Teaching people about facilitation
All the courses I facilitate are aimed at helping people learn how to facilitate learning or group process. I help people learn how to facilitate in an interactive way, drawing on effective practices and processes to create active learning environments. Since I design and facilitate 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.
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 –
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 –
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 –
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.
“I have had the great pleasure of co-facilitating and co-creating learning opportunities with Beth, both online and face-to-face. She is a dream to work with: ever organized, passionate, creative and collaborative. In facilitation, Beth is timely, insightful and truly lets participants lead and share their expertise – an indicator of a highly skilled facilitator and educator. Beth uses her curiosity and passion for learning and listening in everything she does.”
– Leanna Hill, Consultant –