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Facilitator Requirements in an Online Collaborative Learning Environment: Where Does the Time Go?

Dr Paula E. Weaver, Trina Pouttu.

Online learning forums can provide a rich opportunity for students to build on their own and each other's knowledge by engaging in dialogue.

Current literature supports this notion, emphasizing that the transition from classroom teaching to online teaching requires a facilitative approach. Online teachers must monitor their synchronous and asynchronous forums and effectively facilitate online dialogue through appropriate feedback and questioning techniques. These teacher skills equip learners to collaboratively build knowledge and construct meaning.

How do these online facilitation skills impact the online teacher's workload? This paper explores the factors specific to an online learning environment that require an increased load on the facilitatorís time.


Dr Paula E. Weaver  (United States)
Assistant Professor
School of Education
University of Texas at Arlington

Dr. Weaver currently holds an assistant professor position at University of Texas at Arlington, where she developed and implemented the first early childhood blended online course for UTA.

She has directed programs in corporate performance improvement, training, and leadership, where she designed a competency-based trainer certification program implemented as face-to-face and distance education.

Trina Pouttu  (Canada)
Graduate Student
Centre for Distance Education
Athabasca University

Trina is a graduate student in Athabasca University's Distance Education Program and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education. She has designed, delivered, and managed distance and face-to-face corporate instructor-training programs in Western Canada and the United States.

  • Online Teaching and Facilitation
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Teacher-Learner Interaction
  • Dialogue
  • Social Constructivism
  • Facilitating Critical Thinking
  • Reflective Learning
  • Knowledge Construction
  • Pedagogy

(30 min Conference Paper, English)