Sollah Design Methodology Overview

This document compares two common design methodologies.

Video-Centered Design

This methodology provides maximum consistency in communicating key concepts of a particular message.

  • Video is central to the design 
  • Key points in this design model are explained in the video 
  • A video host or narrator is typically viewed as the expert or an experienced peer 
  • Video provides the conceptual lesson and in action examples, and without the video there is no lesson 
  • Assessments, discussion, practice and other experiential activities typically prepare participants for the video and/or expand on concepts presented in the video 
  • Video can be used by itself, without a facilitator, and with minimal discussion

Facilitator-Centered Design

This methodology allows maximum flexibility to embellish, reinforce or refine the training experience.

  • Facilitator is central to the design
  • Key points in this design model are explained through a live facilitator
  • A live facilitator is often viewed as the expert
  • Video is used to show in action examples of the lesson, but the lesson is not conceptually presented in the video
  • Assessments, discussion, use of video, practice, and other experiential activities are key to understanding the course concepts and skills
  • Facilitator’s ability to draw information from participants

Facilitation skills used to maximize learning impact in both methodologies include:

  • Listening
  • Probing
  • Redirection of questions
  • Defusing emotion
  • Appropriate talk/listen ratio
  • Balance of participant responses
  • Attention and adjustment to learning styles
  • Quick thinking and flexibility
  • Appropriate use of visual aids to solidify key concepts