PARKSVILLE 2019 EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES AT A GLANCE: “We wanted delegates to absorb and reflect on what was most important. The results of the online survey immediately after the symposium confirm that the educational objectives were achieved in spades,” stated Kim Stephens
Module Structure for Engaging an Audience
“We organized each day as four modules in order to proceed at a relaxed pace by allowing ample time for each module. Each had an educational objective. Because memories are short, each morning and afternoon session kicked off with a 15-minute context presentation. These set the scene for what was to come, while at the same reminding delegates of the big picture,” stated Kim Stephens, Executive Director of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia. His area of responsibility on the Parksville 2019 Organizing Committee was technical program development.
“The minimum time for each topic was one hour – that is far longer than the norm for conferences and workshops. The intention was to prime delegates for a discussion. We wanted them to absorb and reflect on what was most important. The results of the online survey immediately after the symposium confirm that the educational objectives were achieved in spades.”
“The educational objectives helped to inform and establish expectations. It was a matter of providing context and then being clear and succinct about the desired takeaways. To provide relevance for streamkeepers, the theme for Day One was Sustainable Stream Restoration. To capture the attention of those in local government, the theme for Day Two was Restorative Land Development.”
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Online Survey Yields Invaluable Data
“Did Parksville 2019 achieve the stated educational objectives of the committee? Yes, it did, and in spades,” continued Kim Stephens. “The online survey provides conclusive evidence. It is a treasure trove of information. The number of responses exceeded expectations, by far. And delegates spent on average of almost 14 minutes describing what they learned, etc. Wow!
“The remarkable size of the sample (40%) gives the organizing committee absolute confidence that the findings are definitive and truly representative of delegates as a whole.
“The survey generated an overwhelming number of positive comments. These were gratifying because they provided the organizing committee with a strong measure of reassurance on the nature of how expectations were met. We appreciate that delegates took time to provide thoughtful and inspiring reflections.”
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To read about the survey results, click on ONLINE SURVEY > Parksville 2019 Symposium started strong with Dave Derrick stream restoration workshop and walkabout, and finished strong with Storm Cunningham presentation on restorative development; remarkable 40% response rate by delegates confirmed that the key educational objectives were fulfilled
To download a detailed yet streamlined version of the complete agenda for each day of the 2-day symposium, click on Program at Glance.