Facilitating Deepened Online Learning
Sarah Haavind, The Concord Consortium, United States
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-57-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
Successful online learning depends on instructors facilitating learner collaboration in text-based asynchronous dialogue. Focusing and deepening online dialogue among learners is challenging. Many e-moderators are satisfied to stop at active brainstorming. The potential for deepened learning using online tools is largely untapped. Clear guidelines are needed for using voice (conceptual facilitator, personal muse, mediator) and critical thinking strategies (identifying a direction, making connections, sorting for relevance) to leverage early brainstorming toward deeper learning goals. How does an e-moderator focus dialogues where postings about new content are widely divergent? What course of action might an online instructor take if discussants do not engage directly with content or begin to wander off-topic? I will introduce a practical approach to addressing these challenges and provide specific examples of how to effectively facilitate online collaboration.
Haavind, S. (2005). Facilitating Deepened Online Learning. In G. Richards (Ed.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2005--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 696-708). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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