Get a Ticket!
"purchasing your ticket" or embarking upon telementoring projects similar
to the Electronic Emissary, you must understand the role that facilitation
plays in the success of the project. Various dictionaries describe a facilitator
as one who assists, makes easier, or frees others from the difficulties
of a situation. Thus, online facilitation could be described as the art
of providing the support and scaffolding to experts in the field (Subject
Matter Experts, or SMEs) and classroom teachers and students as they work
together in an asynchronous environment to develop relationships that result
in the achievement of an educational goal. Often, this interaction means
that the facilitator must perform many roles and be ready to shift from
one role to another. From a review of the literature, McGee
and Boyd (1995) identified three types of behaviors that facilitators
often display in the online interactions that occur during an Emissary project.
For further information regarding specific facilitation topics, take this opportunity to investigate the links below. Remember, the best tour guides are those who have explored much of the territory before setting up a journey, inviting others to participate, and purchasing tickets!