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Guidelines for facilitating online courses.

Guidelines for facilitating online courses.

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    • Raise the Curtain considerations for facilitating online courses by natalie giesbrecht 2009
    • Think of the online classroom as a stage
    • In a traditional face-to-face classroom the instructor performs as the lead actor
    • They carry the show even though other characters may interact
    • In the online classroom the instructor becomes the Director
    • . . . ensuring that the characters play their part and the production moves along smoothly…
    • …from start…
    • …to finish
    • The director adds his or her expertise only when the actors need assistance
    • In the online classroom the Director (Instructor) leaves the content delivery to the Script (Web Pages) and character development to the Actors (Students)
    • DIRECTOR (INSTRUCTOR) ONLINE INTERACTIONS SCRIPT ACTORS (WEBSITE) (STUDENTS)
    • Think of your role as the guide on the side . . . . . . not the sage on the stage
    • A key role an instructor plays when teaching online is the role of the facilitator
    • But what does it mean to facilitate ?
    • Considerations for the Online Facilitator
    • ACT I Have Stage Presence … But Don’t Steal the Show
    • You don’t have to be centre stage but ensure you are visible to students
    • You need to consistently . . .
    • But you need to consistently . . . • interact
    • But you need to consistently . . . • interact • engage
    • But you need to consistently . . . • interact • engage • listen
    • But you need to consistently . . . • interact • engage • listen • encourage
    • But you need to consistently . . . • interact • engage • listen • encourage • motivate
    • ACT II Action: The Interplay Between Performers
    • Set expectations by . . .
    • ... outlining what role you will play and what role the students will play
    • Tell students which conferences will always read
    • . . . where they can ask questions
    • . . . when to expect responses to questions
    • . . . when to expect assignment feedback
    • ACT III Give Prompts
    • On the stage losing your lines can be frustrating
    • In the online classroom when learners can’t find what they need or are confused about what to do they may become frustrated
    • ... learning becomes unnecessarily difficult
    • Be consistent in your course structure Make it easy for students to navigate through materials
    • Be clear where students should start
    • Identify assignments they need to complete Outline which content they are responsible for
    • ACT IV Keep the Show Running
    • When the discussion area is full of crickets . . .
    • •Encourage all to participate
    • • Encourage all to participate •Summarize messages
    • • Encourage all to participate • Summarize messages •Raise new questions
    • • Encourage all to participate • Summarize messages • Raise new questions •Present another perspective
    • • Encourage all to participate • Summarize messages • Raise new questions • Present another perspective •Weave messages together to push the discussion further
    • ACT V Think Before you Act
    • Online messages are presented without the rich set of verbal or visual cues provided in face-to-face exchange
    • Online , communication is primarily dependent upon the written word
    • Establish and communicate online etiquette expectations
    • Arbitrate or mediate any disputes
    • Hold students accountable to set expectations
    • Model ideal behaviours
    • When in doubt ask for clarification
    • Ultimately, foster a safe, secure and positive learning environment
    • Be yourself and . . . have fun !
    • The End
    • Credits
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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/
    • 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/
    • Natalie Giesbrecht, 2009. Completed to fulfill the requirements for ETEC*565, University of British Columbia.