The concept of an online ‘Hot Topics’ meeting is a strategy for providing ongoing structured collaborative, collegial support to school leaders. Regular communication is a key to effective collaboration and ‘Hot Topics’ meetings provide a structured support network which enables leaders to share their knowledge and ideas on a topic relevant to the group, or alternatively, to seek answers to questions they may have on a topic.
What is a ‘Hot Topics’ meeting?
The idea developed out of the need for school leaders to have a forum in which to share ideas in an environment of trust. It is a strategy to minimise isolation amongst school Principals and increase collaborative learning. It resembles a live “share point” discussion but is limited to a learning alliance group.
As such, the structure, process and content of ‘Hot Topics’ meetings need to be flexible and must be adapted to suit the context and needs of the learning alliance or group of participants. Here is a form that could help you in formulating your ‘Hot Topics’ and arranging a meeting time.
Here are some Hot Topics suggested by our Learning Alliance.
Here is a link to a suggested structure for the meetings. We would suggest that a maximum number for a ‘Hot Topics’ meeting would be 8-10 people.
Why an online meeting?
There are numerous benefits to using web conferencing to enable ‘Hot Topics’ meetings to occur regularly. We recommend using Adobe Connect as it offers:
- Time efficiency (no travelling to and from the meeting location)
- Easy to access and bridges distance (can be used on PC/Mac, iPad/Android tablets)
- Only requires basic hardware (built in webcam/microphone or cheap plug-n-play webcams)
- Meetings can be recorded and shared (including all content and files used)
- Adobe Connect is endorsed and supported by the DEC.
For more information on how to set up Adobe Connect or another web conferencing facility see Technology for Collaboration.
How / when would I use it?
‘Hot Topics’ meetings work best amongst a group of participants who have made a commitment to work together. It is suggested that the group appoints a coordinator to oversee the organisation, communicate between participants and ensure that the regular meeting time is maintained.