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How to start a workshop

First of all, OTS is here along the way to help you in organising the workshop. The first step should be for you to reach out to an organiser.

What is an OTS workshop
In order to be branded OTS (and hence announced on meetup as such), a workshop must follow a few rules. The workshop must:
- be hand on: people must learn by their own practice, not a magistral course
- be able to be followed by all at their own rhythm
- be about new technologies
- be free and open to anybody
- not be a teaching session, but coaches in the room that helps and guide when needed
- be with online material freely available

First Step: Creating
If you feel the OTS requirements fits your way of teaching, then the first step is to choose your workshop topic and its level. A good workshop is three things:
- practicing a language
- discovering a new tech
- building something concrete by applying this tech

Once you've settled on a topic, you'll need your material for the course, the thing your learners will follow during the workshop. You can either create it (better use the OTS template resulting in such website then, it'll help you a lot!) or use one that is already online and free of charge.

A good workshop has enough coaches per student. While you alone as a coach could work, you'll see that the more there is, the better. Try to recruit some more and/or send a call for coaches on the mailing list.

Last, you need to settle on a date and on a place. If you have no idea for a place, ask your helpful organiser, he'll certainly have a few to offer.

Second Step: Announcing
Great, now that you have created your workshop, time to announce it. While it's okay to announce a workshop that is not fully organised, you should be sure it'll be ready the day it's planned! To announce the workshop, you can either suggest an event on meetup, ask your organiser to announce it, or ask to be event organiser.

A few pieces of information will be requested on the meetup page: a time & place, a description and a title (What level, what will I do, what will I learn)

The description should tell:
1) What will I do?
2) What is this technology? Why should I pick this one?
3) What will I learn?
4) What do I need to attend (material and skills)?
5) Who is the lead coach, and who are the other coaches.

Try to find a short & meaningful title that will talk to people that might not yet know what the workshop will be about. You can check out past workshops for examples of title & descriptions (as well as the proposed formatting for the description).

Third Step: Hosting
Now for some real life interactions! OTS put online a pretty good coach resource, be sure to check it out. A good workshop must be fun to attend, but also an accelerator, that grants you enough skills so that you have the opportunity to continue by yourself. Coaches are here not only to help but also to guide the students, to make them self reliable.

References
OTS Brussels template course
Official OTS: Workshop Organisers Schedule
Official OTS: How to organize a new workshop
List of OTS Brussel organisers

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
How to help and participate February 18, 2015 5:00 PM Roman M.
Locations October 9, 2014 1:19 PM Friedger M.
How to start a workshop March 27, 2015 5:39 PM Roman M.
The various roles at OTS October 31, 2013 2:22 PM Roman M.
Sum up Meetup 9-11 September 12, 2013 6:04 PM Roman M.
About OpenTechSchool Brussels September 12, 2013 6:06 PM Roman M.

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