Protocols
Frequently Asked Questions!  “Why not just have conversations         or discussions?”  “Why should we use a process that ...
Why Use Protocols? “In general, protocols are processes   that help groups achieve deep   understanding through dialogue…”...
What Makes Some Uncomfortable?  o   Structured dialogue – following a      series of steps in a fixed order  o   Restricti...
Necessary Tensions  Well designed protocols have a series   of necessary tensions between:   o   Talking and Listening   o...
Benefits Using protocols increases learning by:   o   Guarding against conversations that sink into       a debate between...
Benefits Using protocols increases learning by:   o   Having guidelines that       –   Protects members of the group and p...
Adapting Protocols Reasons to adapt an existing protocol   o   Time availability   o   Group composition   o   Group size ...
Adapting Protocols Considerations for Adapting Protocols   o   Purpose   o   Existing Protocols   o   Balance among compet...
Adapting Protocols Caveat   Small changes in a protocol’s structure   can significantly alter the kind of   conversations ...
Remember, the point of a protocol is to have an in-depth, insightfulconversation about teaching and    learning, not to do...
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Protocols

  1. 1. Protocols
  2. 2. Frequently Asked Questions! “Why not just have conversations or discussions?” “Why should we use a process that feels so artificial, awkward and restrictive?”
  3. 3. Why Use Protocols? “In general, protocols are processes that help groups achieve deep understanding through dialogue…” Easton (2009)
  4. 4. What Makes Some Uncomfortable? o Structured dialogue – following a series of steps in a fixed order o Restrictions on when group members can talk; o Specifying roles different people will play during the protocol
  5. 5. Necessary Tensions Well designed protocols have a series of necessary tensions between: o Talking and Listening o Discipline and Play o Safety and Risk o Individual Learning and Group Learning
  6. 6. Benefits Using protocols increases learning by: o Guarding against conversations that sink into a debate between two people o Having time limits that make it less likely that a small number of individuals dominate air time
  7. 7. Benefits Using protocols increases learning by: o Having guidelines that – Protects members of the group and pushes the conversation deep – Permits a kind of conversation people are not in the habit of having
  8. 8. Adapting Protocols Reasons to adapt an existing protocol o Time availability o Group composition o Group size o Purpose
  9. 9. Adapting Protocols Considerations for Adapting Protocols o Purpose o Existing Protocols o Balance among competing perspectives, needs, & interests necessary for your purpose o Balance between free and structured conversation o Context
  10. 10. Adapting Protocols Caveat Small changes in a protocol’s structure can significantly alter the kind of conversations people have.
  11. 11. Remember, the point of a protocol is to have an in-depth, insightfulconversation about teaching and learning, not to do a perfect protocol.

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