Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I wanted to thank you all for your participation and commitment for the course this year. There are a couple of people who are yet to organise their events, so keep an eye out for information on how to join them.
I have really enjoyed myself, yet at the same time am left asking questions about how the course can be improved to increase a community approach to learning, and retain more people right the way through to the end of the course. A few of you have given me some really useful feedback for how things may be refined for next year, so 'thank you' for that. Please keep an eye on my blog over the next few weeks because that is where I will process the feedback I have received with the suggestions for next year.
The next course will start on March 7th 2011. There will be some changes to the funding model we use. There will continue to be free access to the course materials, blogs and the live sessions. However, there will be a charge if you want to have individual mentoring by the course facilitator. I will announce details about this once they have been finalised.
Finally, I will be starting a research project shortly that is going to explore open education and how we can attract and retain people in courses such as this. So look out for information about how you can be involved.
Thank you all once again for contributing to the success of FO2010. I would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas break and success in 2011.
Image: 'Warm Fuzzies'
Saturday, November 13, 2010
For those of you who used the Elluminate classroom and recorded your session, let me know and I will send you the link to your recording. Please can you put your recording on your blog and in the course wiki.
Those of you who are enrolled, please check assignments one and two and make sure you have addressed all the requirements. Once you are happy that your blog contains everything that is needed, please get in touch with me and let me know so that I can complete your work assessment.
NB: the submission date is the 19th November, but if you need a little longer, please let me know. Some of you who already have extension dates, so please stick to those dates as agreed.
Those of you who have been taking part as informal student, please let me know when you feel you have met all the requirements of the assignments and if you want a certificate of completion.
Course evaluation and future research
Enrolled students will be asked to complete a formal course evaluation. I will be carrying out a formal research project in early 2011, looking at open education and funding models so I will be getting in touch with you to ask your opinion about this course, what attracted you to it, what made you complete the course and/or what got in the way of you completing the course - more about that research later.
for all the hard work you put into the mini conference. I hope you enjoyed yourselves. I look forward to reading your reflections. Sarah
Attend an Elluminate meeting to debrief the mini conference and the course. You have a choice of two times:
2. Students who are enrolled will be asked to complete a formal course evaluation.
3. Complete Assignment Two.
Image: 'Flaming Lips New Years Eve Freakout'
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Title of the Event: Driving change into an on line society via sustainable practices
Date and Time: Wednesday 10 November, 1pm NZ time
Facilitator Peter Brook: firstname.lastname@example.org
Presenter: Nicola Bould. Nicola is the sustainability coordinator for Otago Polytechnic which has made a strong commitment in this area. She has researched many aspects of a sustainable society and her talk will focus on e-waste, exemplars and collaborative strategies.
Venue: : Elluminate meeting room. Here is information about how to access the virtual meeting room
Description: While social networking and collaborative tools have changed they way we communicate there still remains the unsatisfied question of how we can sustain this in a world of more difficult compliance and decreasing resources.
Back Up Plan:If there is a total IT failure, we will record another presenter session on Elluminate and open an asynchronous discussion over the next week in Peter's Blog
Recording Information: Will be recorded and available on Peter's blog
Evaluation : It would be appreciated if participants could answer a few simple questions to provide the faciliatators with some constructive feedback. Please go to Peter's blog to answer the questions and leave comments
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Next week things are really hotting up with more sessions with a range of topics.
- Building a Successful Blog
- Which lollies in this on-line facilitation lolly jar
- Cultural Competency in the online environment
- Creating an online prescence
- Pulling It All Together: Wrapping it Up and Reflecting on FO2010 with Karen, Mark and Tracy
Please do all you can to come along and support each other.
Image: 'Plone Conference 2009 Group Photo'
Friday, October 29, 2010
Here is the recording of the meeting we had this week in which we discussed last minute details about the mini conference: click here for recording. Several issues cropped up that I would ask you to consider if you are organising an event for the mini conference.
Use your blog for getting organised - not just for letting us know what's happening, but also to work through any issues. Use us...your blogging network...to help you sort out problems and clarify details. Have a look at this post by Lynn in which she shares some ideas and uses her readers to frame up her event.
Information for participants
Make sure you have very clear details about your event on the wiki. Remember that complete strangers will be looking at this page and may be joining your event. So it is imperative that you make every step very clear.
- Make sure you have linked to information about how to use the technology eg Elluminate
- Make it very clear how to get to your event eg if you are using the Elluminate room, please put the link to the room.
- Put details about your back-up plan. What will you do if your primary technology fails? For example, if you plan to use Skype as back-up, how will you organise this?
Please make sure you inform everyone about your event in plenty of time. At the very least, put the details of your event on:
All the best to everyone, both facilitators and attendees. Have fun :) :) Sarah
Image: 'Free Pretty Pink & Purple Party Balloons+Creative+Commons'
Monday, October 25, 2010
Here's the recording to last week's discussion about the mini conference - I think we sorted out a few issues that had arisen:
We will have one last Elluminate meeting to answer any remaining questions on Thursday 28th October 09.00 hours (World Clock). However, if you cannot make that meeting and you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. Sarah
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
- Identify a topic of interest expressed by participants in this course.
- Create a title for the event.
- Develop an aim for the event.
- Arrange for a guest speaker, panel or other online activity.
- Negotiate with the guest speaker/s, arrange times and locations.
- Coordinate your session with the course facilitator and other students in the course wiki.
- Promote the event in your blog, on the course wiki and with your online and face-to-face contacts and networks
- Develop a contact list
- Create a flier
- Describe what technical support services you will need to make use of
- Develop a contingency plan for technical problems, poor or over attendance, and other disruptions
- Indicate whether recording will be done and where it will be made available after the event
- Indicate how you are going to evaluate your event
Join the virtual class meeting in Elluminate to discuss last minute details and queries about the mini conference on Tuesday 19th October 19.30 hours New Zealand (World Clock). This session will be facilitated by Karen Wilson.
1. Add your event name and details to the course course mini conference page.
2. Start a discussion thread for your event in the course mini conference discussion page, and monitor discussion.
3. Post your plan details to your blog.
Image: 'reflections for the day'
Here is a video that will show you how to convert your time zone into international time zones.
DON'T FORGET to check with me first about date/time, to make sure I am free to attend your event (especially the formal students and the informal students who are aiming to collect a certificate of participation/completion) before you advertise your event.
Next Elluminate meeting
We will be having an Elluminate meeting next week on Tuesday 19th October at 7.30pm (World Clock) to discuss the mini conference, so if you have any questions, please feel free to come to this meeting.
This week I was asked how to work out times across international time zones - here is a video that shows you how to use the world clock website and here is another video that shows you how to link to the world clock in Wikieducator.
A few ideas
In the meantime, people have been playing with ideas for the mini conference. Lyn is interested in thinking more about how to facilitate online using Facebook. Jane is planning on a panel debate and would like volunteers to help her. Carole has been summing up what she knows about reflective practice and has concluded that she will use Voicethread to facilitate a discussion about ePortfolios, and tie this in with the work she is doing with the ePortfolio community.
My last plea...
is that when you are thinking about your event and the mini conference, try not to focus too much on tools. Yes...we need the tools to be able to hold online conversations. But online facilitation is as much, if not more, about processes...how we communicate online...what is good practice...how we're are sustainable and culturally competent...how we build online networks and communities...how we engage people... and so on. So I hope some of you will look at expanding our knowledge on these issues, as well as the tools we can use.
We had a fabulous meeting this week, talking to Nellie Deutsch about how we evaluate our work as online facilitators - the recording can be found here. Kim did a brilliant job of facilitating the meeting in Wiziq and gave us a very good feel for how this particular free web conferencing tool works - have a read of her reflection because she has given full details about what and what not to do. Tracy really enjoyed this session and felt the quality of Wiziq was very good.
What some of the others have been up to
Karen has been thinking about cultural competence in the online environment. She asks "How do we create ways of being together [online] that create authenticity and freedom?" I would be interested to see your thoughts about this on her blog post. Matt is very excited because his experiment of doing FO2010 on his mobile phone has been made easier by a new application - you'll have to go to his blog to find out what it is!
Hope you all have a great weekend. Looks like I am going to be making the most of the lovely weather here in Dunedin and getting on with some gardening. Sarah :)
Saturday, October 9, 2010
- What went well, and what did not go so well?
- What did the participants and the facilitator learn?
- How was the event organised and promoted?
- How adequate and relevant was the information about the event/activity?
- Was technical support provided, and how adequate was it?
- How relevant the meeting/activity/event for the audience and participants?
- How was the event managed? How effective was the handling of disruptions?
- Did all participants know where they were supposed to be and when?
- How was the facilitation?
- How was the stage set and participants welcomed, introductions made, aims explained?
- Did the facilitator remain neutral and how did he deal with conflict or cultural differences?
- How was the event concluded and outcomes summarised? What recordings and follow up materials were provided?
- How should things be done in the future?
Join the virtual class meeting in WiziQ - Tuesday 12th October 9am New Zealand time (World Clock). Dr Nellie Deutsch will be joining us to talk about evaluation strategies. Nellie is an expert in facilitating and designing online workshops on WikiEducator on how to use the wiki and collaborate, on IT4ALL Moodle on WebQuests, Moodle for Teachers (M4T), and Professional Electronic Portfolios (PEP), and in Blended Learning. She researched instructor experiences in implementing technology in blended learning courses in higher education. Nellie is also an expert user of WiziQ and will be passing on some tips on how to use it effectively. This session will be facilitated by Kim McLean.
- WiziQ is another free tool you may be interested in if you are a business or non-profit organisation. Information about how to use WiziQ can be found here.
1. Bronwyn Hegarty has developed a framework that supports personal reflection. Read about the Hegarty Reflective Framework and Template and listen to the recording of an Elluminate presentation Bronwyn gave about how to use this reflective framework for evaluating your online facilitation. This recording is also available as a mp3.
2. Read this guide to survey design by SurveyMonkey: Smart Survey Design.
3. You may wish to reflect on your experience of using WiziQ in your blog, and compare it with all the web conferencing tools you have used over the last few weeks.
- What worked well?
- What did not go so well?
- What skills or resources do you need to network and facilitate meetings using WiziQ?
- How do you see yourself using WiziQ in the future, if at all, for online facilitation?
- How does WiziQ compare with DimDim, Skype and Elluminate? What will your preferred web conference tool be in the future and why?
A few of us had another play with the free version of DimDim. I was very impressed with how supportive the support team has been - I have had a couple of telephone chats with Noor in India. However, I am disappointed to see that DimDim's functions appear to have changed from the last time I used it - it appears that only the meeting organiser can use the audio function which means you can only have a one-way conversation. Nevertheless, Karen has a suggestion about how that problem can be overcome.
A small group of us also had a little look around Second Life. Tracy really enjoyed her visit and found it to be much more fun than when she looked around SL by herself.
Footnote: It is free to have a SL avatar and go into SL, but you have to pay for land. Linden Lab, the company who owns SL has just announced they are putting up their prices for educators and non-profits. This may have the effect of driving communities to other virtual worlds such as OpenSim. So, if you are interested in using virtual worlds for online facilitation, it may be worth your while having a look at other options to Second Life.
Karen Wilson has been reflecting on how much more difficult it is to be culturally competent online compared to face-to-face when you have visual cues to guide you. Sharon is getting her head around Twitter and found an excellent resource to guide your thinking about online communication tools. Willie has been thinking about Web 3.0. Jean has been exploring ideas about online learning. Sebastion has been catching up with recordings of sessions and reflecting on what it means to be an online facilitator. Katherine has been hanging out with Steve Wheeler, who is one of my 'heros'...so I am feeling pretty jealous of her. At the same time, I was intrigued by her reaction to the session that Steve ran at a conference she attended.
Mark has been thinking about the mini conference and has written some great reflective questions you might want to use to help you with your planning. Tania has a VoiceThread conversation on her blog - please go along and contribute for two reasons. Firstly, it will add to the learning of the young student who has put this VoiceThread together. Secondly, it will give you an idea about a communication tool you may wish to use for your event...especially if you are thinking about facilitating an asynchronous event.
Look forward to catching up with you all next week as we enter the final section of FO2010 and start preparing for the mini conference. Sarah :)
Friday, October 8, 2010
In preparation for the session you are able to conduct system configuration and device tests or you can simply prepare to arrive a few minutes earlier for Tuesday's session to conduct the tests then (allow at least 5 mins to check things out and troubleshoot if something is not working). I will be available via email 15 mins prior to commencement of session but the class will not become visible until the commencement time.
Launching the class
To launch simply click on Orange button.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
World OT Day
The World OT Day is 24 hours of sessions on the 27th October. This event runs around the 24 hour world clock so there should be a time zone that suits you where ever you are in the world. Please contact Merrolee Penman for more details:
Open access week
The other opportunity is Open Access Week which runs from the 18th - 22nd October. The sessions are at lunch time, New Zealand time. Please contact Wayne Mackintosh if you'd like to volunteer to facilitate one of these sessions:
Friday, October 1, 2010
Once you have your avatar name, please let me know what it is. My SL name is: Petal Stransky.
Please go to the Virtual Birth Unit in SL to meet me: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Kowhai/82/213/35/
If you don't think you can manage that, please accept my offer to be your friend, then I'll be able to teleport you to my location. If that all fails, keep in touch with me on Skype and I'll talk you through what you have to do. Hope to see you on Thursday Sarah :)
The first thing is to set up an account and develop your avatar. There are heaps of videos on YouTube that will help you work your way through this process such as this one.
The next thing you need to do is download Second Life onto your computer. Second Life is a complex platform that uses a lot of internet band width and specific computer hardware, so it is worth checking first that you have a computer that will support SL.
Here is a guidebook that will help you learn the basics about SL. Another place that is full of fantastic information about Second Life is the Jokaydia wiki.
I think the key to finding your way in SL is to network with people who use it a lot. Here are a few SL communities - please let me know if you across others.
- VLENZ - educators in New Zealand who are interested in virtual world, facilitated by Clare Atkins.
- JoKaydia - a community of practice facilitated by Jo Kay, who is based in Australia.
- Virtual Worlds Best Practice Conference, next due March 2011.
- Gronstedt Group’s “Train for Success” - a weekly trip in SL to a place of interest, across all spectrums and interests in SL.
- Second Life for Healthcare Support and Education - email group for people interested in SL and healthcare.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Jane is setting up her consultancy business and thinking a lot about how she can develop online networks; what online communities to access, and how to leverage technology....a lot of things for her to consider over the next few weeks. Carole has written a very detailed description of how she is facilitating the ePortfolio community she has set up along with the tools she is using. Jean has been reflecting on how she has engaged with Twitter. Folke is just relived he has got rid of the chipmunk in his system. Meantime, Willie is questioning the value of technology, feeling that it drives or restrains what we do rather than the other way around.
Jillian has started thinking about cultural competency and looking for resources that will help her identify what she needs to know ie dealing with the feeling that she doesn't know what she doesn't know. Matt has come up with a practical list of things to consider when working online with people of other cultures. Kim has been talking about her experience of cultural differences between two apparently culturally similar countries, New Zealand and Australia. On the other hand, Malcolm is feeling pessimistic about the whole issue believing that being "aware of your own assumptions" is a lot easier said than done.
I am thinking that cultural competency in the online environment would be a good topic to explore in the mini conference. So if you're interested in thinking about this, let me know...I have a couple of people who I can recommend as speakers for this topic.
Last week we had a great discussion about your assignments, and spent some time looking at what is required for the mini conference. The recording of the discussion can be found here. The key points were:
- your event can be synchronous or asynchronous;
- your role in your event is to facilitate, not to be the speaker. So if you planning on facilitating a synchronous event, you'll need to arrange a speaker or speakers;
- the topic must be of interest to participants and relevance to the topics we have been exploring in the course.
We also had a great meeting with KerryJ learning about how to use Second Life for facilitating online - recording here. Kerry has kindly offered to take any one who is interested on a road trip into Second Life. I am thinking of scheduling this for early next week. Please let me know if you're interested in coming with us. If you do want to come, you will need to set up an account and download Second Life onto your computer. Sarah
Friday, September 24, 2010
Sarah Stewart: Planning for your two assignments and the mini conference:
KerryJ: Using virtual worlds for facilitating online:
Michael Winter: lluminating e-Learning by Evaluation:
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Planning for the mini conference
I will be talking about the mini conference in this week's Elluminate meeting at 16.30 hours New Zealand on Wednesday 22nd September World Clock. If you miss the meeting, you can listen to the recording. If there are a number of you who missed the meeting, I am happy to repeat the session again.
If you have any questions about the mini conference, please email them to the FO2010 group or leave a question on this blog - that way everyone will get to see the answer and it will save me from having to reply many times to the same questions :)
Those of you who are informal students are extremely welcome to join the mini conference, and plan and facilitate your own event....the more the merrier! However, the only events I can guarantee that I will attend and give feedback about are the events that are facilitated by the formally enrolled students.
If you are an informal student and you want guaranteed feedback about your event, please may I suggest that you arrange this with another student.
Last chances to practice live facilitation skills
I am still looking for a volunteer who would like to work with Kim to facilitate the WiziQ session on Tuesday 12th October 9am NZ. And as I have said before, the Elluminate room is always open, so you are very welcome to go there and have a play. You will need to let me know, however, so I can meet you there and make you a 'staff member'.
In the next few weeks I am sure we'll see a lot more emails as we start to plan the mini conference. But please be careful about how you use the group. Please send personal messages to the individual person...not the whole group. Lets make sure we don't bog down the group with comments that could have been individually emailed. Also, edit messages that you reply to. Only include parts of previous messages that are necessary to the ongoing conversation. Thank you :) Sarah
There are a number of other practical issues that will face us as online facilitators such as:
- how do we deal with conflict - how do we manage a 'troll'?
- how do we support people to participate?
- how do we create an environment where people feel they can ask questions?
- how do we providing technical support, especially at a distance?
- what do we put in our contingency plan that will help us deal with technical problems, poor or over attendance, and other disruptions to the event or activity?
Join one or both virtual class meetings in Elluminate.
- The first meeting will be held at 16.30 hours New Zealand on Wednesday 22nd September World Clock. This meeting will be facilitated by Lyn Blair and Lorna McMullan. The speaker is Sarah Stewart who will be talking about what is expected in the mini conference which is part of the assignments for this course.
- The second meeting is on Friday 24th September 13.30 hours New Zealand World Clock. This session will be facilitated by Steve Henry and Jade Wratten.
- This session will be spent learning about the virtual world Second Life and how it can be used for facilitating learning, project work and meetings. We will be talking to KerryJ, who is currently working with Bright Cookie. KerryJ is an extremely experienced online facilitator and has been facilitating meetings and conferences in Second Life for some years.
- If you would like to know more about Second Life, have a look and attend a meeting please contact Sarah Stewart - she will arrange a tour of Second Life if there is interest from course participants.
1. Read the Wikipedia article Cultural Competence - Background.
2. Read this paper about the digital skills we need to be life-long learners in a culturally diverse online environment by S. van de Bunt-Kokhuis and M. Bolger(2009): Talent competences in the new eLearning generation.
3. Read Stephen Thorpe's short book Enhancing Online Collaboration Manual, 2009.
4. Write a reflection in your blog about how you will be a culturally competent online facilitator. Here are some questions you may wish to consider.
- What does it mean to be a culturally competent facilitator?
- What does it mean to be an culturally competent facilitator in the online environment?
- How will you work with people whose first language is not your own?
- How will you welcome people of different cultures, nationalities and ethnicities into your online group?
- How will you ensure the resources, images, communication tools and activities are culturally appropriate?
- How will you make sure your facilitation is culturally competent?
Image: Rotorua 2008 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahmstewart/2870875331/
- You can have some fabulous conversations and share resources even within the constraints of 140 characters.
- As a facilitator, it can quickly become over-whelming...so you need more than one person to monitor the conversation if there are a lot of people talking.
- It is very alienating for those who cannot join the conversation, especially if the hashtag does not work properly. So as a facilitator you have to manage that...any suggestions on how to do that?
Kim joined the first Twitter meeting and took out of it the message that "to develop a successful online network you need to..."engage personally, contribute meaningfully, pay attention, listen a lot, be consistent". Matt enjoyed the meeting because it worked well from his mobile phone. Folke also enjoyed how easy Twitter was to use. But Katherine had a very different experience. She did not enjoy her experience of Twitter because for some reason she was unable to join the #FO2010 stream we were using. This had the effect of isolating her and making her feel "stupid". Please read her post and then think about what you can do as an online facilitator to make sure this does not happen to the people you work with. Gilly had an equally frustrating and isolating experience. Gilly questions whether she has the time or the reason to develop the technical competence to do more online than she is currently doing.
In the meantime, Malcolm has been following other Twitter conversations and got to hang out with occupational therapists the other day. I have to say that this is one of the things I love about Twitter...I get the chance to meet all sorts of people in different professions...that I normally would never interact with. Tara and Tania have been experimenting with a Twitter platform called Twitterific - if you want to know more about it, pop across to their blogs and ask them how they are getting on with it.
Some people were thinking about the value of social networking. Carole wrote a great summary about how she networks online and what tools she uses to do it. Jillian is finding that online networking has opened up all sorts of possibilities for her personal learning. Trish has reviewed the tools she has been using for networking and wonders how she can use them to "have students move their thinking, reading and writing skills from the surface to a deeper level and hopefully eventually thinking critically" - there is a nice conversation developing in the comments so do join in with your thoughts.
There have been a few different opinions about the technology we have been trying out. Sharon was not very impressed with DimDim but is willing to give it another go. I am just trying to get someone from DimDim to meet us and give us a thorough demonstration. Karen has been using her online connections to solve her problems with Elluminate. And finally, Tracey and I discovered this week that you can share your computer desktop in Skype...how cool is that :) Sarah
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
2. I am looking for facilitators to facilitate the session in Wiziq on October 12th 9am NZ. I know some of you may be put off by our DimDim experience but our speaker, Nellie Deutsch, is extremely experienced with Wiziq and I know she'll be only too delighted to show us how it works.
3. There will be an extra Elluminate meeting next week...Wednesday 22nd September 16.30 hours NZ. In this meeting we will talk about your assignments and the mini conference.
4. We have pretty much run out of opportunities for facilitating Elluminate within the formal FO2010 scedule. I am sorry if you have not had a chance to practice as you would have liked. However, the room is always open and if you want to set up your own informal meeting for the group, please feel free to do so.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Here is the recording of the meeting that was so wonderfully facilitated by Willie, Karen and Jane. What is of interest is how we managed the concept of break-out rooms.
The live meeting this week had mixed success. We could not get DimDim to work properly but Malcolm and Claire did a wonderful job of facilitating us into Elluminate. What interested me was how the group coped with the technical difficulties...a month ago everyone would have been in a mad panic. But this week, people were calm and took everything in their stride....I think that goes to show how far we have come over the last few weeks. Meanwhile, Mireille reflected on what it takes to be 'professional' in the online environment as modeled by Malcolm and Claire.
Once we sorted out technology problems, we were able to enjoy a wonderful presentation about wikis and Wikieducator by Dr Wayne Mackintosh. Susan thought Wikieducator would be a great platform for her students. Kim has been looking at how she can become more skilled with using Wikieducator.
A number of people have been talking about the previous week's live meeting in which we played with the Elluminate break-out rooms. Tracey felt a little disconnected because her audio didn't work very well. Willie felt it would be good to have a kaitiaki in each room to take care of people. Katherine gave a very detailed account of what she learned which is a great resource for anyone wanting to use this facility in Elluminate.
Several of you have been exploring social networking platforms and thinking about how they can be used for online facilitation. Sharon had a look at LinkedIn. Jane has been hosting an interesting discussion about the connection between social networking and a candy shop. Jean reflected on her use of various sites such as Facebook.
Who's still with us?
Mirielle asked an interesting question the other day...who is still blogging? It has been my observation that whilst people may not be actively blogging, they are still following the course...for example, we had 17 participants at our last live meeting. Rachel is still following the course but has been too swamped by work to blog regularly. Jo would like some advice to how to keep up with what and where things are happening. Matt is continuing his quest to follow the course with his iPhone but has had problems at times. Floyd is struggling to get motivated following his big holiday in the USA....I wish I had that problem!!
This week's star student is Jillian who is forging on ahead with her plans for the mini conference - she would like to hear any suggestions of people she can ask to take part in a discussion about developing online communities.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Elluminate recording: http://elluminate.tekotago.ac.nz/play_recording.html?recordingId=1260253889796_1284074866281
Audio recording: http://blip.tv/file/4103657
Video recording: http://blip.tv/file/4103679
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
1. Set up a Twitter account.
2. Decide on a date and time for your event - probably an hour is a good length of time.
3. Decide on a hashtag for your event - Facilitating Online uses the hash tag #FO2011
4. Decide on couple of questions that will lead the discussions.
4. Advertise the event to your networks.
Here is a video that will shows you what a Twitter looks like.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Whether you are developing a learning activity to a group of students, attempting to recruit volunteers to a project or advertising an online event to the wider Internet, you need to think about how you market your event. Even if you are a teacher with a 'captive' audience of students, you want to be able to 'sell' your learning activity or event so that students engage with it. And don't forget the 1% rule that was mentioned in the week: "August 9th What is online facilitation?" - whilst you may get the full attention and engagement of one person, there will be other 'lurkers' who do not engage with you.
Other questions you need to consider when you are marketing your event are:
- Is this activity or event in an open or closed environment? Do I need to target my marketing to specific people or use the Internet to spread as far and as wide as I can?
- What networks do I need to develop and what communities do I need to access in order to market my event/activity?
- How can I leverage or make the most of the serendipitous nature of the Internet?
- Will the event/activity/project be free or does it have a cost involved?
- What tools shall I use - free or proprietary tools?
- Will the speakers/participants incur a cost?
- How will I support people to access the technology before the event/activity?
- How can I market my event to and support people who have minimal access to computers and the Internet?
- Is there a place for integrating the cell phone?
- How can I put information online in a format that can be printed cheaply for people who have limited Internet access.
Twitter is a great tool for developing synchronous networks, accessing serendipitous events and disseminating information.
1. Set up Twitter account - click here for more information.
2 Add your Twitter user name to the course "Participants" page.
- Find the rest of the class participants on Twitter and start to follow each other.
3. Attend one of the two class meetings in Twitter. The meetings will be facilitated by Sarah Stewart. One meeting will be on Thursday 16th 20.00 hours New Zealand World Clock. The second opportunity to attend will be on Friday 17th September at 12.30 hours New Zealand World Clock. Sarah will send out information about how to do this nearer the time. Two of the questions that will be discussed are:
- What do you need to do develop an effective online network that you can use for your online facilitation?
- What tips can you share about online networking that will help us improve our online facilitation skills?
1. Look at this presentation by Jane Hart: Some cool tools for a hot topic. Social learning 2010.
2. Read this wiki page Online tools for collaborationand Using Web 2.0 tools.
3. Read this article: 5 Ways to Orchestrate Serendipity by Rachel Happe, 2009.
4. Reflect on your experience of using Twitter in your blog.
- What worked well?
- What did not go so well?
- What skills or resources do you need to network and facilitate meetings using Twitter?
- How do you see yourself using Twitter in the future, if at all, for online facilitation?
Online collaboration and planning can be facilitated by a range of communication tools including blogs and wiki.
A blog can be purely a personal tool for recording decisions or reflections. But it can be much more than that. A blog can be part of a blogging network which is what we are building in this course. We each have a blog, we each should be monitoring each other's progress, and we should be commenting and cross referencing each other's posts from time to time. Hopefully by now, we ARE doing all this and are starting to see how a blogging network can function, but ours is a small and time dependent network. Real blogging networks develop over longer periods of time and include strong and weak connections between people, and a much more diverse range of topics. The online facilitator can use his or her blogging network for feedback, sharing information, as well as asynchronous discussion.
Wiki are collaborative tools and can be used for planning, implementation and evaluating events and projects. The beauty of the open wiki such as Wikieducator is the community behind the wiki that can be called on for help, opinions and support. Online communities through wikis are harder to identify as they usually focus around the creation of shared content. Wikis usually have a discussion tab with each page, and you can sometimes see community-like communication there. We will use this wiki to coordinate our mini conference so we can each experience collaboration through a wiki.
NB: An alternative collaboration tool to blogs and wiki is Google Documents.
Attend this week's course meeting on Friday 10th September 11am (World Clock). This week we will be joined by Dr Wayne Mackintosh who is a key member of the Wikieducator community. Wayne will be talking about how you can use a wiki to facilitate collaboration, organise meetings, events, projects, learning activities etc. This session will be facilitated by Malcolm and Claire.
- This session will be held in the free web conference platform DimDim. DimDim is a tool you may be interested in if you are a business or non-profit organisation who cannot afford to pay for a propitiatory platform such as Elluminate.
- Information about how to use DimDim here
1. Read Introduction to Blogging - part of the excellent Wordpress Codex.
2. Watch the video by CommonCraft about wiki on YouTube: Wikis in Plain English.
3. Watch this video about Google Documents on YouTube.
4. Read at least two blog posts from other course participants, join in the discussion by leaving a comment on each post.
Next week's summary
I will not be around to do the usual summary next week, so if anyone would like to do it...please do. Write the summary on your blog and then post the link to the FO2010 email group.
Next week's meeting
Your meeting next week is being facilitated by Malcolm and Claire, and overseen by Bronwyn. They are hoping to use DimDim. This may be a challenge, so please give them all your support and keep an eye out for instructions on what to do.
My key learning this week was how to use the break-out rooms in Elluminate. Willie, Jane and Karen did a brilliant job of introducing us to them. This was a first for me - I have never used them before because I have been a tad scared to do so. here were the key points for me.
- Have someone in each room ready to start the conversation or activities.
- Use the timer so that people know how much time they have for their activities, and to warn them when they will be taken back to the main room.
- Ask someone from each room to feed back to the whole group what they had talked about.
- Summarise the main points from the whole session at the end to bring everything together.
Here are a few thoughts from FO2010 participants this week.
Folke sees social networking as a way to show his students that he is an authentic person. Susan has been trying to get her head around twitter, whilst Sharon has a better understanding about how blogging and comments work. Karen H wonders if her career as online facilitator has ended before it has even got going. Jillian has been having a laugh, and Willie has been cooking up a storm in her microwave.
Mark is thinking about how he can engage people in deeper critical thinking. Malcolm has found an interesting example of eLearning in the field of health promotion. Jean has been looking at how we learn using games. Lyn has found it useful to remind herself about the role of the online facilitator, and Karen believes one of the things we can do to engage people online is to make the 'place' they came to as attractive as possible.
Behave yourselves while I am away, and enjoy your experience with DimDim. Sarah
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I deliberately did not set up "FO2010" pages in Twitter or Facebook because I thought I'd leave that up to anyone on the course who would like to take on that role. So as we're looking at websites such as Facebook this week, if anyone would like to do that, please feel free to go ahead.
Please let us know where to find the pages/accounts as soon as you can. With Facebook, have a think about which is more appropriate...a fan page or group? Sarah
Friday, August 27, 2010
This week we are going to think about how we bring people together so that we have someone to facilitate. Whether we are starting from scratch building a network, community or team, or working with a captive audience (so to speak) such as a group of students, we need to pay attention to how we organize, coordinate, collaborate and liaise as part of our facilitation role.
It is also worth thinking about:
- how do we maintain momentum of the community/network/team/student group?
- how sustainable is the community/network/team/student group?
- how sustainable is our role of facilitator?
Social networking platforms are web services that technically facilitate social networking and community development. From Facebook to Linkedin, each social networking platform has slightly different functionality and social phenomenon.
Join the virtual class meeting in Elluminate to share your thoughts and experiences of using social media for online facilitation, or discuss any other issues or learning that have cropped up over the last couple of weeks. This session will be held on Thursday 2nd September at 16.00 hours New Zeland (World Clock) . Willie Campbell, Karen Humber and Jane Scripps will be facilitating this session.
1. Watch the video of Clay Shirkey (2008) talking about how we organise ourselves in the digital age: Here comes everybody.
2. Read the article by Beth Kanter (2009) in which she talks about how to be a network weaver: June Holley and The Art of Being Rhizomatic (The Practice of Network Weaving). Please feel free to leave a comment for Beth on this blog post (or any other for that matter). I know she'll be pleased to hear from you and enter into discussion about networking and online facilitation, especially in the non-profit sector. Once you have read the article, carry out an analysis of how good you are at network weaving to help you identify what areas and skills you need to strengthen.
3. Read the advice from Sue Waters (2009) about how to build a professional learning network: Baiting the Digital Hook to Build A Professional Learning Community!. Again, feel free to leave a comment for Sue - she is always extremely helpful.
4. Join a social networking website such as Facebook, Ning or LinkedIn. Add your user name to the course "Participants" page. Explore the social networking site, join a group or fan page, make a comment and join in conversations. Network with other course participants and discuss your experiences of social networking.
5. In your blog you may wish to document your thoughts about social networking and facilitation,
- How can social networking platforms be used for online facilitation?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of social networking?
- How would you use the social networking platform you have joined for online facilitation in the future?