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Facilitating Online Learning Communities. Agenda. Defining Online Communities Elements of Online Environments Facilitator Competence Resources Demonstration of CommunityZero Hands-on use of CommunityZero. Defining Online Communities: Benefits. Collaboration Commitment - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Facilitating OnlineLearning Communities

  • Defining Online Communities Elements of Online EnvironmentsFacilitator CompetenceResources Demonstration of CommunityZeroHands-on use of CommunityZeroAgenda

  • Collaboration CommitmentLearning from experience Shared responsibilitiesBuilding individual accountabilityDefining Online Communities: Benefits

  • Online Course CompletionBonk, C. J. (2002). Online Training in an Online World. Bloomington, IN: CourseShare.com.

  • Paraprofessional Online Learning AlonePara eLink

  • Paraprofessionals Online Learning Alone TogetherPara eLink

  • Paraprofessionals FacilitatorFacilitated Online LearningPara eLink

  • FacilitatorParaprofessionals Facilitated Learning CommunityPara eLink

  • Elements of Online EnvironmentsCommunication toolsLearning resourcesUser (learner) toolsAdministrative (facilitator) tools

  • Communication tools Learning resources User tools Administrative tools

    Communication Tools

  • Communication tools Learning resources User tools Administrative tools

    Examples include:Documents*AnimationsVideo/audioProgramsImagesPEOPLE*Learning Resources

  • Communication tools Learning resources User tools Administrative tools

    Examples include:CalendarPreferencesTechnical support*Directory*User Tools

  • Communication tools Learning resources User tools Administrative tools

    Examples include:Access control*Site managementSettingsApplication sharingGrade bookAdministrative Tools

  • Forming: Organize and Establish GroupsDr. Curt Bonk, Indiana University http://www.indiana.edu/~bobweb/Handout/co_1.htmlFour Fs of Learning GroupsFunctioning: Manage, Implement, Support, Motivate and AcceptFormulating: Understand, Review, and Learn New StrategiesFermenting: Disagreement, Controversy, and Alternative Answers

  • Facilitator Competency Areas

  • Provide guidelinesLead community-building activitiesProvide virtual handholdingEncourage sharing resourcesFacilitating Online Learning : Effective Strategies for Moderators by George Collison, Bonnie Elbaum, Sarah Haavind, Robert Tinker Additional Facilitator Activities

  • Participants post regularlyMembers needs are metEvident participant-participant collaborationReasonable venting is acceptableParticipants show concern and support for the community

    Healthy Community Indicators Facilitating Online Learning : Effective Strategies for Moderators by George Collison, Bonnie Elbaum, Sarah Haavind, Robert Tinker

  • ResourcesLinks from Para eLink

  • Facilitating Online Learning: Effective Strategies for Moderators by George Collison, Bonnie Elbaum, Sarah Haavind, Robert TinkerSelected Text ResourcesE-Moderating: The Key to Teaching and Learning Online by Gilly SalmonBuilding Learning Communities in Cyberspace: Effective Strategies for the Online Classroomby Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt

    *****Some resourcetext, course, etc. and solo Para*Some resourcetext, course, etc. and many ParasContinuing with eLink curriculum analogy

    ****Items marked with an asterisk are essential for successful online learning using Para eLink.*PEOPLE:Peers Colleagues Mentors Students Clients - Families**I will demo adding/removing tools in CZero*Use example of assigning roles here!!!!*Includes Organizational, Social, and Intellectual Responsibilities*I will show some ways of setting up the Virtual environmentcommunity security settingas an example of a facilitator's activity*This means that you must watch and read what your community is doing

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