Facilitating online groups

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The principles of good group facilitation outlined in Module 5 (Words for Wellbeing) - apply in an online environment as much as in a face to face context.

In this video, Juliet Ridgway-Tait, Healthy Reading Bibliotherapist with Midlothian Libraries, speaks with  Stephen Harris, Libraries Development Officer with Midlothian Council, about how to approach the benefits and challenges of online facilitation.  

1. Additional barriers to inclusion and participation in online groups
  • Harder to read body language and emotions
  • Different levels of technical ability add to other dynamics that can cause power imbalance in a meeting
  • Harder to maintain energy and attention
  • Sound and visuals can get distorted
  • Technology can and often does go wrong
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