The final step of the four-step PREP model for web conferencing that I’ve been writing about for the last few days is the Post Mortem.
The Post Mortem is simply a review of what you did. One component of the post mortem is an evaluation by participants (such as a level 1 online evaluation, at a minimum). The importance of soliciting feedback and making adjustments cannot be understated. Since we cannot see our participants, the evaluation is even more important. Another component is a debrief by the facilitation team. Talk with the team about what worked well, what needs to be changed to improve the delivery.
Both of these tasks should take place immeidately after the event. Make the changes to your course as soon as possible…before you forget what they are and before you forget to do them altogether! The last thing you want to happen is to log in for your next delivery of the session and then realize that you didn’t make the changes needed (to the content, exercises, etc.) from the previous delivery.