Seminars are informal discussions, unconstrained by real-time portrayal of events and led by a presenter. They are generally utilized to provide an overview of or introduction to plans, policies, procedures, or protocols. They can also be used to resolve questions of coordination and assignment of responsibilities. Seminars provide a good starting point for entities that are developing, introducing, or making major changes to their plans and procedures.
Seminars can be used to deliver a wide range of topics. Although the topics may vary, all seminars share the following common attributes:
- They are conducted in a low-stress environment.
- Information is conveyed through different instructional techniques, which may include lectures, multimedia presentations, panel discussions, case study discussions, or any combination thereof.
- Informal discussions are led by a seminar leader.
- There are no real-time “clock” constraints.
- They are effective for both small and large groups.
Below you will find links to the various phases and their associated steps to assist you with the design, development, and conduct of a seminar. A majority of this information is derived from the US Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) February 2007 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), to include: Volume 1: HSEEP Overview and Exercise Program Management, HSEEP Volume II: Exercise Planning and Conduct, HSEEP Volume III: Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning, HSEEP Volume IV: Sample Exercise Documents and Formats, and HSEEP Volume IV: Prevention Exercises.
Phase 1: Pre-Planning
Phase 2: Design and Development
Phase 3: Conduct Seminar
Phase 4: Evaluation and Improvement Planning