The role of facilitators within online activities and courses


The journey of ONL162 has given me a lot of insight into the dynamics of group work, and how there can be a perceived value derived from such group work that can only be realised through the role of an established and seasoned facilitator who has a vested interest in molding the group.  So if we look at the model of Community of Inquiry by Garrison (2007), we can see that

Community of Inquiry. (Morrison, 2014) Community of Inquiry. (Morrison, 2014)

the teaching presence is very important to create that balance and setting the scene!

Besides setting the scene, the “teacher presence” acts also as a ‘referee’ if you will.  People experience angst when under pressure, have deadlines, and their own work pressures.  Our own PBL group had issues.  We had group members who were sick, had their own commitments, kids, etc.  So when we had pressure points, our facilitators were the ones to ensure…

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