Jeez !!!! it is already Week three in our Facilitating Online course (FO2011). I cannot believe how fast it is going and how much I have already learned.
This week has been quite busy. I have already wrote a post about a video from Salam Khan, from the Khan Academy. (see previous post).
This week we have been asked to answer the following questions:
What is online facilitation?
After watching the video from Jan Delmas, Seven key skills of workshop facilitation , I would say that an online facilitator is a support person who should guide the students enrolled in the course. This person should keep in mind at all times their audience, the purpose of the course and the needs of the audience.
How do these skills differ from face-to-face facilitation?
Well…..before watching the Jan Delmas’ video I would have been able to find a lot of differences between teaching F2F and teaching online, but looking at the 7 skills that Jan Delmas points out (listen/supports/summarizes/challenges/leads the process/create a safe environment/ trusts the group) I actually think that there is no difference at all then between the two types of teaching. I should actually add that I hope students in my class right now can find the all 7 skills in my F2F teaching :-)
What experiences do you have of online facilitation both as a facilitator, and as a participants in a community, network or event?
I have never been an online facilitator but I have participated to a few online meetings on different platforms like Twitter, Flashmeeting and Skype. I have also participated to Community activities like Ning, Facebook and Google Groups.
What have you seen work well, and what has worked less well?
I do not want to sound too PC but I think they all work very well. Each platform has its advantages and its purpose. They complement each other.