The course will build and sharpen your ability to be an Engagement Specialist:
…someone who creates effective relational environments where people participate at high levels, learn deeply and collaborate productively.
We will train you through a platform of specific processes and rich contexts that are uniquely intuitive and accessible to anyone working with groups.
Engaging Video Presentations
Each Master Class Lesson includes a video presentation introduction with an in-screen presenter reviewing an engaging Prezi-presentation. The 20-50 minute videos include pauses to integrate the learning or reflect on key points.
Each lesson is introduced via a 1-3 minute audio clip that provides helpful content and gives participants a multi-media experience to enhance learning.
Weekly Discussions - Live!
Participants can take advantage of live Weekly Discussions with the course instructors and other learners! These video and audio sessions are vital opportunities to learn from others, ask questions unique to your own situation and dig deeper into the unique contexts and processes.
As part of a media-rich experience, all users have access to written materials as well that complement the video presentations and practical suggestions.
All lessons include helpful, easy-to-implement suggestions for practice and reflection. The practice can be integrated into your daily work and home life without additional ‘set-aside’ time. The reflection prompts encourage transfer of learning and stimulate brain synapse growth.
Relevant practical suggestions help participants incorporate the material into their daily professional and personal lives in an accessible manner that deepens the transfer of learning and ignites synaptic construction. Stories and examples help participants visualize key concepts.
The Minding the Gap Master Class can be done completely at your own pace. We recommend taking a week with each module. This would involve 10-40 minutes of watching the module video, spending 5-10 minutes with any readings and then using moments throughout the week to practice or notice lessons from the module in your normal routine. In all of the modules there are opportunities to practice the new learning, yet they will not occur like ‘homework’ – rather they will feel like ways to validate and integrate your new understandings.
No, however passing is not difficult if you take part in watching the videos, reading the material and asking questions as needed. We provide a certificate of completion upon successful completion of the final assessment.
Class participants are a diverse group! We have experienced adult facilitators and teachers as well as students and young professionals taking part – many from the U.S. yet also participants from India, Canada and parts of Africa. Some are involved in education, the workplace, mentoring, non-profit management and more. Because the nature of the class is on-demand, the live conversations may focus on different modules.
The courses are self-paced however there is a once-a-week virtual Group Discussion for the Master Classes. These calls are recorded and made available afterwards if you were not able to join. We encourage participants to send in questions ahead of time and we can be sure to answer them during the recording. We will do our best to schedule the calls during a day/time that works best for the most participants.
All video content is available online and does not require download, simply access to a connection that provides the ability image the data. The Group Discussion calls require access to the internet or a phone that can afford a call to a U.S. number (some international numbers are available, please check with zoom.com).
Brady has taught and worked in diverse national and international settings, designed curriculum for multiple programs and consulted with leading agencies, educators, corporations and U.S. Embassies around the world.
Twenty years of transformational program design and delivery, a background in classical and applied psychology, and specialization in group dynamics and dialogue makes Michael an expert resource for any learning initiative.
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