Monday, February 15, 2021

2021 BIZ: #VWEDU: Participant worksheet displays (PWDs) let participants have their say without interrupting the meeting. Easy to implement in a virtual world.

Participant worksheet displays (PWDs) 
let participants have their say 
without interrupting the meeting.  
Easy to implement in  a virtual world.

That's a PWD behind me
  • Mine is set to let other people type in it.
  • So it could be used to collect ideas from the group.
  • Since I own the page I can change the settings at will. 

Why a PWD?

  • Meeting participants have questions, ideas, or misgivings about items in the current discussion.
  • Or so you hope.
  • They may not express these because they don't fit into the discussion.
  • They may put these into text chat, where they are easily overlooked.
  • Participant worksheet displays (PWDs) help get this kind of thinking into the discussion.
  • And probably encourage participants to give more thought to the discussion.
  • You could set up a similar arrangement in a physical meeting with WiFi and laptops.

Participant worksheet displays

  • Each participant has a worksheet for making public notes.
  • In its simplest form it is a Google Docs page created by the participant.
  • The page is displayed in the virtual world by providing the url to the display panel.
  • A private web location can be used for more security.
  • Any participant can access the page in an Iframe.
  • From that any participant can copy text.  
  • Thus if a participant posts something useful, others may save it for further use.


  • Everyone can be thinking, but not everyone can be talking.
  • Shy people can post their thinking.
  • Posts are evidence of thinking and may prod others to produce similar evidence.
  • These may encourage better attention in "just listen" meetings.
  • The displays can serve as notes after the meeting.
  • Leaders can review notes to find points needing more clarification.

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