Elements covered in this unit are:
- Extend facilitation practices
- Prepare for complex environments
- Prepare for learners with complex needs
- Develop learner independence
- Reflect on, and improve delivery practice
Extending your facilitation practices
It has been said that a poor facilitator is one who cannot also learn from their learners. Every time a facilitator steps up before a classroom of students, learners or course participants, they should be looking forward to what they will learn, what new perspectives they may gain, or the new techniques or skills they may develop when faced with extraordinary situations.
Similarly, there is much ongoing research and debate in the field of vocational education, as existing theories are extrapolated, questioned and reinterpreted, and new learning theories and facilitation practices are published. This reflects the changing nature of understanding how and why we learn, and also the nature of the employment environment and the shift in educational focus from teaching to learning.
Maintaining an understanding of current practices and emerging trends and issues provides opportunities to improve delivery techniques and facilitation practices.