Resources, Updates

Liberating Structures in B.C. post-secondary: How are they spreading?

This post was originally published March 1, 2018  on BCcampus.ca.

After organizing and supporting a number of Liberating Structures initiatives for the past two years, we at BCcampus wanted to learn more about:

  • How (and where) are people using Liberating Structures? How are they spreading?
  • Are people finding Liberating Structures to be useful in their practice?
  • What do people want next? If we are to continue to support Liberating Structures in B.C. PSE, what kind of supports are needed?

Post by Leva Lee and Tracy Kelly, Learning & Teaching, BCcampus

To do so, we surveyed the participants of our Liberating Structures workshops and events. We are pleased to share with you what we learned in this report.

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Resources, Updates

Handouts from UBC Meetup on January 22nd

Thanks for all those who attended our workshop on January 22nd at UBC Sauder. It was a great turnout and a lot of fun to facilitate! We did impromptu networking, 1-2-4-All to reflect on that experience, then jumped into Troika Consulting, getting help on facilitation challenges we’re facing and how/when to use LS in different contexts. It was short but sweet!

Here are some resources from the meeting in digital format you can download or view online:

Our first 6 months of 2018 schedule for the Vancouver LS User Group is posted here at various locations throughout Vancouver. Stay tuned to the blog for more details coming soon!

Updates

Looking forward to 2018 and another great year of Liberating Structures!

As we look forward to the coming year, here’s an update and some ideas we hope to try. Looking forward to discussing all with you!

Launching New LS Vancouver User Group web site

We are pleased to be launching a new web site for the Vancouver Liberating Structures User Group (VLSUG).  We hope this will become a go-to resource for you to find out about the latest meet ups and happenings of our group and linking to the larger Liberating Structure community. Subscribe to get notifications of the latest news. We’ll also remain connected to the LinkedIn Group and reference our site from there.

Meeting Onsite and Online

We won’t be meeting this month due to the holiday busyness.We plan to meet in January face-to-face and then propose alternating onsite and online meet ups.  Barish and I, as co-facilitators of this group, have been playing with the idea of setting a schedule of meet ups with onsite sessions co-ordinated by  local campus hosts as leads. We are also looking at the possibility to connect with the Victoria Liberating Structures User Group in the Spring, perhaps at the 2018 Festival of Learning.

Sharing stories of our success with LS

In the new year, we’d like to have local practitioners share their stories, lessons and learnings in using Liberating Structures. Please get in touch with Barish or Leva if you have a story to share, or if you have other suggestions for content and would like to help us with the web site.

Spreading LS ‘appiness to all

The Liberating Structures app is a featured app in the offering of Etug’s 12appsofchristmas.ca.  Check out the lesson and the app if you haven’t done so already. If you do the challenge activity and share it with the tags #12appsBC #liberatingstructures.

Happy Holidays to all and a very Happy New Year!

Events, Updates

Liberating Structures: October Update & November Meetup

In our last update, we shared that we are working on growing our Vancouver Liberating Structures User group. Some of the strategies we discussed at our October meeting were to do the following:

  • spread the word about local practice groups to members and get them to invite a friend;
  • rotate practice groups to different host locations/campuses and meet less frequently;
  • offer a mini Liberating Structures (LS) workshop;
  • offer more regularly scheduled virtual meetups; and
  • convene a large practice group specifically targeted to practice and documenting ways LS  can be used for teaching and learning.

Post by Leva Lee, Manager, Learning & Teaching 

Communication rethink

We’ve begun to work on some of these strategies to grow our group, but we’ve also realized that our main means of communication with current members via our LinkedIn group has been ineffective. A member of our group met with us online last month. She gave us some excellent insight on methods for communicating with individuals like her who are keen to participate, but have no time to be going to check updates on our various websites. Also, we discovered members who joined the LS LinkedIn group don’t seem to be getting our notifications. It’s time to try something different. Please stay tuned as we rethink how we build a place for sharing our LS work and communicate on our meetups. We are looking at a simple WordPress site with email notification and then reference our activities with our LinkedIn group. If you have suggestions for us, we welcome your input.

November meetup

Our next meeting will take place online again, but this time instead of Zoom we will try BB Collaborate as our tool.

Here’s how to connect with us for the November meeting.

You are invited to attend the following Blackboard Collaborate session:

Name: VLSUG – V-LS on BB Collaborate | Starts: November 27, 2017, at 7:00 PM PST | Ends:  November 27, 2017, at 8:30 PM PST

To join the session, please click on the link within 15 minutes of the specified time.

To invite others to join the session, please e-mail this link.

The agenda will be devoted to discussing ideas for our user group meetings, next steps and to practice using Liberating Structures online.

Any questions or comments? 

Please contact Leva Lee, BCcampus at llee@bccampus.ca or Barish Golland, Sauder School of Business at barish.golland@sauder.ubc.ca.

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