are critical for these meetings. Break-out rooms can be pre-assigned or random and can be set to close automatically after a designated duration. Thirty to forty-five minutes are ideal break-out durations, and you can add a countdown timer to alert participants. Microsoft Teams has recently
A browser editing tool: Microsoft 365. The second most important resource is a collaborative editing tool for documents and presentations developed during the workshop. Either Google or Office or the free
, a modern document editor. These tools allow the facilitator to create templates and checklist before the workshops, then when you break attendees into groups, then can edit/revise/update the documents. The resources page uses Coda because it is easier to build templates.
A Brainstorming or Whiteboard tool: Mural. I recommend
. Mural is better because you can create a table of contents for the sessions and that is used for navigation. When you see the examples below, it will be obvious why it is better.
Optional: Collect Research or Publish Results. Some projects require issue research or must share the results publicly. If you need a community to summarize results. If the goal is to create a solid community with educational elements, then use