On behalf of the Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto, we would like to extend our thanks to all of our Facilitators. We sincerely appreciate your encouragement and guidance to students, assisting with their journey in interprofessional education, and also with the development of the University of Toronto’s Interprofessional Education Curriculum.
What is facilitation?
Facilitation is the process of helping groups, or individuals to learn, find solutions, or reach consensus without imposing or dictating an outcome. Facilitation works to empower individuals or groups to learn for themselves or find their own answers to problems.
What is a facilitator?
A facilitator is a process guide who focuses discussions and clarifies understanding, while encouraging shared decision-making and problem-solving. A facilitator assists the group in creating and achieving common goals and expectations. * Facilitators are not a content/topic expert.
Characteristics of a Facilitator
Facilitators need good communication skills. Effective facilitators are non-authoritarian, patient, flexible, intuitive, organized, confident, respectful and open-minded. In addition, they have good tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty and an eagerness to learn.
New Facilitator Registration Process
The facilitator registration is now centralized through the IPE Management System. Facilitators can create their own accounts in order to register for upcoming learning activities. Please follow the instructions below:
To register as a facilitator:
- Connect to http://ipecurriculum.utoronto.ca
- Select the "Facilitator" tab towards the upper right-hand corner; a small drop-down menu will appear
- Select "Account Request" and complete the form
- Your request will be approved by the Centre for IPE within 24 - 48 hours
- Upon approval, you will receive an automatic email to confirm your email address
- Confirm your email
- Log In!
Once you are logged on, select "Browse Activities" and utilize the Activities Calendar to register for the activity you would like to facilitate. Upon selecting the activity of choice, you will select "Register for Activity" and you will be all set as a registered facilitator!
Facilitator Account Troubleshooting
If you are experiencing issues logging on to your facilitator account on the IPE Management System, some suggestions are:
Clear your internet browsing history and/or cache to eliminate any saved data
Open a new incognito window (if using Google Chrome)
If you forget your password and the password reset option is not working please, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can deactivate your account in order for you to create a new one.
Benefits of having a Facilitator Account
Facilitators will have direct access to register for IPE learning activities as a facilitator.
Facilitators can easily view activities they have registered for and attended through their IPE facilitator profile.
IPE facilitation letters that can be instantly downloaded at any time for professional development and/or teaching portfolio reporting.
IPE Facilitator Testimonials
"Facilitation is an art that I will never master. You are drawing learners out, creating safety, helping them come together to create their own knowledge. It’s always different , because each group is different. I learn from every session I do. That’s why I love it."
"In health care we are always working with others. I find myself using facilitation skills every day to help foster the collaborative communication we need to work with our patients."
"Facilitation in IPE adds an extra challenge, but there are added benefits as well. It’s such a pleasure to watch the group process, to see the “aha” moments as they learn from each other and to be part of their coming together as a team."