Ten Tip for Effective Online FacilitationPresentation Transcript
EdTech Leaders Online’s: Keys to Successful Online and Blended Learning August 28, 2012Ten Tips for Effective Online Facilitation Presented by Barbara Treacy, Erin Earnst and Alex Dreier Sponsored by Join the “Keys to Successful Online and Blended Learning” community www.edweb.net/ @edtechleaders @edwebnet
Thank you to our co-hostsBarbara Treacy, Erin Earnst and Alex Dreier and to our sponsor
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About EdTech Leaders OnlineGoal: Build capacity to use online learning to meet educational goals• Based at EDC (education non-profit) since 1999• For states, districts, regional centers, universities, other educational organizations• Over 4500 online facilitators trained in 36 states• Online facilitator & course design programs• 70+ online courses, including for Common Core• Custom course development• Learning Community, facilitated model
Quick PollHave you ever facilitated an online community?
How many onlinecommunities do participate in on a regular basis?
How many of the online communities that youparticipate in on a regular basis are education communities?
Today’s Focus• How do we create and sustain vibrant online communities?• What is the role of the online community facilitator?• What are successful facilitation strategies and techniques?
General Lessons• Online facilitation takes time and care: “building it” is not enough to expect “they will come” or stay• Tone and voice matter• Opportunities for feedback and dynamic development are important• Technology must support but not overwhelm your community• Online facilitation requires specific strategies: training and practice in the online environment are critical!
Ten Tips for Effective Online Facilitation http://go.edc.org/tips
1. Make everyone feel welcome and heard; create a comfortable environment
2. Establish clear goals and expectations at the outset
3. Provide behind-the- scenes support via email
4. Foster communicationbetween participants
5. Model participation and discussion techniques for participants
6. Keep the discussion alive; prevent stagnancy
7. Keep the discussion on-topic
8. Guide participants through the content
9. Make sure the audience and thecontent are in sync
10. Bring closure to each topic before moving on
Let’s continue the conversation online…What does it take to be an effective online facilitator? Visit our edWeb forum at http://www.edweb.net/etlo to share your own tips for effective online facilitation.
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Thank you to our co-hostsBarbara Treacy email@example.com Erin Earnsteearnst@edc.org Alex Dreier firstname.lastname@example.org and to our sponsor