Supporting Adult Learning and Building Relationships

Professional Learning Facilitators support adult learning and build relationships in a number
of ways, including:

  • set conditions for genuine, trusting relationships in learning teams
  • encourage participants to take intellectual risks in a safe learning environment
  • use skilled facilitation (e.g., protocols, norms) to foster dialogue, explore possibilities, surface and challenge thinking, and develop shared knowledge and commitment
  • promote autonomy, collaboration and networking
  • assess participant readiness, taking into account participant experiences in order to move learning forward


Supporting Adult Learning
In what ways do facilitators, such as technology coaches, support adult learning and build relationships with respect to their own learning and the learning of others?
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Developing Networks of Learning
How do facilitators and school board staff in supportive roles, such as eLearning Contacts, encourage participants to develop shared knowledge while promoting autonomy, collaboration and networking? How do the “mountain top sessions” differ from traditional professional development sessions?
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