This week we were tasked with reflecting on the challenges of teachers and instructors adapting to a new role of facilitator. When the instructor role changes to a facilitator in PBL, there are differences in this new role. A facilitator doesn’t lecture or provide information to a learner; it is up to the learner to self-direct. The facilitator helps the learners understand the objectives and learning outcomes and assist them to plan how to achieve the goals.
Instructors have to change their mindset and understand that it’s about leading learners to a new understanding. Facilitators must stimulate thinking, encourage exploration, and help learners make a connection to bring everything together.
Learners will develop competencies and skills to be successful, such as a deeper understanding of that they’re learning and longer retention of content. They will also demonstrate better problem-solving and critical thinking skills. For me to become a better facilitator, I will need to ask questions repeatedly to encourage participation and create a connection with the learners. I will also need to introduce information slowly and make the content applicable to the real world. I can accomplish this by asking learners for ways in which they can apply the content their exploring to their lives.
From Teacher to Facilitator by Michael Sunnarborg : Learning Solutions Magazine. (n.d.). Retrieved June 09, 2016, from http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/74/from-teacher-to-facilitator