Online facilitation at Royal Roads University
Susan A. Byrne, Linda L. Waddell, Royal Roads University , Canada
Royal Roads University . Awarded
This study is specifically focused in the area of online facilitation as it relates to the promotion of a community of learners. We are interested in the experiences of other learners in other programs, and in what methods, styles and strategies online facilitators are using at RRU. The goals of the research are: (1) To study existing practices of graduate level online facilitation at Royal Roads University (RRU); and (2) To create a sound practice recommendation for online facilitation strategies at RRU.
Our main research question is defined as: “How do facilitators foster an interactive learning community with RRU graduate online learners?”
Face-to-face classrooms can be dynamic even with difficult subject matter when taught by a teacher who can engage learners and create a cohesive classroom learning community. Facilitating learning online presents unique challenges in the creation of such a learning community. Questioning strategies, trust, respect, and humor all play an important role in online facilitation. This is particularly important for learners in graduate programs where learners are encouraged to explore multiple paths of inquiry and engage in open discussion to construct new learning. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
Byrne, S.A. Online facilitation at Royal Roads University. Master's thesis, Royal Roads University.
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