The primary purpose of BarCamp is to foster collaboration, learning, and knowledge-sharing. Participants are encouraged to openly share their expertise, experiences, and insights with others.
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- The exercise should be well-structured and time allocation should be adhered to, to ensure that the discussions stay focused and that everyone has a chance to participate in the sessions.
- The facilitator should consider having someone take notes or document key takeaways from each session. Alternatively, they can take a picture of the whiteboard where ideas were captured. This can be shared with all participants after the workshop.
- After the workshop, engagement can be maintained among participants, by (for example) creating online forums or discussion groups related to the workshop's topics.
- It is always advisable for the facilitator to collect feedback from participants to learn what worked well and what could be improved for future BarCamp sessions in professional workshops.
This exercise summary draws from the practical experience of the database contributors, as well as the following resources:
Anon. (2022). BarCamp - How to Run Your Own. Wikibooks. https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/BarCamp_-_How_to_Run_Your_Own. (Accessed: 4 October 2023)
Anon. (Date unknown) Best Practices in Online Conferencing: the Bar-camp. Institute for Competitive Intelligence. https://www.institute-for-competitive-intelligence.com/ci-service/news-archive/best-practices-in-online-conferencing-the-bar-camp. (Accessed: 4 October 2023)
Participants can either stay at a specific session, or they can be encouraged to rotate (also known as the "Rule of Two Feet"). If someone feels a session is not meeting their expectations or interests, they should then feel free to leave and join another session.