Three…Two…One….

Three Thoughts

  1. Digital facilitation is not as easy as everyone thinks.
    As I watch the world gravitate to online education, I repeatedly hear comments about it being easier, not that different, and not as effective. The truth is, it is different and comes with its own set of challenges.  Though it does work.
  2. Digital facilitation comes with so many options, it may be difficult to choose the right tool for each circumstance.
    With all the available tools and those that continue to come, I think it is possible for facilitators to be overwhelmed with choices. If facilitators choose multiple tools, students may also feel overwhelmed.
  3. Digital learning is not a second choice or a left-over to accomplish education and the facilitation should not treat it as such.
    I think that people look at digital facilitation and learning as a act of desperation to complete education and firmly believing that face-to-face is the best option. I do not agree.  I think digital learning is another option, not better, not worse.

Two Questions

  1. How do we change the stigma around digital facilitation?
  2. How do teaching styles differ from face-to-face to digital facilitation? Do they have to differ?  If yes, how much and in what way?

One Simile

Digital facilitation is like a compass; it helps learners get to where they want to go.

3 thoughts on “Three…Two…One….

  1. Hi Kathy,
    I really enjoyed your post as you pointed out some very relatable reflections. I have found that being strictly online has afforded me more freedom and exploration in the classroom. I agree that online learning does work, but it comes down to facilitation and several different approaches to engage the group. I wouldn’t say I have changed my teaching style, but online is much harder to interact as that “rat-a-tat” is missing. Fantastic question Kathy, how do we begin to change the stigmatization behind online learning?
    – Kerry

  2. Hi Kathy! I really like your simile. Re your question, “How do we change the stigma around digital facilitation?” I have a feeling that this year has changed a lot of peoples’ minds. At my school for instance, when we made the decision back in February to go online, a lot of parents didn’t like the idea. They felt that their children wouldn’t learn or couldn’t learn as much. We returned to school about three weeks ago, and at that time a lot of parents voiced that they’d rather stay online for longer as they realized many benefits. One department I teach for on weeknights has actually decided to stay online for longer due to student and parent feedback.

  3. Great observations and questions, Kathy. I will be curious to see what the reputation of online learning looks like in a post-COVID world. Here in BC, we’re about to see a year-long experiment in online education within higher education as many post-sec’s have stated they will be mostly online for the entire academic year. At the end of that time, I wonder if the needle will have moved a bit on the percpetion of online learning?

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