Facilitation of a Large Group Appreciative Inquiry in the Virtual World: A Case Study

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January 20, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am PST - Virtual Event

Event Date and Time:

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Time: 9:00-11:00am Pacific Time / 12:00-2:00pm Eastern Time


When the coronavirus pandemic up-ended Gateway Technical College’s plan to bring 250 faculty together on campus for a day-long Appreciative Inquiry, they decided to step into the unknown and create a large-scale virtual AI on Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The college and its long-time partner Inspired Engagement, a consulting firm based in Tucson, Arizona, collaborated to design, develop, and facilitate two highly engaging half-day sessions in a synchronous virtual environment using Zoom, Google Docs and Google Forms. Faculty left energized and excited about the visions they created for teaching and learning.

Join Scott Geddis and Dr. John Thibodeau in this 2-hour webinar as they share the processes and tools they used in conducting this very successful inquiry. Participants will receive sample copies of all the tools and forms used.

Target Audience:

This webinar is designed to support participants who have some experience conducting an Appreciative Inquiry.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Review the Appreciative Inquiry Process and activities, including paired interviews, storytelling, theme collection, theme affinity, communities of interest, SOAR, provocative propositions, strategic intentions and actions and the offering of personal gifts, commitments and requests;
  • Understand how Zoom was utilized to include all 250 participants in the inquiry including the use of multiple Zoom rooms, multiple room hosts, Zoom breakout rooms, and pre-recorded activity instructions;
  • Understand how Google Docs and Google Forms were utilized to both coordinate the flow of participants and collect significant amounts of data created by the participants during the inquiry;
  • Review post-session feedback from the inquiry participants;
  • Explore applications for your AI practice.

Method of Delivery:

These live events will be delivered and recorded using Zoom. You can participate in these live events using any device: computer, tablet, or mobile. Please participate using the dial-in method you feel most comfortable with. You will receive the meeting login information for this event in a confirmation email upon registration.

If you have any questions about this event or have difficulty connecting in Zoom, please contact Scott Geddis at scott@inspired-engagement.com.

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Registration Includes

Registration includes:

  • 2-hour live webinar.
  • Access to recorded webinar session (should you miss a session or wish to revisit content covered).
  • Examples of facilitation forms and materials that participants can use as starting templates for their own projects.

AI Practitioners

John Thibodeau, PhD, is an experienced AI facilitator who brings an appreciative and strengths-based lens to higher education practice. He has taught communication and served in many administrative roles in his 30+ years in higher education. He currently serves as the Assistant Provost and Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success at Gateway Technical College in southeastern Wisconsin, leading the college’s quality and continuous improvement work. His doctoral dissertation explored an appreciative approach to institutional accreditation.

Scott Geddis is an experienced AI facilitator who as the founder and president of Inspired Engagement, a consulting firm whose purpose is to inspire engagement by facilitating significant, sustainable strengths-based change within individuals and organizations, engages an AI lens with every client. Scott is a retired higher education faculty member and administrator Scott’s education, training, and experience brings a diverse set of skills to his work in helping organizations and individuals engage in their daily work and lives. Scott is a graduate of Arizona State University, holds a Masters in Administration from Northern Arizona University and is a Appreciative Certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator, a Certified Gallup Clifton Strengths coach, and a certified facilitator of Five Behaviors of Cohesive Teams, Productive Conflict, Everything DiSC, Interest Based Problem Solving and Change Intelligence. Learn More>

Event Cost

Cost to participate in this event is: $125.00 USD.

Please note: this virtual sessions will be recorded and saved for participants who are unable to attend this scheduled event. A link to the recording will be provided so that participants can view/listen to the recording at a time that works best for them.


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