Breakthrough CME/CE: Transform Online Learning with the Art of Facilitation

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Breakthrough CME/CE: Transform Online Learning with the Art of Facilitation

September 6, 2023

Breakthrough CME/CE: Transform Online Learning with the Art of Facilitation

If you are an education provider tasked with designing virtual education, or you work with providers involved in online group learning and experiences, today’s episode is a must-listen.

Gwyn Wansbrough is a facilitator who designs and leads interactive online sessions. Gwyn shares how to run effective and engaging live online sessions and guide a group to achieve a specific outcome.

The more we talked, the more I realized that the preparation process for facilitation is akin to conducting a needs assessment and designing an education activity. We need to get to know our audience of learners, identify their gaps in knowledge or practice, and find out what they need to know and be able to do in order to make that education as concrete and meaningful as possible.

Here’s what we cover:

✔️ It’s the job of a facilitator to make it easy for a group to achieve an outcome. Facilitators can design an effective process by focusing on the purpose, audience, and desired transformation for the group.

✔️ How psychological safety encourages participants to actively contribute versus passively receive content.

✔️ How using an “ask then tell” approach taps into what adult learning research tells us about the power of connecting content to experience.

✔️ If you are new to the facilitation process, build your confidence by starting small with low-risk experiments—like sprinkling facilitation into content delivery.

Exceptional Virtual Facilitator Workshop on September 7, 2023.  Registration details here.
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Experiential/transformative learning theorists
Here’s a great overview of John Dewey’s education philosophy
➡️ Background to Jack Mesirow’s work on transformational learning
➡️ Background to David Kolb’s work on experiential learning

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