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Apply for your school Global Moderator!!!

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Myschooltalk's Nigeria is putting on application for any students who want  to become his/her school moderator.

 Some questions about the application:

1. Who is a global moderator?

Ans. A forum moderator oversees the communication activity of an Internet forum. He monitors the interchange of contributors and makes decisions regarding content and the direction of threads. Moving discussions from one section to another to keep topics organized is also a common job for a forum moderator.


If the tone of a forum becomes hostile or starts to move in the direction of personal attacks, the forum moderator usually has the discretion to lock the discussion to prevent heated, interchanges. He may also be able to hide discussions he deems unworthy of further discussion. Conversely, topics he feels deserve further examination can be posted indefinitely by the moderator even if they garner no comments.

Moderator duties are as diverse as the forum topics themselves. Some moderators are virtually invisible; they surface only when situations arise that do not seem likely to resolve themselves. Other forum moderators are always there; ready to intercede at the smallest hint of discourse. Public forum moderators often have to enforce many rules of conduct and decorum, as public contributors tend to communicate without abandon, which can sometimes upset other commenter’s.

2. Which of the school is needed?

Ans. Any schools (secondary and high institutions)

3. Which gender is needed?

Ans. Both male/female

4. What are the qualifications?

a. Must register as myschooltalk member

b. Must post from 50 upward topics

c. If high institution student, must be from level 200/nd2 upward

5. What are my benefit being a global moderator with my schooltalk?

a. You get free access to advertise your product, blog, eBooks, music, website etc

b. You get pay for, if only you work well with us.


Moderation takes practice, so here are 10 things to remember which will help you become a seriously good moderator of your school:


1. Be neutral and objective: As a moderator you are not supposed to participate in the discussion or share your own views, but to be an objective, impartial voice. If you have a lot of things to say, then you should be part of the panel, and not the moderator. You have every right to have an opinion. If you put it on the table, however, you would be taking sides. In the role of the moderator, your personal opinions and feelings should remain unspoken. Imagine yourself being slightly distanced (physically) from what’s going on; sitting just outside the group so you can observe the dynamic of what’s going on. You may still be sitting right in the middle, but part of you is outside looking in. Often when people come together with widely differing points of view, it’s very hard to hear the other side’s arguments. What you are demonstrating by being objective and keeping an open mind is that you hear both sides. By keeping an open mind yourself, you actually model effective behavior from your audience. In my experience, when this happens, it does calm people down and helps them see that there is more than one way to do things. Being objective and neutral also entails having the ability to craft how a meeting goes, rather than imposing your will and your point of view. As the moderator, it is not your job to answer questions but to raise questions for your audience to reflect upon.


2. Create a nice environment: since the idea is to ease the way for people, it’s important not to put anyone on the spot, embarrass or humiliate them. If anyone at the meeting puts a colleague on the spot, you can take the spotlight yourself or man oeuvre it onto someone else who won’t mind being centre-stage for a while. It's about creating a non-judgmental, objective environment where people feel they can air their opinions without getting shot down or humiliated.


 3. Be clear: Your job is to visibly and audibly keep the panelists (or people who will hold a presentation) on track, thus helping the audience feel safe and secure. So be clear about telling people why they're there, what's going to happen, and when it's going to end. Let there be no uncertainty that you're in charge and going to make this worthwhile. Ask short questions and make clear statements.


4. Keep it simple: Clarify! Simplify! Sometimes a facilitator acts as a translator, not only reflecting back what they’ve heard, but also interpreting it in a way that other people can understand. A good facilitator is practiced in understanding the differing nuances, jargon and meanings in what various people are saying and being able to explain that difference to others. A useful phrase is “So what you’re saying is….”. This is because what people mean and say will often be very different from how they are heard. Try to use analogies to help people understand each other.


5. Be prepared: You will need to have a general understanding of the subject in order to be able to steer the discussion. Have ready a set of topic-organized possible questions, provocative statements, quotes from documents, or whatever conversation starters you think will work. Be prepared, of course, to abandon all of them if the discussion takes an unexpected and interesting turn.


6. Encourage conversation: This should be obvious, but so often it’s not. Too many seminars divide the time up into a few little presentations. Instead of a dynamic conversation, the audience gets a series of slideshows. Instead, you should encourage the panellists to respond to each other. When one panelist makes a point, ask the other what they think. If you know that one of them disagrees, point that out. Don’t be afraid of disagreement! Smart people disagree all the time. Get the presentations going as quickly as possible, so that you leave enough room for discussion? People will often mention something that is confusing or controversial, but will just continue as if it’s common knowledge. Don’t let this happen, as it leaves a huge gap in the discussion. If the question popped in your head, it has probably popped in the head of everyone else in the room.


7. Be able to think about more than two things at once: You will need to be listening to the current discussion, while thinking about the overall planned discussion, the time, how long the current discussion has gone on, and about where you want to go next on your way to closing the workshop.


8. Be focused: As a rule you'll never get through more than three broad issues in a single workshop or panel, so be careful not to over-stuff the thing trying to cover too many issues at once. Sum up, when it looks as though there may be too many ideas floating around that need clarification from people with differing points of view.


9. Be timely: This is very important. Get the workshop started on time, keep it moving, and finish on time. Let people see you confidently check your watch. Let people know when there is "only five minutes left". So if a panelist is going on too long, interrupt them. If someone is boring you, they’re probably boring the audience too, so summaries and turn the attention to someone else. If an audience member asks a uniformed question, rephrase it into something more relevant for your panel. Interventions can take the shape of interrupting someone, even when they’re in mid-flow, a good, gentle way to do that is to say, “I’m going to interrupt you for a moment.”


10. Be fun: There are enough funereal, unsmiling, self-important, and over-serious workshop moderators. If you don't have fun, your panel won't have fun, and your audience won't have fun. If you created a relaxed and fun atmosphere people will be willing to share and learn and your workshop will more likely be a success.


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