Intro to Workshop Design

In this informative hour-long mini-workshop, you’ll learn how to set your workshop's agenda to maximize participation.

You’ll leave the mini-workshop with a new way of looking at facilitating workshops online and the confidence to approach it with renewed energy and optimism. It’s not just about a bigger toolbox, but developing internal resources that you can draw on to be a master facilitator.


September 24, 2021


10am - 11am CT​


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What to expect

Design workshop learning experiences for lasting growth and transformation.

How do you keep all participants engaged, drive key learning objectives, and facilitate lasting change? Learning experience design principles are not all intuitive, which leads to misconceptions and myths. It takes a pro-level toolkit and mindset to unearth potential and maintain results. In this workshop, you will learn and practice the principles and tools to make change stick.

What You'll Learn

We will coach you on methods to engage more participants and facilitate lasting growth. You'll obtain vocabulary and concepts to provide more meaning to things you already do, understand the learning experience design principles behind what works, and open your mind to new and more advanced approaches. Differentiate your facilitation practice by building your learning experience design skills.

How You'll Learn

The class will be activity-based with facilitation simulations and collaborative sessions. You’ll recognize, practice, and design your workshops based on key learning experience design principles. We won’t just talk at you — you’ll learn through doing, work with other participants, and get feedback. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so you can learn in real-time from a learning design Ph.D. and a master facilitator with tons of experience running hundreds of workshops at some of the world’s largest institutions and enterprises.


Work Session 1

Debunking learning myths and identifying your facilitation purpose

Work Session 2

Exploring learning design principals and designing for your learners

Work Session 3

Redesigning your workshop for optimal learning

Work Session 4

Reflecting forward for lasting growth and transformation

Who Should Attend


who want to their message and methods to stick with participants


who want to build engaging and impactful learning for staff and clients

Project Managers

who want to create enduring value alongside their teams


who want to sustain organizational learning

Key Takeaways

Recognize key learning experience design principles for impactful facilitation

Facilitate workshops using key learning experience design principles

Build community with other facilitators

Practice applying learning insights as a facilitator

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Erik Skogsberg

Erik helps people design lasting growth and transformation. He brings fifteen years of teaching, design, professional learning and development, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), organizational change, and research experiences from across secondary education, higher education, and industry contexts. Whether working with individuals, teams, or organizations, Erik believes that a deep empathy and caring, rooted in human-centered design, systems thinking, and futures thinking best supports clients in finding their solutions.

As Associate Director and Head of Design at the MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology, Erik guides the Hub’s design strategy and design operations, supports Hub project teams as they execute the project portfolio, and helps to infuse design and design thinking across strategic planning for MSU. He has facilitated a variety of courses and workshops focused on designing learning experiences, teaching and facilitation, innovation, design, and organizational change. He earned his B.A. in English Literature from Western Washington University, M.A.T. in Secondary English Education from Brown University, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education.
What People Are Saying

"Jake Knapp and I worked with Erik to design the curriculum and learning experience for a new online course. From the first moments of our conversation, I knew Erik was going to make a huge contribution to the project. He bridges education, experience, and behavioral design in a way that is incredibly rare and tremendously valuable. Plus, he's got a super casual facilitation style that makes it easy to jump in and start making progress. During the all-day workshop that Erik facilitated, we moved effortlessly through the design process and ended up with a great structure and plan for our course. Jake and I are both experienced facilitators, and it was a joy to experience and benefit from Erik's facilitation skills! Jake and I are already thinking of new reasons to work with Erik."

John Zeratsky


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A key part of our mission is to support diverse facilitators from different methodologies, backgrounds, races, genders, sexual orientations, cultures, and ages. If you are a part of, or serve, a traditionally underrepresented group and feel that this scholarship would allow you to amplify this mission, please apply now.

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Please note that photographs, video & audio recordings will be taken throughout this event. These will be used by Voltage Control for marketing and publicity in our publications, on our website and in social media, or in any third-party publication. Please contact us via email if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempted from this activity.​

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