Group Facilitation Online 1:00pm EST
Group Facilitation Methods Online - the online course"I very much enjoyed the course, and have already found the learnings to be quite useful. One simple, but powerful, change that I've noticed is that I now have much greater awareness of "structure" in conversations; I see evidence of ORID, either its presence, or its need and the lack thereof, around me all the time!" —Gary, Toronto
This foundational ToP methods course is offered online, in two modules of 3 sessions each.
Module 1 - Focused Conversation Method
Module 2 - Consensus Workshop Method
Three 2-hour sessions of each module are Monday, Tuesday and Friday, providing ample offline preparation and practice time. Each Module includes 2 ½ hours of participant preparation, reading and application exercises. It is taught by a lead trainer and a technical lead who will acquaint you with Blackboard Collaborate.
Each module contains a real practice sessionYou will prepare and lead a facilitated an event during each module. You will set up and facilitate a Focused Conversation during the first week and a Consensus Workshop during the second week. You will need at least 3 more people for this live practice session. You may lead these sessions in your workplace, with a volunteer group or with your family.
The whole course involves
- 12 hours class time
- 1 hour methods practice
- 2 hours reading
- 2 hours of homework and preparation
We will expect you to make a commitment to full time participation in the online sessions
You will practice the Focused Conversation Method and the Consensus Workshop Method in a real setting. You will need to secure the commitment of at least 3 people willing to be participants in TWO one hour face-to-face practice session. This will happen between the second and third session of each module . These people need not be in the course.
You will need to participate in an hour-long introduction session before the course to become familiar with the technology. The introduction session will familiarize you with the technology so that course time can be used to the best advantage by everyone.
Please note that this course does not teach online facilitation. We are using online technology to teach the same Group Facilitation Methods that are taught in the face-to-face course.
Upcoming coursesJanuary 2016
Introduction Session - - - Fri Jan 22 - - - 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Module 1 - Focused Conversation Method - - - Mon Jan 25, Tues Jan 26 and Fri Jan 29 - - - 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Module 2 - Consensus Workshop Method - - - Mon Feb 1, Tues Feb 2 and Fri Feb 5 - - - 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Introduction Session - - - Fri Apr 8 - - - 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Module 1 - Focused Conversation Method - - - Mon Apr 11, Tues Apr 12 and Fri Apr 15 - - - 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Module 2 - Consensus Workshop Method - - - Mon Apr 18, Tues Apr 19 and Fri Apr 22 - - - 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Introduction Session - - - Fri Aug 12 - - - 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Module 1 - Focused Conversation Method - - - Mon Aug 15, Tues Aug 16 and Fri Aug 19 - - - 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Module 2 - Consensus Workshop Method - - - Mon Aug 22, Tues Aug 23 and Fri Aug 26 - - - 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Introduction Session - - - Fri Oct 21 - - - 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Module 1 - Focused Conversation Method - - - Mon Oct 24, Tues Oct 25 and Fri Oct 28 - - - 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Module 2 - Consensus Workshop Method - - - Mon Oct 31, Tues Nov 1 and Fri Nov 4 - - - 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Fee - $995
To register, scroll to the very bottom of the page and select the date.
When you register for this course on this website, you will be registering for both modules at $995.
The individual modules can be taken separately for $550 each.
If you choose to take individual modules, please call us at 416-691-2316.
Materials - sent to you when you register
Module 1: The Art of Focused Conversation book and the Focused Conversation manual
Module 2: The Workshop Book and the Consensus Workshop manual
You will need
- High-speed internet access
- A USB computer headset with a microphone.
- The most recent version of Java running on your computer
- Access to tech support may be helpful
The Introduction Session is designed to familiarize you with the software. It prepares you for this online experience; so we can use our course time on the methods. It is a one hour session
- Module 1 - Focused Conversation Method
- - Module 2 - Consensus Workshop Method
Focused Conversation Method - Module 1
Opening and Introductions
Small Group Exercise: Levels of Thinking
Homework: Scrambled Question Exercise
Debrief of Scrambled Questions Exercise
How to Design a Conversation
Small Group Practice: Design a Conversation
Homework: Lead a Focused Conversation and Reflect on Experience
Reports on Conversation Practice
Small Group Practice: Lead an online conversation (observed)
Consensus Workshop Method - Module 2
Overview of Consensus Workshop Method
Reflection on Experience
Homework: Design a Focus Question
Reports on Focus Questions
Small Group Exercise: Plan Steps of a Workshop
Homework: Lead a Consensus Workshop and Reflect on Experience
Reports on Workshop Practice
Small Group Practice: Lead an online workshop (observed)
- Become a great facilitator. Move beyond instinct and seat-of-the-pants practice, with the most powerful facilitation methods and processes available.
Engage people in creative productive group work
Design and facilitate effective meetings
- Involve participants in discussions
- Get more ideas into the mix
Create lively and effective teamwork
- Build positive interaction
- Encourage group creativity
Focus group energy on common goals
- Enable groups to form consensus
- Facilitate solid commitment to results
Build motivation and improve morale
- Help groups resolve conflict
- Build respect and trust in groups
Make groups more productive and effective
- Conduct easier, faster meetings
- Save time and money on meetings
Group Facilitation: The Online Course. Learn the Focused Conversation Method and the Consensus Workshop Method, two powerful methods to enhance your facilitation. The Focused Conversation Method provides a structure for clear dialogue and reflection, probes beneath the surface to the depth of a topic, encourages a diversity of perspectives and leads to decisions.
- Gets everyone participating
- Encourages a diversity of perspectives
- Provides a structure for positive dialogue
- Gets beneath the surface of a topic
- Builds common understanding
The Consensus Workshop Method provides a participative and respectful way to move a group toward consensus on those important topics that everyone wants a breakthrough.
- Involves each group member
- Gets all the ideas into the mix
- Focuses the group consensus
- Builds an effective team partnership
- Enables you to facilitate large groups
Everyone gains from Group Facilitation Methods
For experienced facilitators, Group Facilitation Methods will affirm what you are already doing that is helpful and will point out those areas that need work and will make a positive difference in your practice. It will provide you with 2 flexible, powerful methods.
New facilitators will be able to start out on a solid foundation of best practice that is used by facilitators around the world.
Executives, managers and other leaders will become acquainted with key facilitation skills that will immediately enhance their leadership capacity.
Consultants will learn how to engage their clients more effectively in discussion and solutions.
Presenters and trainers will get new tools that will practically enhance the adult learning principles they know are important.
The Focused Conversation Method and the Consensus Workshop Method can be used in planning, conferences, problem solving, discussion groups, conflict resolution, interviews, training by facilitators, mediators, chairpersons, moderators and consultants.
I very much enjoyed the course, and have already found the learnings to be quite useful. One simple, but powerful, change that Ive noticed is that I now have much greater awareness of structure in conversations; I see evidence of ORID (either its presence, or its need and the lack thereof) all around me all the time!
- Gary Walker, Program Manager, Business Process Improvement, Scion, Motorola
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- Internet with headset
- Blackboard Collaborate
- Online anywhere
- Jo Nelson