D'oh! by Mark Isabella

Mark Isabella, creator of  Engagement Emergency  card deck

Mark Isabella, creator of Engagement Emergency card deck

An Activity from Mark Isabella

Mark Isabella has created a card deck called Engagement Emergency that contains 54 activities for instant interaction. The activities take 2-10 minutes to run and require little setup or preparation. These a la carte activities come in a variety of formats including action planning, feedback, group formation, openers, pair work, and reflection. If you are in the midst of rapid instructional design and need an opener, you can consult the deck and find one quickly. If you are in the middle of a presentation and need a shot of engagement and interaction, you can thumb through the deck right before you begin your session or during a break.


Assessment / Pair Work

Ask participants if they’ve seen the TV series, The Simpsons.  Ask them what Homer says when he makes a big mistake.  Several participants will exclaim “D’oh!”  Tell them that you would like them to share a “D’oh!” moment with a partner.  Have them think of a time when they made a mistake in the area of training in which they’re about to participate.  Ask them to share with their partner a 2-minute description of that moment.  Reassemble the larger group and share a list of mistakes that are commonly made in the area of training.  Have participants raise their hands when they hear mistakes they have made.

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