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2008 Ten Steps To Successful Online Facilitation For Teachers


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2008 Ten Steps To Successful Online Facilitation For Teachers

  1. 1. Turning The Page : Ten Steps of Successful Online Facilitation For Teachers Image : Alexander Hayes 2008
  2. 2. To ensure teachers have opportunity to develop online facilitation skills an organisation must may could will provide;
  3. 3.   Opportunity for teachers to discuss and debate what constitutes ‘facilitation’ as opposed to other terms / descriptors for online teaching 1
  4. 4.   Workshops for teachers that explore the skills, knowledge & pedagogies underpinning successful online facilitation using online technologies 2
  5. 5. Online activities that require teachers to investigate, research and report on their findings in a collaborative and constructive face-to-face & online location 3
  6. 6. Examples of successful online facilitation including case studies and recordings of teachers actively using online tools with students 4
  7. 7.   Access to literature and online material from a wide and varied range of sources pertinent to online facilitation 5
  8. 8.   Networking opportunities for teachers to attend that support their contact with experienced online facilitators 6
  9. 9. Showcasing opportunities for teachers to speak of their experiences and findings from an experiential perspective 7
  10. 10. Professional Development activities that extend teachers knowledge into areas of the curriculum yet un-chartered for online learning 8
  11. 11.   Mentorship programs that support teachers who are new to online facilitation with ‘time-out’ from core duties to engage with mentors 9
  12. 12.   Guidelines & protocols developed collaboratively with the interests of all key stakeholders in the teaching & learning process 10
  13. 13. <ul><li>General Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Assume good intent . Remind others of this simple trick. </li></ul><ul><li>Role model the behavior you wish others to use. </li></ul><ul><li>Practice and encourage active listening/reading. </li></ul><ul><li>Be explicit as possible in your communication. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't automatically assume understanding -- ask for clarification as needed. </li></ul><ul><li>Build trust by doing what you say you will do. Encourage others to do the same. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage an environment that values trust. Trust is slow to be granted, easily taken away. </li></ul><ul><li>Use irony and humor with care as it does not always come across online as you might have intended. You can always use emoticons to clarify! ;-) </li></ul><ul><li>Think before you hit the button and a post goes up. </li></ul><ul><li>Approach every contribution with curiosity , expecting surprise and wonder </li></ul>Adaption of
  14. 14. <ul><li>Further Reading & Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Online Facilitation Wikispaces - Nancy White </li></ul><ul><li>Effective Online Facilitation - Australian Flexible Learning Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitating Deep Learning in the Adult Online Learner - Educause </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitating Online learning Communities – Wikieducator </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching Online - Deakin University </li></ul><ul><li>Developing Community Guidelines - NSW LearnScope </li></ul><ul><li>Online Facilitation - Nancy White </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting Online Teaching & Learning - Michael Coghlan </li></ul>