Facilitating Learning: Principles and Practice


Facilitating Learning: Principles and Practices

Wednesdays October/November 2022 plus practicum

 This is an online seminar on Zoom! 

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Facilitating Learning: Principles and Practice

This multi-part series will be an opportunity to explore the principles of learning and how educators - both formal and informal - can apply them to optimize the learning environment. In a Vygotskyan framework, the learner is centered, and the educator’s job is to uncover the learner’s thinking and current understanding, and to identify the current focus of exploration, and to ask questions that encourage the learner to explore their own thinking and understanding more deeply. The educator’s primary goal is to foster a learner into independence (self-regulation around the task of learning), where they will be able to ask themselves questions to explore their own thinking, and to come to new understandings. With independent - self-regulated - learners, the educator’s job remains creating environments with activities and questions to explore. At this point, learners also become questioners, and in group settings, learning is exponentially more rich. 

The Bilingual Mediation Center has created opportunities for experienced IMI practitioners to join seminars as learner/facilitators. In these environments, these learner/facilitators continue to deepen their own understanding of interpreting and interpreting-adjacent topics, while encouraging and supporting newer seminar participants in their learning. The ultimate goal for all participants is independence and self-regulation around the task of learning. 

Through activities and discussions in this seminar, experienced and newer facilitators will explore and unpack their experiences facilitating learning, and being learners themselves. They will identify common patterns and features of group learning. They will identify and explore patterns in their own learning, and in supporting other learners, and they will develop paths to greater competence. They will also examine their own roles and responsibilities as facilitators in learning environments, and consider their relationship to other facilitators, to primary instructors, and to participants. 

The structure of this program includes 15 hours in facilitator training seminar, followed by 20 hours practicum (5 3-hour sessions facilitating, plus half hour before and after of brief/debrief). A portion of time will be spent practicing facilitating in online Zoom seminars, along with using technology well to supplement, rather than hinder, learning. 

This seminar will focus on facilitating learning in IMI settings, and particularly in BMC seminars, but the skills and knowledge gained will be applicable in a wide range of settings for interpreter education and professional development.

Seminar Details

Start Date 10-12-2022 6:00 pm
End Date 11-09-2022 9:00 pm
Registrations Completed 12
Price There is no out-of-pocket cost for this facilitator training.

Emails with links, handouts

You will receive a confirmation email from seminars@visitbmc.com when you register, confirming your registration. Additional emails are sent to all registered participants about 4 or 5 days before the first session. That email includes a Zoom link as well as a link to handouts that we may be using. It is suggested that you print these or download them to another device to use as reference during our sessions.

Betty M. Colonomos Bio

Betty Colonomos head shotBetty M. Colonomos, currently serving as Director of the Bilingual Mediation Center, is a fluent ASL/English bilingual. Her academic background is in Deaf Education/Speech Pathology (B.S.), Counseling (M.A.), Linguistics (Doctoral program). Betty holds the Masters Comprehensive Skills Certificate (MCSC) from RID. She was the second recipient of the Mary Stotler Award for excellence in Interpreter Education from CIT.

Betty has chaired and served on many national committees on standards and evaluation of interpreters and served as President of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT). Ms. Colonomos has authored and appeared in video materials on interpreting and she co-authored (with MJ Bienvenu) videos on Deaf Culture, ASL Facial Grammar, and ASL Numbers. She worked as an International Sign interpreter for numerous conferences worldwide. Betty also consults with schools and the legal system as an expert on linguistic and cultural issues impacting the Deaf Community.

Betty is the developer of the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI), which is the most widely used model in the U.S. for teaching cognitive processes in interpreting.

She teaches the Foundations of Interpreting Series for hearing, Coda and Deaf interpreters that combines study of the IMI with a Vygotskian approach to learning.

Betty is the creator of the Etna Project (2002 – present) held in New Hampshire and Maryland. The project is a series of retreats supporting a Community of Reflective Practitioners who are interpreters committed to their own growth as they seek to become agents for change in the field of interpreting.

Foundations of Interpreting

The Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series provides insights into The Integrated Model of Interpreting and the processes we engage in while interpreting. Click here for more information on the series as well as a schedule of current seminars being offered.

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