Facilitating Individual and Group Learning

Upcoming Course

Career Development Practitioners are often thrust into the role of learning facilitator because they enjoy teaching others and are thought to have the right personality for it, but many do not have a background in adult learning and teaching. There is a body of theory and practice that can help practitioners develop their abilities to teach others. Understanding the basic principles of adult learning, appreciating different learning styles, following a program design model for developing programs, using a variety of facilitation/instructional methods and techniques and evaluating learning are all part of the process of helping adults learn.

In this course we will focus on many of these areas as they apply to formal and informal approaches to individual and group learning. We will connect theory with practice through reading, writing, discussion and reflection.

Program goal

The goal of this course is to provide an opportunity for you to increase your knowledge of the theory of adult learning and teaching and to build skill and confidence in designing and facilitating effective interactive learning sessions for adult learners.  

Learning objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe the principles of adult learning (S2.1.1)
  • identify specific techniques to build rapport with participants (S2.1.2)
  • recognize different learning styles (S2.1.2)
  • explain the five stages of the program design model: needs assessment, objective setting, session planning, delivery, and evaluation (S2.2.1, S2.2.2)
  • apply a systematic approach to designing a learning cycle (S2.2.1, S2.2.3)
  • appreciate the importance of asking good questions (S2.2.3)
  • compare a variety of instructional methods (S.2.2.3)
  • explain the facilitator role (SSC2.1.2)
  • identify key skills that facilitators need (SSC2.1.2)
  • describe the principles of group facilitation (SSC2.2.2)
  • value the group process (S2.2.3)

In addition to the Specialized Competencies of S2 (Facilitated Individual and Group Learning) described in the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners, this course also addresses Core Competencies:

  • C1.2.2 Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning
  • C1.2    Demonstrate a commitment to professional development
  • C1.4.1 Use time management skills
  • C2.2    Communicate effectively
  • C2.2.6 Establish and maintain collaborative work relationships

In Nova Scotia: This course is aligned with the Nova Scotia Career Development Practitioners Core Competency Profile to address components for the following competencies:

  • 3.2 Use time management skills
  • 3.5 Access and use information and communication technology
  • 4.5 Use writing skills
  • 5.1 Conduct needs assessments
  • 6.1 Demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional development
  • 6.2 Develop productive and working relationships with colleagues