Story of an online course "Facilitating Online"

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This is the story of an open online course "Facilitating Online", developed by Leigh Blackall and Bronwyn Hegarty, and currently facilitated by myself. …

This is the story of an open online course "Facilitating Online", developed by Leigh Blackall and Bronwyn Hegarty, and currently facilitated by myself.

The 2009 version of the course can be found here:
http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Facilitating_Online

And discussion about the course can be found here:

http://sarah-stewart.blogspot.com/2010/01/working-out-difference-between-teaching.html

and

http://sarah-stewart.blogspot.com/2009/12/facilitating-online-2009-evaluation.html

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  • When I get around to it I am going to write a paper about this but I want to do a little accompanying research to go with it - how do you feel promotion & admin of course affected uptake...when you say uptake, do you mean formal or informal?
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  • Thanks for this Sarah. For me the stats on student completion were important.. I just wish we could put in some comment on how the promotion and admin of the course affected the uptake of the open and informal participation
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  • watching the self-organisation that participants did eg the setting up of a Pageflakes page by Chris Woodhouse; discussions that evolved that were driven by students, not by the course eg personal information security and Twitter ; involvement of informal students who added different perspectives and helped keep everyone motivated; the mini-conference - diversity of subjects, speakers and communication tools.

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  • 1. “ Facilitating Online” – the story of an open, online course Sarah Stewart Creative Commons BY Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand http://sarah-stewart.blogspot.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/88927846@N00/3016905349
  • 2.  
  • 3. Facilitating Online http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Facilitating_Online
  • 4. Acknowledgements: Leigh Blackall and Bronwyn Hegarty
  • 5. Open http://www.flickr.com/photos/luchilu/2088202973
  • 6. Formal and Informal Enrolment http://www.flickr.com/photos/82312837@N00/514250207 http://www.flickr.com/photos/50751757@N00/4052258202
  • 7. All material created under a Creative Commons license - can be shared, copied and re-mashed http://www.flickr.com/photos/55943778@N00/3640360845
  • 8. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blank_map_world_gmt_%28simplified%29.svg http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:New_Zealand_map.PNG Some of the countries students came from
  • 9.   *Course was ‘closed’ in BlackBoard 0 1 24 13 15 2009 0 6 80 7 9 2008 2 2 2 7 13 2007 0 0 0 10 13 2006* 0 0 0 10 19 2005* 0 0 0 6 9 2004*             informal students who became formal informal students who completed informal students formal students who completed formal students  
  • 10. Curriculum
    • Aimed to explore
    • “ facilitation” & how to do it
    • in the online context over
    • 19 weeks
    • Learning based on regular activities
    • Introduced to technologies
    • & how they could be used
    • to facilitate learning
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/50115004@N00/2915797223
  • 11. How we delivered the course
    • Wiki - course outline & planning of mini conference
    • Blog – weekly comments, summaries and news
    • Email group
    • Synchronous weekly meetings in Elluminate, mix of formal and informal
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/18305489@N00/1079099183
  • 12. Facilitation
    • Frequent contact - regular phone calls
    • Text reminders for meetings
    • Evening meetings
    • Flexible
    • Summaries of
    • discussions
    • in course blog
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/90935137@N00/351684037
  • 13. Assessment
    • Three assessments
      • Reflective blog
      • Plan an online event (synchronous or asynchronous)
      • Evaluate an event
    • Marking carried out by loose rubric
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/15879717@N00/4271227025
  • 14. Mini Conference
    • Presentations in Elluminate, Skype, DimDim and Wiziiq
    • Asynchronous discussion and video using YouTube and blog
    • Topics: eLearning,
    • Twitter, developing a
    • PLN, technology for
    • non-profits, blogging in kindergarten…
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/37912375174@N01/38817024
  • 15. Feedback from students
    • The online event was main learning
    • Blogging is great tool for reflection - students realized that at end of the course
    • Appreciated support of the class learning community
    • More practice with technology
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/79089269@N00/107672309
  • 16. Challenges for students
    • Chaos of technology, especially if new to online communication
    • Working out how follow what’s going on
    • Not enough ‘theory’ about how to facilitate
    • Workload
    • Technology – skills and access
    • Course was too long
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/95272747@N00/110775662
  • 17. What I enjoyed
    • Watching self-organisation of participants
    • Discussions that were driven by students
    • Involvement of informal students
    • Mini-conference -
      • diversity of subjects,
      • speakers,
      • communication tools
  • 18. Teaching or Facilitation? http://www.flickr.com/photos/83955435@N00/5484879 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ghindo/1739299123/
  • 19. Where to from here?
    • More of a ‘generic’ focus…not just for educators
    • More emphasis on how to facilitate as opposed to the technology
    • How to work with people who are unfamiliar with technology?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/61779926@N00/169747741
  • 20. Sarah Stewart [email_address] http://sarah-stewart.blogspot.com Skype: sarah.m.stewart