30 Oct 2017

Pathways, Zoom, Evaluation forms

Yesterday, I discovered with Sudha Mani, living in Scotland while I am in London, yet another way to fill in Evaluation forms 'resources' for Pathways. 
It was Sudha's idea, to "meet" through Zoom this Sunday morning: she needed my "virtual mentoring". 

We did share our screen, and she showed me some of her fabulous Mind-mapping curves she prepared and shown for her Leadership Styles Level 2 speech. 

I have shown her how to navigate inside my Photos and then, how I can show my Paths in Zoom. 

Suddenly, she told me, "Please, take control of my screen!" Show me... 

Sudha does not believe, but I learned more from her then she did from me. It does not really matter who learned more : or it does. It does show how much the MENTOR can learn from the PROTÉGÉE. It is indeed a two way communication and learning. 

I learned, I can take control of her screen, even if for the moment I did it only as a kid making her first steps. Then, she told me, "let me now try and take control of your screen, while you are inside Base Camp". She did! I realised: she can go thus into my Base camp!

She opened an Evaluation Form, filled it with Abrakabra and so on, but the right names, just to try out. Name "Julie K TEST" When she saved it: it did save to my computer! 

That means, we can ask our Evaluator, to fill Evaluation Form, in a Zoom meeting, and save to our drive then upload to the E-portofolio. Simple, fast, clean.

Do not have to go through all we did till now :
  1. Sending the form to the Evaluator
  2. Waiting till he has time to fill it.
  3. Filling, saving (make sure does not disappear) the form
  4. Sending email back to the speaker
  5. Downloading from the email
  6. Renaming to incorporate Path Initials (instead of our name)
  7. Adding to the appropriate level in Base Camp e-portofolio
And alas, some times, find out that the form the evaluator did fill, is empty. They were not happy to rewrite it, from another program, or as a plain text, or to Print, fill, then Scan, then send again email. Lot to ask from an Evaluator !

Of course, when going to a Brick and Mortar club, I usually still print the Evaluation form, as  we are not always sure who will Evaluate. Sometimes, those supposed do not come and others jump in to replace. After the speech, he or she fills it out, very interested, and at home, I scan it and upload it too. Then add it to my path folder on my disk.

I found out that the Pathways ,Evaluation form, ask someone not yet in Pathways, is a good means to give Pathways taste to a Toastmaster: offer the third page to them to keep. So avid and happy all ask for it! 

From time to time, for those I meet online, I even send the project they are supposed to evaluate so they understand better what my project was about, what I had to accomplish. They can then evaluate me better, and again, their "taste for Pathways" increases. 
  1. Connect through a Zoom meeting at appropriate time for both. 
  2. The one having completed the Project shares screen giving the evaluator Control rights The other fills out the form, saves: on desk of the speaker! With path initials.
  3. The form is uploaded to the e-portofolio's appropriate level.
We learned all this together, even had fun together! Both of us learned.

As it was a TEST form, and we did name it thus, no upload to e-portofolio of course, but I do have it on my drive to remember what I learned. And yes, the Mentor learned at least as much as the Protégée. Learned so much each from other yesterday!


Sudha Mani said...

Other Advantages of Meeting with Evaluators together later 1. gives their perspective of what they felt about speech and your justification of why you did what you did. 2. This social element of getting to know the person better and collaboration 3. Learning from each other. Sometimes people give you feedback without knowing if you can improve at later date or not. This has happened to me many times... this is judgement rather than feedback when you expect them to do what must be done based on your standards without knowing where they come from. I have been on both sides... it’s not fair on speaker and evaluator because both come from the state of helping the other one.

Julie Kertesz - me - moi - jk said...

Thanks Sudha for your comment. It does indeed help also to collaborate further, deeper.

Unknown said...

I agree with Sudha - It is very important for the evaluator to have the background information. I love what you two have done here. I would like to have the same "lesson." I have a handwritten evaluation for Icebreaker that I have to get uploaded. I have so many things to do that I put it on the back burner because I can't just go and sit and do it.

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