Beneficial Group Behaviours

 This post was structured around the evaluation form sent out after my Virtual Class With Michael Cox – MCX Training & Development supported by Waterford Skillnet

Training was relevant, delivered at a high standard and appropriately timed; facilities were suitable, participation was encouraged. The training met my objectives and I will apply my skills and knowledge at a meeting this Saturday.

The most useful part of the training was learning the process, and Michael’s presentation was very interactive and memorable. In particular I liked the reference to people, specifically politicians when giving examples of beneficial group behaviours.

Aspects that may be improved:

  1. Icebreaker at the start to ‘warm’ everyone up
    (eg. covid19 band name: How you feel, a colour you are wearing and the last
    a snack you ate in a day that you thought would last a week! – answer in
    chat, host reads it out.)
  2. Time for Self-Introductions during group work.

As a result of the training I will apply the process to a meeting this Saturday ensuring a good initiation and attention to time limits! A good initiation leads to a good session and a good close!

Q. Any suggestions or additional comments:

Both break out rooms lacked depth, and participants (including me) didn’t ask probing or clarifying questions. It may have benefitted me if instructions were more emphasised, i.e. discuss one character first. Apply the digging deeper process on one potentially ‘worst character’ rather than a quick-fire question round on each one. Michael did say it beforehand, but after entering the break out meeting, it was harder to do in realtime. Maybe add a short checklist at the end of the scenario would help. However, if the exercise was to develop learning through identifying improvements rather than practicing, it was very successful. A great exercise.

Other Reflections:

During the session Michael’s fun and positive approach ensured it began in a warm and fertile space (Marshall, L) and friendly atmosphere, initiation techniques can be used for presentations too! Ten group participants were an ideal number and the break out sessions reduced the barriers for participation, inclusive of all personality types. I look forward to the next training session and thank Waterford Skillnet for the courses and also the feedback form that prompted me to reflect here!

Consolidated learning: Reflection from PACT, HTML5, semantic web html, learning from Global Education Events Learning Revolution Webinars.

  1. Marshall, H.W. (2020) SOFLA: Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach [Webinar]. Available at: (Accessed: 8 April 2020).


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I have always been passionate about technology, and about the possibilities it offers people to make connections. Having completed a degree in multimedia and an honours degree in IT at Waterford institute of Technology, I realised that I could turn her passion for social networking into a business and set up CalypsoIT in 2010. At 16, she bought her first computer, an Apple Mac which is still one of her most treasured possessions, and used it to make business cards. She was an early convert to Yahoo Chat and began to explore social sites like Irish Penpals, but it was the couchsurfing phenomenon, where people can find a place to stay for free anywhere in the world through online networks, that opened her my to the power of social media. My IT background gives her the edge over other social media providers, due to her in-depth knowledge of Internet tools and mobile phone apps that businesses can tap into. Karen has undertaken various courses to enhance her skills in areas such as digital marketing and cybersecurity, and constantly keeps her training up-to-date so she can keep up with the latest technology trends.

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