This material is an Open Educational Resource for training educators and online community facilitators. The online course resources contained in this Leader’s Guide are freely available and can be customized for a variety of contexts. Along with the Course Leader’s Guide, there is also a specimen online course site, which is available on the website of the Centre for Educational Technology at: (http://www.cet.uct.ac.za/FacilitatingOnline)
Type of Material:
While this is mostly a reference material for a trainer, this material also includes simulation-type activities which lends itself to self-study as well.
The purpose of this resource is to equip educators to facilitate engaged students across a range of conversational spaces, including online discussion forums, chat rooms, wikis and blogs, for debate and shared knowledge construction.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The eTextbook was designed to be used in a five-week course.
Section 1 (About the course)
Section 2(Advice to participants)
Section 3(Week-by-week activities)
Section 4(Preparing to run the course)
Section 5 (Implementing the course)
Section 6 (Week-by-week guidance)
Target Student Population:
This online course focuses on online facilitation in fully online courses, mixed mode courses, online conferences, and/or collaboration projects. It is intended for educators of online courses, online conference hosts, and/or project leaders of
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
While the Facilitating Online course mostly uses online discussion, chat and e-mail, it also introduces the opportunities afforded by Web 2.0 technologies for developing and maintaining online learning communities. Therefore, it is necessary for the end user to be familiar with these tools available in building an online learning community.
The material presents valid/accurate concepts, models, and skills; and is complete in scope and ready for use. Well organized
Without the course, parts of the book are not usable.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The organization of the content follows the flow of what an online course might look like, from the initial introductions to the final wrap up, and supporting content throughout. The material gives a clear articulation of the purpose/goals of the resource; provides effective introductions, overviews, and summaries when applicable; and prompts users to adapt/experiment with ideas in their own disciplines
The layout of the book and accompanying activities are closely tied to a course; the activities may not be as helpful in a standalone reading of the book.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The resource presents the information clearly, is well organized and logically sequenced; and the content level is appropriate for the expertise level of the intended audience.
The reflections and discussion activities are not helpful without the accompanying class context for feedback.
Other Issues and Comments:
As a guide to develop the specific course, this ebook is excellent. The techniques and resources can also be used to design/facilitate other online courses too, with interpretation and expansion of the foundation this resource provides. The material gives a clear articulation of the purpose/goals of the resource; provides effective introductions, overviews, and summaries when applicable; and prompts users to adapt/experiment with ideas in their own disciplines
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