Facilitation Basics: Engaging Adult Learners

Learn How to Purposefully and Easily Engage Your Students
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  • Lectures 36
  • Length 3 hours
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

As an instructor, trainer, facilitator or teacher, how many of these situations can you relate to?

  • Those students in the back row stop paying attention 30 minutes into your training and you're just not sure how to bring them back.
  • Only a handful of your students typically ask questions, but you'd like to know how to get more students involved.
  • You know that asking questions would get more students involved, but you're scared of losing control of the conversation and/or the class.
  • Because more of your students are quiet, you assume they are comprehending what you are teaching. But then those same students email or call you only days after your course with questions that they should know the answers to.
  • You regularly find yourself with way too much material to cover in the time that you have, which leaves you feeling rushed and exhausted.

Here's what I know: These classroom scenarios are very, very common. But, by tackling these scenarios the right way, you can be profoundly more effective in the classroom than you currently are or ever thought you could be!

In this 36-lesson, 4-hour course, we will learn:

  • Six critical facts and principles about your students and how they learn
  • Which of your current classroom techniques are not working and why they aren't working
  • How to apply the participant-centered tips and techniques of Facilitation

If you are willing to critically evaluate your current approach to training, be open to learning some new training techniques, and do some hard work both during and after this course, I will partner with you to help you become a dramatically more effective and confident trainer, instructor, facilitator, or teacher.

In other words: Once you've completed the Facilitation Basics course, you will never look at training the same way again!

What are the requirements?

  • Have the following mindset: "Yes, I want to be more a more effective trainer, instructor, facilitator or teacher, but I don't know how."

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Examine 6 critical facts about your students and how they learn
  • Evaluate your current classroom teaching methods and gain clarity on why they are not working
  • Deliver your content in a way that dramatically enhances your students' retention
  • Design a classroom layout that works for you, instead of against you
  • Engage 100% of your students - easily and confidently
  • Walk away with a detailed design plan that you can start implementing tomorrow

Who is the target audience?

  • The Facilitation Basics course is for instructors, trainers, facilitators and teachers who are seeking to create a more engaging classroom learning experience. Whether you are a brand-new instructor or have been training for 40 years, you will learn an approach to delivering training content that will significantly enhance your effectiveness and confidence in the classroom.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Why You Need This Course

Every good thing has to start somewhere. This course starts here. Let's talk about those common problems that we all encounter in the classroom.


The content in this course is pulled from my live Facilitation Skills Train-the-Trainer workshop, which has been tested and proven with over 700 participants over the past 7 years.


Yes, an introvert can become a successful teacher and instructor. Here's my early story.


At a high level, here's what we'll cover in the course.

Section 2: Six Critical Facts and Principles

In this lesson, we'll introduce 6 critical facts and principles about your learners and how they learn.


To create a more effective classroom learning experience, you need to consider these 4 adult learning principles.


They are in your classroom. Question is: Why?

1 question

Let's review the three types of learners.


You're probably familiar with visual and auditory learning styles. But do you know what happens when you make your students use both styles at the same time?

1 question

A quiz about learning styles.


When people with this learning style buy furniture from IKEA, they don't use (or need) no stinkin' instructions. They just go for it and figure it out. Question is: Have you prepared your classroom and your content to support this learning style?


How much do you think about room setup? And how big of an impact do you think it has on your classroom?

In this lesson, we'll look at some common room arrangements and discuss the pros and cons of each.

1 question

Room setup question #1.


What does an early psychology experiment from 1885 have to do with your classroom? Watch this lesson to find out.


Believe it or not, neuroscientists know a thing or two about learning. In this lesson, we discuss 6 findings from brain research that have a direct impact on what we should be doing in the classroom.

1 question

6 principles.

Section 3: Made to Stick

An overview of the principles from the book, Made to Stick.


In this lesson, we'll examine two ways to use the principle of simplicity in our classroom.


Probably the most difficult thing for an instructor to be is this: unexpected. Yet this is probably the most powerful technique that you are not using. In this lesson, we'll discuss three applications of the principle of unexpected.


A big challenge for instructors can be communicating an idea or concept in a way that each student gets the meaning that you intended. The principle of concrete can help us do that.


Credibility goes a long way in the eyes of your students. But you can't fake it, that's for sure. In this lesson, we'll discuss three ways that you can cultivate credibility.


Your students may cry after taking one of your exams....but that's not what we're talking about here. To connect on an emotional level with your students, you've got to do this one thing really well.


If you are doing this in your training, it's most likely just your story. While that's a great start, there are other stories that you can be using. Whose stories? Watch and find out.

1 question

Quiz 1

1 question

Quiz 2

1 question

Quiz 3

Section 4: So Why Do I Need to Change the Way I Train?

Based on the facts and principles that you just learned, I think you're starting to see that some things have to change. But yet there are still bad trainers delivering bad training - why?


Alright, this is it. The moment when you put your bad training ways (and days) behind you. You are about to step into a brand-new world - the world of Facilitation. In this lesson, we draw the comparisons between what you've been doing and how you will start doing your training differently...and what that means for both you and your students.

1 question

This one's all about your audience.

Section 5: What is Facilitation?

To begin delivering training as a Facilitator, here's an overview of the 11 tasks you'll need to perform.


Finally! A solution for squeezing too much content into too little time. And it all starts with this lesson. This lesson is the linchpin for the remainder of the Facilitation Basics course.

Facilitation Prep Work
1 question

The previous lesson may have been the linchpin, but this is where the heavy lifting happens. You may not be used to doing "prep work," but following the directions in this lesson will make or break your success in the classroom.


Fun happens here...because you designed it! And it's all about the activities you create. Once you have the concepts in this lesson in your toolkit, you will only be limited by your creativity.

Facilitation Prep Work #2
1 question
1 question

Activities quiz


What are the components of a great opening? I'll give you a hint - there are three.


Just because I like you guys, I'm offering this bonus!

It's an activity that I designed and have had great success with. And it allows you to give your students additional value in terms of the takeaway from the activity. Watch this lesson to learn how to implement this activity. Enjoy!


Now that you've completed all of your prep work, it's time to truly facilitate your class.

The first thing you need to consider is the room setup. Yes, we talked about this earlier. But now we have new information - specifically with regards to facilitation - that we need to consider.

This is not a repeat - do not skip this lesson.

1 question

In Class Quiz #1


Ever been in a course where the instructor wagged the finger at you and said, "I expect you to participate?"

Well, as facilitators, that's not the way we do things. In this lesson, you'll learn how to set the expectation for participation.


As part of your prep work, you crafted this content. Now it's time to deliver it...along with a couple of other pieces of information.


Yeah, that's right. I said 4-6 times per hour. But how? There's not enough time?

Well, if you did your prep work correctly, you made the time. This lesson goes into all the details about how you make this work.

1 question

In Class Quiz #3


Improving your students' retention of content from 10-20% to 70-80% all comes down to the critical information you want them to retain - what we call the key takeaways. In this lesson you will learn the two approaches to addressing those key takeaways.

1 question

In Class Quiz #2


In my years as a training student, instructional designer and facilitator, I've seen some crazy things in the classroom (you probably have too). But when it comes to managing your classroom, it doesn't have to feel overwhelming. Here are some things I've picked up and learned over the years.

1 question

In Class Quiz #4


After you facilitate your first class, I think you will appreciate not only your effort, but the effort that your participants put in as well. Realizing that, why would you end your class with, "Any questions? Ok, thanks," when you can do so much more. In this lesson, I describe how I close and celebrate my Train-the-Trainer workshops.


A little extra something, just because you've made it this far. This is a flow of the Teach Back, with all of the critical components listed. Let this become your new BFF.


Congratulations! You are now prepared (and hopefully) inspired to go out and facilitate your next training course. In this lesson, we wrap up the Facilitation Basics course.

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Instructor Biography

Ken Brown, Train-the-Trainer and Engagement Specialist, Videographer

Ken’s 25+ years experience in the classroom began as a very anxious graduate teaching assistant who had no clue what he was doing. That initial experience revealed something very surprising to Ken: he enjoyed teaching. He still wasn't that good at it, but he enjoyed it.

So Ken worked harder, studied, experimented and gradually allowed more of his personality to come through in the classroom. That growth allowed him to develop a brand-new undergraduate class (while still a graduate student) and inspired Ken to eventually take on an adjunct instructor position - while working a full-time job and pursuing a 2nd Masters degree.

Over the last 10 years, Ken’s focus has shifted to corporate training, as he initiated and led the use of Facilitation as the primary training methodology at Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating.

During that time, Ken designed a number of unique and effective training programs. And for 7 of those years, Ken designed and facilitated a Train-the-Trainer workshop specifically focused on internal and external instructors. To date, 700 participants have completed Ken’s workshop.

Ken’s first Udemy offering, the Facilitation Basics course, reflects the core content from that live Train-the-Trainer workshop.

Little to no student engagement and a lack of creativity in the design and delivery of training programs are the two biggest issues that Ken focuses on.

Ken has designed and facilitated multiple training workshops, team-building and employee engagement events. He writes about creating engaging, memorable and unexpected learning experiences on his blog (www.theemuexperience.com).

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