ABSTRACT

This chapter explores the concept of facilitation-what it is and why it matters in experiential education. Then people will discuss four critical areas of effective facilitation-tone setting, processing, differentiation, and group dynamics. While some experiential education is individually oriented, a far greater percentage involves some form of group interaction and social learning. Experiential education is a facilitation-heavy pedagogy. To allow experiences to become educative, instructors must be fully present in ways people often do not have to be in a more traditional college classroom. people give fewer answers and ask more questions. they focus on creating structures for student engagement and less on Powerpoint slides. they practice the skills of intervention, redirection, and mediation. people design multiple and iterative opportunities for student reflection and processing. They purposefully incorporate flexibility and open spaces into the syllabus and pay close attention in order to make adjustments along the way.