We believe that SNAP offers the possibility to create a uniquely valuable learning experience.
Learning happens in workshops and talks, through engagement with speakers and other attendees in an informal setting and also through out the year at one off workshops, informal get togethers, support and advice in the SNAP community Facebook group and through community collaborations.
In previous years we have booked speakers with a broad spectrum of skill sets, from within the wedding and lifestyle industry and from outside, as we believe that diversity and outside influences make us stronger.
Speakers have joined us from the fashion industry, the arts education sector, we've heard from landscape photographers, commercial photographers and creativity consultants, as well as from some of the best educators in the wedding photography industry.
We want to constantly re-evaluate our position, though. We are committed to seeking out feedback from our community and adjusting our approach accordingly, and we're also committed to examining best practice in workshop and training delivery.
It's not enough to have a line up of 'rock stars'. There needs to be substance in the form of specified learning intentions, defined learning outcomes and evaluation of learning needs and content needs to be delivered with learning styles and audience engagement in mind.
Typical confrence/workshop learning
- 'Name' focussed
- One size fits all
- Undefined learning outcomes
- Outcome focussed
- Different learning streams for specific skill sets
- Meaningful to learners
We have concluded that in order to deliver the best possible educational experience at SNAP, we need to commit to a new set of standards. The standards that follow are our first draft and the final set of standards will be drawn up, following input from the SNAP community.
Defined learning outcomes
All of our workshops and talks will have defined learning outcomes, with information about delivery methods. We will work with our speakers to make sure their workshops and talks are delivered within a defined structure that maximises outcomes and learning opportunities. Speakers will be asked to demonstrate how they deliver learning outcomes.
A good balance between inspiration, technical skills and business skills
We aim to deliver a balanced programme across these areas, with talks and workshops that focus on all of these areas equally. We will also ensure there are talks and workshops pitched at all levels of experience, with different learning streams where necessary.
A commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity
We are committed to equality and valuing diversity across our community.
We have established a community code of conduct and we will not tolerate discrimination on grounds of gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, religion, age, disability, HIV positivity, working pattern, caring responsibilities, trade union activity or political beliefs – or any other grounds.
We aim to work with speakers that reflect the make up of our community and we will actively seek out speakers from groups that are currently under-represented and encourage their participation.
A commitment to promote from within
Our SNAP's Got Talent competition gives members of the SNAP community an opportunity to gain experience as a conference speakers / workshop leaders.
In addition we will consider applications from SNAP community members who already have an existing profile as a speaker.
We are also happy to promote community member's own workshops and training activities, if they broadly adhere to the principals of this manifesto.
Motivate Meaningful Involvement
We will provide our community with learning experiences that are relevant to their current goals and/or that motivate them to engage deeply in the process of learning. We will seek feedback from our community and we will evaluate this feedback regularly to facilitate our own growth.
We will look at ways to measure outcomes and performance/business improvement results and we will use these to inform future learning.
We will acknowledge and leverage the knowledge and skills our community brings to the learning environment through their past experience and individual contexts. We will create a safe and supportive space for learning.
If you have attended a SNAP event we'd love to hear your thoughts on our first draft. What would you include in the learning manifesto? Is there anything we should remove? How important is having an approach like this to you?
We'll be inviting a randomly selected group of SNAPsters who feed into this process to join us for a focus group, to agree the final SNAP Learning Manifesto.
Header image by Voytek London Wedding Photographer.