Hi all and welcome to week 2. Before I get into the tasks for this week, I want to recap what I am seeing from week 1.
First, thanks to everyone who has submitted the learner reflection on a facilitated experience and the 3-2-1 blog post, and to everyone who has left comments and asked questions of your fellow learners on their reflections and posts. You have all jumped in and I am already seeing some great signs of social, cognitive and teaching presence in your interactions. I have to say, I have not had a cohort jump into conversing on these initial posts as much as you have and it is really wonderful to see everyone taking the Bull by the horns (see what I did there) and engage with each other. ‘
It sounds like you have all had some wonderful facilitated learning experiences that exemplified many of Bull’s eight qualities of an effective online teacher with many of you identifying multiple roles in your examples, and adding some of your own into the mix. I think Eunice’s point about ensuring that all voices are heard is a very important role that facilitators play as is Caroline’s point about the need for a facilitator to be flexible and nimble in order to adapt to the learners they are working with.
The 3-2-1 blog posts have been coming in and I will be reading and responding to those this week. The few I have read have been very good and include some wonderful observations, questions and metaphors for facilitation. I appreciated Earl’s question about the limitations of the Community of Inquiry and whether it is a scalable model, which I think represents some good critical thinking around the limitations of the model in a world of MOOC’s.
Hopefully, with both the 3-2-1 posts and the learner reflection videos you now feel like you have a good starting point for your facilitation journey.
Ok, onto week 2.
This week we have a couple of topics happening simultaneously. First, the course readings are focused on facilitating in asynchronous environments, like discussion forums. These readings don’t need to be done until towards the end of the week as it won’t be until next week that we begin to take a deeper dive into both asynchronous and synchronous facilitation with our course discussions.
For much of this week, I would like us to continue focusing on facilitation in general within the Community of Inquiry. In Mattermost, there is a CoI channel where I will be posting a few questions to start a conversation about facilitating in a Community of Inquiry. And at the end of this week you have your first graded assignment due which is to create an infographic on facilitation in a Community of Inquiry that is grounded in your own teaching and learning context. Depending on whether you work in the corporate sector, k-12 or higher education, you may find that how you approach facilitation will differ based on your own context and I would like you to try to capture that context in your infographic which should list 3 strategies for each presence that you, as a facilitator, could use that would address each of the different presences (Teaching, Social and Cognitive). outlined in the CoI framework. You will then post and publicly share this infographic on your blog along with a blog post of a maximum of 400 words that provides more rationale and context for your infographic. On the assignment description on the course WordPress site I have included links to some examples from last year that I thought was quite well done that you can use as a reference.
I see the facilitation teams have already been formed, which is great., You are a week ahead of schedule, fantastic. So you can now begin to meet and work on designing your facilitation weeks. My advice is to keep it simple and focus on communication and messaging for your facilitation weeks as that is very important.
Thanks, everyone and have a great week.