Training Design and Facilitation (577)

Marshall Yoder and Koila Costello-Olsson

Most trainings are standardized regardless of the audience. There may be small tweaks to take into account a cultural group or worldview, but very little attention is paid to the make-up of each individual group at each training given. To create a training that will not only be delivered successfully, but where knowledge is retained, the facilitator needs to know the learners for the training, their experiences, and their own needs and interests. This course is built upon the premise that learners must be empowered to learn in a way that works for them and that traditional educational methods and standardized “cookie cutter” trainings are not well-suited to learning that lasts beyond the event itself.

In this course, you will experience what it means to be empowered as a learner and how your previous experiences can serve as a springboard to deeper learning. We will explore what learning actually is and will also focus on how learning occurs and is remembered in adults.

Participants will examine and use principles and practices that create learner-empowered 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-empowered training through involving the learners early on. Learn how to create an impact statement for the learning and identify the change sought and how to measure whether the desired impact has been achieved both in the event itself and afterwards. 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 university and work-related teaching and learning environments. Each participant will design a portion of a training (also known as a learning event) to use in his/her work and should come with a design idea or an existing design that they wish to modify.

This course is being offered for training and for academic credit. The syllabus details the number of credits hours and associated course requirements.


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