In December of 2015, I completed the Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) at the University of Guelph. The ISW Network describes FDW training as enabling participants to “refine their teaching techniques through the mini-lessons, and with guided practice and feedback, develop strategies for facilitating the group process”.
As a result of my training, I:
- refined teaching skills as based upon the BOPPPS model of practice
- developed a refined understanding my facilitator-self: what it means to be authentic and genuine in my approach to facilitation
- continue to reflect on the approaches I take to facilitation in a variety of settings from workshops to individual consults.
- now facilitate Instructional Skills Workshops (ISW) on an annual basis
ED Philosophy Themes
Conversational: The lasting impact FDW training has had upon my practice reflects engagement in dialogue and reflection. I now keep a journal of my facilitation experiences to reflect on what went well and where I’d like to improve in the future. The conversation also continues with colleagues when we discuss how certain approaches taken in educational development activities elicit a response from others.