building collaborative communities


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Collaborative teaching and learning practices between schools is at a beginning stage. Often these practices involve the use of technology which is new to many teachers. This session introduces a change management process which addresses the level of concern each participant may be encountering and points to understanding how a managed approach can lead to successful communication and collaboration.

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building collaborative communities

  1. 1. Building Collaborative Communities Online A CSU Learning Initiative Roy Crotty Lecturer in Teacher Librarianship School of Information Studies
  2. 2. CONTEXTStudents develop a Powerpoint presentation within a groupsituation – groups of 3 or 4Group members have never metGroup members may never meetGroup membership randomly developedMembers geographically and possibly time isolatedMay not have been previously involved in this form ofcommunication and collaborative activityGroup members have a common task
  3. 3. AssignmentDevelop a Powerpoint presentation for an editorial panel of a journal NOT associated with teacher librarians12 -15 slidesContent related to one of four objectives: Leadership Organisational theory Strategic planning Developing mission statementsFifth objective – communication & collaboration
  4. 4. CBAM Model of ChangeConcerns Based Adoption Model
  5. 5. Levels of ConcernRenewalIntegrationRefinementRoutine UseMechanical UsePreparationNon-use / Awareness
  6. 6. Communication 1 Students are given the email address of other group members Asked to introduce themselves Only required to offer information they feel comfortable to share Arrange to meet regularly Discussion of topic begins“I was so unsure of what to say until I discovered everyone else felt the same.”
  7. 7. Communication 2 Students introduced to Neatchat Synchronous communication begins Objective & Topic selection completed Tasks allocated“ I began to feel more comfortable within myself when I could communicate with them online. I enjoyed using Neatchat and waiting for responses to my queries.”“I can see my students using this tool.”
  8. 8. NeatChat
  9. 9. Communication 3Students introduced to SkypeSynchronous group communicationIncreasing efficiency of communicationReducing ‘noise’, increasing information flowVoice, and possibly facial expression, can now be added
  10. 10. Skype Comments“Wow!”“And it’s free…”“Has increased our communication efficiency markedly and thenumber of times we meet.”“These people are now my friends more than just being groupmembers.”“I’ve become a Skype junkie.”“What’s next?”
  11. 11. Subject FAQ Wiki
  12. 12. CollaborationGoogle Docs is introduced with assistanceAllows online, real-time collaborationCan be accessed anywhereYoutube video provides evidence of benefitsPowerpoint can be uploaded or created on Google Docs
  13. 13. Communication/CollaborationStudents now have both communication and collaborationtoolsEnhances and empowers the group and each member toproduce a quality productUltimate situation:Group members on Skype simultaneously and collaboratively editing the Powerpoint presentation using Google Docs.
  14. 14. Levels of ConcernRenewalIntegrationRefinementRoutine UseMechanical UsePreparationNon-use / Awareness
  15. 15. QuestionsRoy CrottyCharles Sturt (Skype)02 6933 2703