Group Processes

It is a sure thing that you learn quicker with friends or in a group. Think about the way you learnt how to use a cell phone. You played with it and told a friend who in turn told you something that you did not know and before long you mastered all the functions even without having to open the manual. When learning computers, life skills or when you are on a journey of intra-personal and interpersonal discovery the same principles apply. We learn by observing, teaching/facilitating and by doing. For optimized experiential learning with maximum results for you and your friends, family and co-workers it is recommended that you work in groups and follow the suggested group dynamic which is a group of three playing these different roles.


Using group processes:

Definition of Observer (Wikipedia)

Definition of Facilitator (Wikipedia)

Definition of Candidate (Wikipedia)


Why is switching roles & role playing important?

The process or task will become smoother as you progress due to the fact that you watch others the whole time and by doing so you are also not repeating any mistakes. Instead you learn and explore more as you become more knowledgeable on the specific topic or task which enables you to facilitate other groups while you master the on-line tool or exercise.Try applying this process as often as possible with as many people as possible. You will note that your rate of progression will increase dramatically because you learn by doing, observing and teaching all in one go!See how the following individuals learned and applied these roles in their area of interest, work and careers.



Observing and imitating is one of the most effective methods of learning. So watch the other two individuals while they complete whichever task found on any website or at work and make notes and think of ways to make the task/exercise as beneficial and effective as possible.



The facilitator is the person guiding the candidate through the exercise. He/she will thus be the person facilitating or teaching the process. This is to say that he/she is in charge of what is being done for the time being. Often the facilitator and the candidate will work together in exploring a new tool like gmail or the Johari window if both parties have little experience in using or applying them.



The candidate is the person who the exercise is focused around e.g. Opening a gmail account. The facilitator will help and guide the candidate to open his/her own gmail account while the observer notes the process and the steps as best he can. It is important that once the candidate has completed his/her task that the roles switch until everyone has gotten a chance to play each role.

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