Anticipation Guide

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Alternative names: 
Anticipation Guide for Online Facilitation
Level of process: 
Intent or purpose: 
To prepare online participants for interaction with key topics and objectives.
Used as component of: 
Online classroom or web conference meeting. This method can be easily adapted to in-person environments. You can use this activity to open with a high level of participant interaction. You can use this activity as an ice-breaker that promotes group discussion.
Types of Participants: 
Recommended size of group: 
Optimal amount of time needed: 
Facilitator: 15 to 20 minutes to develop the guide, 5-10 minutes to build an online poll, and 15 to 20 minutes to facilitate the activity during workshop/meeting. Participant: 10-15 minutes to complete online poll prior to workshop/meeting, and 15 to 20 minutes of participation during workshop/meeting.
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
1. Your participants arrive to the workshop/meeting with ideas and discussion points that are aligned to key objectives. 2. You will know what your participants think about key issues before the workshop/meeting. 3. This activity reinforces the benefits of valuing individual and group opinions.
Level of participation: 
Ideal Conditions: 
1. In your online environment, open the anticipation guide poll at least 3 days before the workshop/meeting. 2. Review the poll results before the workshop/meeting, so you better understand the thoughts and opinions of your participants 3. Be open to transition and change in thinking, for participants and possibly yourself as the facilitator.
How is success evaluated: 
Self Evaluation and Group Evaluation
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
The best relationship is one where facilitator and participant share an interest in the workshop/meeting topic(s).
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
This is a good fit for the facilitator who enjoys guiding discussion where multiple points of view are expressed. Be ready to accept all answers as a starting point in new or continued learning. Be ready to facilitate where transition and change in thought or practice are expected.
Setting and Materials: 
1. Anticipation Guide Template 2. Online classroom environment, with polling functionality and messaging 3. Web conferencing tool for facilitation of the workshop/meeting 4. A poll with anticipation guide statements, agree/disagree responses 5. Slide or whiteboard showing the anticipation guide statements 6. A blank whiteboard in your web-conferencing application, to capture discussion points and opinions 7. Email addresses for participants, as a backup, so you can send the guide to them.
Pre-Work Required: 
1. Create the Anticipation Guide statements. 2. Build a poll in your virtual classroom/meeting environment, using each statement from the guide. 3. Open the poll at least 3 days before the workshop/meeting. Message to your participants about the poll and it’s required completion date. 4. Review poll responses and statistics before the workshop/meeting to better understand participant thoughts and opinions.

General Description:
Anticipation Guides are often structured as a series of statements with which your participants can choose to agree or disagree. They focus on prior knowledge they bring to the workshop/meeting, or the "big ideas" or essential questions posed as a way for the participant to clarify his/her opinions before coming to the workshop/meeting. This allows the participant to compare their thinking with the facilitator and other participants in class.

Common themes for Anticipation Guides:
• Current thought on trends
• Quotes from experts in the field
• Research findings
• Transition or change statements that apply to an organization

Tips for creating an Anticipation Guide:
• For a pre-training activity, keep the anticipation guide to 5 or 6 statements.
• One or two statements should be intuitively appealing to participants.
• Use wording that provokes critical thinking on key topics.
• Include statements that may not have a correct answer. It is a good idea to include statements in which you do not have a clear answer. This will stimulate additional participant exploration and discussion leading to deeper understanding of the topic or situation.

1. On day one of training, after welcome and introductions, elaborate on the primary goals and objectives of the workshop/meeting and be clear about the expected outcomes.
2. In your web conferencing environment, upload a slide of the anticipation guide template with the agree/disagree statements. Review the statements with the whole group.
3. Open your poll and show the statistics of responses on the first statement. Is there a majority vote for disagree or agree? Discuss insights about this. When a poll indicates varying opinion, facilitate a discussion where all views are accepted and respected. Encourage participants to be open about modifying their opinion as they interact with others and absorb new insights. Capture all insights on another whiteboard for the participants to see and annotate.
4. Open the poll statistics for each remaining statement and repeat the process as described in Step 3.
5. Document conclusions and return to your insight whiteboard during the remaining segments of the workshop/meeting for consensus/expansion on individual and group thinking.
6. At close of the workshop/meeting, you might return to these insights by opening a final poll with the original Anticipation Guide statements. It is interesting to see if the poll statistics change, as a result of participating in the workshop/meeting. If you do a final poll, be sure to show and discuss the results with the group by showing poll results.

How flexible is the process?: 
High Flexibility
File attachments: 
File Sample_Anticipation Guide.docx14.8 KB