Learning Strategy: Facilitator Directed Experiences


A Facilitator Directed Experience (FDE) occurs when an expert models in a structured, sequenced manner tasks or skills and the learner repeats the action. With training in a particular area of expertise, the facilitator(s) helps to bring about an outcome by providing assistance, guidance, or supervision.

Learning strategies this strategy can be confused with

  • Direct Instruction: is teaching that emphasizes well-developed and carefully planned lessons designed around small learning increments and clearly defined and prescribed teaching tasks. It is based on the theory that clear instruction greatly improves and accelerates learning (source: NIFDI).
  • Lecture: An educational discourse given before an audience or class.
  • Guest Speaker (GS): An invited person who has expertise in a particular area.

Examples of FDE at USD include:

  • Student employee job training
  • Campus Recreation Fitness Classes
  • Group Mindfulness Exercises
  • Outdoor Adventures Guide Development

Resources for using this strategy

Association for Experiential Education. (2007-2014). Retrieved from http://www.aee.org/.

Kolb's Experiential Learning Cycle: Learning occurs when a person progresses through a cycle of four stages: of (1) having a concrete experience followed by (2) observation of and reflection on that experience which leads to (3) the formation of abstract concepts (analysis) and generalizations (conclusions) which are then (4) used to test hypothesis in future situations, resulting in new experiences (McLeod, 2013).

National Institute for Direct Instruction. Retrieved from https://www.nifdi.org/.

Rev. 7/19/17

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