Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Tip #159: Designing Facilitator Guides #3

Last week, we indicated that we have a number of choices to answer the seventh question: 7. What format will be most useful for the facilitator? There are three different formats I have typically used: an annotated table of contents (which we described in Tip #158), an annotated lesson plan, and a scripted facilitator guide.

An annotated lesson plan provides more information and guidance to a facilitator than is possible on an annotated table of contents. While the annotated table of contents provides a snapshot of activities and timeframes, the annotated lesson plan provides more of a narrative of the activities, their purpose, and what is required (in terms of materials and directions) to facilitate the activities.

The key information that the facilitator will need is:

  • the over all focus of the session

  • the learning objectives

  • the key content points (in many cases, these are the section titles or agenda items)

  • the duration of the focus on this key content

  • the type of learning activities

  • when they occur

  • how long they should last

  • specific materials for the activity

  • the goal of the activity

  • how to introduce, facilitate and debrief the activities

  • specific notes regarding how to facilitate the activity

  • the specific handout pages and/or PowerPoint slides to which the activities relate

  • break times and durations

There are two different lesson plan formats that I have annotated. The first is in general outline format. The following example is the morning of the first day of a two- day orientation program. You will note that there is more than one facilitator, as well as guest speakers.

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