Participants use iPads in a range of activities to anonymously send
information to a large communal screen
Facilitators react to this
input dynamically and capture all workshop output on a
How does it get used in a workshop?
Depending on the needs of any given workshop or conference, a facilitator will plan for certain activities or tools to be used: breakouts, openspace, worldcafe, etc.
Remerge can both enhance these 'analog' engagements as well as offer, new and unique activities.
For each such activity a participant (or small group) will use an iPad to communicate directly and anonymously to a screen visible to all. This screen always shows part of the tapestry: an virtually endless digital zooming canvas that stores all input generated by the participants and facilitators.
The facilitator can react to the input by many follow up actions such as re-visualizing, asking followup questions and voting.
A third person, usually called a Navigator, will help the facilitator with all the technical aspects, ensuring his/her focus is solely on the group. During the day both capture all output, including flipcharts, templates, posters to the same tapestry
Used correctly and as part of a facilitated workshop, Remerge can greatly enhance the experience and engagement for both participants and facilitators alike.
Example of the 'Dialog' Activity
- The facilitator asks the group a free-text question: i.e. "What are some of the best practices you have observed?"
- As participants type on their iPad, replies are shown in real-time on the screen
- Facilitator can then:
- combine answers
- ask followup questions
- ask to vote or prioritize for further more detailed discussion
- visualize as an advanced word or tag cloud - useful with large groups