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PurposeTo provide a model for active learning usable in training, and to introduce the studio model which emphasizes the importance of a formative mindset.
Intended AudienceLearners interested in learning another professional development model, building evaluation skills, and developing formative thinking approaches.
Budget RangeLow. Can be done virtually or face-to-face.
Project RoleFacilitator, Analysis, Instructional Design & Development, Content Creation, Support
ToolsA prompt and basic supplies. A proper virtual meeting space if virtual.
CreatedOriginally 2016;  used & revised numerous times over the year. 
KeywordsLearner Activities, Collaborative, Engagement, Active Learning


This idea originally grew from my interest in studio models, design, and formative approaches. I was asked to speak at an event for a local group of Instructional Designers, and I wanted to provide something special for them to experience, that would also serve as an “Object To Think With” (in the sense of Seymour Papert).

Design Overview

In essence, the learners build something, share it with the group, engage in collaborative critique, and then reflect on how they might improve their efforts in the future. This experience is always engaging, and everyone tends to walk away with a new understanding and appreciation. It also builds trust and collaboration among participants.


The session has seen great success in both face-to-face and online settings, although the online setting sometimes presents unique challenges to the collaborative critique.  

I have created two versions of the exercise, which focus on different tasks. Below are slides from a recent presentation on the process. 

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Would you like this for your organization?

I am happy to help!