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BUS 80 — Effective Collaboration: Facilitating Group Communications with Simple Sketching

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Sep 25—Oct 30
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 8
Unit: 1
Tuition: $470
Addtl. Fee: $35 (non-refundable)
Instructor(s): James Young, MJ Broadbent
7:00—8:50 pm
Sep 25—Oct 30
6 weeks
Drop By
Oct 8
1 Unit
Addtl. Fee: $35 (non-refundable)
James Young, MJ Broadbent
Effective group communication is a crucial component to the success of any organization. This course unlocks the power of “drawing a meeting,” in which critical content is captured visually and interactively in real time. How? Through simple sketching, a communication tool used as a facilitation technique. This is not about artistry or artistic talent. Cognitive studies show that when sketching (imagery) is purposefully paired with spoken and written content, our ability to focus and retain content increases appreciably.

In a group setting, sketching creates a single visual focal point that shifts a business-as-usual conversation into a productive collaboration, enabling consensusbuilding and decision-making. After a meeting, the sketch provides an accessible record of the meeting’s content and substance. This allows those individuals who were not present to learn, absorb, contribute, and remain current with the larger group. This experiential workshop will give you numerous hands-on exercises to practice the techniques presented. Attention will also be given to the effective management of human dynamics. By the end of the course, you will have the skills to immediately—and dramatically—impact group interactions through sketching.

This course includes a non-refundable materials fee of $35 to be paid at the time of registration.

James Young, Principal and Design Lead, Tangible UX

James Young works closely with enterprise teams and their partners, leading customer-centered innovation programs that enable people to enhance their problem-solving abilities. He has taught at Stanford, California College of the Arts, and numerous global technology corporations.

MJ Broadbent, Principal, MJ Broadbent Design

MJ Broadbent is a design consultant who simplifies complex challenges with user-centered solutions. Leveraging a career background in graphic and user experience design, she specializes in instructing people on how to visualize information in real time through graphic facilitation. Her clients include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, College Board, GE Digital, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Johnson & Johnson, and Oracle.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.