Creating Engaging Workshops, Courses, and Learning Materials

Do you provide trainings or workshops as part of your work? Are you struggling to maintain participants’ focus and interest, or perhaps hoping to take an already good workshop to a new level of interactivity or effectiveness?

This webinar provides an overview of some of the learnable, concrete skills, and strategies that can make workshops and learning materials more thoughtful, strategic, student/participant-oriented and enjoyable. It includes some of the basics of instructional design, as well as some more advanced exercise techniques. Join to learn how to deliver better learning experiences and develop a vital and increasingly important professional skill.

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  • You’ll learn how to tailor your learning materials to focus on the effects you hope to have on participants’ ways of thinking and acting
  • You’ll learn how to keep participants’ focus by reducing their cognitive load
  • You’ll learn how to help participants use technology in the least distracting way when learning happens online
  • You’ll learn how to create engaging, effective exercises
  • You’ll learn how to support participants outside of time spent together through resources and asynchronous learning
  • An understanding of how to create sharper learning objectives
  • Knowledge of how to reduce participants’ cognitive load
  • Onboarding tips for online learning
  • Ideas for interactive exercises
  • Ideas for how to “flip the classroom” and create workshops that are supported by asynchronous learning materials
  • Trainers and organisations who provide workshops and courses, including those who do so online
  • Activists who regularly run workshops
  • Academics who want to change the way learning happens for their students

Sarah Stein Lubrano is a pedagogy expert and learning designer. For years, she was the Head of Content at The School of Life in London, where she helped create some of the earliest YouTube videos for its now-thriving channel, which boasts over five million viewers. She has done research, writing, and design for everything from films to apps to interactive workshops, and has been working primarily on virtual learning for the last 18 months.


Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from Cambridge University. She is currently reading for a DPhil in Political Theory at Oxford University, studying the relationship between emotion and politics in democracies. Prior to joining The School of Life, she made films, and worked as a prison tutor, student welfare officer, and obituary writer. See more of her work at www.sarahsteinlubrano.com

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