The first question adressed to myself after I heard this weeks topic was :
What is that facilitation ?
The definition of the word fa·cil·i·ta·tion might be :
a. The act of making easy or easier.( Help ,Aid )
b. The state of being made easy or easier.(Condition, Status )
So recording to the section “a” it would be about the help that you give to somenone else and the section “b” might be interpreted as ,because of the help that you get from others , you might to appear in a state where something was made easier for you.
So it’s all about collaboration and willingnesss to help.
At first what’s essential in productive collaboration is listening and hearing.
In that case the meaningful role might go to online communication, cause everyones’ thoughts might be “heard”, which not always happen during the offline conversations (someone is afraid to speak, because of the “broken” english , and/or of the fact that their ideas might be judged ,and/or of the fact that they might shushed, and/or lack of confidence /knowledge), but ones you type your thought in online conversation it stays there and everyone is able to read it.Yes , I know , sometimes one’s thoughts might be misunderstood because of the inability to frame the words with body language and a solution for this problem would be asking twice to make sure you got the idea correctly. Our blog posts is just a perfect way to listen to everyone and be lsitened. On it you can combine the both definitions of facilitation .The need of help and wish to help . You, teachers ,team members, students by commenting each others post , sharing ideas , dissapointments , expectations , confusions, joys , wishes create a platform of facilitation . Where eveyone by his impact makes work smoothier . Easier.
p.s. and the TIME passing by makes facilitation easier : the TIME you spend with your team-members (teachers/mentors, other course-mates) solving ,analysing problems and making jokes of it when feeling totally roofless after a hard day …