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E-Learning For Educators-FA12-903C-3636 -> Green Group Discussion Topics -> Use of humorous tone in an online course
by Jef Halverson - Thursday, October 18, 2012, 5:03 PM
 

Introduction:

In Chapter 6 of the book Facilitating Online Learning by George Collison, he includes humorous as a moderating strategy tone. He cautions that there is potential for humorous attempts to be misconstrued due to the absence of visual cues that are present when a joke is made face to face. He includes humorous as one of the most inspired tones used and states that this tone can effectively break down barriers. When teaching face to face classes I have often employed humor in presentations and dialogue, but have not done so online. Collison warns that as a moderator the voice selected needs to bring to the surface others’ ideas and not be a vehicle for your own personal expression.

Instructions:
Please draw upon readings and experiences to reflect upon and respond to at least one of the following questions.

1.What techniques have you used to add a humorous tone to your classes?

2.What potential benefits do you perceive from incorporating humor into a course?

3.What potential problems do you perceive from incorporating humor into a course?

4.Which of the six voices identified in Chapter 5 of the book Facilitating Online Learning by George Collison do you see as aligning well with a humorous tone?

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