What a course this has been! Thank you to my cohort for driving my knowledge down different paths. It has been a fun ride!
On to the nit and gritty!
- You cannot summarize enough! Providing summaries for introductions, readings, and post activity is important for learners. These summarizations can help learners feel a continued connection after a learning session has ended.
- Clear and descriptive outlines. An outline should introduce the learner to the activity, describe the required associated to the learning objective, and provide the assessment or evaluation criteria.
- Not everything needs to be so serious. A lot of time learners get caught up in whats for marks and forget that they should be enjoying this process as well. You can learn and have fun. If there is anything I want to take away from this course, it’s COI. COI brings learners together, providing a sense of community through your active learning process. In using this framework learners can feel supported while engaging in content through personal meaning and confirming understanding.
- How should a facilitator engage students with different technological platforms? Is it a good idea to create multiple platforms for learning content in order to create different learning methods for students?
- An online environment can be new, tricky to navigate, and there can be privacy concerns. How can you encourage learners to be brave and resilient while also feeling comfortable and safe within an online environment?
Image via AZ Quotes
When I look back at my original post and compare it to my post above, I see some similarities and some growth. I feel as though I have a clearer picture of some of the gaps within online facilitation. Without having your regular checkins or lectures, learners can get lost. Along with the fun, accessibility and casual atmosphere that digital facilitation provides, it is important to clearly outline a path for learners and allow them to forge ahead strong. This is where my quote and image come in. We, as facilitators, can only provide the path, it is and will remain up to the learner to forge onwards. Our group chose to provide a self-directed facilitation week, allowing learners to remain in control of their experience. Overall, our feedback was strong with only one individual mentioning that they wanted more. They were so enthralled by our content, that they wanted to see and learn more. Every other individual provided the feedback that it was just right. It is within your ability, as a learner, to know your limits and cater your experience to those limits.
Forge on my friends!