Teaching people how to teach
The content of the courses I teach is all related to facilitation, teaching and learning. I teach people how to teach and facilitate in an interactive way, drawing on effective practices and processes to create active learning environments. Since I design and teach in all modes of learning (from face to face to the range of online modes), I support others to learn the same. Because I believe strongly in creating authentic and experiential learning opportunities, when you learn with me you don’t just “hear about” how to do something, you get a chance to do it.
I’m a qualified Instructional Skills Workshop facilitator, passionate about helping facilitators – new and experienced – develop and enhance their teaching and facilitation skills. The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is an internationally-recognized instructor development program which gives people the opportunity to facilitate short “mini-lessons” and receive developmental feedback from others. The best thing about the ISW is that you actually get a chance to practice facilitation, you don’t just learn about it.
Additionally, I am a qualified trainer for the Facilitator Development Workshop, the course that participants take to learn how to teach the ISW.
Recent Example: I co-designed and co-facilitated a three-day Instructional Skills Workshop for the University of Victoria. This course helped build the facilitation skills of staff who teach employee professional development workshops and courses.
“I loved the facilitators of this course. Both Beth and [her co-facilitator] rock! I thought the facilitators made a safe environment for students to take risks and try new learning methods.”
– Participant, Instructional Skills Workshop at Royal Roads University –
I have extensive experience facilitating participatory online courses about how to teach online in both asynchronous and synchronous online environments. These courses prepare facilitators how to teach online and are based on the principles of the ISW (above) and incorporate experiential learning and peer-based feedback opportunities.
Recent Examples: I have been a facilitator of “Facilitating Learning Online – Fundamentals”, a five-week online course in how to facilitate asynchronously online, since 2013. I also developed and facilitate “Facilitating Learning Online – Synchronous”, a three-week online course in how to facilitate in web conferencing (synchronous online) environments. I have facilitated both of these courses for BCcampus and Royal Roads University. Since they were developed as Open Educational Resources (OERs), I have the ability to customize them for any organization that would like to train people how to teach online.
“The facilitation was an excellent example of how to run a course, from enrollment to completing. I felt like I was welcomed and always felt that I was being watched or monitored, which is actually a good thing here. Thanks so much for your excellent examples, they speak louder to me than any words I read in publications.”
– Participant, Facilitating Learning Online Fundamentals course at Royal Roads University –
Liberating Structures are a set of 33 facilitation processes that anyone can use to make their meetings and learning events more interactive, inclusive and fun. I use Liberating Structures processes as part of my teaching and facilitation practice, and I also create and facilitate workshops that help others develop skills in how to use them. I’ve used Liberating Structures both face to face and online (asynchronously and synchronously), and can support others to develop skills in using these structures in either mode. I am also a founding member of the Liberating Structures Victoria User Group.
Recent Example: I was part of a facilitation team for a two-day immersion workshop on Liberating Structures organized through BCcampus. Throughout the workshop, we helped participants to experience and learn how to implement many of the structures in the Liberating Structures “menu”. We even threw in some structures that are still being developed, as well as other facilitation methods, so participants could see how Liberating Structures can work alongside other non-LS structures.
“Beth is an innovative and creative facilitator. She works hard to make her students feel comfortable and welcome. Participant comments included: ‘It was wonderful to work with Beth, she is a professional and dedicated individual.'”
– Patricia Larose, Program Coordinator, School of Business Continuing Education, Camosun College –
I work with organizations to develop custom workshops or courses based on any need you have to develop trainers, facilitators or faculty in your setting. I can design and develop courses related to any teaching and learning topic.
Recent Example: For The University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine I designed and co-facilitated a four-hour session for faculty to enhance their teaching skills. This workshop was an abbreviated version of the Instructional Skills Workshop, designed to accommodate the limited availability of faculty. In the workshop we both modeled facilitative teaching and asked faculty members to individually facilitate one ten-minute mini lesson, on which they received feedback from the small group.