Similar to teaching, I believe that they are various facilitation styles that guide an individual as they are facilitating. As of now, I do not have a lot of experience with facilitation in digital learning environments, however I am sure that my initial thoughts and ideas below about facilitation will change by the end of this course. At this point of my learning journey, digital facilitation:
- feels like a constant juggling act. Every session will not be the same. Approaches and strategies that worked with one group, could fall flat with another. If something is not working, then the facilitator needs to evaluate the situation and try something different.
- requires concepts and theories that were covered in previous courses. (e.g. learning to be agile and designing the online experience with the end user in mind is extremely important.
- requires the right tools and support in order for learners to feel comfortable accessing and participating in digital learning environments.
Two questions that I have:
- What useful approaches and strategies to manage interpersonal dynamics within the group?
- What are useful techniques to keep learners engaged? It is much easier for individuals to multitask or be distracted during a session.
Here is an image that represents my thoughts on digital facilitation. Balancing and juggling plates is not an easy task. However, with enough time, dedication, reflection and striving for continuous improvement, maybe online facilitation can look as flawless and graceful as this lady!
Larson, B. (2009) Plate Spinner [Online Image]. Flicker. https://www.flickr.com/photos/thefabmissb/3211735510/in/photostream/