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What is Facilitator

Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition
Someone who skillfully helps a group of people understand their common objectives and assists them to plan to achieve them without taking a particular position in the discussion.
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Online Education, Standardization, and Roles
Roy Rada (University of Maryland - Baltimore County (UMBC), USA) and Heather Holden (University of Maryland - Baltimore County (UMBC), USA)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 4
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-198-8.ch216
Abstract
Education is associated with standardization – determining how learning should occur and for what students, is the essence of education from the perspective of those who administer educational programs. The administration of education also requires the consideration of roles, whether of content developer, tester, lecturer, manager, or something else (Rada, 2001). What has happened historically as regards standardization and roles in education, and how does this relate to the impact of online education?
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Rural Entrepreneurship in Vietnam: Identification of Facilitators and Barriers
The factor supports the movement of the objective content.
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The Mythical Decision Maker: Models of Roles in Decision Making
This is usually a consultant or analyst who provides a framework for the iterative development of a coherent representation of the problem and supports group work.
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Knowledge Engineering Methodology with Examples
A person who helps to bring about an outcome (as learning, productivity, or communication) by providing indirect or unobtrusive assistance, guidance, or supervision. At times, the facilitator can provide initial instruction and, at times again, be more proactive as to direction.
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Questions for the Student Evaluation of Distance Courses
One who arranges the course in a way that helps students learn new concepts using their existing knowledge (Easton, 2003, as cited by Kochtanek & Hein, 2000).
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Escape Rooms for International Recruitment and International Business Management: Developing Global Graduates With the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
The UN SDG Escape Room should be largely led by learners. The facilitator is there for support and signposting but should not actively engage in knowledge sharing, creation, or transfer.
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Quality Distance Learning Programs and Processes
A knowledgeable guide for a discussion, activity or course. In many cases, a course facilitator or faculty facilitator acts as a mentor for a course, providing guidance, assistance or trusted advice to the student.
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Introduction to Problem-Based Learning in Higher Education
A person who assists other people in a group or team; they do not lead but assist only as needed.
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Teaching Spanish in the Digital Age: A Flipped Classroom or Just Hybrid?
An instructor role of a discussion leader guiding students to accomplish a task instead of being a mere lecturer.
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The Theory and Practice of Teaching in Today's Colleges and Universities
A teacher who assists in the learning process without being the provider of information or the demonstrator of skills; one who creates the opportunity to learn.
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Designing and Delivering Online Professional Development Courses for Online Educators: Lessons From the iEARN Online Professional Development Courses
The person who helps the learner to develop knowledge and skills by providing guidelines, feedback and advice throughout the learning process.
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Gamifying Discussion Forums
In this case, a “facilitator” moderates and directs the activity within a discussion forum.
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Practical Applications of Serious Games in Education
An individual who guides the learning process, encouraging their students to develop knowledge and understanding through an exploratory process.
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Student Support for Information and Communication Technology Modules in Open Distance Environments: Towards Self-Directed Learning
The facilitator’s role is to support the student in the use of open education resources, by using appropriate technology, to reach a predetermined set of outcomes.
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Recidivism and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies: The Efficacy of Correctional Programming
Any person with the training and desire to work together to understand common objectives in the rehabilitation of offenders.
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Group Leadership in Online Collaborative Learning
A person who acts in such a way as to allow others to take an active role in learning, especially in groups. Teachers in this role typically assist students by asking probing questions and by stimulating discussion.
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Integrating Student Peer Mentoring Online
The facilitator is the person responsible for leading or coordinating the work of the group, such as leading an online group discussion by generating and posting questions, responding to others, asking further questions to clarify understanding, guide, support, and provide summary comments to facilitate the group interactions.
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Philosophy in the Knowledge Structure Pyramid: Knowledge Elicitation and Management
A person that helps to bring about an outcome (as learning, productivity, or communication) by providing indirect or unobtrusive assistance, guidance, or supervision. At times, the facilitator can provide initial instruction and, at times again, be more proactive as to direction.
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Facilitation of Web-Based Courses Designed for Adult Learners
Instructor who utilizes the facilitative method for course delivery. Focused on a student-centered environment, attentive to students needs, and assists students in achieving self-actualization
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Useful Organizational Knowledge via Knowledge Elicitation and Management
A person that helps to bring about an outcome (as learning, productivity, or communication) by providing indirect or unobtrusive assistance, guidance, or supervision. At times, the facilitator can provide initial instruction and, at times again, be more proactive as to direction.
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The Use of Social Media to Facilitate Real-Time eLearning
Facilitator also referred to as tutor or faculty. It is a faculty responsible with facilitating online classes.
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Instructional Design and E-Training
The online course instructor who aids learning in the online, student-centered environment (Learning Circuits, 2006).
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The Visualization of a Critical Element in K-20 Learning: Trust from the Learner’s Perspective
A person responsible for leading or coordinating the work of a group or one who leads a group discussion.
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Online Corporate Collaborative Teams
A person who has the role of assisting the progress and success of a communication or collaboration process. Facilitators can be needed in audio conferences, video conferences, and, most significantly, in discussion forums, and, of course, a face-to-face meeting.
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Discredited Language Interventions: FC, Rapid Prompting Method, and Spelling to Communicate
A person who provides physical support and/or emotional encouragement and/or verbal prompts and/or prompts involving letterboard movements while the person they are facilitating (the facilitatee) types out a message. Facilitators are also known as “assistants,” “communication partners,” and “communication and regulations partners.” A large body of evidence suggests that they unwittingly direct the messages that their facilitatees type out.
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Moments and Modes for Triggering Civic Participation at the Urban Level
An individual who enables groups and organizations to work more effectively, collaborate and achieve synergy. Within online discussions, a facilitator helps participants listen to each other and envisage solutions together.
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