If you read the post from June, Flipping the Classroom, I have a tip for you. Did you know you can flip your meetings, too? It’s something my department has begun to do. This month, I’ll share with you how we took the Flipped Classroom concept and applied it to our meetings to save time and make our meetings more meaningful.
At the beginning of every meeting, we would go around the room and the managers would share what is going on in their area. This is to evoke questions or concerns where a change or process might impact another area they didn’t think about. We found this can be quite time consuming and we spent a lot of time learning about each other’s areas with such detail, it wasn’t beneficial for everyone.
To save time, a blog post was created where the managers post an update by a designated time prior to the meeting. The post was tagged with the name of our area for easier searching. Our director also posts the agenda in advance for us to comment on and have things added to the agenda prior to meeting. Our homework is to read the updates before arriving at the meeting. If there are any questions or concerns, they can be brought up in the meeting. This has saved us about an hour of time in our meetings.
Another benefit is for those not able to attend, can still read posts and catch up what is needed. It has also made for a great reference for follow-up after meetings. Commenting is open to everyone to post and contribute. We have been able to post links to articles and videos later that support or back-up our posts and comments. This makes for our interactions to be much more interactive long after the meeting has ended.
If you want to apply Bloom’s Taxonomy to our meetings, we achieve Level 1: Knowledge/Remembering and sometimes Level 2: Comprehension/Understanding prior to attending the meeting. Level 2: Comprehension/Understanding and Level 3: Application/Applying can apply during and after the meeting. Our commenting achieves Level 4: Analysis/Analyzing. We are now ready to accomplish Level 5: Synthesis/Evaluating and Level 6: Evaluating/Creating in our interactions after. For some, we use Level 6 in our own blogs or staff.