Reflections: ULab taster 15th September 2016

Our journey in to Ulab started with a warm and friendly group in Elgin, 11 people took part over the course of the evening. Confusion was a shared feeling, but also a willingness to explore what this approach was all about. The space felt supportive and inclusive, with people helping each other to get started on their personal ULab journeys.

We started with a cuppa and a icebreaker, and went on to have a short taster of ULab for an hour. We watched a couple of the introductory films from MIT, thankfully the ULab Scotland blog kept us right for navigating the evening! After some personal experiences from people further along with ULab, the group decided that it would continue that evening with practical matters – making sure we were all registered and could find the pre reading, week 0 and week 1! (instructions for these available here).

We then decided to meet up again on the 21st once we were all up to speed, provide a bit of support to each other and decide on the next steps in terms of ‘hubs’ or ‘coaching circles’ which we still needed to learn about. We also decided to use a google group, that others could join too, in order to keep in contact.

Background to Ulab and the Moray Wellbeing Hub:

As the Moray Wellbeing Hub project was acting as host for the evening, Heidi from the project shared some of her experiences of ULab. Here are a few key points as to why the project wanted to be involved and promote Ulab in Moray.

  • Heidi attended an event last year in Edinburgh, along with several hundred other interested people and the MIT team. The energy and discussions felt familiar from her work with WRAP as a facilitator and the work she was involved in linked to peer leadership. What was very exciting was that this was a group that was not health based, but many people were from business and economics and this fitted with Heidi’s passion to see wellbeing moving toward being a core focus in Scotland.
  • Scottish Government were supporting ULab which gave it a status that opened possibilities of working with new people around wellbeing and access to resources for community action.
  • In the applications for funding for the Moray Wellbeing Hub project, ULab was included as a method for peer research and creating change. Therefore, it was important to bring people together to look at this while the global live sessions were running to give the best opportunity for people to get involved.
  • ULab supports many of the aims of the Moray Wellbeing Hub – empowering a wider range of people to look at ideas on creating change and wellbeing.

ULab taster and Moray Wellbeing Hub ULab ‘hub’ Autumn 2016

ULab 2016 has already begun! But don’t worry, it’s not too late to join in. The programme began last week online, but we are still keen to help give people the chance to use this tool to create change for Moray.

ULab Taster

We will be running a taster this week on Thursday the 15th of September. It’s short notice, but we’d rather get some people together than have none! To decide if it’s a daytime event or an evening please register your interest in this poll.

ULab ‘hub’ on wellbeing in Moray

We will host our own ‘hub’ with a wellbeing focus starting next week. The date and time to be decided once we get our taster under way. This will be a group consisting of people who are doing the Ulab programme, but as ULab has started we will stagger ourselves to be two weeks behind the course initially till we see who is interested and where we all are in the course. If you would like to take part in this hub, please contact us.

Feeling confused? Don’t worry! We will work it all out together and enjoy a new learning experience that creates change together!

ULab: an overview

You are invited to join U. Lab, a free, global, online course, or MOOC, looking to develop skills around collaboration, co-production and thriving in the emergent future.

What is U.Lab?
(text taken from workforce Scotland)

U.Lab is a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and made available globally.  It blends e-learning (watching videos online and streamed live sessions) with face to face discussions in small groups.

  • It builds skills we need in working collaboratively
  • It is a highly participative approach – anyone can take part free of charge;
  • It builds on people’s and communities’ assets and strengths; and
  • It champions the use of improvement science.

U.Lab builds the quality of our awareness of ourselves and of the context we are working within.  Given the priority which the First Minister has given in the Programme for Government to increasing participation it is well aligned with our operating context right now.    Scottish-specific content will be available to participants with an interest in Scotland.

The opportunity and registration

There are 3 ways in which you can use U.Lab to help you in your own personal and professional development and in delivering your objectives:

  • Participate yourself in U.Lab.   It will require at least 3 hours per week of your time – much of it done online at times that suit you and some of it done in small groups (once per week).  Sign up for the MOOC on the Ed-X website. There is also a short video on how to register for the Scottish content.
  • You can suggest to your networks that they also participate and work with you on issues of common concern.
  • You might want to take a further step and host a hub – a meeting place for participants to engage together in the live sessions and collaborate as they bring their ideas into action.

Thank you to workforce Scotland for the above text. The Moray Wellbeing Hub will be hosting it’s own ‘hub’ looking at wellbeing related issues.