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:
This week’s readings and resources are as follows:
Recent publication regarding the critical role of the facilitator: Hennessy, S., Kershner, R., Calcagni, E. & Ahmed, F. (2021). Supporting practitioner-led inquiry into classroom dialogue with a research-informed professional learning resource: A design-based approach. Review of Education, 9(3). https://bera-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/rev3.3269
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:
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