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Chapter 2. Learning Facilitation > Facilitator or Presenter: What’s the Differe...

Facilitator or Presenter: What’s the Difference?

The purpose of learning facilitation is to guide the learners to agreed-upon destinations, which are the learning outcomes. As such, facilitating a learning experience is like being a guide on a jungle safari: You point people in the right direction, make suggestions, take steps to enhance the experience for the participants, and give guidance—but you don’t do it for them. In fact, you do it with them. It would be a poor safari guide who gives the participants a map, says, “Have a great trip,” and then sits back in a lawn chair to watch. The same is true of a learning facilitator.

One hallmark of true facilitation is that facilitators, to the extent possible, do not separate themselves from the learner audience; they are with the learners in the experience all the way. The facilitator is one of them, yet not one of them, and guides them to the learning destination.


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