I will start my first session with strategies that will work in both the classroom and meeting room.
The technique I will draw on is known as "Jigsaw Learning". This is such a useful and easy technique to use. It is a good way of ensuring all of your participants engage and contribute to your activity.
Start by dividing your class into small groups. Assign each group a topic. Divide the topic into sub-topics and assign the research of this sub-topic to a participant in the group.
Set a timeframe for the research to be done and the date and time that the group will come back together.
When the group returns each will then present their findings to the group.
You can use this activity to provide an opportunity for the class to prepare individual reports based on the information presented by the other students.
If you have used this activity in your classroom please post a comment to explain how you used the technique, what your experiences were and if you would use it again.