I believe both my instructors and my peers play a huge role in facilitating my learning at the university. I have actually been amazed in the ways the instructors have created learning opportunities within the project communities class. Learning in this class has been facilitated through organization of online interactions consisting of google hangouts, skype, and facebook, and by using these tools in action learning experiments. I think the important thing the instructors are doing here, is allowing us as students to have the freedom to explore and discover the web on our own terms, within our groups. Because we can do this in groups during class time, it has facilitated learning to work in teams, and how teams can work independently towards a goal. This has definitely opened my eyes in the ways that different platforms can be used as well. One of the things I find very awesome, is that one of our instructors is living in the United States! Yet she facilitates our learning by logging onto skype every week and talking with us, as well as communicating with us in various other ways. This can be by posting in the facebook group, or sending us links, or any other method of online communication! Through doing this, we have access to an individual who can share a huge amount of her knowledge with us, and we do not even have to be in the same country! That is true facilitation of learning.
As far as learning from my peers, they can be just as useful in facilitation of learning. I find this to be especially true via the facebook group. A lot of students tend to post interesting links and share their findings from the web on the facebook group, and this allows our entire class to have access to new knowledge and information. Furthermore, I know all my peers have different online preferences and knowledge about online tools/communities, and this has also been very useful. I am learning to use new tools that I have never used before from my peers, which I probably would never have used if they had not shown me how that tool works.
It is hard to actually name some things that I would like to see and experience in the facilitation of this course, simply because I think the facilitation has been so fantastic so far. If I were to say anything, it would maybe be to have more facilitation that isn’t so self directed. When I say this I mean that a lot of the facilitation from instructors simply allows us to personally discover and learn, and although useful at times, it can also lead to a lot of confusion about the task at hand. So in this sense, I think that students may also benefit from more one on one facilitation from instructors, opposed to facilitation within the group. For example the other day our group had a google hangout session with Nancy, she did a great job at facilitating our learning by giving us clear instructions and feedback, and it didn’t hurt to get a more personal connection with her either :-) So I think some more of that would be GREAT! As for my peers, I would just say better communication at times between groups, and between group members, though Facebook is a useful tool at times, it can also be distracting and unclear, and sometimes not everyone is sure of what they need to do!
What I can contribute as a peer facilitator in my opinion, is making sure to always ask questions, be involved, post frequently, and help spread any knowledge I have that is useful to other people in the course.