Facilitator Responsibilities

As the facilitator, you play a critical role in ensuring that the course-takers successfully complete the course. You are the guide and mentor, and as such, the pedagogical voice in the program, assisting instructors as they learn about, implement, and reflect on teaching strategies. The role of Facilitator takes approximately five hours per week and consists of the following responsibilities.

Before the course starts:

  • Attend a two-hour onboarding session
  • Create your profile and upload a profile picture
  • Post your introduction to the course discussion page
  • Post a course announcement asking course-takers to do the same

Orientation and the first three weeks of the course:

  • Attend a one-hour check-in meeting per week with the ACUE Academic Director
  • Review all materials in the weeks' modules
  • Share information about yourself and your institution during the face-to-face orientation
  • Follow up with and course-takers who missing orientation and walk them through the online materials and answer questions
  • Send a 'Welcome to the course' email
  • Post mid-module and module wrap-up announcements
  • Track course-taker enrollment to ensure all course-takers have accepted the invitation and have initiated work in the course
  • Work with ACUE to determine adds and drops during the 21-day add/drop period
  • Monitor 'Practice and Reflect' reflection completion and encourage resubmissions by anyone who does not have a complete score
  • Contribute to the discussion boards to encourage faculty's analysis and implementation of teaching strategies
  • Share ideas, answer questions, and steer course-takers toward successful implementation of strategies

During the course:

  • Attend a one-hour check-in meeting per week with the ACUE Academic Director
  • Review all materials in the weeks' modules
  • Send weekly welcome, mid-module, and module wrap up announcements
  • Review 'Observe and Analyze' quiz, 'Opening Questionnaire', and the 'Skills Survey' results to share common ideas, questions, or issues
  • Contribute to the discussion boards to encourage faculty's analysis and implementation of teaching strategies
  • Share ideas, answer questions, and steer course-takers toward successful implementation of strategies

Course wrap-up:

  • Send an 'End of course' email
  • Work with ACUE to ensure all reflections are submitted
  • Send congratulatory email to course-takers who completed the course
  • Celebrate your success!
Guide

As a Facilitator, you'll guide course participants through the online professional development experience. You'll start this process by attending the in-person participant orientation session(s) and following up with participants who cannot attend an in-person session to provide them with orientation using ACUE’s self-guided materials.

You’ll communicate with faculty each week to remind them about the week’s work, encourage them to participate, and share other cohort details. You’ll work with individual course-takers to help them stay on track and answer general Course questions.

Monitor

As a Facilitator, there are a number of ways you will monitor your cohort’s progress in Canvas, beginning with tracking participants’ acceptance to the course and continuing with monitoring their progress through the module. In particular, the first two weeks of the Course are crucial for ensuring that course-takers are comfortable and progressing effectively.

For any course-taker who receives less than a “9” on their first two reflections, you will follow up with them to make sure they are able to resubmit a complete reflection. You can also summarize trends to add to the cohort experience for the following activities for each module: The Opening Questionnaire, the Skills Survey, and the discussion forum in the Observe and Analyze section.

Mentor

As the facilitator, you serve as the primary pedagogical resource for the Course-takers. The National Reader will respond to their reflections to address whether they have successfully covered the Rubric items, but you will help the course-takers with teaching and learning ideas and issues.

You'll lead discussions where the high-impact techniques are discussed, summarize key takeaways each week to help course-takers learn from one another, and answer questions about strategies and implementation.

Other members of the cohort will also share ideas about the techniques their colleagues used, but you will want to help course-takers explore ways to implement the techniques or adjust a technique for success.