This course has been a fantastic learning experience for myself. As a senior instructor supervisor in the Canadian Armed Forces, it was particularly relevant and collaboratively engaging to hear and analyze the cohort’s copious points of view on digital facilitation.
Three takeaways that stood out to me:
- Instruction and facilitation are not equal. There is a dichotomy in terms of instruction and facilitation. Although perhaps maybe not from a complete denotation perspective, the application of empathic leadership comes to mind when facilitating a group of students. Although instruction is important in order for knowledge and understanding to be imparted, facilitating the learning experience as a whole is equally important.
- Digital or virtual learning environments need to be safe spaces that encourage collaboration from all learning groups and individuals. Race, gender, and other cultural aspects must be acknowledged and woven into the facilitation/instruction and learning environment as a whole. No one person should feel excluded in any shape or form.
- Motivating learners within a digital or virtual environment can be difficult. Instructors and facilitators must find ways to encourage learning and foster motivated learning behaviours both within the individual student and the class as a whole.
Two questions I have about digital facilitation based on my course experience:
- How does digital facilitation change in an online military course?
- What are differences in an online military course that may prove unique in terms of digital facilitation?
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