Session Template Suggestions
As a session host, you get to decide how to use your time! The following
templates offer some suggestions for how to do so. Though, of course, you will
not be required to conform to any of them.
A. The Standard Presentation: Kinda old fashioned, and
generic, but still acceptable. You give a presentation, and then the audience
gets to ask you questions. This can be done either with or without slides or
other visual aids. At least it works well with just about any topic!
B. Group-Based Workshop: After receiving instructions, the
audience breaks up into groups to carry out the activity. This could also,
optionally, be turned into a competition. Keep in mind that you will be
responsible for the cost of materials.
C. Individual Interactive Workshop: Each individual person
in the audience gets to carry out all or some of the steps, in the process of an
activity. Keep in mind that you will be responsible for the cost of materials.
D. Moderated Discussion: You act as the moderator for an
open discussion about a particular topic. Essentially, the whole time slot could
be like one, long Q&A; but with answers sometimes coming from other participants
in the audience, besides just you. This is what SkeptiCamp is
supposed to be all about! This might
work best for highly controversial topics; or for folks who are not necessarily
experts in something, but wish to gain a variety of opinions from others.
E. The Debate Format: While SkeptiCamp is not particularly
conducive to debates, it could still work; especially if the opponents are both
talented in keeping their arguments concise.
F. Performance Piece: Can you sing a skeptical song, know a
good science story, or wish to educate your fellow man through comedy? You could
fill a block doing just that! Optionally, you can open up to Q&A at the end, if
you wish. If we get a lot of these, though, we might have to limit them, since
we would rather focus on discussion and interaction and such.
G. Other: If you can think of another great, creative way to
fill the time, go ahead and do so! We are open to ideas we might have missed!
Contact us with questions or comments: Mitch@MitchLampert.net