Great Facilitation Skills from GNG

As part of the Jazz workshop today, we connected to Global Nomads Group for a simulation of their Pulse programs.  As our participants interacted, the facilitators chatted in Skype about the good facilitation skills that Chris modeled during the program.  Here are some of the things we noticed:

  • Asking a question of all the sites, reminding them of the question when calling on the next site, and allowing everyone to comment on the previous comments.
  • He takes notes on which sites have talked to make sure the conversation goes between all the sites.
  • The facilitator compliments all comments.
  • He summarizes and reinforces the points from the various sites.
  • He pulls out the agreement amongst all the sites.
  • He modeled good listening skills by leaning in and nodding as the participants talked.

Sometimes you don’t realize you’re experiencing good facilitation until you step back and watch the process.

By the way, GNG’s schedule is up online now with their fall programs!

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About Janine Lim

Janine Lim, PhD, currently serves as associate dean for online higher education in the School of Distance Education at Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, MI. She and her team support over 200 online courses, provide training for faculty teaching online, and work with the campus infrastructure support of online learning. Her department also provides educational technology and Moodle support for faculty and students. In addition, Janine is responsible for the faculty and courses of the Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities. Janine has taught over 15 unique graduate educational technology classes online numerous times over the past 15 years, with some classes attracting participants from all over the world. Her undergraduate teaching includes social media courses for communication and digital media majors. Janine has served on the board of the United States Distance Learning Association since April 2015. Prior to her work at Andrews University, Janine coordinated distance education for 22 K12 school districts in southwest Michigan for 14 years. In that position, as one of the co-founders of TWICE, Michigan’s K12 Videoconferencing Organization, Janine has spearheaded popular international K12 videoconference projects such as Read Around the Planet and MysteryQuest. While still serving on the board of TWICE, she was instrumental in designing and implementing the CAPspace website for collaborative videoconference projects. Janine also served on a team of Michigan educational technology trainers providing a workshop called ATA Technology Academy. Her current online learning research interests include successful teacher behaviors, quality online discussions, and student activity patterns in self-paced courses.
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2 Responses to Great Facilitation Skills from GNG

  1. Janine, that is a great summary of what I was noticing during the interactions. One more comment from our group was since this was voice activated and when Chris was talking to a site, it was as if we were one-on-one with him.

    I know that they limit the sites to fewer than what we had today, but this was an amazingly powerful learning experience for our group here.

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