Facilitating the Facilitator #ONL162

supportCollaboration 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.



And we are off……ONL162

ONL162 is off to a great start.  My co-facilitator Lotta Hilli and I had a quick chat today on Google Hangouts.  An incredible lady with whom I felt an immediate cohesive link with a shared passion for education.  I have met some of the group on the community page and on our group page.  We need to get to know one another as a start and find common ground within our group so that we have a firm foundation on which to start our Problem Based Learning and start asking questions that will lead to further questions generating inquiry and sharing of ideas, thoughts and processes.




The next Open Online Learning is due to start on 26th September.  Having participated a year ago I have learnt so much from the course I did and now I hope to be able to pass on some of what I have learnt to the next phase of participants.  Since the ONL152 course I have practiced a lot of what I learnt, become more proactive online, participating in webinars and focus groups.  As an educator I feel that I have learnt how to deal with Problem Based Learning (PBL).  The question is obviously you never actually “deal” with PBL because there is always another problem, another solution, another way of thinking about concepts.
The spin off of these online spaces is meeting and interacting with people I would never had had the opportunity to speak to, exchange ideas with and have interactions with whether it be academically or socially.  The learning is not just academic but also culturally and socially.
Looking forward to the 10 week journey ahead.
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