Workshops will be 60 - 75 minutes long, and should be designed to engage participants as well as provide time for questions and/or discussion. Given the online platform, proposals should be mindful of ways to leverage the online space to increase engagement. This could be through utilizing in-session polling or other interactive tools, using documents to accompany the session, facilitating various chat and breakout functions, etc. In the past, we have found potential presenters trying to include more content than can be comfortably covered in the amount of time given. This will be even more likely in an online setting. Please develop your workshop proposal with this in mind--oftentimes, less really is more!
There are a number of approaches you might consider for structuring your session. One possibility is to present the session much as you might an in-person presentation, speaking directly to attendees, showing slides or other information graphically by sharing your screen, and providing time for Q&A.
Another option might be to pre-record your comments or use an already produced presentation or piece of media (such as a short film, slide set, audio file, etc.) and then follow it up with a general Q&A and discussion. Your workshop attendees would then be able to view/listen to the recorded content for the first part of the session, after which you could join them for the follow-up conversation or activities.
Other possibilities include moderating a panel, utilizing social media, or other content creation/delivery methods, facilitating an online "tour" or experience...really anything you might imagine! What our workshop committee will look for is how well your session design supports reaching your objectives, your comfort level with the approach you're planning to use, and the degree to which you are looking to fully engage your audience.
Finally, one other aspect of your session's proposal that we will consider is the ways in which the proposed topic will seek to authentically include the range of lived experience of all members of our diverse society. Please let us know how your workshop content will acknowledge and represent diverse families and communities, considering the intersections of gender, race, economic status, immigration status, religion and sexual orientation, to name a few. We will all benefit from workshop topics that broaden our understanding and appreciation of experiences other than our own. We look forward to seeing your proposals!