Terms used in LIS for Group Gathering
a. Seminar : Formal presentation by one or more experts in which the attendees are encouraged to discuss the subject matter.
Acc. to Carol Pierce
“Seminars tend to be more one-way from the presenter without opportunities for practice or application nor do they actively engage participants in the process.”
Seminar being a bit more of a traditional training session, with the preponderance of time spent in presentation of material from the front of the room.
Seminars are usually 90 minutes to 3 hours.
Seminars are frequently more lecture driven with less participant interaction other than answering questions. Often the questions at a seminar are taken at the end of the presentation.
Seminars have more limited handouts, often just a printout of the PowerPoint presentation.
Seminar is going to involve more individual thinking, working, writing, processing and maybe some with one or two people sitting close by, but it won’t be quite as active.
Seminar is a meeting on a specific subject, or a meeting of university or college students for study or discussion with an academic supervisor.
A seminar can also mean a specialized educational class.
b. Conference: A meeting for the exchange of views on a given topic OR a prearranged meeting for consultation or exchange of information or discussion (especially one with a formal agenda)
Conference also refers to meeting for lectures of discussion, whereas a seminar is a meeting on a specific subject, or a meeting of university or college students for study or discussion with an academic supervisor. Conference has no such specific meaning.
c. Symposium: A meeting or conference for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations. Symposium originally referred to a drinking party (the Greek verb sympotein means “to drink together”) but has since come to refer to any academic conference, or a style of university class characterized by an openly discursive rather than lecture and question-answer format
d.. Workshops: Refers to a seminar, discussion group, or the like, that emphasizes exchange of ideas and the demonstration and application of techniques, skills, etc. It emphasizes problem-solving, hands-on training, and requires the involvement of the participants.
An educational seminar or series of meetings emphasizing interaction and exchange of information among a usually small number of participants. a group of people are engaged in intensive study or work in a creative or practical field/aspects.
A workshop seems to imply relatively more time spent interactively, perhaps in facilitated activities, where the participants generate some form of product (e.g. goals for the coming year, a strategy for dealing with a customer, etc.) at the end of the session.
Workshops get participants fully involved in the learning process: small and large group discussions, activities & exercises, opportunities to practice applying the concepts that are presented.
Workshops are usually longer, often 1 to 2 days.
Workshops include far more interactive exercises.
Often the questions at a seminar are at the end of the presentation. At a workshop, handle the questions as they arise and often turn them into group discussions.
Workshops are usually smaller, 25 people or less. Seminars are often over 100 people.
Workshops usually have a workbook handout of 50-100 pages.
Workshop is more “hands-on” for the participants. They are going to be working, thinking, doing, processing, creating (maybe physically), up and at ’em moving around, lots of interaction, etc.
A workshop is quite different. It means a place where manual work is done, especially manufacturing or repairing. It also means a group working together, on a creative project, discussing a topic, or studying a subject.
A workshop is a period of time (probably 3 -6 hours up to 4 days) when the presenter provides “activity learning” opportunities balanced with time for reflection and for collaboration with peers. This is a time and place for teachers to experience for themselves (in the role of student), the learning activities that they will be utilizing to help their own students learn and grow. Two to four day workshops often have the option to be taken for college credit.
e. Training: Refers to the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and competencies as a result of the teaching of vocational or practical skills and knowledge that relates to specific useful skills.
f. Congress: A congress is very similar to a conference, however it implies a degree of formality. A congress is a formal meeting of delegates or representatives, e.g. the representatives of a group of nations, to discuss matters of interest or concern. It was also a formal way of saying “sexual intercourse”, but that particular usage is rare these days.