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The Chicago Computer Society -- Users Helping Users

1995 Midwest Regional Conference

Developing Dynamic Programs

Holly Estal, Coordinator of Continuing Education, Chicago Botanic Garden -- (Workshop Description)

Know Your Audience

  1. To serve your group:
  2. To serve your community:
  3. Determine the level at which programs should be offered
  4. How do you find out about your audience?

Steps in the Program Development Process

  1. Assess Needs
  2. Develop Objectives
  3. Determine Implementation/Instructional Plan
  4. Determine Administrative Plan
  5. Develop Evaluation Plan

Factors in Student Participation

What motivates a student to attend a program or take a class? Consider the following factors:

  1. Student's self esteem and attitudes about learning
  2. Need for new information or goals to be fulfilled
  3. Convenience factors: time, location, date, cost, format (one evening, one day, a series, a semester)
  4. Reputation of program or quality of speakers
  5. Information reaches the student

Some of these factors are in your control, some are not. If any one of these factors is negative, chances are the student will not attend.

Sample Evaluation

Chicago Botanic Garden Symposium Evaluation

Please complete the following evaluation to assist the Continuing Education 
Department in planning future symposia.  Thank you!

1.  Overall, were you satisfied with the program presented today?
      Not satisfied                             Very satisfied
            1         2         3         4         5

2.  Did the program meet your expectations?
      Strongly disagree                         Strongly agree
            1         2         3         4         5

3.  How relevant was this program to your interests?
      Not relevant                              Very relevant
            1         2         3         4         5

4.  Will the material in the program be useful to you?
      Not useful                                Very useful
            1         2         3         4         5

5.  Please evaluate the following sections using the scale below:

                            Poor   Good  Excellent    Comments
Program site:
- Registration procedures     1      2      3       _______________

- Room arrangements           1      2      3       _______________

- Level of content            1      2      3       _______________

- Amount of content           1      2      3       _______________

- Knowledgeable speakers      1      2      3       _______________

- Opportunity for discussion  1      2      3       _______________

Please answer the following questions:
1.  Comments or suggestions on today's program:

2.  Suggestions for future symposia or speakers:

3.  Did you attend this symposium for_____enrichment____professional improvement?

Please indicate age category:  __20-35    __ 35-50    __50 and over

Comments on programs may be directed to Holly Estal, Coordinator of Continuing Education, at 
any time either by letter or by phone (708) 835-8278.

Checklist for Planning Dynamic Programs

                                           Person responsible   Deadline

Shorten or expand this check list to suit your organization's needs.

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