Developing the Community Workshop Format

Co-Creating New Workshop Initiatives in the Aptoverse

The following seeks to kickstart the process of creating the foundation that empowers community leaders (such as coordinators and educators) to host workshops that are tailored to specific audiences, such as Movers.

As with anything in the ecosystem, this is a community-driven, collaborative effort so I’d love to see your input and/or your feedback. Don’t hesitate to add your own suggestions to help us in establishing community workshops in the ecosystem and to improve the proposed format.

Objective: Helping the community in establishing the workshop format as a tool for education and collaboration in the Aptos ecosystem.

#1 Process Overview

The following process is proposed for the creation and execution of community-driven workshops:

  • Community member proposes workshop topic. Ideally, proposal includes information about a) content, b) goals and guiding questions, c) target audience, and d) benefit for the ecosystem. Proposal is discussed with team member of Aptos Labs
  • Preparing workshop. Based on the feedback from Aptos Labs, workshop host prepares workshop outline/structure. Optionally, workshop slides are prepared as well (see #2)
  • Review. Workshop outline is reviewed by Aptos Labs. Feedback is implemented
  • Hosting workshop. Approved workshop is hosted by community member

#2 Presentation Template

It is proposed that workshop hosts prepare slides that guide participants through the workshop. This helps hosts to draft an action plan for the workshop that includes topics, objectives, and guiding questions. Creating slides for the workshop also helps hosts to structure the workshop.

A template with sample slides was created that workshop hosts can use:

#3 Workshop Types

The workshop type as well as its content largely depend on the chosen topic and the target audience. The following is an attempt to help workshop hosts in better structuring their workshops.

Workshop hosts have a variety of different options to choose from:

  • Co-creation workshops: the audience is actively engaged by the host to help in jointly accomplishing defined objectives
  • Live trainings: the workshop format can be used to onboard new members/developers with the goal of providing specific training in a defined area
  • Brainstorming workshops: the main objective of the workshop is to encourage the audience to create new ideas based on guiding questions
  • Moderated discussions: the audience is actively guided through the workshop by the host who plays a key role in structuring the event, there are fewer opportunities for interaction
  • Panel discussions: the workshop is structured by a discussion between a given number of panelists with Q&A sessions and feedback during the discussion and/ors at the end
  • Bootcamps and workshop series: multi-day or multi-session workshops for topics that require a set of subsequent workshops

#4 Workshop Content

Hosts can combine different workshop elements when planning their event. Focus should lie on determining the appropriate sequencing to maintain a natural flow of the workshop.

These workshop elements can include:

  • Introduction
  • Guiding Questions
  • Defining expectations (both by participants and the host)
  • Brainstorming session (for example via miro.com)
  • Training session
  • Interviews
  • Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Q&As
  • Feedback
  • Conclusion

#5 Defining Guiding Questions

A workshop’s guiding questions are used as tools that encourage participants to not lose sight of the defined goals and to make efficient use of their time. Such guiding questions can be introduced by the host at the beginning of the event to define what topics and objectives to focus on during the workshop.

#6 Workshop platforms

Free services such as Google Meet and Zoom (limited to a maximum of 1 hour in the free version) are recommended platforms for conducting workshops.

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An idea that is really relevant right now in my opinion is short AMAs in language communities with @james . When language community leaders and coordinators can act as translators. :black_heart:

Another way to implement this idea is to gather questions from all language communities (each language community coordinator will gather questions in their language and translate them for @james ) and give them to James to do an AMA session with the answers to these questions (the most relevant ones) and then the language community coordinators will translate the answers into their languages.

It’s mostly about questions related to community development, etc.
Such an AMA can be held once a month. :speech_balloon:

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Wonderful, this is a great suggestion! These mini AMAs also help to keep the community up-to-date but to also stay connected to team members and leaders in the ecosystem.

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Great ideas been put into one place,

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Wow :flushed: well done for the great work

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Amazing work all together

This proposal looks amazing.

I am Jeff, founder of Genki. We are integrating Aptos testnet into our quest setup portal. We want to empower projects and organization to have a on-chain native way to learn Aptos. For example: we build this for bnb chain projects BNBCHAIN X PANCAKESWAP After general users learn from workshop, they can use the page to explore projects…

For the workshop itself, I am happy to help the english one and chinese one ^^ Hope to connect with you. I will pm you.