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Chapter 6. Facilitation Techniques > Critical Facilitation Factors

Critical Facilitation Factors

Engaging Participants in Content/Knowledge/Comprehension Activities

Because learners are relatively passive during this type of activity, it is important to engage them as much as possible in other ways. Table 6-1 lists some methods that will engage learners during a content/knowledge/comprehension activity.

Table 6-1. Eight ways to engage learners.
1.Begin with a story, anecdote, statistic, or analogy to hook the learners.
2.Use visuals and graphics that are colorful and eye-catching.
3.Separate content into “nice to know” and “need to know.”
4.Present content in small chunks for easy digestion—short lectures and bulleted materials.
5.Use short content/knowledge/comprehension segments: no more than a 15–20 minute segment before launching learners into something more active.
6.Take a poll (“How many of you think A? How many of you think B?”): This activity gets learners involved and gives you an idea of where they are in relation to your content.
7.Change your stance and position in the room; you should be physically active.
8.Use a bulleted flipchart, overhead, or slide, and uncover each point as it is being discussed.
Reprinted with permission from Deb Tobey LLC, 2003.



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