Training Design and Facilitation (690)

Marshall Yoder and Koila Costello-Olsson

There are many methods for creating and facilitating trainings. In order to create a training that will not only be delivered successfully, but remembered with the learnings and skills utilized adequately, the facilitator needs to know the audience for the training and needs to know how that audience learns and remembers. This is why “cookie-cutter” trainings, the same training used over and over for a variety of ages, cultures, worldviews, and religions, is not as memorable and useful as a training specifically designed for the audience in the room.

In this course you will learn how to consider the experiences of the audience in the room, with a specific focus on how learning occurs and is remembered in adults. We will explore how to implement the training designs and practices that promote effective learning. This course will examine and use principles and practices that create learner-centered trainings with an emphasis on their use in conflict transformation and peacebuilding trainings. Participants will explore and practice the various steps of designing a learner-centered training that maximizes learning and leads to desired change. We will consider the different ways people learn and the varied techniques of creating learning exercises and using facilitation skills that make learning “stick”. Participants will examine the power of group-based learning in an inclusive supportive environment which is useful in a variety of teaching and learning environments be it university settings or work in the field. Each participant will design a portion of a training (also known as a learning event) to use in his/her work and must come to this course with a design idea or an existing design that they wish to modify.

This course is built on concepts from Paulo Freire (among others) that were later developed and expanded upon by Dr. Jane Vella. While not a peacebuilding course per se, learners should experience the parallels between the principles of learner-centered trainings and certain core peacebuilding practices.

Draft Syllabus