DESIGNING & FACILITATING LEARNING EXPERIENCES WORKSHOP (4 DAY)
An intensive workshop in designing and facilitating engaging, learner-centered education
At the Engaging & Empowering Learners Workshop (On Course I), participants learn dozens of strategies for empowering students to become active, responsible learners. At this Designing & Facilitating Learning Experiences Workshop, participant not only add more than 100 student-empowerment strategies to their repertoire, they also learn the essential design and facilitation skills necessary for being an effective learner-centered educator who can empower students to move from superficial to deep learning. These advanced design and facilitation skills also provide the knowledge and resources for participants to help colleagues provide more effective educational experiences for their students. The skills presented in this workshop are drawn from best practices in academic curriculum design, brain research, learning styles, active-learning principles, corporate training methodology, and personal development strategies. This workshop is ideal for educators who want to help students become active, responsible learners and/or you want to take a leadership role in helping their college or university become more learner-centered!
DESIGNING & FACILITATING LEARNING EXPERIENCES WORKSHOP AGENDA:
|1:00-2:30||SESSION 1: GETTING ON COURSE|
Reviewing the characteristics of successful students and introducing the foundational concepts of the workshop (in learner-centered ways, of course).
|2:45-5:00||SESSION 2: DESIGNING LEARNER-CENTERED EXPERIENCES (1)|
Assessing participants’ learning preferences, understanding the variety of students’ learning preferences, introducing Problem-Based Learning (PBL), and forming teams that will work together on a self-determined learner-centered curriculum design, one they will present on the final day.
|8:30-10:00||SESSION 3: DESIGNING LEARNER-CENTERED EXPERIENCES (2)|
Learning and experiencing the four components of an effective learner-centered design.
|10:15-12:00||SESSION 4: USING LEARNER-CENTERED STRUCTURES AND STRATEGIES|
Defining the building blocks of learner-centered practices, introduction to more than 100 structures and strategies, and a second design team meeting to continue the creation of each team’s learner-centered design.
|1:00-2:30||SESSION 5: FACILITATING LEARNER-CENTERED EXPERIENCES (1)|
Learning the three steps of effective learner-centered facilitation and practicing some of their associated skills.
|2:45-5:00||SESSION 6: DESIGNING LEARNER-CENTERED EXPERIENCES (3)|
Learning and applying to the design teams a number of theories for creating productive teams of learners; a third design team meeting.
|8:30-10:00||SESSION 7: FACILITATING LEARNER-CENTERED EXPERIENCES (2)|
Practicing additional skills for effectively facilitating powerful learner-centered experiences.
|10:15-12:00||SESSION 8: DESIGNING LEARNER-CENTERED EXPERIENCES (4)|
Learning and practicing strategies for helping teams of learners work more effectively; a fourth design team meeting.
|1:00-2:30||SESSION 9: FACILITATING LEARNER-CENTERED EXPERIENCES (3)|
Learning and practicing skills to effectively debrief a learning-centered experience and provide empowering feedback to learners.
|2:45-5:00||SESSION 10: DESIGNING LEARNER-CENTERED EXPERIENCES (5)|
Learning and practicing strategies to help students think about their thinking (metacognition) and draw out transformational lessons from their learning experiences; the final design team meeting to put finishing touches on the design.
|5:00-6:00||Dinner Break for those staying for optional evening session|
|6:00-9:00||ANOTHER WAY OF KNOWING|
This optional session is designed for participants who want the opportunity to improve their own lives, personally as well as professionally. Many participants report this session to be extraordinarily valuable in helping them discover their next steps for creating the rich, full life they want.
|8:30-12:00||SESSION 11: STAYING ON COURSE|
Presentation of learner-centered designs; feedback on the designs; design team celebrations!