The Open University since 2006
Alternatively you can skip the navigation by pressing 'Enter'.
Life - with David Attenborough: Creatures of the DeepTuesday, 31st May 2016 09:00 - EdenLife under the waves. Read more: Life - with David Attenborough: Creatures of the Deep
Life - with David Attenborough: PlantsTuesday, 31st May 2016 10:00 - Eden
Life - with David Attenborough: PrimatesTuesday, 31st May 2016 11:00 - Eden
Life - with David Attenborough: Creatures of the DeepTuesday, 31st May 2016 16:00 - Eden
The Educators: Series 2: What Finland Did NextAvailable for over a yearFinland has one of the highest-performing education systems in the world, yet it is overhauling the way schools teach... Read more: The Educators: Series 2: What Finland Did Next
All in the Mind - Summer 2016: Microbes in relation to mood; Depressed cake shop and Perils of perceptionAvailable until Wednesday, 31st May 2017 00:00
The Educators: Series 2: Character LessonsAvailable for over a year
Thinking Allowed 2016: 'Queer' wars, Nigerian beauty pageantsAvailable for over a year
Life - with David AttenboroughDavid Attenborough explores the vibrant mix of life found on our plant - where it comes from, and... Read more: Life - with David Attenborough
Take the photographic memory testCan you capture scenes just by looking at them? Find out with our photographic memory test. Launch now: Take the photographic memory test
Una lengua en movimientoThis free course will develop your knowledge and understanding of the societies and cultures of... Try: Una lengua en movimiento now
English: skills for learningEnglish: skills for learning, is a free course for anybody who is thinking of studying for a... Try: English: skills for learning now
Gain an insight into facilitating meetings and discussions in the workplace. In this free course, Facilitating group discussions, you will look at some of the behaviours effective facilitators exhibit. Informative and engaging videos will introduce you to examples of facilitation in practice.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the key skills and behaviours required to facilitate a group discussion
- prepare effectively before facilitating a meeting
- consider some of the difficult behaviours that can occur in meetings
- think of some possible strategies for dealing with these.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 What is facilitation?
- 2 The facilitator’s role
- 3 Facilitation styles
- 4 Facilitative behaviours
- 5 Facilitation in practice
- 6 Resources to help with difficult situations
- 7 Learning review and action plan
- Keep on learning
Study this free course
Enrol to access the full course, get recognition for the skills you learn, track your progress and on completion gain a statement of participation to demonstrate your learning to others. Make your learning visible!
Facilitating group discussions
Welcome to this free course on facilitating group discussions.
You’ll start by looking at what is meant by ‘facilitation’ and at different styles of facilitating.
You will have the chance to assess your preferred facilitation style, and also to identify skills that you need to develop to become more effective in this role.
Then you’ll be asked to watch a series of video clips showing facilitation in action.
You’ll meet Alan as he tries to facilitate a meeting of an established group – a chaotic meeting.
Next you will listen to a dialogue between Alan and a more experienced facilitator, Lisa, to see how she handled similar situations in the past.
Lastly, you will see Alan facilitating another meeting of the group – more successfully this time!
To get the most from this course, please enrol. This way the answers you give on-screen will be kept when you come back later. Alternatively, you should note your answers in a notebook.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course.
Copyright & revisions
Originally published: Monday, 29th February 2016
Last updated on: Monday, 29th February 2016
- Creative-Commons: The Open University is proud to release this free course under a Creative Commons licence. However, any third-party materials featured within it are used with permission and are not ours to give away. These materials are not subject to the Creative Commons licence. See terms and conditions. Full details can be found in the Acknowledgements and our FAQs section.
- This site has Copy Reuse Tracking enabled - see our FAQs for more information.
If you enjoyed this, why not follow a feed to find out when we have new things like it? Choose an RSS feed from the list below. (Don't know what to do with RSS feeds?)
Remember, you can also make your own, personal feed by combining tags from around OpenLearn.
- Latest OpenLearn pages
- Latest pages from OpenLearn - Money & Management
- Latest pages from OpenLearn - Management
- Latest pages from OpenLearn - Human Resources
- Latest pages from OpenLearn - Leadership and Management
- Latest pages from OpenLearn - Professional Development in Education
- Latest pages from OpenLearn - Managing
- Latest pages tagged - FGD_1
- Latest pages tagged - Facilitating group discussions
- Latest pages tagged - skills
- Latest pages tagged - Skills for work
- Latest pages tagged - Facilitation
- Latest pages tagged - discussion
- Latest pages tagged - meetings
- Latest pages tagged - behaviour
- Latest pages tagged - strategy
- Latest comments on this page
All our alternative formats are free for you to download, for more information about the different formats we offer please see our FAQs. The most frequently used are Word (for accessibility), PDF (for print) and ePub and Kindle to download to eReaders*.
- Word (3.1 MB)
- PDF (4.6 MB)
- ePub 3.0 (416.5 MB)
- ePub 2.0 (2.6 MB)
- Kindle (778 KB)
- RSS (460 KB)
- HTML (417 MB)
- SCORM (417 MB)
- OUXML Package (36 KB)
- OUXML File (132 KB)
- IMS Common cartridge
- Moodle backup (416.2 MB)
*Please note you will need an ePub and Mobi reader for these formats.