Introduction to facilitation skills

Ref: C2226490

Ever wanted to teach adults – need a change of career? This could be the course for you! An introduction to facilitation skills in the lifelong learning sector and what it entails. This covers the essential ingredients required for making an effective facilitator. To practise, participants will plan and deliver short micro teach to the group.

Additional information about this course

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Course aim

This course aims to give participants an introduction to some of the skills and knowledge needed for facilitating. It is for anyone interested in developing an understanding of facilitation.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • A basic knowledge of what facilitation means in terms of teaching or suitable knowledge or skills which could be taught to a wide range of adults.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify own skills relevant to facilitating, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Recognise the need for schemes of work, session planning, SMART learning outcomes, assessment methods and resources
  • Identify roles of the facilitator
  • Recognise the importance of dealing effectively with resolutions and challenges
  • Demonstrate the importance of assessment and feedback through peer assessment

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • The tutor will provide handouts and any other practical materials used in the sessions although you will need to bring a notepad and pen for taking notes. The tutor will suggest sources of additional information where relevant

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Desirable: reading around the subject

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Introduction to facilitation skills


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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