Excellent resource site from 3M corporation which provides a wealth of material on meeting management and facilitating productive meetings. The site contains articles, tips, stories, book reviews, and buyers? guides for equipment to help facilitate meetings. The content is updated and changes quite frequently. There are good links on tips for facilitating meetings, managing virtual meetings, making presentations, and much more. It is a very well designed and visually appealing site.
Type of Material:
This is reference material that could be used as informational reading
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
The major goal is it assist the user in learning to plan and deliver effective meetings. It is directed to those needing to learn facilitation and meeting management skills.
Target Student Population:
The target population iincludes college students and business professionals. Students can benefit from this site because they likely have little experience with business meetings. However anyone who attends meetings can learn from the tips provided about how to communicate information efficiently and effectively.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
No prerequisites required.
This site contains a significant amount of information. To provides a Guides to Great Meetings which covers areas such as meeting basics, meeting processes, distributed meetings, tools and technology, and a section on special topics that provides information on such topics as how to difficult team members. The site also provides a link to different Activities and Exercises to use in meetings, and it has a Presentation Center that provides tips on creating and delivering interesting meetings. It also has a link to downloadable templates to assist in preparing power point presentations. There is also a link to current research on the area of developing effective meetings.
This is a commercial site promoted by 3M. Much of the information provided is done so anonymously; therefore the scholarly quality of the material may be questioned. There are also numerous ads and promotional materials to purchase 3M products.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This module is an effective teaching tool because it is so comprehensive. Much of the learning can be done independently. And, because this is not a topic that is usually covered in most management classes, it provides a good resource for students. However, a lot of the material is fairly straightforward, not of a scholarly nature, and simply common sense. This module is designed to provide information rather than as a basis for assignments. However, I believe that instructors could do some role playing with the information and have students design a ?mock meeting? complete with objectives, an agenda, groundrules, audio/visual aids, and a meeting ?post mortem?. Useful for students who have no exposure to meeting management.
While the material is set up with assignments, I believe that instructors could utilize this material to easily develop an interesting exercise for students. However, it will require some thought and effort to develop appropriate assignments and using in a hybrid course.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This module is easy to use, provides easy to follow links, is visually appealing, and very engaging.
This module is ?text heavy? ? it is always interesting if there is some sort of interactive portion to the module. Many students may not be willing to read so much text material on the site. It is a commercial site so there are references to the ?purchase of 3M equipment? but these are subtle. The downloadable presentation templates are free but they do require the user to provide name, email address etc. and thus one can expect that some ?spam? may be forthcoming!
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