lunes, 27 de julio de 2009

sábado, 9 de agosto de 2008

Are facilitators born or made? (work in progress)

I’ve been a part of an extremely nurturing online community, one filled with role models, many probably out of intuition rather than theory. So I do believe that some may have a certain talent for it, just as some have a talent for teaching, coaching etc.

Hi Illya!

You are pointing to something really interesting here, are facilitators (as leaders) made or born? And is the facilitator the leader or role model of the community?

I think Leigh is a good role model, and he has done some leading, and will continue to do some I’m sure during the rest of the course, but is he not also our role model, especially to those of us with little experience as facilitators?

It is inevitable that we are going to turn to Leigh as our facilitator "role model," specially if we do not have much experience as Illya points out.

Perhaps we need to spend a bit more time watching Leigh as the course progresses and reflecting on what he is doing.

Some classmates are already doing that. Sylvia Currie listed some good facilitation skills she has already identified in Leigh:

1. Presence
2. Responsiveness
3. Inclusiveness
4. Negotiation
5. Engagement
6. Focus
7. Pace
8. Thoroughness
9. Tone

Nancy Riffer in a comment to the above-mentioned post listed two more:
12.Safe Disagreement.

Well, who better to ask than our experienced facilitators, and of course Leigh, how did you acquire your facilitation skills? Are they innate or did you learn them?

Let's continue the conversation at Illya's post

viernes, 8 de agosto de 2008

Why facilitation? (Today's reflection)

Chilean Education System is facing a very memorable moment during these days, its most important characters are playing a very significant and active role. During the current year we have seen different kind of public manifestations that come not only from teachers but also from students of a wide range of schools in the country.

For many years now, Chilean students have not shown so much interest about the education quality they are receiving. All the pleas presented by the students taken in conjunction with the model organization of the High School National Meeting, represent a real movement that caused different reactions along the country.

Nowadays, it is a fact that students are very different from ten years ago. Even though there are many of them that do not know in which proffesional area they want to develop, they do know that education quality is a right for all the people.

Taken from Blog-it-and-Learn

Reading my classmate's reasons for taking this course I felt I needed to dig deeper into my own reasons for wanting to improve my online facilitation skills.

I have been involved in training for over 12 years and for most of those years I had a very 'teacher' inspired view of the training process. -Mary

As a teacher working in a Universtity that adopted the Constructivist Model of teaching and learning, I have been hearing about the teacher's role as a facilitator a while, but what does that really mean? How do you put that into practice?

and think one of the keys to a workable global future will be our ability to connect with each other in truly generative & meaningful ways. -Amy

Facilitation is a necesary skill if we want to contribute to a better understanding among people. We, teachers of Chile need to learn those skills to model a way of behaving that will contribute to resolving conflicts and we will not see actions like a student throwing a pitcher of cold water at the Minister of Education again.
I look forward to learning more about that on week 4 and 5.

The Ubiquitous course

For me disconnecting from this course has been difficult since I joined the Facebook group, the Diigo group, the email forum, set up a Netvibes page and have all of you in my Google Reader. This has become "the ubiquitous course" for me.
And I am thinking about getting a notebook to write ideas and the name of the people I took them from because I am having problems remembering the names of all of my classmates.

jueves, 7 de agosto de 2008

La Pizarra de Downes (Work in progress)

Profesor Potachov translated the board. I personally loved the result. :)

Groups and networks... I think I understand...
So, this course is mainly presented as a network for learning.
The community is us.
I do not think that groups are bad, just different. Learning can occur in both groups and networks, and I think that depending on the objective you want to achieve you can plan a course in either enviroment, right?

Hope to be going in the right direction. Feel free to comment and help me make sense of these concepts.

miércoles, 6 de agosto de 2008

Organized Communication Through Blogs

From Silvia Currie

Another quality to add is Leigh's ability to get us connected. I think this format of darting around to different blogs and dropping comments is a very powerful way to build community. We can combine very casual and personal snippits and mix them up with more substantial thoughts that build on the original article.

I found that totally true.
Even though visitong different blogs is taking me a lot more time than if the conversation was just happening in a forum or email forum, I still think it's a really good way to keep us connected.
I also loved the idea of having us select which blogs we want to follow. That requires us to accept that we cannot be part of every conversation and then naturally group according to (some arbitrary) criteria??? afinity??? chance??? I haven't cleared that out, yet.
I feel that commenting on each other's blogs makes us enter the space our classmates have created and integrate with them. Because blogs are customized by the owner, we get to know some more about(or meet?) the person behind the posts.

Commenting in other person's blog is naturally seen as an invitation to return the comment, thus bonding classmates even more.

So, for me this "organized communication through blogs" is certainly helping me feel immersed in a "community of learning."

(Off topic):Writing a post in English takes me a loong time. Reading other people's blogs also. If I keep this rythm I will definitely gain some weight. Any ideas on how to keep physically active while working on the computer? |

Course Buddy :)

I had initially thought about using my Ning profile as a blog for this course but Diane Holmes pointed out that in order to comment in that blog people had to be members of the community, so I decided to create this blog.

Today's activity:

Cristina Costa offered to be my buddy for this course. Thank you!

I found another Spanish speaking participant today: Gabriela S.

At this point I'm focusing on reading blogs and commenting.

Still thinking about the question for the week... What are online communities?

Some lose thoughts:
I am definitely sure that what makes a community is not the platform or application used to get together, but the members.
I think the platform/application used to get together maybe relevant to determine the degree of involvement of the members.

I missed yesterday's live session, and today I couldn't download it. I hope that tomorrow I will have more time. :)

Things I want to find out:
How can I keep track of all my comments?

martes, 5 de agosto de 2008

Online Facilitating Course

What you hope to get from this course (Include any concerns or qustions you may have)?
¿Qué esperas obtener de este curso (Incluye preocupaciones o preguntas que puedas tener)?

I will separate my expectations in two topics:
Separaré mis expectativas de este curso en dos áreas:

1. What I want to get regarding information technologies
1. Lo que quiero obtener en cuanto a tecnologías de información.

Here I include:
- What are the best technologies to promote online conversations and discussions either synchronous or asynchronous?
- What are the features that one has to take into account when evaluating technologies for these purpose?
- What are the differences and best options to create communities or groups that promote discussion and critical reflection?

- To experience, as a student, the dynamics of a community/course and see examples of good facilitating practice.

Aquí incluyo:
Cuáles son las mejores tecnologías para fomentar conversaciones y discusiones en línea tanto en forma sincrónica como asincrónica?
Qué características hay que tener en cuanta a la hora de evaluar estas tecnologías?
Cuáles son las diferencias y las mejores opciones para crear comunidades o grupos que fomenten la discusión y la reflexión crítica?
Experienciar participación en cursos tipo comunidad lo que me permitirá vivenciar desde el punto de vista del alumno la dinámica de un curso/comunidad. Ver ejemplos de buenas practicas de facilitación.

2. What I plan to learn about facilitating and online communities or groups
2. Lo que quiero aprender respecto de la facilitación y las comunidades o grupos en línea.

- How facilitating online is different from facilitating f2f.
¿Cuáles son las principales diferencias entre facilitar online y facilitar cara a cara?

- What are characteristics of communities and online groups?
¿Cuáles son las características de las comunidades y grupos en línea?

-Best practices in online facilitation?
¿Cuales son las mejores practicas para una buena facilitación?

Wiki del curso:

The first thing I have to say is that open courses attract so many people that the conversation becomes difficult to follow. As G. Siemens said, we have to accept the fact that we'll miss bits of information, and that's OK.
Anyway, I can't help to wish I had more time to read everyting.

Well, the fact that English is not my first language is a problem for me, too. I can't read as fast as I would like and I'm constantly checking new words in the dictionary. I hope this online interaction in English will help me improve my written skills.