External Expert Tool
This protocol helps teams engage with external experts to improve their sprint design
Use this tool to:
- Engage with external experts and relevant research to help inform the design of your sprint
- Develop a research-informed approach to the sprint design
- Avoid ‘group think’ through seeking external challenge
Define the need (5 mins)
Make a list of the questions/ wondering you feel as a group you would benefit from gaining external expert input on:
- We are wondering about the best approach to...
- What research could support us in teaching...
- What errors do educators often make when teaching...
These needs will help you to identify what kind of expert you need to contact. The expert should have a deep understanding of the specific content area, expertise in pedagogical approaches or preferably both!
Identify your expert (10 mins)
As a group you now need to identify an appropriate expert. As a group discuss and take notes in response to the the following questions:
- Who are the leading researchers in this area? Consider who has published particular books, reports or written leading resources.
- Who are the instructional/pedagogical experts in your system in this area? e.g. highly regarded instructional coaches, advisors and consultants.
- Who have members of the team heard speak about this area at research-based conferences?
- Who else might might be able to help inform our design with leading research or knowledge of best practices?
From your list of potential experts prioritise up to 3 people you might want to contact in preference order.
- Does anyone in the group know them? Do you know anyone who knows them and might make an introduction?
- Select a person in the group to make contact with each of your identified experts via email.
Interview your expert (20 mins)
- Prepare 1-3 questions you would like to ask your expert/s
- Either ask your expert for 15-20 mins of their time to have a Skype meeting or phone call or if they would be happy to answer some questions via email (email questions are often easiest)
- Schedule and complete the interview (Skype, phone or email)
- Record notes during the interview
Adapt design (15 mins)
- Review the research and advice provided by your expert/s
- As a team consider where further follow-up reading is required
- Consider how this new external advice might inform the design of your sprint
- We recommend that you send a follow-up thank you note to the experts. Letting them know how you used their input, and the impact on student learning might help to build a longer-term relationship with them.