Since facilitation is about the process, not content, you had better understand the process.
The closure, or debrief, is the process by which we reflect on experiences and discover how they link to different aspects of our lives. This is when real learning takes place.
Closure is not simply asking random questions. The questions you ask create a path that allows members of your group to think through an experience from beginning to end.
While the experience is important, it is the process of learning that is more significant. Since each of us experience things in a different way, it is impossible to tell someone what they should have learned or what is important. This is why having a structure to your questioning can be so beneficial.
Below are some methods commonly used to deepen learning and apply what has been learned:
- DIGA – Describe, Interpret, Generalize, Apply
- What, So What, Now What? – the simplest debrief methodology
- ABC’s Debrief – created by our staff and used by our staff with great results