Advanced Facilitator Development: Expert Leadership of Adult Learning

  • 14 hours
  • 2 days


This two-day programme aims to deepen and enhance the skills and knowledge of experienced designers and leaders of adult learning.


  • explore what distinguishes the advanced facilitator 
  • explore and practise a range of techniques to enable effective adult learning, including tools for self- and peer-assessment

This programme is run by the London Centre for Leadership in Learning (LCLL) at UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

Course content

Over the two days you'll:

  • explore definitions of the advanced facilitator - their knowledge, skills, beliefs and values
  • explore the concept of authority and its importance in facilitation
  • understand how to support group formation and effectively ensure active participation from all learners
  • explore strategies from facilitation literature on tackling difficult behaviours
  • engage in a paired critique of practice using video
  • explore issues around managing pace 
  • review the literature on programme design including ideas for innovative activity design and online learning
  • understand how best to frame programme evaluations so that they are meaningful for facilitator, participants and clients
  • self-assess and peer assess against the IOE Facilitator Competency Framework

Who the course is for

This course is for teachers and other educators who are experienced in designing and leading adult learning.

It's recommended that you attend the Facilitator Development programme before attending this course.

Course structure

You'll take part in two days of face-to-face sessions, involving both theory and practical activity.

In between the two session you'll be expected to carry out focused study tasks.

You'll also engage with a variety of readings and information about evidence-based approaches to adult learning to enhance your understanding of highly effective facilitation.

Learning outcomes

The programme will help you to:

  • understand what distinguishes the advanced facilitator from the facilitator
  • use your understanding of authority to enable participants’ effective learning
  • apply a range of techniques to support the development of effective group dynamics
  • be confident and have effective strategies to tackle participants’ difficult behaviours
  • understand your own strengths and areas for development as a facilitator of adult learning 


You'll receive a certificate of completion after attending both sessions.

Course information last modified: 23 Jul 2018, 09:26