2 responses to “Trainers: Moderate This! Facilitate That!”

  1. Jack,

    First off, I would like to thank you for your insights into moderators versus facilitators! My name is Katie, and I am in my last semester at Roosevelt University seeking my Master of Arts in Training and Development. This is a topic that I remember discussing in my first course at Roosevelt, the difference between moderators and facilitators.

    It seems to me that these two different roles in training tend to either get confused with one another, or are used interchangeably, when that is not necessarily case. One difference that I remember from this course is that moderators are the information source, or expert on the given topic of the training course, where as facilitators direct the flow of communication throughout the course.

    “Facilitating is outwardly more dynamic and focused on both subject and audience, bringing out the most diverse view possible, whereas moderating looks to consolidate and merge views toward a common goal” I could not agree more with this statement. Facilitation takes, as I refer to it, a little more flare than moderation. Facilitators need to be able to draw participants in, and keep the conversations flowing from topic to topic.

    My question for you is, what would the differences be in the skill sets between moderators and facilitators?

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts on training topics. This is a blog that I will definitely be following from now on! :)

    Katie

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