be able to differentiate between 'teaching' and 'facilitation';
identify what core skills are necessary to be an effective facilitator;
be aware of the common pitfalls of studying online and why facilitation is key to success.
Activity 1: Definitions
What is the difference between teaching and facilitation? As a group, brainstorm what a definition of 'facilitation' should be. Reflect on the diagram below as you share your ideas relating to the differences between teaching and facilitating.
Use the discussion forum below to post what you think a good definition would be. Have a look what your peers have posted and respond to them.
Your facilitator will have guided the discussion above to arrive at consensus. Did you notice what he/she was doing? The example below is for a face-to-face business meeting but the principles are the same for online facilitation.
Facilitating online learning is important because learning remotely is not always easy. Your job as facilitator will be to support learners in an environment that is very different from what most people are familiar with. Consider the internet resource below that outlines five common problems facing students who are learning online.
When facilitating online you need to have a varied set of skills, such as good communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and familiarity with technology such as Moodle and social media. Review the document below. Be ready to rate yourself on each of the skill sets identified.