ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR PRACTITIONERS Exemplification of possible active learning and teaching approaches for meeting and event administration Exciting opportunities exist to immerse learners in rich practical experiences to support real-life meetings and events. A variety of meetings and events will already take place in schools and these may offer opportunities for learners to apply and develop their practical administrative skills, eg helping to organise a school show, parents’ evenings etc. Learners may also wish to organise new event s that are currently not offered within the centre, eg organising enterprise events. Partnership working with local organisations may help learners to further appreciate the relevance of acquired administrative skills. A note on progression When planning meetings and events to allow learners to apply and further evolve administration and IT skills, it is essential that consideration is given to progression from National 4 to National 5 requirements. To differentiate and ensure appropriate progression , practitioners may consider the following: ADMINISTRATION AND IT (NATIONAL 4, 5) © Crown copyright 2012 1 ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR PRACTITIONERS National 4 vs National 5 Possible approaches guide to meeting and event administration The following guide may be used to assist the planning of a real -life event or meeting scenario for learners to provide administrative support. 2 ADMINISTRATION AND IT (NATIONAL 4, 5) © Crown copyright 2012 ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR PRACTITIONERS 1. Meeting/event idea generation Practitioners could involve learners in the process of identifying and selecting real-life event or meeting contexts to provide administrative support. Learners will see the relevance of the administration and IT sk ills they have acquired and how practical skills are transferable from context to context. It will also deepen learners’ appreciation of the variety of meetings/events administrators may be asked to support within the contemporary workplace. Involving learners in this process will also have a strong motivational effect. Learners should enjoy the opportunity to apply skills in meaningful meeting and event contexts. To assist with this first stage, a meeting/event idea generation sheet can be used to help stimulate discussion in a whole-class or smaller group setting (Appendix 1). Practitioners and learners may consider offering support to meetings and events that already take place within the centre , offering the administration services of the learners to support future occurrences of these meetings/events. Opportunities also exist for new events/meeting s to be held within the centre, which may be of benefit to the centre as well as providing a meaningful learning experience. Practitioners may utilise existing relationships with the local community to identify possible external meetings/events. Learners could provide administrative support to these within a real-life context. 2. Meeting/event ideas: screening and selection Having generated a range of possible meeting and event administration contexts, practitioners could then screen ideas to help identify the most meaningful and appropriate experiences for learners. When screening ideas, practitioners could consider issues including time constraints, materials required, capability of learners, health and safety , and risk of failure. Practitioners should also examine the National 4 and National 5 Administration and IT course support notes to help identify which ideas would provide the most useful learning experience to apply the skills identified. ADMINISTRATION AND IT (NATIONAL 4, 5) © Crown copyright 2012 3 ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR PRACTITIONERS To help categorise ideas generated and select an event context, practitioners may use simple SWOT analysis (Appendix 2) and RAG (red, amber, green) templates (Appendix 3). 3. Meeting/event planning: tools and resources Once the context has been selected, practitioners could consider how they might maximise the experience for learners and ensure it fits with the requirements of the course. If supporting a meeting/event for colleagues or external partners, it is perhaps beneficial to request more detail on the meeting/event. A meeting/event briefing template may be used to help gather essential information on the details and requirements of the meeting/event to be supported. An example of a briefing template can be found in Appendix 4. A meeting to discuss the content of the brief would also be beneficial. Practitioners could then consider the administration and IT activities and skills required of learners to support the meeting/event. To help c larify these, a meeting/event planning template can be used (Appendix 5). Practitioners could make use of existing materials to help learners familiarise themselves with the content and layout of the documents they will be tasked to produce as part of the meeting/event and to develop skills in the use of appropriate software applications. The software to be used and the documents to be produced will depend on the meeting/event being supported. A schedule could be used to highlight tasks to be completed and timescales . Schedules are a possible tool for meeting and event administrators. Simple schedules can be created using familiar software applications , including word processing and spreadsheets. Online schedules and timelines could also be used for this purpose. The creation of a schedule may also allow learners to reflect on specific tasks that have to be completed and to organise time and materials to ensure each of these tasks is completed successfully. 4 ADMINISTRATION AND IT (NATIONAL 4, 5) © Crown copyright 2012 ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR PRACTITIONERS Gantt charts are often used for meeting/event schedule layout. A Gantt chart offers a quick graphic representation of the order and duration of meeting/event tasks to be completed. 4. Meeting/event implementation and support Practitioners may choose to allocate specific tasks to individual learners or groups of learners, or may choose to have all learners working on the same tasks. The actual tasks required will depend on the meeting/event being supported, but practitioners may look to instigate discussion on important issues , including housekeeping, materials used and allocation, health and safety, and anticipating and dealing with potential problems when the meeting or event is actually running. A site visit and walk-through of the meeting/event before its actual implementation, highlighting tasks that have to be carried out immediately before and during the meeting/event, could provide a meaningful discussion forum for learners. Learners could be given the opportunity to take the lead in terms of making decisions and resolving problems. Practitioners could adopt an advisory role, offering guidance where appropriate. Practitioners could also encourage learners to measure their progress with agreed schedules. Practitioners may consider filming the actual meeting/event to record skills and the impact these skills have. The recording can be viewed by practitioners and learners to help analyse the learning experience. 5. Meeting/event review Once the meeting/event has been undertaken and learners have completed required post-event wrap-up tasks, time could be allocated to reflect on the learning experience and processes. Information and discussion on what went well and what could be done differently next time would be of value to learners. If the meeting/event was administered on behalf of colleagues or exte rnal partners, feedback could be sought relating to the contribution learners made to it. ADMINISTRATION AND IT (NATIONAL 4, 5) © Crown copyright 2012 5 ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR PRACTITIONERS Feedback from meeting/event attendees may also be of value to help identify positives and areas for development. Online questionnaire/poll -creation tools may assist with this. Learners could be encouraged to reflect personally on the skills they used as part of the experience and highlight skills that require further reinforcement. Sharing practice and professional support Practitioners could benefit from sharing their practice and experiences with colleagues relating to the use of this meeting and event administration guidance. Existing professional networks and forums could be utilised for this purpose , including the use of GLOW, local subject group meetings a nd CPD sessions. Engagement and analysis with fellow professionals may help practitioners reflect on learning and teaching activities and help to ensure that successful learning experiences and processes are reinforced and further developed. 6 ADMINISTRATION AND IT (NATIONAL 4, 5) © Crown copyright 2012 ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR PRACTITIONERS Appendix 1: Meeting/event administration ideas generation sheet ADMINISTRATION AND IT (NATIONAL 4, 5) © Crown copyright 2012 7 ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR PRACTITIONERS Appendix 2: Example of a meeting/event SWOT analysis template 8 ADMINISTRATION AND IT (NATIONAL 4, 5) © Crown copyright 2012 ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR PRACTITIONERS Appendix 3: Example of a meeting idea RAG template ADMINISTRATION AND IT (NATIONAL 4, 5) © Crown copyright 2012 9 ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR PRACTITIONERS Appendix 4: Example of a meeting/event briefing template Meeting/event title Planned date of meeting/event Sent by (please include name, telephone number and email address) What is the meeting/event? Why is it happening? Who will attend? (Give as much contact detail as possible.) Where will it be held? (If no specific location, please list general requirements.) 10 ADMINISTRATION AND IT (NATIONAL 4, 5) © Crown copyright 2012 ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR PRACTITIONERS Budget (Please specify for venue, catering, transport, reprographics, use of ICT etc where applicable.) What ICT resources are required at the meeting/event? Other information (What other support is required before, during and after the meeting/event?) Signature _____________________________________________ Date __________________________ ADMINISTRATION AND IT (NATIONAL 4, 5) © Crown copyright 2012 11 ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR PRACTITIONERS Appendix 5: Example of a meeting/event administration planning template Meeting/event title_________________________________________________ Date of meeting/event______________ What tasks/activities have to be completed before the meeting/event? Before the event During the event After the event 12 ADMINISTRATION & IT (NATIONAL 4, 5) © Crown copyright 2012 What skills – including ICT – are required to complete these tasks? What documents/resources will be created or used?