Originally posted in our August 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter.
Using more learning from Stanford educators, we turn to a fantastic resource for facilitators. This document outlines how to create effective learning environments regardless of the subject that both create the psychological safety necessary for students to engage fully while also providing the space for robust and diverse discussion.
As opposed to traditional lecturing, facilitation offers a more collaborative and engaging learning environment conducive to a wider variety of learning styles. It also provides an example of more effective communication to students than traditional lecturing.
This resource also offers some very impactful guidelines for addressing our own tendencies to dominate a conversation, as well as how to avoid bias and promote dynamic discussion that includes everyone in the room.
These are skills that we need to promote to embrace the most innovative learning possible.