Guide for facilitators

This short guide provides information and advice for facilitators on how to make the best use of the course when working with individuals or groups.

What is Reflecting on Transitions?

This is a flexible, online reflection and planning course developed with and for new migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and the organisations supporting them. It is built around the stories and experiences of a range of learners from diverse backgrounds and speakers of other languages who share their lives in text and audio. Activities, such as creating a timeline or listing personal skills and qualities, take the user through a process of self-reflection. The aim of this is to help learners understand the value of the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired in their life, especially since arriving in the UK; for example, in gaining work experience and looking for employment. The process of reflection is helpful for planning and making decisions about the future.

The course is completely free, and can be used with learners individually or in facilitated groups – or a combination of the two. It could be completed over a couple of intensive sessions or over a few weeks. Some ideas on how it might be used are set out below. The course is designed to be used online, but can also be downloaded and used without internet access on a computer or an e-reader, or printed out and completed with just pen and paper.

Users record their activities and learning in the Reflection Log document, or by simply using pen and paper: this then provides them with a record of their reflection and planning journey.

In addition, as they work through the course, learners can choose to answer quiz questions about each session. These are mostly multiple choice or matching exercises designed to give users insight into how other online courses might work. These quizzes are completely optional and designed to be enjoyable. Successful completion of the course quizzes earns the learner a digital badge acknowledging their achievement of the learning outcomes.

Who is the course for?