Example Tutorial Secret Plan

Items in italics are probably things that I might not share with the group, but things that I would include in my secret plan

Ice Breaker –
What makes a good tutorial?
(~15 min)
  • Get people to write on the whiteboard what makes a good tutorial, and what makes a bad tutorial.
  • Then discuss the answers on the whiteboard, and get people to discuss their SMART goal for their facilitation
Discussion of the Readings
and possible Activities
What to include?
(~30 min)
  • How much reading should you set?
  • In pairs, what did people read, and what reading did they bring to the workshop? Then share with the group. (10 minutes)
  • Join back in the group for a discussion, and discuss the best readings. 
  • Move into the activities that people have thought about from their tickets.
Quick Break (~5 min)
Writing Good Tutorial Instructions (~10 min)
  • What makes good instructions?
  • Do good instructions make a good tutorial?!
Devising a Secret Plan (~25 min)
  • On whiteboards with your partner, collaborate on your secret plan (15 minutes)
  • Share with the rest of the group (5 minutes)
  • Reframe the Plan based on your SMART+ goal (10 minutes)
Conclusion (~5 min)
  • What do we do from here? Sharing of tips and techniques…
Informal Discussion (remaining time)
  • An opportunity for students to discuss ideas informally.

Writing Tutorial Instructions

Writing good instructions is difficult – you should attempt to make them clear, concise and they should match your SMART+ goal.

Below is an example of a set of tutorial instructions after they have been workshopped.

Example Ticket

For this week’s tute we want you to think a bit about actual public policy successes and failures and the reasons why public policy does and doesn’t work to solve complex problems. As such, we haven’t asked you to do as much reading so that you can think about the application of the ideas to real world scenarios and include that in your tickets.


Please ensure that you have read:

Tutorial Ticket

1. Think about a public policy success or failure related to your discipline. Tell us what the policy is and in 140 CHARACTERS or less (a tweet) explain what you think the single, biggest reason was for success or failure of the policy.

2. Find a recent article (preferably from the last year) that demonstrates the failure of public policy to solve a particular issue. In 150 words, and with reference to either Graycar, Shergold or Reed’s ideas, explain how the public policy process failed in this instance.

Tutorial Secret Plan

Chris’ ‘secret’ plan for Week 2: Complex Problems tutorial.

S.M.A.R.T Goal: Demonstrate how to facilitate a tutorial and determine the ‘most’ wicked problem.

Secret Plan:

  1. Introduction (5 min)
    • Mention housekeeping
    • I’ll give a quick introduction of the topic
    • Panel/reading questions
  2. Introductory Exercise based on Preliminary Reading and Tutorial Ticket (40 min)
    • Form groups of common reading.
    • Define key words that came up in the ticket.
    • Discuss the reading and come up with three methods of dealing with complex issues.
    • Share the definitions with the group and discuss
  3. Wicked Problems (5 min)
    • Identify: new thinking; common thinking
    • Introduce Wicked Problems exercise (5 min)
  4. Break (5 minutes)
  5. Work through Wicked Problems exercise (25 min)
    • place wicked problems onto the grid
  6. Discussion (15 min)
    • Is defining a problem as ‘wicked’ helpful?
  7. Housekeeping (10 min)
    • facilitation and coffee
    • enrolled in ISIS
    • agree on assessment
    • tutorial rep
  8. Next week’s facilitator’s instructions (5 min)