Facilitator Training Program: Create a training program for distance learning facilitator..

Part I – Vital Information in the Facilitator Training

It is recommended that you begin this section of the Facilitator Training Program in Week 2.

Training program audience. Identify your audience clearly.

What are the assumed current skill sets?
What are the assumed current experiences?
What is the assumed level of current knowledge?

Create the training program goals.

Create measureable objectives for the training program objectives.

Create a summative assessment for the trainees based on the following questions:

How will you measure the success of the trainees?
How will you measure the success of your program?

Part II – Facilitator Skills and Instructional Materials

It is recommended that you begin this section of the Facilitator Training Program in Week 3.

Identify the skills needed for effective distance learning facilitators.

What skills are needed to create effective distance learning?
What strategies might you use to present these skills to facilitators?

Describe the phases of development for distance learning facilitators.

Clearly describe the phases of development.
Identify transition between stages, where appropriate.

Identify the theories of distance learning.

Provide a clear description of theories of distance learning.
Provide examples of how the different theories apply to different scenarios.

Describe the theories for engaging distance learners.

Provide a clear description of the theories of engagement.
Provide several examples of the application of each theory.

Part III – Technology Tools

It is recommended that you begin this section of the Facilitator Training Program in Week 4. Remember to focus on the learning and needs of the trainee.

Learning platform (LMS/CMS) used by the distance learning faculty for facilitating their classes

Provide a clear definition of which system is used, LMS or CMS.
Identify the processes facilitators will use to do the following:

Present information, such as lectures or videos
Conduct class discussions
Conduct private discussions
Receive assignments
Provide assignment feedback and grades

Include at least three different technology or media tools that engage and enhance student learning, such as the following:

Audio
Video
Visuals and infographics
Games and simulations

Provide a minimum of three different technology tools for student collaboration, such as the following:

Wikis
Blogs
The classroom learning platform to be used
Skype, Apple® FaceTime®, or other teleconferencing tools
Mobile computing

Include a clear description of how each technology or media tool will engage students and enhance their learning.

Part IV – Issues and Classroom Management

It is recommended that you begin this section of the Facilitator Training Program in Week 5. Remember to focus on the learning and needs of the trainee

Include a description of the different distance learners.
    Cultural
    Experiential
    Prior learning experiences: nontraditional learners

Include a description of the differences between synchronous and asynchronous facilitation skills.
Provide a minimum of three technology management issues and resolutions.
Incorporate classroom management issues and resolutions.

Learner feedback

Messages
Comments
Audio

Challenging behaviors

Cyber-bullying
Inappropriate posts
Lack of participation or engagement

APA citations, where appropriate.