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The Superheroes of Digital Facilitation

09/06/2020
- Manika-Nia Dixon
Sprog: EN

Digital sessions have become a thing of the now! While the online world offers bountiful opportunities, it is no secret that excitement for electronic courses, webinars, and workshops have waned in recent months. While many might look to webinars as yet another chunk of time staring into that all-too-familiar screen, a recent session proved that with the right facilitators, webinars can be impactful, fun, and possibly even too short! 

EPALE IE and Léargas Languages Present e-Teaching Languages 

On the 27th May 2020, teachers from the Europass Teacher Academy blew participants and hosts away with their e-Teaching Languages course. Each of us were hooked from start to finish, and immediately felt the passion, care, and precision in which the facilitators delivered the webinar. For the first time since digital became the new black, we were unaware of the time, and collectively felt that the 60+ minute mark came too soon! Because most were ‘accustomed to continuously looking at the time’ (Survey Testimonial), being caught unawares in this fashion was monumental! 

What was Different? 

While the webinar offered much of the same formula that other successful sessions implement, this session was able to activate all participants through the sheer brilliance of the facilitators. Facilitators Layla, and Tatiana, introduced 4 incredible digital tools that Language educators can use for free, and each participant clapped, nodded their heads, and typed their glee in the chatbox in appreciation.  

Because the webinar was for adult language teachers and practitioners within Ireland, and because both Tatiana and Layla are from Italy, the multicultural aspect gave space for the discovery of new practices unlimited by country. As one participant put it, ‘[it was] great to have delivery of a webinar by two non-Irish teachers who gave a different perspective and dynamic to the meeting’ (Survey Testimonial). The innovation used by both teachers coupled with their effervescent energy set this session ‘high above any’ (Survey Testimonial) that any of us have been part of during quarantine.  

Dynamic Approach Yields the Best Results 

The effectiveness of the dynamic approach that the facilitators used is a comment echoed across the feedback form. For EPALE IE and Léargas Languages, in reflecting on the webinar, we came to understand just how important such an approach is to deliver a webinar that goes above and beyond. Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying ‘tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn’ (B. Franklin), and in a world where web-based sessions dominate, those that have the dynamic capacity to teach and involve truly understand what it takes to be superheroes of digital facilitation. 

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