Collaboration is not necessarily only for teachers/educators. For every aspect of our working and personal life we need support in various formats and levels and at various times. If we limited ourselves to our own perspectives our visions, experiences and interactions would be extremely limited.
With this in mind I have found as a new facilitator for Group 4 in the #ONL162 space, the group collaboration (albeit a very new group) has been resourceful. I find myself in a new space into which I need to grow in order to support the group, simultaneously the group find themselves in new spaces which require thought, direction, guidance and research.
According to http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/ a facilitator is ‘someone who helps a person or organization do something more easily or find the answer to a problem, by discussing things and suggesting ways of doing things: e.g. I see my role as that of a facilitator, enabling other people to work in the way that suits them best.’
https://www.learning-theories.com/ defines Problem Based Learning as: ‘Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional method of hands-on, active learning centered on the investigation and resolution of messy, real-world problems.’
Both as a facilitator and as a PBL participant I am finding my way around encouraging conversation, looking at and investigation suggested scenario’s and learning from the group and the community as a whole.
A journey of learning and discovery where as the facilitator I feel comfortable saying that I too am learning and that this course we have endeavour on together will be enlightening and realising that there is no absolute right or wrong answer – there are ways of engaging and trying out new ways of teaching and learning.