In this course, Facilitating in Digital Learning Environments, we have been able to experience our learning…as learners, and, as facilitators. This offered us an opportunity that is uniquely experiential because of this dual perspective.
In this post, I’m revisiting my initial 3-2-1 blog on August 30, 2020 from a retrospective point of view to illustrate how my thoughts have evolved over the past four weeks.
3 thoughts or ideas about digital facilitation based on my course experience
- Initially I questioned whether or not digital facilitation could be effectively interactive. As a result of my experience as a learner in the facilitation weeks designed by my peers, it’s abundantly clear that creative design practices can result in very engaging and interactive learning activities.
- I also suggested that a moderated forum would act as a means to encourage engagement, despite the challenges of time and space. I’m pleased to say that the Mattermost discussion channels provided ample opportunity for me as a learner to fully connect asynchronously and synchronously. My team also modeled this approach successfully as part of our design framework.
- And finally, in my original 3-2-1 post, I was concerned that virtual environments incline us to always be “on”. To be tethered somewhat to our online experience. And to some extent that was applicable from both a learner standpoint and that as a facilitator. However, I would suggest that with more practice, I would be able to navigate these challenges more effectively as this was a first-time experience for me.
2 questions about digital facilitation based on my course experience
Early on in this course, I was curious about the impacts of the pandemic on digital facilitation. As a result of this course, I would say that the accelerated learning imposed on educator’s world wide on a macrocosmic level was experienced by us on a microcosmic level. In that our experience as digital facilitators (and learners) were influenced by our collective experience of the pandemic in ways that are obvious on a conscious, as well as sub-conscious level.
- So, my first question would be: In what ways are we adapting to digital facilitation not as a choice, but as one that is imposed on us, based on the restrictions of our new world?
- And secondly: In what ways will we question and observe these adaptations as we collectively evolve in the next phase of the pandemic?
1 metaphor or simile about digital facilitation based on my course experience
It’s occurred to me that I’m not entirely sure if we’re evolving, as in progressing, or if we’re actually undergoing a different phenomenon altogether. Are we advancing? Or is the isolation caused by the pandemic, intended to force us to search for a deeper truth in our human existence? Big questions I think we should ask ourselves as the year of 2020, one of incredible transformation, winds down and our future emerges as hazy and unformed, awaiting us to define its shape.