In response to the questions posed in short.
1. What is online facilitation - the best word to describe OLF is 'guiding'. The dictionary states guiding involves assisting in an unfamilar area / accompany and explain / to supply counsel / to supervise in an advisory counsel. I see it as walking beside and providing support and structure to the learner / audience.
2. What skills do you need for OLF - patience, empathy, good problem solving skills, excellent communication skills - verbal, writing and listening, technical and topic knowledge, open manner to build a feeling of trust in the audience so they feel comfortable in an often an unfamiliar area, self reflectiveness
3. How does a OLF build an online community or network? - be present online often and in a meaningful way, use different avenues / applications, be strategic, use key words, utilise online social network access opportunities, word of mouth is powerful both online and in the real world, build your online identity to suit what and who you are wanting to attract as a network
4. Key things to remember when facilitating? - be prepared, have many back up plans, know your subject well and the technology, try to have a second person as a back up for support, be enthusiastic, be open to change and new ways, possess a healthy dose of self reflection and ability to laugh at one self
5. Difference between teaching and facilitation? - After reading week 3 - week 5 readings I feel that both terms are very similar. I think the old definiton or connation of teaching has a different meaning to that which is seen today. The old thought of teaching (all expert, all knowledgeable, powerful being telling the student the information - is slowly dying) being replaced by a 'faciliteacher' one in the same. Someone who guides, supports, encourages the learner to find / see for himself, explains and counsels when necessary and supervises as they walk along the journey of learning together - is more of what I see a faciliteacher doing.
6. Netiquette - the rules and manners of online communication