Reflections on the London event: analysing roles to facilitate a master:CLASS

One of the tools we have been testing over the course of the last few days during our London event programme is a toolkit of roles we defined for during, before and after a master:CLASS. The following are all roles that we considered necessary to successfully facilitate, execute, record and analyse a master:CLASS.

MASTER – individual/group invited to lead workshop, holds specific knowledge relevant for the master:CLASS

CURATOR – markets the class beforehand, coordinates to ensure all attendees are invited and informed.

FACILITATOR – introduces and explains workshop format, leads self-reflection/ feedback session post class.

ARCHIVER – records the class through digital methods such as photography and video.

EVALUATOR – observes and evaluates, analogue recorder of the class, removed from the class as a bystander.

JOURNALIST – Tweets, instagrams and produces a blog post-class.

QUESTION MASTER – ensures that they have a question to lead the reflection period.


As a team is was agreed that we should rotate roles throughout the course 3 day programme to allow everyone the chance to experience every role.

On reflection post-programme,  this method was not terribly successful although well-meaning. We found that group members naturally leant towards specific roles, playing to their individual strengths and particularly as the progression between classes was sometimes fairly fluid, the constant rotation of roles actually lead to confusion and ultimately poor collection of media such as video recordings and feedback at the end of sessions.

Moving forwards, whilst we can recognise that it is important that everyone is given the opportunity to try different skills and roles, sometimes these roles can blur or even overlap. It can also be as simple as the right person at the right moment seeing an opportunity and acting, whether this be taking an incredible photo, recording an interesting quote or stepping in to facilitate should the need arise.

Defining these roles allowed us to recognise and clarify them, moving forwards, we can now experiment further with this in our upcoming Sheffield master:CLASSES!


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