By the end of this course you will have the skills necessary to facilitate the in-person portion of a Blended Learning approach in the classroom, meeting room, or boardroom. Blended Learning provides a rich combination of self-directed (on-line) and face-to-face learning. You will learn skills to foster great conversations, discovery, and critical thinking. As a great facilitator, you will help create a dynamic collaborative learning experience where learners can master content application, information synthesis and contextualization. This course is set up to explore 3 basic concepts of facilitation: the facilitator as architect, the facilitator as pilot, and the facilitator as guide. A good Facilitator fulfills these 3 basic roles: Architect – the creation of the plan and all the necessary information that precedes meeting a group of learners. Pilot – the role of navigating an identified journey safely from beginning to end. This is the role of maintaining safety throughout the learning process. Guide – the many responses to learners throughout the learning or meeting process that help facilitate the desired outcomes. The facilitator framework adapted from the International Institute of Facilitation and Change.
What do I need to know? After completing this course you will earn 1 Continuing Education (CEU) Unit credits for your professional portfolio.
Discover Blended Learning strategies to increase face-to-face learning. Demonstrate facilitation skills for use in Blended Learning when flipping your classroom. Develop facilitator skills as Architect, Pilot, and Guide in a classroom or meeting room setting. Demonstrate group process and management strategies for group success. Practice active learning strategies to be utilized in the classroom portion of Blended Learning.
Sharon Aka is the Associate Director of the Adventist Learning Community & Associate Director for the North American Division Office of Education. In her role she supports curriculum development and training for ministries, pastors, chaplains, teachers, administrators, and believers and seekers. She has worked for the Seventh-day Adventist Church for 3 years, and continues to be excited about combining her faith and profession. She has 11 years experience as a Professor of Nursing and Professional Development Specialist for faculty development at 2 higher education institutions in Toronto, Ontario. She is a Registered Nurse by trade, with 16 years experience in an Acute Surgical Unit and as a Nurse Educator at The Scarborough Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. She has a Master of Science degree in Nursing, focused on professional practice. Sharon is a PhD student at Andrews University.