Probing

  What is probing? Probing is asking follow-up questions in order to gain more understanding, such as: Can you explain further? Could you put it in another way? Can you please tell me more about that? But why, how, who, when, where? Anything else? Probing is rather like peeling away the layers of an onion The objective is to move towards the center of the onion This means that by probing the facilitator can get closer to the real reason behind something or gain as much understanding as possible. [hr] Why is probing an important skill for a facilitator and[…]Read More…

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How to ask GREAT Facilitation Questions

  Questions During the Debrief The debrief is the most difficult aspect for non-facilitators because it feels SCARY! Look at FIMAGE and honestly assess yourself.  But in truth, the debrief is the best part of the activity and what leads to a learning opportunity versus playing a silly game. Below is some basic information about questions.  If you want more structure, consider reading about different Debriefing Methods. Tips for the debrief: Beginning the debrief is the most difficult part.  If you are unsure how to start, simply ask: “What happened during the activity?” Remember!  DO NOT ask simple answer questions. […]Read More…

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DIGA – Experiential Learning Cycle

There are several debrief methods to choose from and DIGA is one we used while training hundreds of facilitators to be more effective because of the simplicity of the questioning that could lead to marvelous discovery. DIGA was first introduced in 1975 by University Associates as a simple method to focus a debrief: Describe Interpret Generalize Apply While I now use our ABC’s debrief, I still have DIGA as a backbone because I have used it successfully so many times. If you are every stuck, you could always start with the word and you were guaranteed not to ask a[…]Read More…

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