Week one: The role of the facilitator

Welcome to week one!

In this first module, we will discuss what it means to be a facilitator, drawing on learning from a recent trial using T-SEDA. This will include the role of the facilitator, possible facilitation models, and issues and potential constraints faced by facilitators. Your objective this week is to identify (roughly) your aims for your facilitation.

Save the date! Live welcome event to the course on Thursday, Oct 21st at 4pm GMT+1. Details included below.

Focus of the week

Watch the following video for an overview of the week’s theme:

Download the video content in written form here.

Prior to beginning the course, please ensure that you have registered using this registration and consent form.


This week’s readings and resources are as follows:


Helpful resources and templates:

  • Facilitation plan template: This is a template to get you started in documenting your facilitation plan. You can write your answers to Step 1 in the Facilitator Resource 1 in this template.
  • Facilitator Resource 1: Reflective cycle as facilitation planning tool. This resource is a step-by-step cycle to support you during your facilitation planning. For this week, aim to address Step 1 in the cycle.

Get to know other available resources:

  • T-SEDA: This resource pack that has been drawn on for the basis of both strands of this course. If you are not already familiar with it, now is the time!
  • CEDiR site: This website includes a summary of current projects by CEDiR colleagues, which offer their own resources and relevant content.
  • Edudialogue.org: This site is where the discussion forum is hosted but it also includes a range of helpful resources for you to look through.


Please review and complete the following activities for this week:

  • Please fill out the registration and consent form for the use of your data.
  • Review the MOOC user guide and the course etiquette if you have not done so already.
  • Listen to the following audio recording from a facilitator interview. This recording is the first of a series of interviews with facilitators where they share successes, challenges and tips for those considering facilitation.
  • Draft an initial skeleton of your facilitation plan to add ideas to over the next few weeks. You can use the sample one listed in the resource section above titled ‘Facilitation plan template’ for inspiration, but remember that yours should reflect the unique context of your setting so please adapt as you see fit or start one from scratch. Note that we will be doing more work on designing your facilitation model and plan in the weeks to come.
  • Using ‘Facilitator Resource 1’ available above and the initial guiding questions in Step 1, begin to think through your aims for your facilitation. Answer the following questions, writing your answers in your facilitation plan template or in your own version: ** What have I noticed as a problem or point of interest in my setting regarding educational dialogue? ** What do I hope to achieve through this facilitation? ** What are my personal and professional motivations for facilitation?
  • Join us for the live welcome event on Zoom on Thursday, Oct 21st at 4pm GMT+1. Log-in details are as follows:

Topic: MOOC welcome event Time: Oct 21, 2021 04:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting https://us05web.zoom.us/j/86577114442?pwd=bzRqTXZhWkhBbjdBY1hLMklJZDBKZz09

Meeting ID: 865 7711 4442 Passcode: 8Ns380


If you have not yet already registered on the discussion forum, you will need to do this first here. Take a look at the MOOC user guide for more instructions on how to do this.

If you have not already written an introduction in the introduction channel on the forum, please do this first. Instructions are included at the top of the channel.

This week, in the week one channel on the forum, write a post to address the following questions:

  1. Who are you? Where are you? Describe your setting for your facilitation.
  2. What’s your motivation or driving force behind your facilitation?
  3. Think through the challenges – what do you think will be the most challenging aspect of facilitation in your setting?

Remember to respond to others’ posts too!

Discussion forum

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