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Facilitating Moodle Courses Topic 1

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Facilitating Moodle Courses Topic 1

  1. 1. Lesson: Fundamental Concepts Objective: After completing this lesson, you will be able to: – post to a discussion forum – describe similarities and differences between online and face-to-face facilitation. 1
  2. 2. Topic 1: Comparing Online and Face-to-Face Facilitation First, some terminology: • Online learning -- Learning that takes place on the Internet, away from a physical classroom. Learning can be synchronous (facilitator and participants online at the same time) or asynchronous; self-paced (participants study on their own schedule without interacting with a facilitator or other participants) or facilitated, or a combination. Also called distancelearning and e-learning. • Face-to-face – Facilitator and participants are together in a room. Also called in-person, classroom2 based, and traditional.
  3. 3. Topic 1: Comparing Online and Faceto-Face Facilitation The online environment is becoming a more commonplace platform both for teaching and learning, and its popularity has increased exponentially and continues to grow. The Internet has made it easier for anyone to study and for anyone to teach online, but teaching and learning online is very different from teaching face-to-face. New skill sets may have to be learned by all. 3
  4. 4. Topic 1: Comparing Online and Faceto-Face Facilitation Because you already have experience as a face-to-face facilitator, and probably also as a participant, you have skills and knowledge that are transferrable to facilitating in the online format. • Reflect on factors that led to your own successful facilitation of either face-to-face or online workshops, as well as from your perspective as a participant. Include the following questions in your reflection: 4
  5. 5. Topic 1: Comparing Online and Faceto-Face Facilitation • What do you do to maximize the probability that participants: – understand your instructions? – participate at a certain level of quality? – stay in the course? What are the implications for you as an online facilitator? Click Introductions to discuss your answers with the group. 5

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