Monday, June 1, 2009

Tips for Successful Online Course Facilitation

There's been much written lately about the importance of online learning. Today's Facebook find is from Miguel Guhlin who in his blog shares the wisdom that comes from reflecting on past successes and mistakes with online course facilitation. Guhlin's post "8 Tips for Successful Online Course Facilitation," provides readers with information about these insightful tips.

  • Address the logistics of the course in your course materials
  • Personalize your online learning environment with multimedia
  • Develop and share materials (e.g. brochures) with potential participants
  • Set up forums that address the “social dimension” of introducing people and getting to know each other, as well as forums for dealing with technical aspects
  • Remember to scaffold and support learning conversations rather than dominate them
  • Don’t be afraid to summarize–also known as landscape–the ongoing conversations periodically
  • Avoid long discussion posts, as well as posts that feature a lot of questions
  • Encourage people to discover each other’s strengths and what they each have to bring to the table

This valuable post is suggested reading for anyone interested in bringing this type of innovative teaching and learning to their schools.

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