Master Facilitator Journal

Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0393, May 12, 2009

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It's not often that we deliver workshops to groups who possess perfectly uniform skills sets, learning styles, and abilities. People have diverse levels of skill and learn different things at different rates. Didactic training styles designed to infuse information from trainer to student can leave some people behind while others are bored and ready to move on. In this week's article, "Working With Diverse Skill Levels," we explore strategies to resolve this issue.

Facilitating the Experiential Learning Cycle, Thursday, May 14th.
This concise, one-hour module will offer you the opportunity to experience the Kolb Learning Cycle and learn how to effectively facilitate it yourself in your workshops and trainings. See full details at the end of this issue.

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experiential learning cycle

The Point

Working With Diverse Skill Levels
How to make your workshop work for everyone

Presenting Skill

It's not often that we deliver workshops to groups who possess perfectly uniform skills sets, learning styles, and abilities. People have diverse levels of skill and learn different things at different rates. Didactic training styles designed to infuse information from trainer to student can leave some people behind while others are bored and ready to move on.

This phenomenon is even more pronounced when delivering workshops to public groups represented by a broad cross section of cultural, intellectual, and experiential backgrounds. So how do we deal with this issue? Here are some quick suggestions.


Train to multiple senses. Some people may be lagging due to their preferred method of receiving and processing information. Seek to deliver material in various modes to appeal to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic senses. This approach not only satisfy different learning styles, incorporating multiple sense helps to improve learning, retention, and integration for everyone.

Tune into multiple learning channels. There are always going to be people in your group who are ahead of the rest in some way. If they have relevant experience, knowledge, or wisdom to share and they can share it in an articulate manner, use them as resources. Enlist these experts to share what they know with your group. This approach does at least two things: 1) It helps the experts increase their mastery of the material by teaching or expressing it, and 2) It helps the other participants by hearing
knowledge and experience shared from alternative perspectives.

learning more active. When you deliver your content from an experiential perspective using tools such as the Kolb Learning Cycle, you engage people in ways that allow them to contribute based on their strengths. While some have more aptitude and experience applying certain skills, others who might be more reflective, will be able to articulate the nuances what's happening to provide new insights. Still others may be especially adept at formulating concrete actions that can be taken to integrate new learning.

Be a Learning Facilitator. Functioning in the fashion just described requires you to be more a conductor than a director; a facilitator of learning versus a one-way channel of information. This approach takes the burden off of you to be the sole expert in the room but it requires more of you to design flexible learning processes, faith in yourself that you can orchestrate these processes as they arise, and faith that appropriate learning will "emerge" from within your group.


How can you adapt your training approach to deal with the diversity in skill levels? Please send me your comments by replying to this email.

This Week's Offer

experiential learning cycleExperiential Module Course
Facilitating the Experiential Learning Cycle

As teachers and trainers, you've probably noticed that people really learn better through "experience" than by simply listening to talk about theory or practice. For almost any situation, you can develop an experience to either instruct or model the learning you're trying to facilitate.

A learning facilitation model I've used consistently is one called the "Kolb Learning Cycle". I find this cycle very useful in the design and presentation of my trainings, both F2F and virtual. It starts by providing an experience, the processing of which can elicit learning on all levels--physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual--and automatically accommodates the different perceptual and processing styles without having to perform any up front assessments.

What to expect during this session. This concise, one-hour module offers you the opportunity to experience an Kolb Learning Cycle, the theory behind it, and the procedures for effectively setting up and facilitating this cycle yourself. This succinct one-hour laser session will cover the following:
- Benefits of the Kolb Learning Cycle. The value that can be achieved by facilitating your trainings and events in using this cycle.

- Summary of Learning Theory behind the Kolb Learning Cycle.
We'll briefly discuss the Kolb Learning Theory that underlies the Kolb Learning Cycle. - Activity Preparation. Learn what needs to be done before the activity to ensure that it comes off smoothly.

- Experience an Activity. Experience a group activity as a participant using the Kolb Learning Cycle.

- Large Group Debrief. We'll discuss and explore how each element of the cycle is applied.

- Lessons Learned. Review the lessons you learned from the module and get answers to any questions you have about moving forward with this yourself.

What do you get? Here's what comes with the cost of this module:

- Active participation in the course above.
- Viewgraphs used during the presentation.
- Summary sheet that lists all the steps you need to take to set up and conduct your own flawless Offline Partner Activity.
- A recording of the webinar.

Format. This course is conducted over a telephone bridge line and webinar platform. The webinar connection is optional as view graphs will be provided prior to the call that can be printed as a backup option.

When? This class will be held on Thursday, May 14th from 10am-11am Pacific (1pm Eastern).

Cost. The cost of the above course is $29. If you are a FacilitatorU member, the cost is $19. If you are a member, contact us for the coupon code if you haven't already received it.

Click below to register and full details for class participation will arrive in your inbox.

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