A speed dating exercise can be used as an effective icebreaker that allows participants to get acquainted at the beginning of the workshop. It can also be used for exchanging ideas on specific topics during the rest of the workshop.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
MODE OF DELIVERY
- The facilitator should factor in a bit of time for participants to change partners (e.g. moving to the left or to the right) and for announcing a new topic/question.
- There should be enough physical distance between different partner groups to allow them to hear each other clearly, without too much disturbance from their neighbouring group.
- If the workshop room is too small to accommodate all the groups, the moderator can consider using additional spaces / other rooms. This may require a co-facilitator in these additional venues.
- If there is limited time available, or a bigger group of participants, the facilitator can consider creating four groups, or planning fewer rounds (i.e. not requiring an exchange between all group members).
This exercise summary draws from the practical experience of the database contributors, as well as the following resource:
- Bernardi, P., Böddicker, N., Birnkmann, E., Hauch, H., Malzkorn, B., Reidt, E., Scherer, E. & Schneider K. (2021). Methodensammlung Für Dozierende der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. https://www.sell.hhu.de/fileadmin/redaktion/Lehre/Hochschuldidaktik/Downloads/Methodensammlung2021.pdf