. Aalborg University therefore turned to Mannaz for help in meeting this highly topical need.
In close collaboration with Mannaz, AAU Competence Development developed an intensive and practical course dealing with virtual and meeting facilitation.
The target group ranges from knowledge workers and lecturers to technical-administrative staff and consultants across all AAU departments and geographical locations.
During the course, many participants work with the technical possibilities and limitations of virtual facilitation, to use a palette of simple and complex processes, and create a connection between purpose and benefit for facilitation and/or meetings.
Mannaz and AAU’s course consists of 2 virtual modules of 3 hours duration. The course contains some of the tools from the facilitation toolbox that are particularly useful for overcoming the barriers that arise when we move in-person meetings to virtual spaces.
For example, a preparation model with 4 dimensions was developed creating a connection between purpose, people, technology, and processes. It is absolutely central that the participants both see and try out different means of action in the virtual space. PowerPoint slides, flipcharts, various platforms, and apps such as Mentimeter and Slido are therefore used.
In the two virtual modules, the participants acquire skills and gain insight into the following:
Mannaz’ senior consultant Nanna Tolborg has overseen the development and execution of the current 7 teams in close collaboration with specialist consultant Tine Bjørka from AAU Competence Development.
A large number of employees from Aalborg University have now been trained to use virtual techniques effectively and create participant involvement.
The employees have been given simple tools and process controls to plan, carry out, and post-process online activities. An increased awareness of habits and practices for virtual meetings and training has been created.
Aalborg University has improved its meeting culture across faculties and geographical locations both at home and abroad. The facilitator has ensured an improved meeting culture and the virtual meeting process has achieved various goals – whether it is decisions to be made, progress in project groups to be ensured, learning to be achieved, or team collaboration to be developed.
On a scale from 1-5, the participants rated course relevance at 4.7 as a whole. In the course evaluations, participants highly valued the facilitator’s skill and competency. The content and course in general was valued for its practical, concrete tools and involving processes.
”It was both inspiring and engaging that our teacher used the tools and techniques that we have to use ourselves, so that we have tried on our own body how they work.”
”There was a focus on the practical and many concrete ideas.”
”I have rediscovered what it is that is important when you have to teach someone something.”
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