Means of Facilitation

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Amy Edick

Agreement Description

The Atlas covers four primary means of facilitating knowledge creation:

• Access: Providing access to a member’s conversation or providing access for a member to others’ conversations.
• Knowledge: Providing baseline or foundational knowledge (skills, concepts, history) so that a member may fully participate in a conversation.
• Environment: Providing a place of safety (physical, cultural, emotional, legal) for members so they will not be penalized by participating in a conversation.
• Motivation: Providing the appropriate incentives and disincentives to encourage members to engage in conversations. Conversation Starters

1. How does one know whether one is facilitating correctly?
2. Does it really depend on varying scenarios?
3. Is the process of the facilitation unsuccessful if the person fails on the receiving end?

Related Artifacts

David, V. L. (2009). Access to technology in transition. Teacher Librarian, 36(5), 46–47.

Annotation: This article dealt more with different types of facilitation linked with schools and filters. It shows the different extremes that schools vary. I feel that this is a good depiction of facilitation, even though it is only focusing on a small example. It shows how facilitation can change depending on each school’s values, morals, and atmosphere.

Ellen, M. (2009). More search smarts. American Libraries, 40(6/7), 94.

Annotation: This article could be a great resource to help librarians further or broaden their skills in the field. I find this one to be more fitting than the first article because it is not as specific. It could pertain to many different situations.

Howe, E. (2009). Using pathfinders to facilitate collaboration and teach information skills. Learning & Media, 37(1), 5–7.

Annotation: This article clearly stated the different steps and processes to good facilitating practices. This seems like it would be a good tool to use, yet it may be a little misguided. Not all situations are going to be alike enough to use the same set of rules each time. There are going to be different types of people and topics involved in each situation.