Any member of team Wooclap - or the WooTeam, for short - will tell you that we don’t work in education by chance. In fact, one of our core values happens to be “We’re always learning”.
Whether we’re learning about technology, education, cognitive science, or how to pronounce “Worcestershire”, we like to learn by interacting with each other. Through Wooclap, we want to enable more efficient interaction at all stages of education, including at the corporate level.
Of course, Wooclap can be used for more than courses and training programmes. So, why don’t we stop mumbling “Worse-ester-sheer” - which is nowhere close to the right pronunciation - and move on to 4 ways the WooTeam uses Wooclap:
We make training sessions more effective
Every Monday morning, as we prepare for the week, two members of the WooTeam host what we call a “Gogogo Learning” session. I’ll spare you the Wooclap folklore that inspired the name, but the purpose is for the hosts to teach the rest of the team something from their field of specialty.
For example, one of our data scientists recently taught us how to construct clear and informative graphs, and our Customer Support Manager once trained us in non-violent communication.
Image: Learning the do’s and don’ts of making and using graphs with an Open Question.
To make sure everyone is focused - it is Monday morning, after all - we systematically use Wooclap to keep our teammates engaged. We ask them questions to introduce a subject, and to check if everyone understands a concept before moving on.
We also use Wooclap to measure the effectiveness of these training sessions, through asynchronous questionnaires (available on any paid plan) we fill in at the end of that week, for example. That way, we can see how much the team remembers. The presentations themselves are always available if anyone wants to review a specific topic.
We energise meetings
There’s no way around it: meetings can be boring - to say nothing of online meetings. Gone are the days when I could lure my colleagues to a briefing with false promises of free donuts. Instead, I now have to figure out how to make meetings exciting from the confines of my home office (read: bedroom), but how?
Well, one easy way to liven up a meeting - online or otherwise - is to let everyone have their say. Our meetings always include at least one or two Wooclap questions, which allow all attendees to contribute by sharing their ideas and opinions. I’ll show you three examples of how we use specific features.
Let’s start with the Brainstorming, the easiest way to gather everyone’s ideas in different categories that relate to a central topic. By liking each other’s suggestions, we get a pretty good overview of the team’s preferences, displayed on colourful post-it notes. This allows us to have a structured discussion that includes input from all attendees.
On the other hand, if you want everyone to relax and have a bit of fun, a Word Cloud will do the trick. We use it to welcome new team members, get each other psyched at the start of the week, and generally ask everyone to share in a bit of good news. The more popular answers occupy a larger part of the cloud, giving us a snapshot of the WooTeam’s mood at that time.
Lastly, we like to use the Find on Image to ask the team how their week was. On a Blob Tree, each team member selects a character which they feel represents their experience of the past week: happy, struggling, stressed, on top of the world (or tree), and so on. You’d be surprised how open people can be about their feelings when all they have to do is click on a genderless blob - or better yet, a superhero.
Image: Using the Find on Image to illustrate how we have experienced the past week. By clicking on superheroes.
We poll colleagues to make informed decisions
When a decision needs to be made for the team, we rely on Wooclap to know how everyone feels about the different options. Everyone gets to voice their opinion, and management can make an informed decision taking into account the different points of view.
One example involves our monthly DEAL Hour (Drop Everything And Learn), during which we focus on training and learning new skills. The time of day of the original DEAL Hour wasn’t working for everyone, so we simply asked the team for their preferences and created a poll in which they could choose among the most popular options.
Image: Polling the team to make informed decisions that concern us all.
You can also use Wooclap to answer questions like “Do you want to do an office Secret Santa this year?”, and “On a scale of 1 to 5, how important is it to you that the new offices be within walking distance of a pub?”. You know, important stuff.
We turn webinars into Woobinars
”What’s a Woobinar?”, you ask? Well, picture a webinar that is powered by Wooclap’s interactive features to engage and captivate the audience.
During a Woobinar, we use various question-types to poll and get to know the participants. It gives our speakers the opportunity to find out who they are speaking to, and it immediately draws everyone into the conversation.
Throughout the session, the Message Wall allows the participants to ask and upvote each other’s questions. Meanwhile, our team filters and sorts the questions for an organised and efficient Q&A.
Image: The Message Wall in action during the Woobinar on “Integrating EdTech at the heart of British and Irish higher education”.
These are but some of the many ways in which Wooclap can help improve your company’s day-to-day activities. I hope this has given you some ideas of how to use Wooclap in a professional environment - or at the very least, how not to pronounce “Worcestershire”.
What kind of creative uses have you found? Share a little tweet, we’d love to hear about it!