Welcome to a Journey with the Electronic Emissary!
This section of the Electronic Emissary
site is designed to inform new facilitators (or those of you interested
in facilitating a project of your own design) about elements of facilitation
that encourage success, including techniques, skills, plus tips/hints
from experienced facilitators.
As you read through this section, you will notice that we have chosen
to compare the facilitator's role in the learning process to that of a
tour guide or event organizer, comparable to those guides who accompanied
guests as they traveled with the elegant Orient Express tour trains. Many
of the tasks a tour guide performs ensures that customers are provided
with special tour opportunities and an interesting and worthwhile itinerary.
The tasks a facilitator performs during the learning journey serve to
attain the same outcome--a memorable and educational learning experience.
The successful facilitator is truly one who can:
- Establish special tour opportunities and get tour members on board
(in the form of setting up accounts with Subject Matter Experts),
- Help each group have a successful and enjoyable journey by accommodating
- And, finally, when the trip nears the end (as the semester concludes),
helping participants ready themselves for "last call" or departure from
the program by gathering final summaries and evaluations from participants
and Subject Matter Experts.
To read more about the process of facilitation with the Electronic Emissary:
- Select Get a Ticket to learn more about
how the Electronic Emissary Project actually works at the University
of Texas, plus other background information.
- Select Get on Board which explains how
to get your projects "on board" the Emissary (including an overview
of the procedures for establishing project accounts).
- Select Keep on Track for tips and suggestions
to keep your participants "on track" (including procedural hints for
- Select Enjoy the Ride for suggestions that
relate to the personal side of facilitating project matches.
- Select Last Call
for procedures necessary for bringing closure to the project (or
just wrapping up the learning experience).
- Select Technical Tangles for specifics
on the "nuts and bolts" for setting up an e-mail management program
and tracking system.