Course Content
Extend your own facilitation practices
Topic 1 of this unit revolves around extending one's training facilitation practice through engagement with current vocational training research. It encourages facilitators to actively seek and participate in professional development opportunities, allowing them to incorporate the latest findings and methodologies into their teaching. The aim is to continuously refine and enhance personal training approaches, ensuring they remain effective, relevant, and aligned with industry standards. This proactive commitment to personal growth helps facilitators stay at the forefront of educational practices within the vocational training sector.
Develop other VET trainers
Topic 2 focuses on supporting the development of other vocational education and training (VET) teachers and trainers. It emphasizes the implementation of opportunities to address their professional development needs, fostering a collaborative learning environment. Sharing vocational training facilitation practices and advice, along with modelling effective and ethical teaching behaviors, are key aspects. This approach not only enhances the collective competency of VET professionals but also promotes a culture of continuous learning and improvement, contributing to the overall quality of vocational education.
Supporting complex facilitation situations
Topic 3 addresses providing support in complex training facilitation contexts, emphasizing the need to assess challenging environmental conditions and their potential impacts on training. It advocates for the development of strategies to support learners with complex needs, aiming to overcome barriers to learning and promote independence. Facilitators are encouraged to adapt their strategies and resources to suit diverse learning environments, ensuring they meet legislative and regulatory requirements. This topic underscores the importance of flexibility and innovation in addressing the unique challenges presented by complex training scenarios.
Review your leadership of training facilitation
Topic 4 delves into reviewing the leadership aspects of training facilitation. It encourages trainers to actively seek feedback on their leadership and facilitation methods from peers and learners. Analyzing this feedback alongside self-assessment of performance allows trainers to identify opportunities for enhancing their facilitation skills. The focus is on continuous improvement through reflection and adaptation, ensuring that training practices are effective, responsive, and aligned with the evolving needs of learners and the vocational education and training (VET) sector.
TAEDEL512 Lead training facilitation
About Lesson

When we’re in a position of leadership or management, we need to hear from those we’re leading and integrate that feedback into our regular professional development. In this unit, we’ve been focusing on leading others in vocational training and facilitation. So it makes sensed to listen to your trainers to see what they have to say about your leadership and facilitation performance as their role model.

Let’s cover three methods for gathering this feedback. After which, we’ve included more detailed information below.

  1. Seek out verbal and documented feedback directly following a training session that they have observed. Provide them with a template that covers everything from your style and manner, to your content knowledge and advanced learning practices. In that way, you can collect really usable data and information that can lead to ongoing improvements.
  2. Send out a survey using something like Microsoft forms or polls, or survey monkey. Again, ask the questions that will prompt useful, critical responses. And allow room for some written or narrative feedback as well.
  3. Schedule meetings either one on one or in small groups. This format would be more conducive to brainstorming improvement ideas rather than single out specific behaviours or traits.

Once you have all this information, record it in your professional diary or somewhere on your organisations system so that it can be referred to and utilised in the days, weeks or months ahead. Your organisation may already have systems in place for individual PD and continuous improvement, so always refer to them in the first instance.

Further detail

1. Seeking Feedback

  • Direct Feedback from Peers and Mentors: Request feedback from fellow trainers, mentors, or senior colleagues who have observed your sessions. Ask them to focus on specific areas such as your communication skills, engagement strategies, and how well you manage group dynamics.

  • Feedback from Learners: Use anonymous surveys or feedback forms at the end of your training sessions to gather honest opinions from participants. Include questions about the clarity of your presentation, the effectiveness of activities, and your approachability as a facilitator.

  • Self-Assessment: Reflect on your own performance by recording your sessions (with consent) and reviewing them. This can help you self-identify areas for improvement that you might not notice in the moment.

  • 360-Degree Feedback: Implement a 360-degree feedback system where you receive input from not just your peers and learners, but also from supervisors and any support staff involved in your sessions.

2. Analysing Feedback

  • Compile and Categorise: Collect all the feedback and categorise it into areas such as communication, engagement techniques, leadership style, and content knowledge. This makes it easier to identify patterns and areas that need improvement.

  • Identify Strengths and Weaknesses: Recognise which areas are consistently praised and which are frequently critiqued. Understanding your strengths is just as important as identifying weaknesses, as it helps you leverage your best qualities more effectively.

  • Seek Clarification and Examples: If any feedback is vague or confusing, don’t hesitate to reach out for clarification. Specific examples can provide valuable insights into what you can do differently.

3. Documenting Opportunities for Improvement

  • Action Plan: Create a detailed action plan based on the feedback. For each area of improvement, outline specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) objectives to enhance your skills.

  • Professional Development Goals: Incorporate the feedback into your broader professional development goals. This might include attending workshops, obtaining certifications, or seeking mentorship in areas where you wish to improve.

  • Feedback Loop: Establish a feedback loop where you implement changes based on the feedback, seek further feedback after implementation, and continue to refine your practices. This ongoing cycle fosters continuous improvement.

4. Continuous Improvement

  • Implement Changes: Start incorporating the identified improvements into your training sessions. This could involve trying new facilitation techniques, altering your session structures, or enhancing your communication skills.

  • Monitor and Reflect: Regularly reflect on the impact of these changes on your training effectiveness. Monitoring improvements can be done through self-reflection, observing learner engagement and outcomes, and seeking follow-up feedback.

  • Adjust Based on Results: Be prepared to adjust your strategies based on the effectiveness of the implemented changes. Continuous improvement is an iterative process, and flexibility is key.

By systematically seeking, analysing, and acting on feedback, you can enhance your leadership and facilitation skills, leading to more effective and impactful training sessions. This process not only benefits your professional growth but also improves the learning experience for your participants.