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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Facilitating Workshops

A Resource Book for Lecturers and Trainers

ISBN 9781137304209
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Teaching and Learning

The only book providing advice on facilitating workshops aimed specifically at lecturers and academics. Full of practical resources and materials including suggested activities, handouts and whiteboard layouts to help people tasked with running workshops in higher education settings or at conferences, even without having received specific training.

Dr. Hayo Reinders (www.innovationinteaching.org) is Professor of Education and Head of Department at Unitec in New Zealand and Dean of the Graduate School at Anaheim University in the United States. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal 'Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching'. Hayo's interests are in educational technology, learner autonomy, and out-of-class learning and his most recent books are on teaching methodologies, digital games, and second language acquisition. He edits a book series on 'New Language Learning and Teaching Environments' for Palgrave Macmillan.

Marilyn Lewis is an honorary research fellow at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
They are the authors of The International Student Handbook and Study Skills for Speakers of English as a Second Language.

Introduction to the Book
Workshop Concerns
1. Why Workshops?
2. A Brief History of Workshops
3. Principles of Adult Learning
4. Adults as Social Learners
5. Adults as Experiential Learners
6. The Experience of Learning in Workshops
7. The Experience of Delivering Workshops
8. Planning and Organising Workshops
9. Workshop Contexts
10. Setting Goals
11. Categorising and Selecting Activities
12. Workshop Activities
13. Sequencing Content and Activities
14. Feedback and Assessment
15. Delivering Workshops Online
16. Professional Development for Facilitators
17. The 'When' of Workshops
18. Timing Issues
19. Participant Issues
20. Organisational Issues
21. Technical Issues
22. Space Issues
23. Cultural Issues
24. Presenter Issues
25. Content Issues
26. Dealing with Organisers
27. Promoting Workshops
28. Evaluating Workshops
29. Giving Workshops to Colleagues


Reassuring, sensible advice about the topic of workshops with sound theoretical underpinnings to support its immensely practical ideas…a very positive and welcome addition to the literature.' - Dr Bill Dunn, Professional Development Adviser, University of Oxford, UK
'This is an excellent book that offers something for both the experienced lecturer and the novice. One of the many strengths is the way the book interweaves theory and practice, exploring the best ways to facilitate workshops and providing the underlying theory to support these ideas. The authors are both highly experienced practitioners and have provided an extremely readable text that is positively brimming with good ideas.' - Rob Abbott, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood and Education, University of Chichester, UK
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