“Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.” Gail Sheehy
When lecturers recognize the value of participatory learning, there is a relatively steep learning curve for them to transition into a facilitative trainer role.
It can be very daunting to let go of the role of an expert who shares knowledge and step into the role of a facilitator who enables participants to learn and apply what they learned.
Here are some logistical tips to help with that transition.
Moving from PowerPoint slide deck to participant manual:
- Take all of the content that is currently on each of your PowerPoint slides and place it into a participant manual as reference material.
- Consider the best way that your participants can
“Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw
My current task is not simple. I need to plan how to conduct a train-the-trainer program for individuals who will be facilitating portions of a 22-day training series. I have five days for the training, which will be in Nairobi, Kenya the first week in August.
At this point, I have no idea who or how many trainers will be participating. However, I can anticipate that most of the trainers will be lecturers who are not familiar (or necessarily comfortable) with participatory learning strategies. My challenge will be to help them decide to become facilitative trainers rather than expert lecturers.
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