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Moderator Hacks

These hacks came from the May and July CGA Moderator Preparation sessions held here in Dayton! What hacks or other tricks do you use to make your forums smoother and/or more deliberative?

• Use a co-moderator! This co-mod could have a variety of roles: timekeeper, tech, fact-checker. One option: Official moderator (who schedules forum and logs in as moderator handles logistics, technical info, moving participants from one section to another; the other moderator technically logs in as a participant, but enters their name as “Moderator So-and-So.” This moderator facilitates the deliberation sections.

• Moderator cheat sheet with only most necessary text/include copying/pasting instructions

• Use incognito tab to be able to see what participants see.

• Make sure participants download Option Chart so they can compare across options as they wish.

• Use CGA graphics capability as starting point or augmentation for in-person or hybrid forums

• Use the time when participants are doing their individual work to formulate questions to stimulate deliberation.

• Don’t shortchange Common Ground reflection time.

Other experienced CGA mods— what say you? : )