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Facilitating Educational Webinars


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Webinar presented for NSW Tafe

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Facilitating Educational Webinars

  1. 1. Online Facilitation Live, online and lively:
  2. 2. Reinvention
  3. 3. Presenter – Michael Gwyther @mickgwyther
  4. 4. Use the text tool to record your current mood state On top of the world Sparks out of ears I am starting to believe Hitting the wall Give me the pills
  5. 5. Why use webinars?
  6. 6. Blended Learning Choices Face to Face Self Paced Online Facilitated Content Activities Assessment Skills Knowledge
  7. 7. Online facilitated Pedagogy • Online workshops & tutorials • Assessment Task presentation • Group Work presentations & peer review • Learner support (one on one or Group)
  8. 8. Facilitated online examples • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Group research projects QnA of industry experts/past learners Online lectures Assessment task pitch & presentation Peer Review of learners‘work Information sharing Role play Software demonstration Group problem solving Remote trainee/third party assessor catch up Assessment verification and moderation RPL Meetings Supervision
  9. 9. What are we dealing with?
  10. 10. Issues
  11. 11. Can you hear me?
  12. 12. I’ve just got to take this call
  13. 13. Oh you don’t have a microphone?
  14. 14. Let’s brainstorm that
  15. 15. Sorry I just talked over you…
  16. 16. Has anyone seen Kathy? Oh she's dropped out….A G A I N
  17. 17. Oh welcome Joe you’re only 10 minutes late……
  18. 18. I’m channelling my inner DJ…
  19. 19. Sorry I’m struggling to multitask…
  20. 20. Damn I’ve still got 21 slides left…
  21. 21. Size does matter!
  22. 22. Some facilitation issues… • • • • • Who is listening actively? How do I start on time?? How to deal with questions? How will I present content? How do I get learners working together? • What preparation is required? • Scripting V Dot points? • Where are my links, URLs, applications and opening and closing paragraphs?
  23. 23. And that’s before we’ve even started teaching facilitating!
  24. 24. What are the key skills in facilitating online?
  25. 25. Online Facilitated Pedagogy • Synchronous • Asynchronous
  26. 26. All I got to do is lecture…right?
  27. 27. 7 is your friend…. • Don’t talk for more than 7 minutes • Punctuate your 7 minutes lecture/demo with participant activity • Write down questions you can pose in brain fog • Give learners a way into participating
  28. 28. What tools are available to me?
  29. 29. Student Induction Technical Time Management Collaborative Organising Info
  30. 30. Facilitating - What are the challenges to you?
  31. 31. During your presentation… • • • • • • Slow things down – remember Lag! Watch for responses Practice, practice, practice If you have a brain fog moment ask a question. Divert so you can collect your thoughts Encourage the use of emoticons for quick feedback • Pump up, stand up, smile, tell stories, project your voice!
  32. 32. And in the end… • Follow up questions with info by email or phone call • Distribute whiteboard brainstorms • Distribute follow up resources/readings/videos • Forward recording link • Catch up with lurkers, quiet people etc • Get out in the sunshine • Generate discussion on Moodle or social media space
  33. 33. Synchronous Infrastructure • Virtual Classrooms • Telephone & Video Conference Systems • VOIP (Skype, Lync) • Google Hangouts • Microsoft Lync • WizIQ • Adobe Connect • Blackboard Collaborate • GoToMeeting
  34. 34. Facilitating – What types of activities can you use?
  35. 35. Online facilitated Assessment • Body Language • Mix of activities in session • Peer Review • Assessment Presentations • Problem solving • Action learning
  36. 36. Peer Review • Develop a rubric with learners • Check for mapping • Distribute back to learners as marking guide • Rehearse the marking guide • Conduct presentations (summative) • Collect peer review • Redraft and resubmit • Share and assess
  37. 37. Action Learning • • • • • Define the workplace problem Objective questioning Describe the problems dimensions Clarify the problem is understood Subjective strategic resolution suggestions • Narrow to find solution strategy with good fit • Nominate peer to support implementation • De-brief
  38. 38. Webinar Preparation Good Practice Consider a pre webinar activity Pick and promote a title for your webinar that frames the educational objectives from your learners perspective. Make registration easy and remind participants 24 hours out Initially use a Moderator or Technology steward to support learners IT, deal with QnA and chat, running polls etc
  39. 39. Webinar Preparation Good Practice Have a back up plan, computer, internet connection, headset and test them all in advance Keep SMS and or email contact of all participants handy for instant contact in the event your technology fails. Have a warm up activity to lead the presenter into the webinar
  40. 40. Webinar Good Practice Keep lecturing to a minimum. Use the group to work through scenarios and problems. Promote discussion and the sharing of perspectives. Provide peer review opportunities for learners to feed back on each others projects, placements, issues at work etc. Give learners multiple ways of participating – voice, discussions, white board, brainstorming, break out rooms, polling, video as stimulus for discussion.
  41. 41. Any Questions?
  42. 42. Thank you for playing