Facilitating Online Learning Effective Strategies for Moderators

ISBN-10: 1891859331
ISBN-13: 9781891859335
Edition: 2000
Description: Online courses are now integral learning mediums in traditional education settings, business, and the new distance campuses. Educators often find that they need a new repertoire of skills or a new way of using old skills to be successful in the new  More...
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Copyright Year: 2000
Publisher: Atwood Publishing
Publication Date: 9/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Online courses are now integral learning mediums in traditional education settings, business, and the new distance campuses. Educators often find that they need a new repertoire of skills or a new way of using old skills to be successful in the new medium. Facilitating Online Learning is a groundbreaking handbook that lays out a systematic approach for creating a learning community in which the instructor moves away from center stage and from which a more collaborative learning environment is effectively fostered. The goals of Facilitating Online Learning are to develop these skills: Increased capacity to build effective online learning communities Wider repertoire of strategies for sharpening the related to course content New strategies for deepening online dialogue in order to enrich learning opportunities Online learning has sparked a resurgence of interest in teaching technique and strategies and in the hows and whys of learning. Facilitating Online Learning offers the novice and the seasoned educator the opportunity to grow with this exciting new medium.

About the Authors and Acknowledgments
What Is This Book About?
A New World of Teaching and Learning
Why This Book?
Who Will Benefit from Reading This Book?
What Will You Learn from This Book?
The Backdrop for This Book
Principles that Support Effective Moderating
Consortium Netcourses
International Netcourse Teaching Enhancement Coalition (INTEC)
Teacher Learning Conference (TLC)
Principles of Effective Moderating
Moderating Takes Place in Both a Professional and a Social Context
The Style of "Guide on the Side" (vs. "Sage on the Stage") is Most Appropriate for Leading a Virtual Learning Community
Online Moderation Is a Craft That Has General Principles and Strategies--Which Can Be Learned
The New Landscape
Negotiating Space: Forms of Dialogue and Goals of Moderating
Forms of Dialogue
Social Dialogue
Argumentative Dialogue
Pragmatic Dialogue
Key Facilitator Roles
The Facilitator as "Guide on the Side"
Moving Participants to a New Conceptual Level
Training Participants in a New Skill
Pyramid Model
The Facilitator as Instructor or Project Leader
Designing a Regular, Manageable Feedback Loop
The Facilitator as Leader of Group Process
Leading Introductory, Community-Building Activities
Providing Virtual "Hand Holding" to the Digitally Challenged
Acknowledging the Diversity of Participants' Backgrounds and Interests
Infusing Personality with Tone, Graphics, and Humor
Maintaining a Nurturing Pace of Responding
Keeping Up with the Pace That's Been Set
Organizing Posts and Discussion Threads
Balancing Private Email and Public Discussion
Healthy Online Communities
Functional Online Groups
Participants Post Regularly
The Online Community Meets Its Members' Needs, and Participants Express Honest Opinions
Participant-to-Participant Collaboration and Teaching Are Evident, and Spontaneous Moderating Occurs among the Participants
Reasonable Venting about Technology, Content, and Even the Facilitator Is Acceptable and Evident
Participants Show Concern and Support for the Community
Sharing Documents Online
A Caring Community
Keeping an Online Community Happy and Healthy
There's Too Little or Too Much Participation in the Course
The Course Is too Constructive
The Course Is too Personal or Impersonal
The Continuing Challenge of Maintaining Community Health
The Landscape of Advanced Moderating Skills
A Palette of Voices
Generative Guide
Conceptual Facilitator
Reflective Guide
Personal Muse
Role Play (Character Identification)
The Potential for Using Voices
What Does Tone Have to Do with It?
Selecting the Tone
Critical Thinking Strategies
Sharpening the Focus
Identifying the Direction of a Dialogue
Sorting Ideas for Relevance
Focusing on Key Points
Deepening the Dialogue
Full-Spectrum Questioning
Making Connections
Honoring Multiple Perspectives
Using Strategies and Voices: Why and How?
Roadblocks and Getting Back on Track
Hijacking the Dialogue
The Good Student
The Question Mill
Standing in the Middle
The Inquiry Advocate
Whoosh, It Went Right By
If I Do Nothing, They Will Inquire
Summaries vs. Landscapes
Letter from a Fellow Traveler
The Five-Cornered Intersection
Two Poles of Interaction
Epilogue: Evaluation of Success

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