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Guidelines for facilitating online courses.

Guidelines for facilitating online courses.

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  • 1. Raise the Curtain considerations for facilitating online courses by natalie giesbrecht 2009
  • 2. Think of the online classroom as a stage
  • 3. In a traditional face-to-face classroom the instructor performs as the lead actor
  • 4. They carry the show even though other characters may interact
  • 5. In the online classroom the instructor becomes the Director
  • 6. . . . ensuring that the characters play their part and the production moves along smoothly…
  • 7. …from start…
  • 8. …to finish
  • 9. The director adds his or her expertise only when the actors need assistance
  • 10. In the online classroom the Director (Instructor) leaves the content delivery to the Script (Web Pages) and character development to the Actors (Students)
  • 11. DIRECTOR (INSTRUCTOR) ONLINE INTERACTIONS SCRIPT ACTORS (WEBSITE) (STUDENTS)
  • 12. Think of your role as the guide on the side . . . . . . not the sage on the stage
  • 13. A key role an instructor plays when teaching online is the role of the facilitator
  • 14. But what does it mean to facilitate ?
  • 15. Considerations for the Online Facilitator
  • 16. ACT I Have Stage Presence … But Don’t Steal the Show
  • 17. You don’t have to be centre stage but ensure you are visible to students
  • 18. You need to consistently . . .
  • 19. But you need to consistently . . . • interact
  • 20. But you need to consistently . . . • interact • engage
  • 21. But you need to consistently . . . • interact • engage • listen
  • 22. But you need to consistently . . . • interact • engage • listen • encourage
  • 23. But you need to consistently . . . • interact • engage • listen • encourage • motivate
  • 24. ACT II Action: The Interplay Between Performers
  • 25. Set expectations by . . .
  • 26. ... outlining what role you will play and what role the students will play
  • 27. Tell students which conferences will always read
  • 28. . . . where they can ask questions
  • 29. . . . when to expect responses to questions
  • 30. . . . when to expect assignment feedback
  • 31. ACT III Give Prompts
  • 32. On the stage losing your lines can be frustrating
  • 33. In the online classroom when learners can’t find what they need or are confused about what to do they may become frustrated
  • 34. ... learning becomes unnecessarily difficult
  • 35. Be consistent in your course structure Make it easy for students to navigate through materials
  • 36. Be clear where students should start
  • 37. Identify assignments they need to complete Outline which content they are responsible for
  • 38. ACT IV Keep the Show Running
  • 39. When the discussion area is full of crickets . . .
  • 40. •Encourage all to participate
  • 41. • Encourage all to participate •Summarize messages
  • 42. • Encourage all to participate • Summarize messages •Raise new questions
  • 43. • Encourage all to participate • Summarize messages • Raise new questions •Present another perspective
  • 44. • Encourage all to participate • Summarize messages • Raise new questions • Present another perspective •Weave messages together to push the discussion further
  • 45. ACT V Think Before you Act
  • 46. Online messages are presented without the rich set of verbal or visual cues provided in face-to-face exchange
  • 47. Online , communication is primarily dependent upon the written word
  • 48. Establish and communicate online etiquette expectations
  • 49. Arbitrate or mediate any disputes
  • 50. Hold students accountable to set expectations
  • 51. Model ideal behaviours
  • 52. When in doubt ask for clarification
  • 53. Ultimately, foster a safe, secure and positive learning environment
  • 54. Be yourself and . . . have fun !
  • 55. The End
  • 56. Credits
  • 57. References Lynch, M. M. (2002). The online educator: A guide to creating the virtual classroom. New York, NY: Routledge Falmer. Ragan, L.C. (n.d.) Faculty focus: Ten principles of effective online teaching: Best practices in distance education. Madison, WI: Magna Publications, Inc.
  • 58. Image Credits Slide 1: Curtained. Image by Steve Calcott under Creative Commons license http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevec77/2477181497/ Slide 2: Highland Theatre. Image by Lesley Middlemass: www.flickr.com/missmass under Creative Commons license. Slide 3: I’m Terrific I Am (From The Cradle with Rock, 2005-2006). Image by Jeff Hitchcock under Creative Commons license http://www.flickr.com/photos/arbron/197285212/ Slide 4: Godspell Production Photo 19. Image by neoplatonistking under Creative Commons license http://www.flickr.com/photos/neoplatonistking/3481622627/ Slide 5: © 2009 Jupiterimages Corporation, a Getty Images company.
  • 59. Image Credits Slide 6: Godspell Production Photo 15. Image by neoplatonistking under Creative Commons license http://www.flickr.com/photos/neoplatonistking/3482437006/ Slide 7: Godspell Production Photo 07. Image by neoplatonistking under Creative Commons license http://www.flickr.com/photos/neoplatonistking/3482439028/ Slide 8: Godspell Production Photo 513. Image by neoplatonistking under Creative Commons license http://www.flickr.com/photos/neoplatonistking/3443333857/ Slide 9: Twelfth Night Rehearsal Photos. Image by Shakespeare Theatre Company under Creative Commons license http://www.flickr.com/photos/shakespearetheatrecompany/3000576142/in /pool-933621@N25
  • 60. Image Credits Slide 10: © 2009 Jupiterimages Corporation, a Getty Images company. Slide 11: © 2009 Jupiterimages Corporation, a Getty Images company. Slide 12: © 2009 Jupiterimages Corporation, a Getty Images company. Slide 13: © 2009 Jupiterimages Corporation, a Getty Images company. Slide 14: Vorhang auf. Image by Kersten A. Riechers under Creative Commons license http://www.flickr.com/photos/daskerst/2256561258/ Slides 15-24: © 2009 Jupiterimages Corporation, a Getty Images company. Slide 25: Theatre Seating (Northeast State Community College Theatre). Image by David Joyce under Creative Commons license http://www.flickr.com/photos/deapeajay/2213310171/
  • 61. Image Credits Slides 26-37: © 2009 Jupiterimages Corporation, a Getty Images The End company. Slide 38: Darkened Theatre (Loews Kings Theatre). Image by Mercurialn under Creative Commons license http://www.flickr.com/photos/mercurialn/405388578/ Slides 39-53: © 2009 Jupiterimages Corporation, a Getty Images company. Slide 54: Red Curtain. Image by Steve Calcott under Creative Commons license http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevec77/2477181497/ Slide 55: Stage 28. Image by Kevin Dooley under Creative Commons license, http://www.flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/2373862370/
  • 62. Natalie Giesbrecht, 2009. Completed to fulfill the requirements for ETEC*565, University of British Columbia.