PASS Facilitators are the key to a program running successfully! The use of second and third year students to facilitate sessions is done essentially to break down the barriers between academic staff and students. Student peers are easier to approach and have a very recent appreciation for the hurdles that students in that topic may be having.
In addition, PASS facilitating offers high achieving students a valuable opportunity to develop their graduate attributes, with the potential for retaining them as postgraduates within your discipline or school.
What are the benefits of becoming a PASS facilitator?
- Improved confidence
- Learning new skills
- Interacting with peers
- Monetary reward
- Enhanced understanding and retention of subject matter covered
- Paid employment related to studies
- Work experience for c.v.
- Potential increased probability of graduate work
- An increased feeling of belonging to the university
- Potential credit for a topic
What makes a good PASS facilitator?
- Facilitators will need to be able to promote discussion amongst students
- PASS facilitators are currently or have recently experienced being an undergraduate and therefore have empathy and an understanding of issues relating to students that can only come from recent experience
- Being a good listener and a desire to participate
One of the central tenets of the PASS pedagogy is that PASS facilitators do not provide answers or new content and are not involved in assessment. In this way student participants can construct their own knowledge, which in turn results in deeper learning and understanding of topic material. PASS facilitators still have a big responsibility and, in addition to having a firm grasp of the topic material, are required to undergo initial and ongoing training and mentoring by the program coordinator.
As an additional resource facilitators can refer to the PASS facilitator handbook (PDF 530KB) , which is a substantial compilation of information that can be used as an ongoing reference for PASS facilitators.