Faculty and staff who attended the Drake Learning Symposium were introduced to an array of strategies to help navigate difficult conversations in both the classroom and in the workplace. Keynote speaker Dr. Kathy Obear, Center for Transformation and Change, was a dynamic and knowledgeable facilitator, addressing an audience of over 120 Drake employees.
Feedback from the event included a request by many for additional training and ways to carry the information into departments across campus. Those who attended received a packet of information with website links for free access to Dr. Obear’s books, resources to accompany the books, and webinars. Any of these might be used for additional small group work. Please contact Drinda Williams if you would like this information.
Over half of those in attendance responded to the Qualtrics survey about the event. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, most specifically for the relevancy of Dr. Obear’s sessions, moving the event to campus, and the opportunity to network with colleagues at the beginning of the academic year. Concerns included the low number of break-out sessions for staff and the desire for additional time in break-out sessions.
Contact Drinda Williams, Academic Support Specialist, Office of the Provost, if you have questions.