"ACOM facilitations - are fantastic in that you get to meet other people who are not only studying the same thing, but are often facing the same struggles that you are in ministry!" - Geoff
"It goes deeper in a way that a book cannot and allows you to interact with the object of your study in dimensions you would never consider by yourself. " - Steven
What is an ACOM facilitation?
An ACOM facilitation is an engaging “learning hothouse” designed to help students go on a journey of personal discovery. It is an encouraging space where students can gather to discuss the content of their course and apply it to everyday life.
An ACOM facilitation is a guided group discussion that seeks to help students apply what they have already been learning through the study sessions provided using our online learning system (Moodle). The facilitation helps students process this new knowledge with others and to understand how it all fits together - helping them make sense of their understanding of God, church, community, family, and personal vocation.
"I find facilitations an excellent way to consolidate my understanding of the course material, as well as to connect with other students in the course. Plus get some valuable insight as to the assessment requirements." - Tim
While most unit facilitations are optional, students have found them to be extremely valuable experiences – they are highly recommended.
What can I expect of a facilitation?
In general, there will be 5 -12 other students who have enrolled in the subject. Your learning experience will be facilitated by a “pracademic”; someone who is experienced as a ministry practitioner yet is also qualified academically. He or she will have a variety of sessions planned for you to do, but will also be open for the group to focus on issues that are more pertinent to their current situation and needs. Students can ask questions and learn from each other in a safe, constructive learning environment.
Facilitations normally go for three days. To get the most out of facilitations, students should read the relevant sessions of their subject before arriving.
"Facilitations give you a chance to build community with other students and to journey together. They also allow you to integrate the information you are learning on a different level and to talk about content and assignments with the other students.” - Sarah
What happens if I don't attend a facilitation?
All facilitations are optional, although we do strongly recommend attending as many as possible. If you do not attend, you need to make up the 21 hours that have been allocated to the subject. This normally occurs through an additional assignment of approximately 3000 words (varies based on course).
"Facilitations are an invaluable opportunity to connect with field specialists. I have especially valued the opportunities I have been given to communicate with international leaders, these times have not only assisted my learning experience but they have enriched my faith." - Cathy
Why attend a facilitation?
- They allow you to ask questions, clarify uncertainties, and push back on ideas that are presented in the subject.
- They ensure that your learning is focused on your context and life situation.
- You apply what you have been learning to your own life and ministry.
- Facilitators are trained people with specialised knowledge, relevant ministry experience, a heart for mission, and are skilled in bringing the best out of groups. You will find them helpful people!
- It allows your thinking and ideas to be tested against that of others who attend, and you can find the strengths and weaknesses of your various thoughts. Wrestling with the perspectives of others makes peer learning a powerful tool.
- Feedback from students consistently says they are the best part of their time of study.
- Building relationships with other students is incredibly important. They can become contacts to discuss future subjects with. Generally, the more fellow travellers you meet on the journey, the better off you will be.
"I have appreciated facilitations for the content that is learned, the connections and discussions with other students about subject material and ministry and the sense of belonging it gives to ACOM as we learn from each other. I highly recommend facilitations as the hub of each subject; readings, placement, assignments and reflection adding to the lectures and discussion in intensives." - Lkoi
"Best thing by far is to meet with other students - swap stories on life, study queries and triumphs, ministry ups and downs, etc.… Facilitations kind of become like the glue that holds the pages of the book down the spine, keeping it all together by relating the practical application of some of the more cerebral content. It's helpful to hear from the experiences of others in this way and learn from the expertise of the facilitator." - Claire