Functions of Trainers

What Do Facilitators Do

What Do Facilitators Do

In this short video we look at What Do Facilitators Do.



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Role of the facilitator

The role of the facilitator is to make learning easier using a variety of activities and techniques.

The facilitator provides:

• structure
• method
• focus
• energy
• creativity

The facilitator serves as a guide to the learner and manages the process of learning

A facilitator can use a variety of teaching and training methods to develop learners as long as he/she ensures the following basic practices are always evident:

(1) Prepare the learner and the learning environment
(2) Create an environment that encourages learning and that accommodates all learning styles
(3) Make links to prior learning
(4) Clearly defines the learning outcomes
(5) Provide the learner with clear instructions when doing a variety of activities
(6) Implement a variety of learning activities
(7) Make a clear link between the different types of learning activities
(8) Consolidate learning activities by giving feedback to learners
(9) Monitor and evaluate learner progress constantly
(10) Evaluate the learning process, systems and materials
(11) Maintain effective admin systems

Facilitator Competencies

  • The Facilitator is effective in using core methods (distinguishes process from content)
  • The Facilitator carefully manages the client relationship and prepares thoroughly (scoping)
  • The Facilitator uses time and space intentionally
  • The Facilitator is skillful in evoking participation and creativity
  • The Facilitator is practiced in honoring the group and affirming its wisdom
  • The Facilitator is capable of maintaining objectivity
  • The Facilitator is skilled in reading the underlying dynamics of the group
  • The Facilitator orchestrates the event drama
  • The Facilitator releases blocks to the process
  • The Facilitator is adroit in adapting to the changing situation
  • The Facilitator assumes responsibility for the group journey
  • The Facilitator can produce powerful documentation
  • The Facilitator demonstrates professionalism, self-confidence, and authenticity
  • The Facilitator maintains personal integrity

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