Facilitation for learning
Effective teaching is more than just the successful transference of knowledge, skill or application around a particular topic. Effective facilitation of learning ensures that a surface approach to learning is replaced by deeper, student driven learning that analyse, develop, create and demonstrate understanding. Students need to initiate learning and maintain engagement during learning in their development as independent lifelong learners. Our role as teachers is to facilitate that process.
Educators need to acknowledge the changing focus and role of the teacher within tertiary education. Students now play a greater role in achieving their own learning needs, in styles and modes that best suit them.
Teaching in the 21st century
Traditionally, teachers were the 'holders of information' and their role was to impart this knowledge and skill to students. The internet has changed this, as information can now be freely obtained anywhere, anytime, on anything. Thus the role of teachers has changed to developing the skills and tools to assist students in critically analysing the plethora of information available, and how to apply it.
Why is online teaching important?
This video provides a brief overview of how our increasingly digitally networked world is changing the way we communicate and learn. It examines the benefits and challenges of online teaching, and how higher education is responding and adapting to these changes.
Resources, strategies or assistance
- Ramsden, P. (2003) Learning to Teach in Higher Education. 2nd ed. London: Routledge Falmer
- Teaching Practice - Principles of facilitation
- Teaching Practice - Models of ‘flipped’ facilitation
- Teaching Practice - Collaborative teaching practices
- Teaching Practice - Quality facilitation practices
- Teaching Practice - Engaging online facilitation
- Teaching Practice - Engaging face-to-face facilitation
- Teaching Practice - Engaging blended facilitation
- Teaching Practice - Technologies to enhance facilitation