Unit 2 | Facilitation Weeks (4 weeks)

Overview

In this unit, teams will deliver and facilitate their learning experiences. For the duration of this unit, you will either facilitate an experience or participate in an experience. You will design & deliver one experience as part of a facilitation team, and participate as a learner in three other experiences .

Readings and activities will be assigned by facilitating teams.

While facilitators are delivering their topic, participants will not only be learning content, but they will also be engaging in observation, reflection, and critical examination of facilitators’ delivery methods and approaches.

For the weeks you are in the facilitator role

  • Do not overburden your learners. I cannot stress this enough. The biggest reason teams falter on this assignment is because they plan too many activities, create activities that have multiple steps within in them, or are very prescriptive with the schedule for the week (ie do this on Monday by x time, then do this on Tuesday by x time, and then do this on Thursday by x time – you get the idea). Each learner should expect to be engaged in discussions, readings, and activities for about 5-7 hours over the 7-day facilitation period. Remember what you value as a working professional and try to design for your colleagues busy lives. It is very easy to overplan the week with lots of readings & activities. The goal is not to provide a comprehensive overview of the topic, but instead provoke lively discussion or create learning artifacts, that help your learners deeply engage with the topic.
  • Avoid team activities. One week can be a challenge to coordinate a team activity. If you do decide on a team activity, create the teams ahead of time and structure your activities so that the team does not have to do much coordination to participate in the team.
  • Your week must include one synchronous session on the time and day that has been decided upon by the class in week 1. Strive to keep these sessions between 30 and 60 minutes.
  • Your “course” opens Sunday at midnight and closes Saturday at 11:59pm. While good facilitation practice would have you reach out to learners prior to facilitation begins to help establish your own presence, please refrain from connecting with your learners prior to the start of the week in consideration of the previous week’s facilitation team.
  • Track the participation of your learners. Keep notes on who is actively participating and who is not.
  • Be sure to submit your peer-assessment of your team members immediately following your facilitation week.

For the weeks you are in the learner role

  • Remember, your role is to not only participate but to observe and reflect on what and (more importantly) why the facilitation team is doing what they are doing. This is in order for you to provide peer feedback to the facilitation team at the end of each week (Assignment 4). It is your opportunity as a learner and a peer to provide constructive and meaningful feedback to your facilitators on their facilitation week. While I will be reviewing these reports (you will send a copy to me and directly to your facilitation team), I will not be grading assignment 4 on the content of your feedback, only that you have submitted a report for each week you are a learner. Complete and submit all 3 reports and you will receive the full 10%.

Learning Activities and Assignments

  • As assigned by facilitating teams.
  • Assignment 2, Assignment 3, and Assignment 4 are due during this unit. Deadlines vary depending on when you are facilitating (e.g., assignment 2 is due on all weeks with the exception of the facilitating teams, and assignment 3 & 4 are due following the completion of facilitation).

Required readings & resources will be assigned by the facilitation teams.