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Developing Facilitation Skills for Assisting Group Decision-Making for Higher Education Students

Group facilitation, Video technology, Pedagogical strategy, Group decision making

Given the growing demands for collaborative teamwork, it has been suggested that facilitation is a vital skill in both the workplace and classroom in the 21st century. Research has found that strong facilitation skills would be critical for group decision-making and problem-solving. Yet many researchers and practitioners may consider group discussions as ineffective and time-consuming; few of us have tried to take any professional training before facilitating a project meeting. This proposal aims to explore how to develop and improve the facilitation skills in assisting group decision-making for novice team players, which is a competence in managing future projects in both the classroom and workplace environment. Using design-based research, this project is going to be conducted with students studying a Master of Learning Sciences and Technology at a university in Australia.