Discussions started by John McLeod

 

Hi Everyone,

Again, we would like to thank you all for a wonderful three weeks! We really appreciate the level of interaction you provided for each other and the encouraging, supportive environment you created.

For all of you Facilitating Participants–kudos for taking the risk of stepping into a new set of skills. You all inspired us with your topics, and across the board, your preparation, flexibility in times of technology hiccups, and the approaches you used to engage us are much appreciated!

For all of you Reviewing Participants–Thank you for providing the Facilitating Participants such wonderful, constructive, and supportive feedback on their sessions. Providing feedback is an important skill in itself, and you provided such useful and practical feedback - as well as engaging in all of the activities with thoughtfulness.

We know that most, if not all of you are in a position to take what you have learned in this course and apply it immediately to your practice. You know what to do–practice, practice, practice! It is only through getting out there and making some mistakes (and recovering) that your online facilitation will improve. We are confident that you will all become exceptional online facilitators.

Thank you again for the opportunity to spend these three weeks exploring online synchronous facilitation with you. We both wish you the best of luck in your next steps!


Warmly,

Beth and John


 

Hi All,

Thought I would share the current poll results for this week's question, "How often do you reflect on your facilitation?" From the responses (14 so far), it looks like for those who have facilitated before, everyone has some level of reflection (Always, Usually, or Sometimes). I wonder how many of you are using a structure such as the 3-2-1, or other more structured approaches to reflecting on your practice. How do you reflect? Do you focus on what went well as well as what you want to improve? Perhaps you could share ways of reflecting that have worked for you?

Warmly,

John


 

Hi Everyone,

On Friday we are having our wrap-up session in Zoom, and Beth and I were wondering if one of you would like to co-facilitate with us. It would give you an opportunity to take part in the planning and delivery of the session on Friday. It won't take a lot of time as we have an approach already designed, it will be just a matter of taking on one of the activities during the session. This is a great opportunity if you are one of the Reviewing Participants who really would have liked to try facilitating, or if you are a Practicing Facilitator that wants to explore the dynamic of co-facilitation.

If you are interested, please respond to this post by Wednesday.


Warmly,

John & Beth


 

Hi Everyone,

Week 2 has drawn to a close and we hope you have all gained some insights as you were carrying out the various activities. From the discussion posts and conversations during the synchronous sessions (Tech Time and the Week 2 Synchronous Session), there were some themes that emerged:

  • New technology can be challenging. There is a recognition that to smoothly facilitate synchronous online activities is something that takes practice. The more practice you get using the platforms, the more seamlessly you can pivot when needed in a live session. As you develop more and more practice, tracking the different components (chats, hand-raising/reaction icons, displaying materials, etc) starts to come more naturally. 
  • Tips and Tricks for using the synchronous platforms - there was a lot of discussions around troubleshooting ways to get the most out of the tools (zoom and Collaborate Ultra). Different things that came up (e.g. in using break out rooms, PPT vs PDF for displaying activities etc). Lots of support for each other in this and some great solutions!
  • Shifting from Presentation Mode to Facilitation - there was a lot of discussion regarding how to actively engage the learners in deep thinking, rather than just presenting them the materials. 
  • Making the most of the synchronous platform - discussions around what are the advantages of using a synchronous platform versus using an asynchronous approach. The value of seeing each other and building community.

Remember that if you haven't been able to jump into the Week 2 Discussion Forums, now's a good time! If you are unsure of expectations of participation in this course, please use the Course Self-Assessment Rubric to evaluate your participation.

So now, on to Week 3....

This week is where it starts to all come together! Our Practicing Facilitators have booked their time slots in the Booking Calendar and they have been practicing and preparing themselves for their session. Remember that if you are a reviewing participant, make sure that you attend at least two of the sessions.

Check the Course Schedule for the other activities this week, but in a nutshell:

For Everyone:

  • Read Week 3 Overview
  • Join in on the Week 3 Discussion forum (see the session feedback explanation below
  • Take the Week 3 Poll
  • Attend the Synchronous Wrap-up session on Friday

For Practicing Facilitators:

  • Carry out your session (Good luck, I know you will do wonderfully!)
  • Post your prompt for your session feedback using the 3-2-1 format indicated in the Course Overview in the Week 3 Discussion Forum
  • Use the Facilitation Session Guide to help you reflect on your session
  • Take part in other sessions as possible

For Reviewing Facilitators:

  • Attend at least two sessions
  • Respond to the prompts for the session you attended with your response to the Practicing Facilitator's questions.

Beth and I are really looking forward to seeing your sessions this week!

Warmly,

John




 

Hi All,

We have posted the moderator link to the Collaborate Ultra Practice Room 1 for all those practicing facilitators to the Booking Document. The link is in the "Moderator's Link" column.

Sorry for any who were confused why they were entering the Practice sessions as a participant instead of a moderator.

Warmly,
John