I am seeing rich description in the feedback forms. Thank you recent iSWOOP presenters. Here’s a description from Georgina so if you haven’t had a chance to chat with her can get a sense for how she’s continuing to try to get the audience really involved in the program.
A couple thoughts–It sounds very cool, Georgina, how you used the grid. I also like a lot the idea that you chose slides and videos as you needed them to illustrate points you or the audience were making. It sounds as though you were able to introduce the idea behind some of the technologies and then circle back to their application. That sounds great, so people get to hear an idea more than once, with increasing detail or more examples.
Questions–I’m wondering how you wrapped up. Were you happy with the wrap up? Almost as if it were a bad thing, you wrote: “They (participants) were curious and interested but a couple of time I had to give an example of an area of research. For example population size or colony size, how would you estimate the number of bats in the cave considering the challenges and technologies we discussed earlier.” Is it a negative in your mind? Why?
This program I actually set up a bit differently that I had previously been doing. I Started with the template presentation will most of the images and videos. I figured I would set the presentation up like a Jeopardy game. I didn’t have categories set up so I just went ahead and introduced the topics and asked the visitors what questions that they have about bats. This would be an attempt to help the visitor decide what they wanted to talk about or hear/see.
On the screen the video of the bat flight was playing. I started off by introducing iSWOOP. I asked the visitors what they would do if they where a scientists and were interested in learning more bout the animal that they were observing emerge from the cave. What are some of the challenges that they might have to deal with or overcome to get answers to their questions?
Some of the challenges that the visitors pointed out from watching the video included, the bats are fast and they are nocturnal.
We then talked about technologies available to us and how they could be helpful in studying bats.
I then asked the group what some questions that they have about bats were. They several different questions and I then talked about those and the technologies that researchers use to study the bats. If I had an image or video for a particular question I used it.
They were curious and interested but a couple of time I had to give an example of an area of research. For example population size or colony size, how would you estimate the number of bats in the cave considering the challenges and technologies we discussed earlier.