by Clint Lalonde.  


Hi all,

For this week, we are going to begin diving into some of the practical considerations of facilitation, moving from the theoretical COI model to some strategies you can use to design and facilitate asynchronous and synchronous activities. We’ll start with asynchronous this week and move onto synchronous next, but these next two weeks will be somewhat fluid and we’ll move back and forth between the two different modalities in our Mattermost discussions. 

As well, this week you should be meeting with your facilitation teams to start a draft facilitation plan laying out how your facilitation week will occur. One of your team members will post your team draft plan this week and i would like you to include a proposed date and time for your synchronous session so that we can begin to try to schedule those into everyone’s calendars. I only want you to do one synchronous session during your facilitation week and it should be between 30 and 60 minutes long. 

You also have your first assignment due this week, which is to design an infographic and write a blog post about facilitation in a community of inquiry. If you can, I would like you to think about your own teaching and learning context and try to illustrate or explain a minimum of 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. These strategies should be drawn from the readings and discussions in Weeks 1 and 2 of the course. You will then post 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.

Finally, everyone this week should test their access to the Moodle Innovate course shell that has been set up. You may not be using it for your facilitation week, but others might and I would prefer to know now that someone does not have access than find out at the start of a facilitation week where a team is using it. So please check your access to it this week.

Ok, I hope you have a great week and happy facilitation week planning.